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Mojmir Stransky sums up last-year parliamentary elections and government formation in Czech Republic. A brief insight into local politics poses broader questions about politics in Eastern Europe, role of coalitions and political future of the whole region.
Rasa Navickaitė explores the political usage of war in Ukraine by the Lithuanian Right. The war, treated as a threat to Lithuania‘s sovereignty, became a tool of anti-gender politics and helped to erase human rights issues from the political agenda for an unforeseeable period of time.
Eeva Luhtakallio discusses complex relations between Finland and Russia in the context of collective memory and current politics. She gives us insight into contemporary fears shared between all Russia’s neighbours: “The war in Ukraine has evoked immediate gut reactions from a distant collective memory reserve in Finland: Russia, again. And: Are we next?”
War polarizes debate. And the sympathies of post-Soviet migrants living in Central Europe have come under extra scrutiny since war broke out in Ukraine. A closer look at the immigrant demographic in Germany reveals a more complicated picture of suspected Russophilia.
What is to be done about Bosnia and Herzegovina? Since the end of the Bosnian War in 1995, Bosnia’s statehood has been persistently threatened by domestic political issues. Bernd Ströhm explains systems of governance, Bosnia’s electoral law, and political tensions within the country in light of the upcoming general elections in October 2022.
War is fundamentally about mass displacement, broken lives, and lost futures. This has become obvious in Poland, where providing food, clothes, and shelter to refugees from Ukraine has become common practices among “ordinary” people. What is perhaps less visible are the efforts of migrant and minority communities that do their share in offering relief.
Russia's war on Ukraine is clearly an attack on the whole of Europe, but domestic responses have been slow due to concern for consumer comfort on the home front. Philipp Ther argues for active solidarity and for the end of the convenience Europe has known: it may hurt, but without it, the long-term losses to freedom and welfare are likely to be higher.
Russia's aggression may have knocked the pandemic out of most headlines but hasn't stopped its spread. In wartime, as during any disaster, epidemic diseases take an incredible toll. Ukraine was long viewed as a geopolitical sideshow by the US and EU, resulting in the lowest vaccination rate in Europe.
Coup attempt or assertion of supremacy? It is still not clear what has happened in Kazakhstan. Whatever the case, the hijacking of the demonstrations has severely damaged prospects for the country’s democratization.
How do the ideas of community and belonging that youth and senior citizens draw from 1989 differ, and what does this mean for East German identity?