“If he beats you, then it means he loves you”: The cultural nature of gender-based violence in Belarus

This article is part of a collaboration between The Perspective Webzine and Lossi 36. The Perspective Webzine is a student based web magazine created and led by Lund University’s Association of Foreign Affairs (UPF).  When strolling around Minsk, the collapse of … Continue reading “If he beats you, then it means he loves you”: The cultural nature of gender-based violence in Belarus

“The steepest drop in democratic quality in Eastern Europe”: Georgian democracy downgraded

Democracy in Georgia declined sharply according to the most recent democracy index by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). Based on indicators measuring electoral processes and pluralism, the functioning of government, political participation, democratic political culture and civil liberties, Georgia dropped … Continue reading “The steepest drop in democratic quality in Eastern Europe”: Georgian democracy downgraded

21st century identity crisis: Estonia conflicted over UN global compact on migration

Before I moved to Estonia, three different Estonian-Americans (including the outspoken former President of Estonia Toomas Hendrik Ilves) warned me not to refer to Estonia as an Eastern European country. “Estonia,” I was told, “considers itself Western European, or at … Continue reading 21st century identity crisis: Estonia conflicted over UN global compact on migration

Law and Justice Party (PiS)

Lands of settled government: Poland and what really matters for the rule of law

The Polish Government’s ongoing quarrel with the European Commission over changes to the Polish judicial system has attracted widespread attention and condemnation of the ruling Law and Justice Party’s (PiS) actions. Across Europe, the public is increasingly being prompted by … Continue reading Lands of settled government: Poland and what really matters for the rule of law

An old Soviet bloc in Tartu, Estonia. Typically, this part of town is still mostly populated by ethnic Russians.

Fallen Between the Cracks: the Struggle of Minority Integration in Estonia and Latvia

Reaching consensus on how to deal with national minorities is something that most countries struggle with. Faced with the pressing societal issues of integration, Estonia and Latvia are not unique in this regard. However, what does make them special is … Continue reading Fallen Between the Cracks: the Struggle of Minority Integration in Estonia and Latvia