NOW AVAILBLE: Special FREE Issue with the Best Online Texts from 2013
The past year was eventful for politics in Central and Eastern Europe. In Hungary, the government of Viktor Orbán continued to raise controversy, yetFilip Mazurczak analyses in detail why the hysteria surrounding it is exaggerated. As Croatia became the 28th member of the EU and Europe’s eyes once again turned to the Balkans, Natalia Zielińska investigates ethnic tensions in the country. Next, Lucian Tion notes that, as far as economic performance and enthusiasm for European integration go, Western Europe has much to learn from the Eastern half of the Old Continent. Finally, Romania experienced a rebirth of civil society as it witnessed its biggest protests since 1989 over the controversial Roșia Montană gold mining project. Ioana Burtea gave us a first-hand report.
While the EU’s Eastern members had a politically momentous year, the world’s interest in Russia did not decline in 2013. New Eastern Europe published an interview with Pyotr Verzilov, husband of one of the members of the anti-Putin band Pussy Riot whose imprisonment was one of the most controversial political affairs in contemporary Russia.
Meanwhile, lovers of history will be pleased to read an interview with historian Halik Kochanski about her bookThe Eagle Unbowed, which deals with Poland’s experience during the Second World War and the never-ending sources of controversy of wartime Polish-Jewish relations and the expulsion of ethnic Germans from post-war Poland. Another intriguing historical text is young historian Marek Wojnar’s balanced look at how the Baltic States are coming to terms with their uncomfortable, yet complex history of collaboration with Nazi Germany. Also, Evelyn Noygues looks at the life of the forgotten patriot, Jashar Sadik Erebara, who was vital for the rebirth of Albanian culture.
In addition, this unique issue includes
- A penetrating analysis of Margaret Thatcher’s overstated role in ending the Cold War
- An interview with Alexander Rondeli, president of the Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies about Georgia’s pro-Western orientation and relationship with Russia
- Alex Jaholkowski’s historically literate critique of the Obama administration’s policy on missile defence in Poland
- A report on Israeli women of Ukrainian origin doing their compulsory military service in Gaza
- A review of Władysław Pasikowski’s Pokłosie (“Aftermath”), perhaps one of the most hotly debated Polish film in years
- And much, much more.
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