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Stories about Eastern & Central Europe

25 November 2018

Students rally for academic freedom on the eve of the final call for Central European University to stay in Hungary

Students of threatened academic institutions occupied the square in front of the Parliament to defend academic freedom in Hungary.

21 November 2018

Civil society organizations decry new legislation that reduces legal rights in Bulgaria

Many fear that changes to Bulgaria’s Administrative-Procedural Code (APC) are a threat to justice.

19 November 2018

Netizens reflect on 100th anniversary of Czechoslovakia

Slovakia and the Czech Republic mark 100 years since the establishment of Czechoslovakia.

16 November 2018

Former Macedonian strongman's escape to Hungary triggers a flood of disinformation

If the claims circulating in the Balkans media space are to be believed, Nikola Grueski escaped to Hungary on a flight operated by an airline that closed in 2012.

From prime minister to escaped convict: Macedonia's ex-leader Nikola Gruevski flees to Hungary

"While Gruevski's escape was unprecedented in Macedonian history, his choice of destination wasn’t too surprising."

11 November 2018

Activists in Macedonia win fight for clean water despite years of dismissal by former government

"Clear drinking water without arsenic is a present for the people of Gevgelija on 7th of November"

9 November 2018

Russia’s most progressive media outlet finds itself on the wrong side of #MeToo

RuNet Echo

Kolpakov is the first-ever man to publicly resign over sexual assault accusations in Russia. And he's a #metoo supporter.

5 November 2018

Suicide attack against Russia's domestic intelligence agency spells more trouble for activists

RuNet Echo

A suicide bomber's attack against a local intelligence agency's office in Russia, allegedly an extreme reaction to violent persecution of leftist activists, generates yet more trouble for the latter.

Indian ambassador's farewell gift paintings create a media stir in Croatia

Indian Ambassador Sandeep Kumar bids farewell to Croatia's government officials by giving away some of the paintings he made during his three-year term in the country.

1 November 2018

Sarajevo awards honorary citizenship to UK heavy metal star Bruce Dickinson

Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickenson is granted honorary citizenship for the moral support he gave the people of Sarajevo during a 1994 visit to the besieged city.

28 October 2018

‘Voice for the Ocean’ gives European citizens a say on the future of ocean conservation

"It is necessary to connect European citizens and ocean lovers to the political sphere in order to discuss, make progress, and protect the ocean together."

26 October 2018

Death by bureaucracy? Russian regulators slap independent news site with sky-high fine

RuNet EchoAdvox

"It obviously means bankruptcy and imminent closure for the magazine."

24 October 2018

Ukraine is outsourcing law enforcement to private companies that don't respect human rights

Their mandates are based solely on contracts signed between them and the city -- which vary a lot from city to city -- and mechanisms of accountability are virtually nonexistent.

19 October 2018

Serbian authorities clamp down on a health charity after it exposed state negligence

The methods of pressure against Serbian civil society organizations bear resemblance to those used by governments in Central and Eastern Europe, in particular in neighboring Hungary and Macedonia.

18 October 2018

Six red carnations and one severed ram’s head: Deadly threats sent to Russian independent newspaper

RuNet EchoAdvox

The recipient of these grisly messages, the independent investigative newspaper Novaya Gazeta, holds the record for the most of its reporters murdered on the job: six, including Anna Politkovskaya.

17 October 2018

Macedonian propagandist calls for rape of female journalist, sparking outrage

Advox

The threat came from Cvetin Chilimanov, a well-known propagandist and dogged promoter of Macedonia's former ruling party.

29 September 2018

Do Macedonians want their country to join NATO and the EU? A historic referendum will decide

The September 30 referendum explicitly asks: 'Are you in favour of EU and NATO membership by accepting the Agreement between the Republic of Macedonia and the Republic of Greece?'

The Alliance for the Protection of Theatre fights to preserve Albania's cultural heritage

"Do not erase the collective memory of the generations. Any new theatre is welcome but we do not have to destroy the old one."

25 September 2018

Chat bot lets Russians detained at protests request legal assistance

RuNet EchoAdvox

A Russian NGO tracking police brutality developed a chatbot on the popular Telegram messenger that allows people detained at rallies report their arrests and request legal assistance.

24 September 2018

As xenophobic policies sweep Central and Eastern Europe, refugee aid is criminalized

While the numbers of refugees entering Europe decrease, political hysteria against them, and civil society organizations that help them in Central and Eastern Europeis on the rise.

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