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Stories about Eastern & Central Europe

20 May 2019

Western Balkan countries look at the past and the future at the Venice Biennale 2019

Among the participants at the Venice Biennale are the Western Balkan countries, which see it as an excellent opportunity to showcase the art and promote their artists, beyond their borders.

15 May 2019

Dear European Commission: Don't let political parties use our data to manipulate the vote

Advox

Rather than protecting individuals’ rights, exceptions to the GDPR in some countries are limiting freedom of expression, eroding privacy, and abetting the spread of disinformation.

13 May 2019

Pussy Riot's Maria Alyokhina: ‘Even in Russia, social media is still an effective method for uniting people’

RuNet Echo

Masha Alyokhina talks art, activism, and feminism in Russia -- and why a new cold war is coming.

11 May 2019

The road signs that stirred up Albania-Greece relations yet again

Authorities have stated that the signs violated legislation regulating the order, size, and font in which Albanian and minority languages should be displayed.

9 May 2019

The police were the ‘surprise guests’ at a fundraiser at Budapest's Aurora community center

Community center managers say the local municipality has been trying to shut Auróra down for years.

4 May 2019

Too big to be anonymous? Russian journalists unmask a famous anti-Kremlin blogger, sparking ethical debate

RuNet EchoAdvox

StalinGulag’s posts are usually acerbic, profanity-laden critiques of Russia's political system, generating thousands of likes and retweets.

3 May 2019

Ethnic Albanian votes will decide presidential elections in North Macedonia

North Macedonia will vote on the second round of the presidential elections on Sunday, May 5, amid uncertainties about the turnout and the outcome.

25 April 2019

CEO of carpooling service disinvited from interview on Russian state media after producer found out she was a woman

RuNet Echo

Russia still has a long way to go in terms of gender equality.

19 April 2019

A Global Voices story helps translation competition winners express their passion for the Czech language

An international competition of translation into Czech using a GV story presents awards to global winners.

How alternative health magazines advance Russia's soft power in the Balkans

Mundane health advice such as doing exercise and eating vegetables becomes "Russian advice" in magazines such as Russian Doctor, Russian Herbalist, Russian Encyclopedia of Health.

Pope Francis will visit North Macedonia in May, shortly after presidential elections

It is the first time a pope visits North Macedonia.

15 April 2019

Russian state media scolds independent outlets for ‘neutral’ word choice in counter-terror operation reports

RuNet Echo

RT’s Russian-language website attacked other media outlets for using the word “killed” instead of “liquidated” or “neutralized.”

‘I invented the term Afroczech': An interview with Czech-Nigerian author Obonete Ubam

Obonete Ubam is a Czech-Nigerian author who describes how he came to embrace his African heritage in a newly published book that became a media sensation in the Czech Republic.

11 April 2019

Slovenian officials rebuff Hungary, refuse to censor cartoon satire ridiculing Viktor Orbán

Slovenian officials pledged to "never interfere in any of the media’s editorial policy."

10 April 2019

Rumors of Russia's first ‘fake news’ case against a media outlet might just be fake news

RuNet EchoAdvox

Media were quick to suggest that a bogus yoga ban story could be the first victim of the Russia's 'fake news' law.

Four real-life locations that could have featured in Game of Thrones

As viewers gear up for one last dose of dynastic squabbling, political intrigue and looming supernatural doom, four actual locations that wouldn't be out of place on Westeros and Essos.

Will Albania's political crisis delay negotiations for accession to the European Union?

A wave of protests has gripped Albania only months before the European Council is due to announce whether or not it'll open accession talks. 

Hungarian state media are attacking a high school student who criticized government

Nagy has endured criticism of her intellect and even sexual harassment, with one pro-government media outlet calling her a "whore".

8 April 2019

Moscow human rights activists sue a Russian far eastern republic over ban on migrant workers

RuNet Echo

Human rights activists will have to fight Yasen Nikolayev’s act on purely legalistic grounds, arguing that regulating the local labor market in Yakutia is not actually required.

5 April 2019

Why are some Czechs claiming Slovakia's president-elect as their own?

Czech's current leaders are conservative, often anti-Brussels, openly opposed to taking in refugees. Slovakia's Zuzana Čaputová is everything that they're not.

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