Stories about Eastern & Central Europe from 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
What lies ahead for the RuNet in 2020?
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.
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.
Latest offering from Russian cult novelist Pelevin divides and confuses critics
Viktor Pelevin's latest novel, a tale of 'weapons-grade memes', is creative but widely seen as overambitious.
New documentary charts the RuNet's unlikely rise — and its fall
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.
Serbian fact-checking service Istinomer files criminal complaint after serious hacker attack
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
Fact-checking service blames Croatian government for using EU money to fund online portal that spreads disinformation
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.
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.