One Country, Two Cultural Fields
Culture / Development

One Country, Two Cultural Fields

Belarusian Art in the years 1921-1939 As a sovereign state, Belarus is a relatively new formation. It has existed since 1991, when the former Belarusian SSR was proclaimed an independent republic and adopted a new constitution. Throughout history, the territory of contemporary Belarus used to exist in a form of numerous separate princedoms (Kievan Rus, … Continue reading

Russia’s strategic culture or What are the odds of anything happening?
Development / Politics

Russia’s strategic culture or What are the odds of anything happening?

 Russia’s strategic culture  Or: What are the odds of anything happening? Eastern Europe has been the center of attention on security for 15 months. Since events in Ukraine started unfolding rapidly and tensions began rising between Russia and NATO, not to mention diplomatic ties being shaken with the European Union, more publications started speculating on … Continue reading

“The Nord Stream knot” or CEE’s Sisyphean task
Development / Economics

“The Nord Stream knot” or CEE’s Sisyphean task

Piotr Popęda analyses the subtle conflict in the energy sphere between Poland and the Baltic countries versus Russia and Germany. He raises questions about the controversial judgment passed in Hamburg and how the German lawsuit affects European geopolitics and solidarity. “The Nord Stream knot” or CEE’s Sisyphean task In 2006, the Russian company Gazprom and German companies … Continue reading

Romania’s Marshall Plan for Moldova’s economic doldrums
Development / Economics / Politics

Romania’s Marshall Plan for Moldova’s economic doldrums

Romania’s Marshall Plan for Moldova’s doldrums: quixotic crusade or methodic initiative? Dadiana Chiran contends that Romanian assistance might be the key to Moldova’s economic issues. The latter, a country which lost one billion dollars from its national budget, is in need of solidarity and support from its EU neighbour  December 1st marks the glorious unification … Continue reading

Schengen Accession: Romania’s roller coaster ride
Development / Politics

Schengen Accession: Romania’s roller coaster ride

Dadiana Chiran considers the difficulties faced by Romania in the process of negotiating its accesss to the Schengen area Schengen mistress… you’ve been wicked! 2007 marks Romania’s hasty accession to the EU. It was voiced at the times that a prerequisite condition for the country’s accession was to serve as a primary hub for a US military … Continue reading

The Story of Moldova’s ‘Billion Dollar Protest’
Development / Politics

The Story of Moldova’s ‘Billion Dollar Protest’

Thousands of people have taken part in a series of protests in Moldova’s capital, Chisinau, with protesters demanding the government’s resignation and early elections over a $1 billion bank fraud case. Daniel Brett, Ellie Knottand Mihai Popșoi outline why the protests are taking place, who the protesters are, and the likely impact on Moldovan politics. They write that while … Continue reading

The Refugee Crisis: Narrating Europe’s East-West Divide
Development / Politics

The Refugee Crisis: Narrating Europe’s East-West Divide

 Aleko Stoyanov analyses perceptions of the refugee crisis across Eastern Europe and the resulting East-West political schism on the issue of migration United in Diversity is the official motto of the European Union. It unites various historical backgrounds, peoples, languages and cultures, with the shared aim of building a stronger and unified Europe. The recent migrant crisis has fundamentally … Continue reading