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Caught Between East & West

Caught  Between East & West

On the first Sunday of November, 70,000 Moldovans gathered at a rally in the capital Chisinau. They were pledging support for the government’s pro-western policies in the run up to a major summit in Vilnius on 28 and 29 November, where Moldova was due to initial an “association agreement” with the European Union. Moldova, officially […]

Book Review: Andrzej Stasiuk’s On the Road to Babadag

Book Review: Andrzej Stasiuk’s On the Road to Babadag

Journeys in a Forgotten Europe Tiszaszalka. Răşinari. Székelyföld. The places of Andrzej Stasiuk’s newly translated travel memoir On the Road to Babadag: Travels in the Other Europe are not likely to be familiar to most of his English-language readers, even those well-travelled in the region. The work, like Stasiuk himself, studiously avoids the great cities […]

Worst drought in decades hits Central Europe

From wildfires in Bosnia and crop shortages in Moldova and Serbia, to the decreased water levels of the Danube in Bulgaria, the Balkan and Eastern European region is experiencing the effects of record heat and drought. Following a record winter, the summer’s heat has wreaked havoc on potato and corn crops, especially in Serbia and […]

Talks on Transnistria

Talks on Transnistria

Representatives from Germany, Russia and Moldova continued talks at a quaint lakeside town in Bavaria to discuss the future of a Russian-speaking breakaway region in Moldova. The meeting took place from 20 to 22 Jun in Rottach-Egern on the Tegernsee as part of the OSCE’s “5+2 Talks” focusing on the future of Transnistria, a 100km-long […]

Cities of Children

Cities of Children

In reports from the emerging economies of Eastern Europe, the top economic indicators often leave a grim picture. There are other stories less often told, however, of a few men and women who are listening from the “bottom-up”. One of them is Father Georg Sporschill SJ, founder and director of Concordia Sozialprojekte working with children […]

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