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Author: Giacomo Manca

Instilling the Solemnity of Chernobyl

Just a few metres from the central Kontraktova Ploshcha metro station and close to the River Dnieper in the old district of Podil, the Ukrainian National Chornobyl Museum in Kyiv is hardly understandable by the western foreigners who visit it. And not just because of its old appearance and lack of explanations in English. Created in 1992 and funded by the Chernobyl Recovery and Development Programme, the museum looks old but is able to instil the solemnity of the tragedy.

While anyone would expect a documentation of the disaster and the destruction that took place and is still threatening the northern part of Ukraine and Belarus, the installations in the museum's four rooms looks more like an impressive memorial, where memories of the tragic events that injured this part of Ukraine are collected and preserved, to give the deserved dignity to this human tragedy.

April 25, 2016 - Giacomo Manca

The Blogosphere: A peephole to freedom under Minsk’s sky

Giacomo Manca interviews Dzmitry Halko, a Belarusian journalist and blogger, about the situation of digital freedom in Belarus and its role in providing independent information

January 28, 2014 - Giacomo Manca

Armenia: The silent voice in Vilnius

Amongst all others, there was one voice at the Vilnius Summit, and in particular during the Civil Society Conference, which remained mostly silent. That was the voice of the representatives of Armenia: a country that, after announcing its decision to start its journey towards the Customs Union and the Eurasian Union, no longer represented a solid partner for the European Union.

December 9, 2013 - Giacomo Manca

Four Years of Partnership. Time for a balance sheet

On the eve of the Eastern Partnership Summit, the calm and tiny city of Vilnius is overwhelmed by a thrill of swiftness and traffic. The officials, scholars, activists and NGO representatives of the EU partner countries converge on the city, while the events held in conjunction with the summit open in the city center.

November 29, 2013 - Giacomo Manca

Through the Borders of Europe, and Beyond

Trans Europa Express. By: Paolo Rumiz. Publisher: Feltrinelli, Milan, Italy, 2012.

November 22, 2013 - Giacomo Manca

Through the Borders of Europe, and Beyond

Trans Europa Express. By: Paolo Rumiz. Publisher: Feltrinelli, Milan, Italy, 2012.

November 22, 2013 - Giacomo Manca

Through the Borders of Europe, and Beyond

Trans Europa Express. By: Paolo Rumiz. Publisher: Feltrinelli, Milan, Italy, 2012.

November 22, 2013 - Giacomo Manca

Viktor Orbán, the Reforms and the Students

This interview is the second part of a conversation with Katalin Vida and Csaba Jelinek from Hallgatói Hálózat, a student group involved in the Hungarian opposition. GIACOMO MANCA: What role does the Student Network, which arose about a year ago in Hungary and which has been at the core of the protests against Viktor Orbán's […]

August 1, 2013 - Giacomo Manca

Challenging the Weaknesses of Belarusian Civil Society

In the West, the thinking about Belarus and its active civil society, is still heavily burdened by many stereotypes and preconceptions. This is the result of the country’s isolation and oppressive political regime.

June 26, 2013 - Giacomo Manca

The Tyranny of the Majority

Giacomo Manca, an intern at New Eastern Europe, talks to Katalin Vida and Csaba Jelinek from Hallgatói Hálózat, a student group involved in the Hungarian opposition, which started during the protests against higher education reforms. We are extremely pleased to announce that this interview launches our new column: New Eastern Europe's New Voices, or New Voices, for […]

June 11, 2013 - Giacomo Manca

Easter Folklore in Lesser Poland

Easter celebrations in Catholic and orthodox countries are often extremely fascinating with respect to their cultural heritage. They remain less commercial than those at Christmas, and much more mysterious; Easter is connected to death and the resurrection, two taboo concepts even in the most secularised societies. Countries which share a strong Catholic character become the […]

March 28, 2013 - Giacomo Manca

Easter Folklore in Lesser Poland

Easter celebrations in Catholic and orthodox countries are often extremely fascinating with respect to their cultural heritage. They remain less commercial than those at Christmas, and much more mysterious; Easter is connected to death and the resurrection, two taboo concepts even in the most secularised societies. Countries which share a strong Catholic character become the […]

March 28, 2013 - Giacomo Manca

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