What Actually Happens When a Country Bans Abortion
Romania under Ceausescu created a dystopian horror of overcrowded, filthy orphanages, and thousands died from back-alley abortions.
Ukraine’s Pretend President Now Faces a Real Test
In his fight against corruption, Zelensky will face real challenges—not least from his own constituents.
Can Zuzana Caputova Save Slovakia?
A political newcomer is poised to become president by standing up for liberal democratic values—and seeking to halt the spread of right-wing populism across Central and Eastern Europe.
Can the Czech Republic Tear Down Europe’s Rainbow Curtain?
Eastern Europe has long resisted same-sex marriage. Prague might be about to change that.
Serbia’s Protests Aren’t the Beginning of a Balkan Spring
Demonstrations against Aleksandar Vucic’s authoritarian government won’t achieve anything until the opposition can present a coherent alternative.
Don’t Believe the Russian Hype
Moscow’s missile capabilities in the Baltic Sea region are not nearly as dangerous as they seem.
People of the World, Stop Looking at Moldova!
Politicians in this corner of Eastern Europe insist their country is a stage for geopolitical rivalry between the West and Russia—the better to profit from the attention.
You Only Wish You Had Ukraine’s Democracy
Despite attacks from abroad and corruption at home, Ukrainian democracy isn't failing—it's thriving.
Hungary Finally Has an Opposition Worth a Damn
The country’s youngest party has united the left and right against Viktor Orban.
Hunger Strike Gains Momentum in Azerbaijan
Seeing Baku as a strategic partner, the United States and Europe overlook rights violations.
Poland Is Trying to Make Abortion Dangerous, Illegal, and Impossible
Ireland voted to liberalize abortion laws. The far-right government in Warsaw is moving in the opposite direction.
How an Internet Impostor Exposed the Underbelly of the Czech Media
When politicians own the press, trolls have the last laugh.
When Killing the Messenger Becomes the Norm
More journalists are assassinated than die in war zones.
The Corrupt Shall Inherit Ukraine
In a country where even the anti-corruption prosecutors abuse their power, it's hard to say who the good guys are.
The End of Viktor Orban’s Peacock Dance
As the European Union takes long overdue measures to punish the Hungarian regime, the prime minister appears to be moving from rhetorical to real repression.
Press Freedom Is Still Under Attack in Slovakia
A journalist’s murder shocked the country in February, but it hasn’t led to a more independent media.
The Nationalist Internationale Is Crumbling
Steve Bannon is trying to sell Trumpism to Eastern Europeans—but shared ideologies die hard when they run into economic and military realities.
Putin Doesn’t Care about Sex Trafficking
Russia could have done something to prevent sexual exploitation of foreign women during the World Cup. It chose not to.