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Eastern Europe

Catharsis in Serbia

John Feffer | Posted 07.05.2013 | World
John Feffer

"This government is composed of the people who were involved in the destruction of the country. But we, each citizen of this country together with those of us who were opposed, in some way allowed that. So this is a bigger question of responsibility. How could we have stopped them?"

Yugoslavia Could Have Been a Leader

John Feffer | Posted 07.01.2013 | World
John Feffer

It's not surprising, given its relative material wealth and relative freedom, that Yugoslavia was first in line of all the Communist states for consideration as a member of the European Community.

Heading East

John Feffer | Posted 08.27.2013 | World
John Feffer

When the Berlin Wall fell, a tremendous number of people headed for the West, permanently. But not everyone moved from east to west.

We Were So Close to Preventing Genocide

John Feffer | Posted 08.26.2013 | World
John Feffer

Yugoslavia. The very word conjures up images of war, fratricide, and genocide. But imagine if the tensions that escalated between Serbs and Croats in 1990 were somehow addressed and war averted.

Life in Fast Forward

John Feffer | Posted 08.24.2013 | Books
John Feffer

The late 1960s, with the explosion of youth movements, the Vietnam War, and the transformation of popular culture, offered a grand opportunity for the reinvention of self. So, too, did the late 1980s, particularly in East-Central Europe.

Reviving Slovak Civil Society

John Feffer | Posted 08.20.2013 | World
John Feffer

Although much of the focus of the world's attention in 1989 was on Prague and Vaclav Havel, the civic movement Public Against Violence played an equally important role in ensuring that the revolution in Czechoslovakia was "velvet."

Poland's Remarkable Round Table

John Feffer | Posted 08.19.2013 | World
John Feffer

The Round Table lacked perhaps the drama of the Berlin Wall's collapse or Vaclav Havel's leap from prison to presidency. But its patient politicking also represented an alternative to the violence of Romania's revolution and Yugoslavia's descent into war.

Squat Paradise

John Feffer | Posted 08.18.2013 | World
John Feffer

It was an exhilarating time to be young in November 1989 and living in East Berlin. It was not only the physical Wall that fell on November 9. It was also the many invisible walls that closed off anyone who didn't conform.

Challenging Gentrification in Eastern Europe

John Feffer | Posted 08.14.2013 | World
John Feffer

Certainly 1989 was a watershed year for politicians, political scientists, and human rights activists in East-Central Europe. But the people that really must have felt the ground shake beneath their feet were: real estate developers.

Roma Politics

John Feffer | Posted 08.13.2013 | World
John Feffer

A key question facing Roma politicians is whether to run as candidates with the major political parties or to push forward with a Roma-identified initiative.

Hungary: The Cancer in the Middle of Europe?

John Feffer | Posted 08.07.2013 | World
John Feffer

Something is dreadfully wrong with Hungary. Worse, what's wrong with Hungary is not unique in Europe. What's eating away at a free society in Hungary has metastasized.

The Ghettos of Eastern Europe

John Feffer | Posted 08.06.2013 | World
John Feffer

The experience of today's ghettos has many echoes with the past. Consider for example the Stolipinovo neighborhood in Plovdiv, Bulgaria's second largest city.

Playing Catch Up in Eastern Europe

John Feffer | Posted 08.05.2013 | World
John Feffer

We talked about the growing divide between the Balkans and the rest of Europe, the expectations that EU accession have produced, and what it means that Bulgarians like Turkish soap operas so much.

Here I Am: Speaking out from the epicenter of the HIV epidemic in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Lucy Chesire | Posted 08.04.2013 | Impact
Lucy Chesire

In a few days, June 9th-12th, a very important conference is set to take place in Lithuania that will bring all those interested in harm reduction tog...

Curating the Curators

John Feffer | Posted 08.03.2013 | Arts
John Feffer

There is an art to curation. Curators must not only choose the works for an exhibition, which involves making aesthetic judgments about "good" and "bad" as well as what fits together according to the exhibition's theme

Truth Wins

Edward Jacobs | Posted 07.31.2013 | World
Edward Jacobs

First and foremost, it is crucial that governments enforce a zero-tolerance policy for all anti-Semitic and other xenophobic behavior. Equally imperative is to distinguish between Nazi-era crimes and those committed by the Communist regime.

What Sweden's Riots Say About Europe's Rising Social and Political Risks

Daniel Wagner | Posted 07.28.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

The riots in Sweden last week are a manifestation of the socioeconomic disequilibrium pervading much of Europe, and the level of frustration that is beginning to boil over among European immigrants and youth.

The City and the City

John Feffer | Posted 07.24.2013 | World
John Feffer

Throughout much of Central Europe, there are two cities: for the Roma and for the non-Roma. These cities rarely intersect.

Bad News For Ukraine's LGBT Community

AP | MARIA DANILOVA | Posted 07.23.2013 | Gay Voices

KIEV, Ukraine -- A Ukrainian court on Thursday banned what would have been Ukraine's first-ever gay pride demonstration, upholding a suit by city auth...

Voice to the Voiceless

John Feffer | Posted 07.20.2013 | World
John Feffer

The media in East-Central Europe used to be idea-centric. The unofficial samizdat publications focused on the cruelties and inanities of the regimes, unearthed nearly forgotten history, and often featured philosophic meditations on politics and morality.

Meet the Ever So Charming Tallinn, an Estonian Gem

Renee Blodgett | Posted 07.09.2013 | Travel
Renee Blodgett

Tallinn doesn't come with overly commercial trimmings, yet it boasts five star hotels, spa experiences and chefs who can compete with the best in Europe.

Challenging the Movement

John Feffer | Posted 07.08.2013 | World
John Feffer

Much of Bulgaria's Ottoman heritage is hidden away, sometimes in plain sight.

One Insane Day in Albania. (Yes, Albania.)

Peter Mandel | Posted 07.08.2013 | Travel
Peter Mandel

Color is coming back to the now-independent free-market democracy. A bit of the Balkan Peninsula, it's only slightly larger than Maryland. But there's variety inside that space, including a mountain-studded interior and an unspoiled Adriatic coastline.

Regretting the Region's Right Turn

John Feffer | Posted 06.30.2013 | World
John Feffer

Some of the first oppositionists to Communism came from the left, such as the Socialist Revolutionaries in the Soviet Union after the Bolsheviks seized power in 1917. Later, in Eastern Europe, the first stirrings of dissent from below also came from the left.

Inside the Movement

John Feffer | Posted 06.25.2013 | World
John Feffer

How did a Bulgarian parliamentarian who didn't speak English and who worked on the issue of ethnic Turks end up in Kentucky? You'll just have to read further.