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Europe With a View to the Future

The European Solidarity Centre cordially invites you to the conference "Europe With a View to the Future", which will be held in Gdansk on November 7th-8th, 2013. Will the Eastern Partnership bring Eastern neighbours together with the European Union, or is it just an European excuse? How much idealism and how much realism can we […]

November 1, 2013 - Example Author

Tajikistan: Flagging up a nation on the edge

Having recuperated from a combined bout of altitude sickness and food poisoning for a few days in the relative civilisation of Khorog and its stunning environs, and having had the luxury of a hot shower and a couple of decent meals, it was time to leave the Pamir Mountains. If getting into the Pamir had […]

October 24, 2013 - Stuart Wadsworth

Tajikistan: The troubled roof of the world

Ask where Tajikistan is to the average member of the public and they will give you a blank look or bewildered shrug of the shoulders; even to Russians, for whom it was once a member of their empire, it is very little-known. Tajikistan was the poorest republic of the old Soviet Union, and today it […]

October 17, 2013 - Stuart Wadsworth

Ambivalent Russia

“Our unit had an order to attack the Azerbaijanis’ positions; however, another order came from the top to change the target and attack the Armenians’ positions. These kind of contradictive orders were ordinary in this war,” says a Georgian former soldier who served in the Soviet/Russian army located on Armenian territory during the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict […]

October 1, 2013 - Nika Sikharulidze

Shadows of Joseph Stalin

This article appeared in the summer 2013 issue of New Eastern Europe Issue 3(VIII)/2013: Why Culture Matters Georgian sympathies towards Stalin have strong nationalistic roots, but they are not in line with the image Georgia strives to create internationally. De-Sovietisation is part of Georgia’s efforts to join the European Union, but is Georgian society typically European? […]

September 29, 2013 - Ana Dabrundashvili

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September 27, 2013 - Example Author

Armenia in the Custom Union

The European Union’s Eastern Partnership was dealt a major blow when Armenia’s President Serzh Sargsyan made a surprise announcement that his republic will join Russia’s Customs Union during a visit to Moscow in early September. EU leaders expressed shock and dismay at the surprise about-face, while members of the Armenian opposition protested the decision outside […]

September 10, 2013 - Luke Rodeheffer

Poland and Romania: Extending the partnership in the EuroEast

Romanian-Polish relations have been on a moderately ascending path in the last three years. In 2013 the countries celebrate 20 years since the signing of the Treaty on Friendship and Cooperation, and the Strategic Partnership signed by the two countries in 2009 has been developing in the direction of an increasing understanding of both sides’ […]

September 8, 2013 - Octavian Milewski

Who are the Moldovan Eurasians?

Less than two years ago, Vladimir Putin issued his message on the Eurasian Union. Even if the Republic of Moldova is not the key addressee of this flow of political and economic initiatives, Ukraine being at the epicentre of Russian interests, Moldova cannot be missing from the strategic landscape for the simple reason that it […]

August 27, 2013 - Octavian Milewski

Is Russia’s Trade War Ukraine’s Golden Ticket to the EU?

If Russia places an embargo on your country’s most popular edible exports, chances are the Kremlin is none too pleased with you. Moscow’s most recent political collateral is Ukrainian chocolate, banned from the Russian market July 29th. This week, Russia stopped importing Ukrainian goods almost entirely. After claiming to find traces of the carcinogen benzopyrene […]

August 21, 2013 - Nina Jankowicz

Ukraine’s Media Landscape: The dark ages

She sat there each morning, at the entrance to the metro. An elderly lady, shouting out the headlines of the day, selling the nation's main daily Segodnya (Today). Not a particularly informative read – murders, scams and scandals, Ukraine's equivalent of the Daily Mail. Still, it provided some insight into how recent developments were being […]

August 13, 2013 - Jakub Parusinski

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

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