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Hungary's Self-image


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Balkan Gangsterism

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Mel Huang:
Stolen Property

Sam Vaknin:
Rasputin in Transition

Catherine Lovatt:
Anglo-Romanian Relations

Jan ulk:
Czech Media Manipulation


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FEST 2000: Belgrade Film Festival

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Kurt Weill

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Book Review:
Bla Greskovits

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The 7th Central and Eastern
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28-30 March 2000 Marriott Hotel Prague, Czech Republic


Columbia University, US
13-15 April 2000:

Association for the Study of Nationalities Annual World Convention


CEU, Budapest
25-26 February 2000

Direct Democracy: The Eastern and Central European Experience


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Vol 2, No 6, 14 February 2000

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Viennese Waltz A U S T R I A:
Commotion in 3/4 time
Saa Cvijeti
While the rest of the world symbolically stormed out of meetings and debated sanctions against Austria's new government, the most pressing question on the minds of the Austrian media was: Will international isolation bring down the annual Vienna Opera Ball?


Pavle BulatoviS O U T H E A S T E R N   E U R O P E:
Gangsters' Paradise
idas Daskalovski
Last week's assassination of Serbia's Defence Minister, Pavle Bulatovi, is yet another example of the increasing gangsterisation of the Serbia political elite.


Bratislava CastleS L O V A K I A:
Crisis in Government
Michal Frank
The ruling SDK party in Slovakia is on the verge of collapse as the rivalry between Prime Minister Dzurinda and the Minister of Justice Jn arnogursk comes to a head.


The Tisza RiverE N V I R O N M E N T:
A River Dies
CER Staff
Tuesday's spillage of cyanide into the Tisza River in Hungary has annihilated wildlife and plant populations as far as the Serbian border. The full consequences of this disaster will take some time to be fully evaluated, but initial reactions can be found in today's News Reviews from Hungary and Romania.


C o n f e r e n c e    T a l k

World Bank Conference

UPCOMING:
World Bank: Global Conference on Capital Markets Development at the Subnational Level
New York, New York: 15-18 February 2000
Further information:
Agenda   |   Fact Sheet    |   Invitation

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Essay  of  the  Month:

Hungarian Identity,
Globalisation and EU Accession

Gusztv Kosztolnyi
CER begins a new series of regular essays with this in-depth look at how Hungarians view themselves, how they view the world and how these views are changing as EU entry approaches.

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FEST 2000Kinoeye:
F E S T I V A L   O V E R V I E W:
Ordinary People at an Extraordinary FEST
idas Daskalovski
The Belgrade Film Festival hardly sounds like a winner of an event, given the recent war and the current sanctions. However, Herculean efforts have been made to maintain the capital's rich cultural life - and indeed normal everyday life - through this annual event.

THE KINOEYE ARCHIVE
Resources on Central and East European cinema.
Newly Revised and Updated!

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CER's Regular Columnists:
AMBER COAST:
Retrieving Stolen Property
Mel Huang
Throughout Central and Eastern Europe, the issue of property restitution has caused conflicts which go beyond the basic notion of the sanctity of ownership. In this region, restitution is a catch-all tag under which lie difficult questions.
BALKAN ENCOUNTER:
Rasputin in Transition
Sam Vaknin
The former Communist countries are easy prey for con men. Railing against the rot and immorality inherent in society is a recipe for getting anyone on your side, and from there it is easy to manipulate and deceive from selfish ends.
ULK'S CZECH REPUBLIC:
Media Manipulation
Jan ulk
Czech television has come under concerted attack from political and business critics this week as both its regulatory bodies and underpinning legislation were scrutinised with hostile intent.
MIORIA:
Anglo-Romanian Relations
Catherine Lovatt
Romanian President Emil Constantinescu has been invited to meet the Queen as Romanian-British relations improve in the push for European Union enlargement.

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Books and Literature

Book coverB O O K   R E V I E W:
The Political Economy of Protest and Patience
Jeremy Druker
Bla Greskovits's book serves as an appropriate antidote to all the anniversary blather that engulfed the media last November and asks tough, intriguing questions.


S U P P L E M E N T:
The CER Book Shop:
Books about Central and Eastern Europe

Have a look at CER's list of books on the region - all available from Amazon.com. The updated list is spread across several pages and contains many new offerings.

THE BOOK REVIEW ARCHIVE
Book Reviews published in Central Europe Review

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M   u   s   i   c

Kurt Weill M U S I C:
From Berlin to Broadway
Charlotte Purkis
Hard to believe that 50 years after his death there should still be European premieres of a composer of the stature of Kurt Weill. A British season to celebrate his centenary revives unresolved questions in an oeuvre which can be considered a "journey for our times."

S U P P L E M E N T:
The CER Music Shop
In co-operation with Amazon.com, Central Europe Review offers you this on-line shopping supplement.

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O n   D i s p l a y

EVENTS:
Coming up in the UK
Andrew J Horton
Details of selected Central and East European cultural events in the UK over the next few weeks.
EVENTS:
Coming up in the USA
Karen M Laun
Central and East European events in the United States in the coming weeks.

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Last Week's News in Central Europe:

Austria
Magali Perrault

Bulgaria
Nadia Rozeva

Croatia
Saa Cvijeti

Czech Republic
Markus Bonorianto

Estonia
Mel Huang

Germany
RP Online

Hungary
Paul Nemes

Latvia
Mel Huang

Lithuania
Mel Huang

Poland
Joanna Rohozinska and Donosy

Romania
Catherine
and David Lovatt

Serbia
Vana Sua

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