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The End of Claustrophobia

John Feffer | Posted 03.09.2014 | World
John Feffer

In the novel The Year of the Frog, the narrator sinks into a funk over the claustrophobia that has closed over his life. It's the 1980s in Czechoslovakia, and Communism stretches as far into the future as the eye can see.

Rethinking Democracy in Europe

John Feffer | Posted 03.08.2014 | World
John Feffer

A generation of East-Central Europeans has grown up without any firsthand experience of Communism. Not surprisingly, this generation looks at their world differently from their parents.

Slovakia's Pendulum Swing

John Feffer | Posted 02.22.2014 | World
John Feffer

We talked about the role Slovaks played in the Velvet Revolution, the effort to join NATO, and how rock bands can help out at critical moment in a political uprising.

The Twilight of Leadership

John Feffer | Posted 02.11.2014 | World
John Feffer

Modern society has become simply too complex for any one person to master. It's one thing to stand firm against an evil system or a dictatorial regime. This may not be an easy task, but it is an easy-to-understand task.

The Slovak Example

John Feffer | Posted 01.26.2014 | World
John Feffer

Of the three multiethnic countries that dissolved in the aftermath of the Cold War, Czechoslovakia fared the best. The two successor states suffered none of the violence, economic catastrophe, or political discord that Yugoslavia and the Soviet Union experienced.

Honoring Our Heritage

Maria Rodale | Posted 01.26.2014 | Taste
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger "Coach" Mark Smallwood, Rodale Institute executive director There is much to be learned from our ancestors. Our parents, grandpare...

Creating an NGO Culture in Slovakia

John Feffer | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
John Feffer

When I started working on U.S.-Soviet relations in the 1980s, I encountered my first GONGO. This was a "government-organized non-governmental organization." It was like something out of Alice in Wonderland.

Doing Business in Eastern Europe

John Feffer | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
John Feffer

A typical story of the economic transition in East-Central Europe is of the frustrated manager in a state-owned company under Communism who becomes a rich and successful entrepreneur after 1989.

(R)evolution in Central Europe: AICA's Resurrection of Art Criticism

Lisa Paul Streitfeld | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Lisa Paul Streitfeld

"-White Places-Black Holes" was proclaimed both publicly and privately as the best congress in recent memory, reflecting both in structure and content, the death and rebirth of art criticism in the 21st century.

10 Things You Didn't Know About Kosice, Slovakia

Adam Pervez | Posted 11.12.2013 | Travel
Adam Pervez

Kosice is a fascinating crossroads of modern and historical Europe. It was recognized in 2013 as the European Capital of Culture. Here are 10 things you probably didn't now about this beautiful city.

The New Stars of European Travel

minube | Posted 10.09.2013 | Travel
minube

Could it be that American travelers are passing over Western Europe's traditional tourist trail in favor of newer, less-traveled destinations in southern and eastern Europe?

Training the Next Generation

John Feffer | Posted 09.08.2013 | World
John Feffer

There is a great unease among young people in Europe today. The impact on politics has been considerable. Fewer young people are voting in European parliament elections. At the same time, support has surged among young people for extremist politics on the Right.

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."

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.

Central Europe's Pivot to the North Is a Good Idea

András Simonyi | Posted 07.14.2013 | World
András Simonyi

The glory days of Central Europe as the center of attention, the drivers of tectonic changes, is now faded memory.

Revisiting the Velvet Divorce

John Feffer | Posted 05.15.2013 | World
John Feffer

The Czech Republic and Slovakia currently enjoy a relationship that should be the envy of any two neighboring countries. The prime ministers maintain good contact. The two countries engage in joint infrastructure projects and provide joint military units for NATO operations.

Why Winter's The Best Time To Visit Europe

Mike Dunphy | Posted 03.09.2013 | Travel
Mike Dunphy

Perhaps it's my Vermont blood, but a little inclement weather has never been a deterrent to adventure. In fact, it virtually boils when wind, snow and ice become excuses for inaction, especially when it comes to travel. Cold many contract the bones, but it expands horizons.

8 Reasons to Explore Eastern Europe

Global Yodel | Posted 02.18.2013 | Travel
Global Yodel

It's affordable, steeped in history and, in parts, both bizarre and incredibly beautiful. Plus, in some countries, beer is cheaper than water. Yes, really, it is. But for some reason, Eastern Europe doesn't often feature on many travellers' bucket lists.

WATCH: Couple Falls In Love At Nazi Camp, Reunites After 60 Years

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 10.31.2012 | Good News

At age 15 in 1944, Thomas Beck escaped over the wall of a Nazi concentration camp in Budapest with one regret. He was leaving behind Edith Greiman, a ...

Which Countries Could You Be President Of?

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 11.28.2012 | Politics
Megan Smolenyak

Being of half-Irish heritage and having been born in France, Ireland and France are the most promising for me to become president of another country. Again for reasons of heritage, Slovakia is also a candidate.

PHOTOS: The World's 10 Fastest Roads

Posted 09.12.2012 | Travel

Journeys may be as important as the destination but they are still made infinitely more enjoyable by speed. Going fast is, after all, the great goal a...

Slovakia Considers Prosecuting Nazi-Era Criminal

AP | Posted 07.30.2012 | World

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia -- A Slovak court is mulling whether to ask Hungary to extradite a 97-year-old suspected of abusing Jews and deporting them durin...

Nazi-Huntin' - Never Too Late to Start

Huw L. Hopkins | Posted 09.18.2012 | World
Huw L. Hopkins

Many war-criminals have been sentenced, but until each one has been subjected to a full level of punishment, a dark grey cloud will hang over the lives of millions of Jewish people who are still alive.

The Bat From (Near) Bratislava

Tony Phillips | Posted 05.19.2012 | Weird News
Tony Phillips

I would actually consider being a freelance superhero, if not for the fact that I'm an ordinary middle-aged man with no costume and less-than-average courage.

Smoking Children Burn Down Castle

Reuters | Posted 05.11.2012 | World

BRATISLAVA (Reuters) - Two Slovak children were suspected of burning down a large gothic castle in eastern Slovakia when their experimentation with sm...