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· March, 2008

Stories about Eastern & Central Europe from March, 2008

Slovakia: Newspapers Protest Imposition of Interactivity

Information Policy links to a story in the International Herald Tribune on the protest of Slovak newspapers against the new requirement “to print responses by people or institutions to any...

Czech Republic: Micro-Fee vs “Micro-Bribe”

The Economist‘s blog, Certain Ideas of Europe, reports from the Czech Republic on how “charging patients a small sum for visits to publicly funded doctors” has more or less eliminated...

Romania, Hungary, Austria: Marshal Antonescu; “Political Irrelevance”

At A Fistful of Euros, Douglas Muir writes about Marshal Antonescu of Romania, and Alex Harrowell writes about an “outbreak of arseholes in Central Europe.”

Bulgaria: Against Internet “Bugging”

This year, the Bulgarian government has issued a decree, which, among other things, allows the security services to gather from each internet user the data about who they have written...

Belarus: Freedom Day Protest

On Tuesday, March 25, police broke up an opposition rally in the capital of Belarus, beating protesters with truncheons and detaining dozens of people. Veronica Khokhlova translates two bloggers' first-hand...

Bosnia & Herzegovina: New UNESCO Heritage Site; New Cross Memorial

Elia Varela Serra reviews bloggers' reactions to one of the main news in the Bosnian blogosphere this week: the addition of the Višegrad stone bridge to UNESCO's World Heritage List....

Ukraine, Poland: Tusk Visits Kyiv

Leopolis reports on Donald Tusk's visit to Ukraine: “The biggest development of the trip was the signing of a cross-border visa agreement for small-time Ukrainian traders living 50 kilometres from...

Russia: A Scam

20 East writes about one of the popular scams that he became victim of during a visit to Russia three years ago.

Romania: Corruption

Public Policy Watch – Politici Publice in Moldova writes on the issue of “high-profile corruption” in Romania.

Belarus: Emanuel Zeltser's Detention

Eternal Remont links to a new blog whose aim is to draw attention to Emanuel Zeltser's case: FREE Emanuel Zeltser and Vladlena Funk – Illegally Imprisoned in Belarus Since March...

Russia, U.S.: A Foreign Policy View

Valery Dzutsev offers a view on why “there is so much tension between the US and Russia.”

Macedonia, Greece: More on the Name Dispute

More on the Macedonia-Greece name dispute – at Halfway Down the Danube and Foreign Policy Blog.

Latvia: Referendums

Baltic writes in depth on “a strong possibility for holding two referendums in Latvia this year.”

Russia: Dmitry Medvedev

Streetwise Professor writes about “the contrast between [Dmitry] Medvedev’s words and the ongoing acts of the government that he will soon head.”

Czech Republic: Football Hooligans

The Czech Daily Word writes about football hooligans in Prague.

Poland: Stance on Tibet

Kinuk writes about Poland's stance on Tibet and China.

Russia: Xenophobia in Moscow

Moscow Through Brown Eyes posts a short update on hate crime in Moscow; Window on Eurasia writes about a graffiti campaign launched by the Movement Against Illegal Immigration (DPNI) in...

Russia: Russian Reading Challenge 2008

Megan Case reviews novels by Andrei Makine and Olga Grushin for the Russian Reading Challenge 2008 at Ex Libris.

Russia: Russians/Americans “are NOT stupid”

Finally, a Russian answer (RUS) to the famous/infamous “Americans are NOT stupid” video (via LJ user maliar, RUS).

Russia: Myths

Da Russophile presents “the Top 10 Russophobe Myths, in opposition to La Russophobe‘s Top 10 Russophile Myths.”

About our Eastern & Central Europe coverage

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Filip Stojanovski is the Central Europe editor. Email him story ideas or volunteer to write.


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