Vol 2, No 6, 14 February 2000
A U S T R I A:
Commotion in 3/4 time
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?
S O U T H E A S T E R N E U R O P E:
Last week's assassination of Serbia's Defence Minister, Pavle Bulatović, is yet another example of the increasing gangsterisation of the Serbia political elite.
S L O V A K I A:
Crisis in Government
The ruling SDK party in Slovakia is on the verge of collapse as the rivalry between Prime Minister Dzurinda and the Minister of Justice Ján Čarnogurský comes to a head.
E N V I R O N M E N T:
A River Dies
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: Global Conference on Capital Markets Development at the Subnational Level
New York, New York: 15-18 February 2000
Agenda | Fact Sheet
Essay of the Month:
Globalisation and EU Accession
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.
THE KINOEYE ARCHIVE
F E S T I V A L O V E R V I E W:
Ordinary People at an Extraordinary FEST
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.
Resources on Central and East European cinema.
Newly Revised and Updated!
|CER's Regular Columnists:
Retrieving Stolen Property
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.
Rasputin in Transition
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.
|ČULÍK'S CZECH REPUBLIC:
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.
Romanian President Emil Constantinescu has been invited to meet the Queen as Romanian-British relations improve in the push for European Union enlargement.
Books and Literature
B O O K R E V I E W:
The Political Economy of Protest and Patience
Béla Greskovits's book serves as an appropriate antidote to all the anniversary blather that engulfed the media last November and asks tough, intriguing questions.
THE BOOK REVIEW ARCHIVE
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.
Book Reviews published in Central Europe Review
M u s i c
M U S I C:
From Berlin to Broadway
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.
O n D i s p l a y
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.
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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