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Stories about Europe

15 February 2020

Coronavirus-related xenophobia spreads to Central and Eastern Europe

Incidents of hostility towards Asian people reported in North Macedonia, Czech Republic, Belarus and ...social networks across the region

Russians rally against torture after verdict against ‘terrorist cell’

RuNet Echo

Following a verdict against seven antifascist and anarchist activists, Russia's opposition discovers that whatever their political differences, they could all face the threat of torture.

14 February 2020

Czech Parliament elects ombudsman with history of racial discrimination

His appointment speaks of the poor state of human rights in the country.

An interview with Roger Robinson, winner of the 2019 T.S. Eliot Prize in poetry

Roger Robinson's poetry collection explores the theme of paradise, with topics ranging from London's tragic Grenfell Tower fire to the Windrush controversy, presented in bold, raw, and honest ways.

7 February 2020

How Russia influences Serbian media

Favorable perceptions of Russia and the Kremlin policies result from sustained long-term investment in propaganda, which also affects the wider media sphere in neighboring Balkan countries.

4 February 2020

A Mexican engraver revives a mostly-forgotten Russian printmaking tradition

Interview with Alejandro Barreto, the engraver who makes unique Mexican lubki.

Nationalist, socialist, and now feminist: The many facets of Czech author Božena Němcová

February 4 marks the 200th anniversary of her birth. Over the past two centuries, Němcová has been remembered for different aspects of her life and work, usually picked to fit...

3 February 2020

Can Moldova ever win its gruelling fight against corruption?

Much has changed in Moldova. Politicians have come and gone, but one thing remains static: their ability to draw Moldova into international corruption scandals. Can that ever change?

1 February 2020

Chinese patriots retaliate online after Danish outlet spoofs Chinese ‘virus flag’

To China's dismay, Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen commented on the incident by defending the country’s tradition of free speech.

30 January 2020

‘Volodya, aren’t you tired?': Russia’s youth on Putin’s 20 years in power

RuNet Echo

An entire generation of Russians can't recall life before Putin. Twenty years after his rise to power, they're now wondering if they'll ever find out what comes after him.

29 January 2020

Subdued recognition in Japan for Sugihara Chiune on 75th anniversary of Auschwitz liberation

As a diplomat in Lithuania in 1940, Sugihara issued 6,000 visas for Jews looking to flee to the Americas via Japan.

28 January 2020

International Holocaust Remembrance Day: Auschwitz in pictures

The online archive Znaci.net digitized several photos of Auschwitz from different museums in the former Yugoslavia. They tell the story, among other things, of the Mandić family of prisoners from Croatia.

27 January 2020

Data shows trend of fewer Hungarians attending public protests

Prior to a new law governing public assembly which came into effect on October 1, 2018, public demonstrations in Hungary were well attended. Now, though they still happen, attendance is...

21 January 2020

Is Russia getting its model for digital authoritarianism from China?

RuNet EchoAdvox

On the surface, China and Russia share much when it comes to digital governance. But their crackdowns on cyberspace also have important differences, says professor Maria Repnikova

20 January 2020

What is the future of Moldova's ‘law against propaganda'?

Despite objections from the socialist party, the law came into force in 2018. But with the socialists now dominating Moldovan politics, will they succeed in revoking it?

16 January 2020

From Indonesian exile to Czechoslovakian pop star: An interview with Rony Marton

Jaroni Surjomartono, an Indonesian scholar, arrived in Prague in 1963. He and hundreds of scholars were later banned from returning home after General Suharto rose to power.

14 January 2020

Ukrainian workers battle controversial new labour code

Ukrainian and international labour rights activists believe that the draft labour code will radically weaken employees' rights and the role of trade unions in the workplace

8 January 2020

The media habits of the Vietnamese minority in the Czech Republic: interview with Professor Tae-Sik Kim

The sizable Vietnamese community in the Czech Republic contributes to the shaping of a new culture that fuses elements of both countries.

6 January 2020

‘Byzantine Pompeii’ archaeological discovery in Greece will be moved to make way for the Thessaloniki subway

"What the metro construction procedures have brought to light is Byzantine Pompeii! Do you understand? And do you plan to remove it and reattach it later? Are you crazy?"