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Putin Opponents, March! Left, Right, Left …

By Ky Krauthamer + March 3rd, 2012

Prilepin is also engaged in opposition politics. He belongs to the “radical left opposition party coalition” Other Russia.

Stand Up and Be Counted

By Ky Krauthamer + February 27th, 2012

A common thread running through the criticisms of the national Roma programs is the failure to take full advantage of available EU funding.

China in the Balkans: Invasion of the Voleex?

By Ky Krauthamer + February 18th, 2012

“China has stayed loyal to ‘a few principles, which we here in the West have turned our backs on in recent times.’ “

The Right to Think Stupid Thoughts

By Ky Krauthamer + January 27th, 2012

Officially, X occurred. X was a terrible thing. Therefore, denial of X should be a crime.

This Way to Transition (Caution: Frequent Road Closures)

By Ky Krauthamer + January 20th, 2012

“People stared at me as if I were walking two monsters through their streets: women fled from my path, children screamed, old grandmothers swore at me in muted Bulgarian.”

2.5 Million Russian Phantoms Can’t Be Wrong

By Ky Krauthamer + January 16th, 2012

“ask about guarantees for the solution of your issue in case you pay the bribe”

Funny Business at the Russian Elections

By Ky Krauthamer + January 8th, 2012

United Russia was credited with 3-plus million votes in precincts with turnouts of over 97 percent.

New Year’s Resolution: Denormalize Now!

By Ky Krauthamer + December 27th, 2011

“Democracy is about disappointment and the difference between a democratic and a non-democratic regime is simply that in the former you know how to deal with disappointment”

The Out of Sight, Out of Mind Kids

By Ky Krauthamer + December 16th, 2011

… they simply replaced the word “special” in school names with the word “practical”

Hours of Fun for Everyone at New EU TV Archive

By Ky Krauthamer + December 9th, 2011

EUscreen is a collection of TV shows and other audiovisual material provided by public broadcasters and archives from 20 countries.

Top 10 Stupid Media Tricks: No. 4

By Ky Krauthamer + December 3rd, 2011

TI says its index “is not intended to measure a country’s progress over time.”

On Magor, Mácha, Revolution, and Other Laughing Matters

By Ky Krauthamer + November 18th, 2011

“One of the greatest Czech poets has died, a man who was very elegant in his soul”

Bohemian Life: Little Boxes, Little Boxes

By Ky Krauthamer + November 11th, 2011

More than 3 million out of 10 million Czechs live in paneláks

Vlachs: The Quiet Minority

By Ky Krauthamer + November 4th, 2011

This is a story about Serbia, two quintets, and walnuts. During his visit to Serbia this week, the Romanian president, Traian Basescu, stoutly restated his country’s rejection of Kosovo’s independence. This is no surprise, as Romania has consistently rejected any moves to recognize Kosovo since the province broke away from Serbia in 2008. Romania has [...]

The More Corruption Changes, the More It Stays the Same

By Ky Krauthamer + October 28th, 2011

In political matters it is very hard for a man in office to be purer than his neighbours

Slobodan the Terrible Meets Bill the Vampire Slayer

By Ky Krauthamer + October 14th, 2011

The association between Serbia/Kosovo and vampires goes back at least to Bram Stoker himself.

A Dispiriting Report on EU Eastern Policy

By Ky Krauthamer + October 7th, 2011

In security and democracy terms, the EU has failed to achieve most of its objectives in Eastern Europe

When Cultures Clash, Creative Sparks May Fly

By Ky Krauthamer + September 30th, 2011

Culture is not just a tool for interpreting reality, it can be a tool to shape reality. It can be a force to break down barriers, raise consciousness and tolerance of difference, but it can also be used in ways that divide peoples and nations and inspire rage and hatred. I’ve been thinking about culture [...]

Ex-U.S. Diplomat Explains How Not to Intervene in Bosnia

By Ky Krauthamer + September 23rd, 2011

Hunt is the innocent abroad, an idealist forever running up against the misguided policies of world-weary, ignorant, or plain stupid people

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