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

“People are opposing it in a very vivid way”: an interview with a Polish protester and abortion rights activist

Since 2016, tens of thousands of Polish citizens have been protesting in favour of the liberalization of abortion rights, the so called Black Protests. No one expected that Polish society would be so responsive, yet it happened, and showed that … Continue reading “People are opposing it in a very vivid way”: an interview with a Polish protester and abortion rights activist

What's Up Bulgaria

Implementation of e-voting is postponed and the President calls for release of Ukrainian military ships

Politics in Bulgaria in the last month looked much like the December air above Sofia:  misty, dirty, and dangerous. – On November 22nd the Russian newspaper Kommersant published an article announcing that an extension of the TurkStream gas pipeline from … Continue reading Implementation of e-voting is postponed and the President calls for release of Ukrainian military ships

The return of a grievous epidemic: rising HIV/AIDs infections in the post-Soviet states

On December 1st, dozens of countries and organizations around the world observed World AIDS Day, an opportunity to mourn those lost to a disease that the United Nations once hoped to eradicate by 2030. Statements of solidarity were issued by … Continue reading The return of a grievous epidemic: rising HIV/AIDs infections in the post-Soviet states