Poland wants to sit at Europe’s big table, but Poles have learned to be critical, ironic and contrarian, in defiance of politics. After turning his interest toward Central Europe in the 1980s, the late Tony Judt decided to learn Czech. Why not Polish? Judt, one of the most thought-provoking historians of the 20th century, responded […]
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With a rocky history behind them, Czechs never had it so good – and they secretly know, despite all the grumbling. Czechs are a bit obsessed with years ending in “8” – and the history of the 20th century has given them plenty of reasons. The start w...
The mythic region at the edge of the Empire was once the cultural heart of Eastern Europe. Today, it is the engine of change pulling Ukraine to the West. In Ukraine, they say if you want to see Europe on a thin wallet, visit Lviv. It starts with the architecture. Bizarre moldings stand side by […]
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Wedged between the Alps and the Adriatic Sea, Croatia and Slovenia oscillate between the desire for more togetherness and the borders in people’s minds Many things unite Slovenia and Croatia, the two former socialist republics of Yugoslavia that...
A borderland on the edge of cultures and empires, Croatia’s position today feels eerily like a century ago On Ban Jelačić, the central square in the Croatian capital of Zagreb, black letters carved into the white gray marble commemorate the hono...
From the peaks of the Alps to the sand-stone of the Dalmatian coast, both Slovenia and Croatia have wonders small and tasty to share By Neža Lukančič & Benjamin Wolf © IFeelSlovenia Sleep in a Herdsman’s Cottage in Velika Planina Located on the southern ridge of the Kamnik–Savinja Alps, the Velika Planina plateau hosts one […]
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Hungary
Hungary oscillates between notions of past grandeur and a deep longing for calm. True democracy, it seems, has no chance but to fall by the wayside. Thirty seconds and we are live in Echo TV’s freshly refurbished news studio. The room is half-lit with merely the silhouette of the anchorman showing. A timer is ticking, […]
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For the 100th anniversary of the demise of the Habsburg Empire and the forming of new states and territories in its place, we are embarking on a year-long reporting project. In autumn 1918, after four years of a grinding, devastating war, ...
Lviv
Placed firmly on the fault lines of Europe, Ukraine looks both East and West. Yet, what Ukrainians fight for is nothing less than their future. Among all European states Ukraine stands apart – historically, politically, geopolitically. One of the largest European states – just recently moved back to the map of Europe – it still […]
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