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· December, 2019

Stories about Eastern & Central Europe from December, 2019

31 December 2019

Comics fans in southern Europe celebrated the triple anniversary of cult publications in 2019

Comics fans in several southern European countries celebrated three golden jubilees in 2019: the 50th-anniversary publication of Italian comics series Alan Ford, the ‘Yugoslav Asterix’ Dikan, and Serbian magazine Stripoteka

26 December 2019

What lies ahead for the RuNet in 2020?

RuNet EchoAdvox

Interview with Alexander Isavnin, a researcher at the Internet Protection Society, on the Russian government's next steps to regulate and control cyberspace.

Macedonian government promises to retract misogynist school textbook

The text has been taught in Macedonian schools since 2002.

25 December 2019

Anti-vax groups in the Balkans find support with the Russian Orthodox Church

The Russian Orthodox Church defends the right of parents to choose not to vaccinate their children.

23 December 2019

Latest offering from Russian cult novelist Pelevin divides and confuses critics

RuNet Echo

Viktor Pelevin's latest novel, a tale of 'weapons-grade memes', is creative but widely seen as overambitious.

22 December 2019

New documentary charts the RuNet's unlikely rise — and its fall

RuNet Echo

Twenty-five years on, Andrey Loshak's documentary series examines the ups and downs of Russia's internet, from its apparently idyllic beginnings to its uncertain future.

19 December 2019

Serbian fact-checking service Istinomer files criminal complaint after serious hacker attack

Advox

Istinomer has demanded an investigation that would disclose the identities of both those who ordered the attack and funded the technology that underpinned it.

Serbian nationalists want to build an extravagant Triumphal Arch in a Belgrade park

The initiative drew comparisons with similar architectural shenanigans by other authoritarian regimes in the Balkans.

13 December 2019

Interview with Aleksandra Lun, a Polish native who became a celebrated Spanish-language writer

"A language is simply a world that you choose to live in. If you live in that world, you own its language."

10 December 2019

A 1990s Macedonian film set in 2019 foreshadows a xenophobic future

Like other sci-fi before it, it imagined the present year as a post-apocalyptic wasteland.

Albania slowly going back to normal after devastating quake

While the November 26 quake left 51 dead and thousands homeless, affected cities are fully decorated for New Year celebrations.

5 December 2019

Encounters with devils, angels and saints on the streets of the Czech Republic

On the evening of December 5, streets and squares of the Czech Republic fill with unusual characters: devils, angels and saints wearing tall hats.

Parody song remembers Eastern European fighters in WWII's Battle of Britain

Historians say that, without the help of Eastern European soldiers, Britain would not have beaten Nazi Germany.

4 December 2019

As NATO turns 70, changing priorities jeopardize security of smaller member nations

Smaller NATO members like the Baltics know all too well the consequences of underestimating the threat on their eastern borders.

3 December 2019

Fact-checking service blames Croatian government for using EU money to fund online portal that spreads disinformation

Advox

A web portal infamous for proliferating falsehoods and nationalist hate has received funds slated for support of Small and Medium Enterprises from the European fund for Regional Development.

2 December 2019

Greta Thunberg impersonators attempted to dupe Macedonian PM with fake phone call

The government called the incident a "hybrid attack."

Death toll in Albania earthquake reaches 51 as search and rescue operations end

As search and rescue operations end, Albania is taking stock of the effects of the catastrophic earthquake that struck the country on November 26.

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