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· June, 2019

Stories about Eastern & Central Europe from June, 2019

For Albania and North Macedonia, are the European Union's doors half-open or half-closed?

Both Western Balkan countries were hopeful for a positive outcome from the EU foreign ministers' meeting on June 18.

Handcrafting behind bars: Women inmates in Albania create ‘made in prison’ accessories

"I feel like a normal person again. I have been sentenced 3 years in prison and everything was hard, but now you are helping me to see a hopeful life."

The Ivan Golunov phenomenon: a brief moment of solidarity and euphoria in Putin’s Russia

Many are calling for more action to punish law enforcement forces that fabricated the case.

Racing down socialist memory lane: a classic Yugoslav cars video goes viral

The cars include three brands produced by Yugoslav factory Zastava from Kragujevac, Serbia, that were based off models by Italian manufacturer Fiat.

Arrest of investigative journalist Ivan Golunov marks turning point in Russian society

Golunov's arrest has galvanized a rare show of support from all sides of the Russian political spectrum.

Publisher of Macedonian edition of Hitler's ‘Mein Kampf’ releases book by former PM Nikola Gruevski

Gruveski led North Macedonia's right-wing government from 2006 to 2017, a period of sharp democratic decline.

Tinder now required to share user data with Russian authorities

The app is now legally required to store users' data for six months and provide it to the Russian authorities at their request.

Czechs demand new justice minister's resignation in nationwide challenge to PM Andrej Babiš

Protesters say the PM is seeking to interfere with his prosecution and demand measures to protect the judiciary's independence.

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