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Watch These Hikers Walk Across A Crystal-Clear, Frozen Lake

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 12.15.2014 | Travel

What do you do when you stumble across a crystal-clear lake that's completely frozen? Walk across it, of course. A YouTube video uploaded Dec. 8 s...

November 17th - Romanians and Czechs Choose Democracy

Olena Kagui | Posted 11.25.2014 | Politics
Olena Kagui

"A minor miracle occurred yesterday," wrote Frank Fischer in an email on November 17th, "(it) marked a significant victory for democracy and justice in Romania's long march from the end of the Communist regime."

How To See More On Your Next Vacation

Viator | Posted 11.07.2014 | Travel
Viator

With some cities, you not only have the option of visiting another region, you can also stamp your passport by going to a whole different country for a few days.

11 Spectacular Spots for Fall Foliage

Joy Pecknold | Posted 11.25.2014 | Travel
Joy Pecknold

Summer is a swell season, but throwing on a cozy sweater, pouring some hot cocoa in a travel mug and meandering along a woodland trail lined with trees changing hues isn't so bad either. Hello, Fall. To make the transition easier, park yourself at a property where plenty of nature is on the doorstep -- here 11 spectacular spots for autumn, from New York to Norway.

What Does It Mean For Multiethnic Democracies If Scotland Leaves The UK?

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 11.16.2014 | World
Ian Reifowitz

Scotland will vote Thursday on whether to become an independent country. Whatever the outcome, approximately half of the population believes it shou...

Sixty Seconds of Art

John Feffer | Posted 11.07.2014 | World
John Feffer

I was sitting in a café in Bratislava, having a final cup of coffee and picking up my email before boarding a train for Budapest. I was in a hurry, so I wasn't paying much attention. But then one of the guys came over to my table.

Best Old World Day Trip From Vienna: Bratislava

Gail Nakada | Posted 10.27.2014 | Travel
Gail Nakada

Bratislava is fast (just one hour) and cheap ($20 dollars) to get to from Vienna. It's easy to navigate, full of old world charm, colorful buildings, and great inexpensive restaurants and cafes serving regional specialities at half the cost of Vienna.

Let Eastern Ukraine Go

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 09.28.2014 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

It doesn't matter. It's a small, totally irrelevant piece of land. Give the separatists a measure of autonomy.

The Unbearable Lightness of Prague

Peter Mandel | Posted 08.20.2014 | Travel
Peter Mandel

If Prague were a planet, circling and spinning past the sun, it would be one that sends back light to those who take the time to look. A Mercury or Mars, let's say. Rich and purple and alert for steps upon its soil.

The Dam

John Feffer | Posted 08.16.2014 | World
John Feffer

It says a lot about Hungary in the 1980s that the movement that represented the biggest challenge to the Communist authorities was an environmental one.

A Case for Bratislava

Abby Klinkenberg | Posted 08.06.2014 | College
Abby Klinkenberg

I found it entirely different from Vienna's clinical and hyper-organized structure -- instead, it's haphazard meshing of language, architecture, and culture was entirely beautiful. The occasional peeling paint and abandoned building only added to it's distinct character.

Roma Youth Get Organized

John Feffer | Posted 08.03.2014 | World
John Feffer

The Slovak government has had a plan on the books for a couple decades to build a nuclear power plant near Kecerovce. Otherwise, the prospects for economic development in the area are bleak. The village is more than 90 percent Roma.

Becoming a Bestseller in Slovakia

John Feffer | Posted 07.27.2014 | World
John Feffer

When the book market opened up in East-Central Europe after the changes of 1989, readers naturally gravitated toward the books they'd been previously denied. Banned books became bestsellers.

The Heaviest-Drinking Countries in the World

24/7 Wall St. | Alexander E.M. Hess, Thomas C. Frohlich and Vince Calio | Posted 05.17.2014 | Business

Worldwide, people 15 and older consumed 6.2 liters of alcohol per person in 2010, according to a recent World Health Organization (WHO) report. Alcoho...

10 Cities That Make For Unpopular Destinations

The Huffington Post | Carly Ledbetter | Posted 05.15.2014 | Travel

We've shown you the 10 most disappointing destinations in the world, given you a head's up on the world's most violent cities (aka don't even THINK of...

The Sound of Music in Slovakia

John Feffer | Posted 06.22.2014 | World
John Feffer

The break-up of Czechoslovakia was generally amicable. Two-third of everything went to the Czech Republic and one-third to Slovakia, the formula based on the relative populations.

Biden Discusses Ukraine With European Leaders

AP | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden has discussed the crisis in Ukraine with the leaders of Montenegro and Slovakia. Biden met at the White ...

Running Political Campaigns in Slovakia

John Feffer | Posted 06.07.2014 | World
John Feffer

The campaign against Vladimir Meciar in 1998 launched many young Slovaks into politics. Young people were instrumental in the 1998 elections -- as election observers, media monitors, and civil society activists -- that broke Meciar's authoritarian hold over the Slovak political system.

Ensuring Free and Fair Elections

John Feffer | Posted 05.01.2014 | Politics
John Feffer

The National Democratic Institute offered funding for organizations working on free and fair elections in Slovakia. Young activist Maros Gabriel took them up on the offer.

Bridging Social Distance in Slovakia

John Feffer | Posted 04.09.2014 | World
John Feffer

The social distance between Roma and non-Roma communities in Europe is quite large. In other words, there is not a great deal of mixing between the two communities.

The World's Ultimate 'Ski-cations': Exploring the Coolest Winter Retreats

HotelsCombined.com | Posted 04.06.2014 | Travel
HotelsCombined.com

From world-famous celeb magnets to quirky and humble haunts, here is our list of the world's top spots for skiing and snowboarding escapes.

Creating a Spectacle in Slovakia

John Feffer | Posted 04.04.2014 | World
John Feffer

Snopko is now the Slovak culture ambassador in the Czech Republic. We talked about Slovak-Czech relations, the different culture of dissent in Slovakia during the Communist period, and his own love of Prague.

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.