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Night in The Garden of the Heavenly Hundred: a Meeting with Modern Ukraine

By the time Evgeniya Kuleba comes to meet us in The Heavenly Hundred Garden in central Kiev, night has fallen. Despite the first signs of spring, an icy wind has pushed the temperature down to -5 Celsius. Two years after the Maidan Revolution of 2014, that many refer to as the Revolution of Dignity, the…

Nick Barlay | 02/04/2016
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14th KINOTEKA FILM FESTIVAL 2016 – 7th to 28th April

The 14th KINOTEKA Polish Film Festival returns to the capital this April with an exciting programme bringing together a diverse and enticing mix of film, music, visual arts and design with screenings, both contemporary and retrospective, as well as documentary and silent cinema, interactive workshops, industry masterclasses, exhibitions, live performances and special guests…. As previously…

Robin Ashenden | 17/03/2016
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The Destruction of Truth: the Donbass Region and Old Bucharest, by Rachel Nicholson

‘Since it is 25 years since the end of communism, we have decided to talk about the end of communism,’ began Oliver Bullough in his introduction to Frontline Club’s event on Wednesday February 24th. Onstage with him were two writers, Peter Pomerantsev and Philip Ó Ceallaigh, recently featured in Granta magazine’s newest issue ‘No Man’s…

Rachel Nicholson | 01/03/2016
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‘Europe’s New Headache?’ Polish Law and Justice comes to Chatham House, by Olenka Hamilton

Since its election in October 2015, Poland’s new government has been criticised by many in the media as nationalistic, eurosceptic and right-wing. The Economist has called it ‘far right’, branding Poland ‘Europe’s new headache’. Within days of winning the elections, the Law and Justice Party (PiS) tightened its grip on the judiciary, the security services…

Olenka Hamilton | 22/02/2016
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Czech Band Čankišou: ‘Supay’ (2015) reviewed by Ian Mole

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Czech band Čankišou formed at a Christmas party in 1998 and have since then released six albums. Their work’s fuelled by the legend of the ancient one-legged Čanki nation and they sing not in their native Czech but in an artificial language called Canki. The theme of Supay, their most recent album, is the struggle…

Ian Mole | 19/01/2016
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REMEMBERING BOSNIA: An Interview with Foreign Correspondent Maggie O’Kane, by Robin Ashenden

Anyone of news-viewing age in the early 90s will find it difficult to recall the Bosnian War without remembering Maggie O’Kane. This Northern Irish war-correspondent was part of the landscape of the time, whether writing a regular column on the war in the Guardian or making television documentaries about the same. Young, elfin, urgent and…

Robin Ashenden | 04/01/2016

Eastern Europe: Migration and Disintegration, by Tim Less

What’s the difference between solidarity and intimidation? Not much if you’re the leader of a Western European state with an uncontrollable migrant crisis on your hands. But if you’re an Eastern European state on the receiving end of system that threatens your vital national interests, it could be the difference between staying and leaving inside…

Tim Less | 06/10/2015
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Hungary, Frontier Village, by George Szirtes

When God created the world he invented history a few seconds before he did economics. Being a poet – and, it is said, the Muses are the Daughters of Memory- he liked to let them float beside each other and observe the shapes they made. One of the more memorable but highly shifting shapes was…

George Szirtes | 25/09/2015