• Being a Separatist

    "'On holidays, I am ashamed to say that I am Russian, because nobody likes them,' said a stringer for one of the pro-Kremlin news channels, who cooperates with separatists from the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic." A report from Donetsk.

  • The Death Toll of the “Russian Spring”

    The crisis in Ukraine has been initiated and driven by Russia since the very beginning. It is a war between two states – Russia and Ukraine. Perhaps it is not a traditional war; but it is still a war.

  • A Series of Tragic Coincidences

    An interview with Anna Dyner, expert with the Polish Institute of International Affairs, on the Malaysia Airlines plane crash in eastern Ukraine and its international consequences.

  • An Eye-Opening Moment

    Russia’s attempts to disseminate the criminal ideology of the so-called “Russian world” (Russkiy mir) has directly affected hundreds of innocent citizens of at least a dozen countries. The tragedy has once again brought Ukraine to the headlines throughout the world.

  • Information War at its Best

    A highly likely hypothesis is that the Malaysian Airlines jet was shot down. Ukraine accuses the pro-Russian separatists of shooting down the plane with a missile, while the Kremlin blames the Ukrainian Army. Information war has begun.

  • Championship in a Strange House

    The scale of the preparation of the Ice Hockey World Championship held in May 2014 in Minsk can be only compared to the preparation of the 1980 Olympics. Tens of thousands of people were chanting “Belarus” in the city streets – something Minsk had not witnessed in a long time.

  • A Caucasian Foxtrot

    Zurab Karumidze and his novel Caucasian Foxtrot faced irrational anger because one of the characters has an erotic dream. This has turned out to be unacceptable to many in Georgia. Conservative readers abused the writer for the sake of his character’s “immoral” dreams.

  • A Tradition of Looking West rather than East

    New Eastern Europe's interview with Robert Pyrah, British historian specialising in Central and Eastern Europe. On the perception of the Ukrainian crisis by the British public, UKIP and Nigel Farage.

  • Where is Sikorski?

    As a result of its role in the Ukrainian crisis, Poland has emerged as a significant player in the region. Why is Sikorski, and Poland, suddenly absent from the peace talks on Ukraine?

     

  • Even Greater Days Will Follow

    Interview with Paata Gaprindashvili, vice-director of the Georgia’s Reforms Associates (GRASS) think tank, on association agreement with the EU, Geogian politics and the future of wine producers.

  • Childhood Memories of War

    Interview with Andrew Borowiec, author of Warsaw Boy: A memoir of a wartime childhood. He spoke to New Eastern Europe about life in Nazi occupied Poland, his memories of the Jewish ghettos in Warsaw, and why he was always optimistic that he would survive the war.

  • Misinterpreted Gas Deal

    According to Russian propaganda, the Sino-Russian contract is a mark of Russia’s strong position on the global stage. But what does it really look like?

  • Belarusian Independence from the West

    In the West, many people think that Belarus is nothing more than a museum of the former Soviet Union. Being in Minsk at the beginning of July, one cannot help but also think this way.

  • Ukrainian Ceasefire Brings no Results

    Ukraine’s new president, Petro Poroshenko, has decided not to extend the ceasefire in Donbas. Though he has not yet chosen the extreme scenario – enforcing the martial law in Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

  • Now Available: Issue 3/2014 - Our R(E)volutions

    The July-August 2014 issue of New Eastern Europe is now available in e-version and on newsstands worldwide. 

  • Teargas and Folk Music in the Park of Peace

    Recent protests that suddenly turned into violent riots were organised by Kosovo Albanians in reaction to the creation of the “Park of Peace” on the bridge connecting Mitrovica South and Mitrovica North.

  • The Beginning of Putin’s End?

    New Eastern Europe's exclusive interview with with Jerzy Bahr, former Polish ambassador to Russia, on Putin's popularity, Russian propaganda and the future of EU-Russian relations.

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