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Is it Safe to Go Home Now?

By Ky Krauthamer + November 6th, 2012

Belgium’s “safe country of origin” list includes just seven countries, six from the Balkans.

Reconciling Differences in Macedonian Classrooms

By Ky Krauthamer + September 3rd, 2012

Modernizing history textbooks is a Herculean job for a group of dedicated educators.

Tatarstan’s Word Wars

By Ky Krauthamer + August 27th, 2012

In the 1990s Tatarstan carved out a special role within the Russian Federation. In the 2000s much of that progress was rolled back by a resurgent Moscow, starting with an assault on the Latin alphabet.

Czechs, Render Unto the Churches …

By Ky Krauthamer + August 19th, 2012

A group of 30 intellectuals, Protestant ministers, and theologians even released a petition calling for the bill to be withdrawn, saying it would turn Christ’s teachings on their head.

“Socially Significant,” as Defined by Astana

By Ky Krauthamer + August 12th, 2012

A newspaper owned by the ruling Nur Otan party won $23 million in state tenders from 2009 to 2011.

Ending Immunity is No Cure-all for Shaky Democracies

By Ky Krauthamer + August 4th, 2012

The converse of immunity, of course, is that the more of it you have, the more impunity you enjoy.

The Sisyphean Struggle to Desegregate Schools

By Ky Krauthamer + July 20th, 2012

“Their horizon has opened. Then they will not need our efforts to desegregate their children; they will do it for themselves.”

A Common Market to De-Balkanize the Balkans?

By Ky Krauthamer + July 6th, 2012

The fatal flaw of “Balkan Benelux” is the brutal fact that wider Europe doesn’t need these four countries.

Belarus: The Cloudy Crystal Ball

By Ky Krauthamer + June 29th, 2012

“Belarusian public opinion is actually a pretty good judge of what is going on. Lukashenka’s poll ratings collapsed along with the economy in 2011 to the 20s. They have now recovered, but not to massively high levels.”

New Book Tries to Cut the Belarusian Knot

By Ky Krauthamer + June 25th, 2012

The history of Belarus is fogged with “what ifs”

EUruption II: Flood Warning

By Ky Krauthamer + June 15th, 2012

“Three out of five managers of Czech SMEs believe it is impossible to win a public contract without resorting to bribery, a kickback or some other ‘incentive.’ “

EUruption, or, a Conspiracy of Dunces

By Ky Krauthamer + May 18th, 2012

“The EU hovers between politics and diplomacy, between states and markets, and between government and governance”

Yellow-Bellied European Pols Deserve Yellow Cards

By Ky Krauthamer + May 11th, 2012

“I can understand the politicians who sympathize with Yulia Tymoshenko, but nothing stands in their way to express this sympathy in a clear way during the championships.”

Belgrade Culture Clash

By Ky Krauthamer + April 27th, 2012

“Our staff felt like its personal safety was in jeopardy. For this reason we were forced to cancel our participation”

Sudeten Culture Shock

By Ky Krauthamer + April 20th, 2012

Enter, from behind the rusted iron curtain, a man wearing the rear end of a car.

A Truth Commission for Europe’s Roma?

By Ky Krauthamer + April 8th, 2012

To tackle deep-rooted anti-Gypsyism, it is necessary to increase public awareness about the past mass atrocities against the Roma people

For Kyrgyz Villagers, Journeys of Love and Necessity

By Ky Krauthamer + March 26th, 2012

“Far from leading to a retreat from collective commitments, remittances can play an important role in keeping other family members together and in reproducing the village as a social and moral unit.”

The View From the Center-East

By Ky Krauthamer + March 16th, 2012

Russians are not unhappy people but neither could you say that they have a lot of fun. Russians do not want to live in Russia.

Doing Good With Data

By Ky Krauthamer + March 9th, 2012

Statistical analysis can be a powerful tool against crime, but it must be used with care.

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