Hospitality à la Central Europe

Posted on 14. July 2015 by Lukáš Fúčela Most of the Central European nations, especially the countries of the Visegrad Group (Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary and Slovakia), have a tradition of greeting their guests with bread and salt upon arrival. Because of this common gesture of hospitality, we consider ourselves as welcoming nations. Unfortunately, this … Continue reading Hospitality à la Central Europe

Five myths on low voter turnout at European elections in post-communist countries

Posted on 10. July 2015 by Veronika Sobolova The voter turnout for the European Parliament elections have been decreasing steadily since the very first EP elections in 1979. This trend persists in spite of the large transfer of competencies to the European Parliament, which gave it a more significant position within the complex system of inter-institutional … Continue reading Five myths on low voter turnout at European elections in post-communist countries

Overly cautious and concerned about Putin: Estonia after 10 years as an EU member

Posted on 29. April 2014 by Anna Karolin During the gloomiest days of the Eurozone crisis, Estonians often felt like the economic superstars of Europe. Sure, star economist and New York Times columnist Krugman did not like our economic model, but we actually managed to make the shrewd cuts in public spending, have very few protests … Continue reading Overly cautious and concerned about Putin: Estonia after 10 years as an EU member

“No second-class EU-citizens!”

Posted on 24. February 2014 by Miruna Troncota The debut of the year, when “good news” for Romania were publically wrapped up as  “bad news” for certain EU countries, was very puzzling for me. During the first week of 2014, there were two important events which took place one after the other and they finally triggered … Continue reading “No second-class EU-citizens!”

Bulgaria – The Fast-Slow EU Member

Posted on 02. May 2012 by Georgi Michev The Republic of Bulgaria officially joined the European Union on January 1, 2007. Following its accession, the public sphere within the states that had already acceded to the EU grew noisy with debate on the hazards of crime, corruption, and illegal workers in the labor market. In my … Continue reading Bulgaria – The Fast-Slow EU Member