Tales from the Baltics
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Issue 3/2021 of New Eastern Europe takes us to the Baltics in search of stories from today – 30 years after the fall of the Soviet Union. In many ways the processes now taking place there largely reflect those of Western European societies, which shows how integrated the Baltics are with the EU and Euro-Atlantic structures.
Like elsewhere across Europe, pockets of populist politics have found a place. Meanwhile, the pandemic has forced Baltic policymakers to find ways at keeping the coronavirus at bay and the political cost of inaction. Socially and economically, issues like inequality and minority rights remain high on the agenda of civil society.
At the same time there are specifics that play a role in these countries – including history, the Soviet legacy and the threat of the Kremlin’s approach to the post-Soviet space. The former foreign minister of Lithuania, Linas Linkevičius, in an exclusive interview with NEE, expresses these quite clearly, and argues how the Baltic states can and should play a key role in supporting Ukraine’s Europeanisation or the Belarusians’ fight for freedom. Beyond the Baltics, we also look at the situation in Russia after the arrest of Alexei Navalny earlier this year. Our authors also take us through new developments in Ukraine, Belarus, Armenia and Georgia.
Table of Contents
Tales from the Baltics
We are still searching for our strategy with Russia
An interview with Linas Linkevičius
The Baltic states. Three peas in a pod?
The Baltic phoenix
Russians in Estonia. We are not “them”, we are “us”
Photo story. Pandemic in the Baltics
Paul Pärn, Solveiga Kaļva and Jakob Wöllenstein
Latvia prepares for big step in LGBTQ+ rights
How far right politics derailed Estonian higher education success
Opinion and Analysis
Everyone understands what is happening
Joe Biden needs Eastern Europe as a success story
Georgia’s household debt crisis deepens in the wake of COVID-19
What is really behind Ivanishvili’s decision to quit politics
This conflict was always on the edge of Europe
An interview with Thomas de Waal
Navalny is a symbol of the opposition, not its leader
An interview with Boris Vishnevsky
Stories and Ideas
Preserving Soviet-era mosaics in Georgia
A conversation with Nini Palavandishvili
Art, Culture and Society
Not all that glitters is gold
Dylan van de Ven
A book judged by its cover
Living with the beast
A sort of magic realism
The thieves in law