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Nabucco’s Final Curtain

Nabucco’s  Final  Curtain

The European Union needs natural gas. It needs it to fuel its economy and to keep households warm in winter. It needs it because it is a versatile energy source with multiple uses and because it is the least contaminating fossil fuel. And although the EU itself does not have much gas, its neighbors have […]

At IWM: Not Quite the “End of History”

At IWM: Not Quite the “End of History”

Free chairs were hard to find at the Institute for Human Sciences (Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen, IWM) on the evening of 10 June, when Yale-Historians Timothy Snyder (Bloodlands, The Red Prince) and Marci Shore (The Taste of Ashes) along with Ivan Krastev of the Centre for Liberal Strategies in Sofia, Bulgaria were on […]

Book Briefs: Apr., 2013

MIDDLE EUROPA “Martin Ehl shows us how entertaining sophisticated, high-quality journalism can be,” said Jury Chairman Ambros Kindel when he announced the winner of the 2012 Writing for Central and Eastern Europe award. Ehl is among the top columnists on the issues and events shaping Central Europe and the Baltics. Middle Europa collects well-informed and well-written assessments of the historical, cultural and social characteristics […]

Alternative for Germany

The newest political party in Germany, AfD (Alternative for Germany) is advocating a departure from the eurozone. AfD held its first national conference on 14 Apr., drawing in 1,500 of its nearly 10,000 members. The party includes many middle-class conservatives. Experts say it’s unlikely AfD will attract enough federal votes to earn a parliamentary seat, […]

Croatia’s 1st MEP Election

Only 20 per cent of Croatia’s eligible voters turned out for the first European Parliament election in the country’s history on 14 April. Croatia voted on their first 12 European Parliament seats and will officially join the EU on 1 July. Political analyst Davor Djenero attributed the low turnout to a “weak campaign” to inform […]

Central Europe: Retrieving History from Myth and Ideology

Central Europe: Retrieving History from Myth and Ideology

Much ink has been spilt questioning the concept of “Central Europe”. Where is it actually? And as a geopolitical entity, does it exist at all? In an influential article published in Paris in 1983, the Czech writer Milan Kundera located it geographically in the centre of Europe, but culturally in the West, and politically (at […]

Hidden Prosperity In the CEE

Hidden Prosperity In the CEE

What do countries as different as Slovakia, Moldova, Slovenia and Estonia have in common? In the 2012 Legatum Prosperity Index, published by the London-based Legatum Institute, these four made the biggest leap forward among European countries, raising the prosperity of their citizens in the eyes of the index’s analysts. There are numerous charts that try […]

Nabucco pipeline downsizes

Nabucco pipeline downsizes

The consortium overseeing the planning of the Nabucco pipeline announced modified plans for the natural gas conduit that will serve Europe. The new Nabucco West line will extend from the Bulgarian/Turkish border to the Central European Gas Hub in Baumgarten, Lower Austria, according to a press release published on its website. The new proposal deviates […]

Military Cooperation: A Question of Trust

Military Cooperation: A Question of Trust

  Could Slovaks ever imagine allowing Hungarian pilots to patrol their airspace? That question is worth asking after the NATO summit in Chicago on 20-21 May, as ministers from Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, and the Czech Republic contemplate their first joint security initiative in the 20 years since they agreed on a pact of mutual cooperation […]

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