Tom Strohschneider is a close observer of German politics and former chief editor of the socialist newspaper Neues Deutschland. In …
In 2011, a seven-month-long strike in a Kazakh oil town came to tragic end. Six months after I reported on the Zhanaozen massacre, I returned to a city where silence had won.
Eastern European populism differs from that in the West in important ways, owing to the region’s weak liberal tradition, which translates into ineffective checks and balances on government and shallow support for institutions such as freedom of expression and independent courts. Sławomir Sierakowski, the founder of the Krytyka Polityczna movement, explains.
For people held in immigration detention, life can quickly turn into despair.
Two years after some European governments decided to shut their borders in the face of people fleeing war and persecution, over sixty thousand are still stuck in Greece. The country, which is dealing with a severe economic crisis, has little to offer, therefore grassroots initiatives and small organizations come with help.
Only in Europe’s post-communist east do populists routinely beat traditional parties in elections. Of 15 Eastern European countries, populist parties currently hold power in seven, belong to the ruling coalition in two more, and are the main opposition force in three.
People who are addicted in Romania, especially the poor, receive little of the support they’d need to get better and are at a constant risk of overdose.