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June 9, 2021

LGBTI activists face growing opposition across Eastern Europe

Maja Gergorić Planning for forthcoming Pride months, LGBTI activists are aware of growing opposition to their cause. Yet, writes Maja Gergorić, anti-LGBTI rhetoric and policy meet with a strong and united LGBTI movement in Eastern European countries Read more
May 11, 2021

The Visegrád Group: an uneasy balance between East and West

Aliaksei Kazharski Following the end of the Cold War, the Visegrád 4 of Hungary, Poland, Czechia and Slovakia embarked on a 'return to the West'. These countries, writes Aliaksei Kazharski, are hardly beacons of democracy. But could they anchor Europeanisation and democratic change in East-Central Europe? Read more
April 27, 2021

Belarus-Poland relations: minorities caught in-between

Hanna Vasilevich Diplomatic tensions between Poland and Belarus intensified throughout March 2021. In response, Belarusian authorities initiated repressive legislation targeting civil society and protestors. But in so doing, they also affected national minorities in Belarus, writes Hanna Vasilevich Read more
March 30, 2021

Are legal gender quotas an antidote to the deficit in women’s political representation?

Maciej Górecki Researchers now have tools to assess the influence of gender quotas on electoral systems. But, write Maciej Górecki and Michał Pierzgalski, the impact of such quotas reveals limited improvement in women’s political representation Read more
January 29, 2021

Joe Biden will balance security interests and the rule of law in Central and Eastern Europe

Veronica Anghel Under the Biden administration, the EU stands to have an ally against authoritarian tendencies in some Central and Eastern European countries writes Veronica Anghel. But US involvement will not be transformative Read more
December 3, 2020

Are we witnessing the end of ethnic parties in Lithuania?

Kiryl Kascian In Lithuania's recent parliamentary election, the party claiming to represent the interests of Polish and other minorities failed to reach the electoral threshold. As Kiryl Kascian writes, this could bring an end to the representation of minorities in Lithuanian politics Read more
November 23, 2020

Polish citizens protest against the new abortion law – while civil society itself becomes ever more divided

Akudo McGee Enraged by Poland’s new abortion law, thousands of protestors filled the streets in late October. Many protests were organised by liberal civil society organisations, yet, argues Akudo McGee, it is precisely through civil society that the government has been able to exert its anti-liberal agenda Read more
November 23, 2020

If cultural (r)evolution in Poland is inevitable, political (r)evolution must wait its turn: the protests against the near-total ban on abortion

Renata Mieńkowska-Norkiene Renata Mieńkowska-Norkiene considers the current mass protests in Poland against the near-total ban on abortion as the manifestation of a nascent cultural (r)evolution. But it doesn't necessarily signal that a political revolution is in the offing – at least not yet Read more

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