Enter the people!

Artur Klinaŭ Osteuropa   Events in Belarus have departed radically from the script. Putin may have been gambling on a destabilized Lukashenka, but not on a full-blown national uprising, speculates …

After populism

Jan Sowa Instead of looking at populists’ lies, it’s worth taking a look at the few truths they rely on: voters do recognize that liberal democracies have not worked in …

Incident

Or three short essays on solidarity Mykola Riabchuk In the absence of civic traditions and positive social capital, society often organises itself along mafia-style norms. Post-communist Ukrainian society is a …

Roma communities never got a break

Roma Holocaust Memorial Day 2020 Marko Pecak   Violence against Roma is part of the European normality. It took over seven decades for Europe to acknowledge the genocide of Roma …

Putin’s reset

Maria Lipman Russia’s popular vote approving the ‘zeroing’ of Putin’s terms has been hailed by the regime as a triumphant demonstration of trust. Putin’s uncontested status as supreme authority has …

Out of the unknown

Ingo Petz On 9 August, presidential elections will take place in Belarus. These are elections that are not elections. Long-term autocrat Aliaksandr Lukashenka has no intention of giving the opposition …

A window of opportunity

Thomas Hylland Eriksen Our slowed-down, cooled-down, scaled-down lives during the pandemic are evidence that quality of life does not depend on high productivity and frantic consumption. Suddenly, it has become …

Post-pandemic Russia

Irina Borogan Andrei Soldatov Vladimir Putin’s anger and jealousy has taken down many proactive leaders throughout Russia – and left the country vulnerable to crisis. The oil price war against …

Why conspiracy theories soar in times of crises

Péter Krekó From anti-vaxxers to terrorists, people often look for hidden causes which match the magnitude of the collapse they are facing. Uncertainty and public distrust are fertile ground for …

The Power of Human Simplicity

The end of the fifties in Czechoslovakia. After the trial and executions of intellectuals such as Záviš Kalandra, after the currency collapse, after the state’s complete vassalage to the cruel …

Final act

The repression of the judiciary in Poland Marta Bucholc Maciej Komornik   The ruling of the European Court of Justice on the controversial reform of the Supreme Court of Poland …

Selling sex in the pandemic

Corona crisis reveals grassroots support   Boglárka Fedorkó   When crisis hits, vulnerable groups suffer. And sex workers, already enduring precarity, have become the scapegoats of COVID-19’s health focus, facing heavy …

What do we want to bet?

The economics of real estate: speculation and urban development Susanne Heeg   The spatial limits of speculation have been broken and the world is constantly combed for investment opportunities. The …

Lessons from an unfolding emergency

Jiří Přibáň   The pandemic prompts fundamental questions. How do we define society’s relationship to nature? How resilient are our democracies to the abuse of emergency powers? How far can …