What’s up Poland? Olga Tokarczuk is awarded the Nobel Prize in literature and PiS continues to rule the country

– On September 20th, dozens of Polish cities were occupied by youth protesting climate change as a part of the international initiative “Thousand Cities March” organized by the Youth Climate Strike. Residents of cities like Krakow, Lublin, Poznan and Warsaw … Continue reading What’s up Poland? Olga Tokarczuk is awarded the Nobel Prize in literature and PiS continues to rule the country

Drop in alcohol consumption WTO reports and new raids against Alexander Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation

– Some good news began this month, with the World Health Organisation (WHO) reporting that alcohol consumption in Russia fell by 43% between 2003 and 2016 on October 1st. According to WHO, Russians used to be considered some of the … Continue reading Drop in alcohol consumption WTO reports and new raids against Alexander Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation

What's Up Bulgaria

Protests over early parole to murder-convicted Australian and controversies over the upcoming election of the new Prosecutor General

The last few months in Bulgaria were hot and stormy, just like the county’s political scene. Although the National Assembly had a long vacation, Bulgarians were not given a break from scandals and bad news.  – The arrest of a … Continue reading Protests over early parole to murder-convicted Australian and controversies over the upcoming election of the new Prosecutor General

Minority language rights in peril, and PACE visits Chechnya

– The self-immolation of the Udmurt-language professor Albert Razin on September 10th shocked those concerned with the development of the indigenous languages of the Russian Federation. His suicide was carried out in protest against the neglect of Russia’s minority languages. In … Continue reading Minority language rights in peril, and PACE visits Chechnya

Polish academia against climate change, and the ECJ returns a verdict

– On June 5th, a district court in Warsaw launched anti-censorship proceedings against Facebook. The case was issued by Maciej Świrski, chairman of the Polish League Against Defamation (altenratively also called the Good Name Redoubt – Polish Anti-Defamation League), a right-wing, … Continue reading Polish academia against climate change, and the ECJ returns a verdict

What's Up Bulgaria

EU Parliament election confirms balance of power and vice president of ruling party resigns

– The results of the European Parliament (EP) elections on May 26th in Bulgaria reconfirmed the balance of power in the National Assembly. The ruling Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria won the elections with about 31% of the votes … Continue reading EU Parliament election confirms balance of power and vice president of ruling party resigns

What's Up Ukraine

New president sworn in and marine tribunal rules on captured sailors

– On May 15th, Ukraine responded to Moscow’s ban on the sale and transportation of Ukrainian produce by introducing economic sanctions on certain Russian goods. The list of sanctioned goods includes Russian cement, plywood, mineral fertilizers, vehicles, and some other … Continue reading New president sworn in and marine tribunal rules on captured sailors