Vol 1, No 19, 1 November 1999
Attila Ambrus, Hungary's most wanted man, is finally behind bars.
U K R A I N E:
|Mocking the election
None of the Above
Ukraine's third presidential election offers twice as many candidates as the last one but even less choice. The campaign has been neither free nor fair, and it has had a deleterious effect on domestic harmony, the economy and Ukraine's international reputation.
C Z E C H R E P U B L I C:
A Scorecard for Czech Lustration
With little more than a year left before it lapses, the controversial Czech lustration law deserves a full analysis. What has it achieved exactly?
R O M A N I A:
Great Expectations, Slim Chances
Although Kosovo was seen by Bucharest as an opportunity to get closer to NATO and the EU and change the country's situation for the better, it soon became clear that Western integration remains no more than a distant aspiration.
P O L A N D:
Deported, Scattered or Missing
Though a scant two per cent of the country's
citizens today, Poland's Ukrainians,
Belarusians, Germans and Jews comprise
a vital part of 20th-century Polish
Shifting Borders, Shifting Roles
|Ten years ago, it would have been absurd to talk about asylum in Central and Eastern Europe, but, today, the countries of the region are key players in the Europe-wide effort to control migration. As many of them near EU entry, their role will only increase, and if they are to be more than pawns of Western asylum policy, they need to start contributing to the already existing debate now.
To Be a Refugee in
the Czech Republic
Yusef and Ahmad spent all the money Patrick had made from the etchings on drugs and alcohol and then left the refugee camp in the Czech Republic for Belgium. Sana and her family disappeared from the camp without a trace.
A new bill this year has meant that, for the first time, Hungary offered asylum to non-Europeans suffering persecution. However, it seems that the persecution does not stop for refugees who enter this safe haven.
Wronging the Roma
While the Romanian Government claims to respect human rights, the country's Roma tell a different story. Abuse and discrimination have forced many to leave the country.
The Welcome Refugees
The largest Hungarian exodus of recent times occured as the Soviets supressed Hungary's ill-fated lunge at independence in 1956. The West was rather more liberal in opening its borders than it is in most refugee crises.
CER's Regular Columns:
Flogging a Dead Horse?
A controversial new statue in Prague speaks volumes about the situation in the Czech Republic today.
|CULIK'S CZECH REPUBLIC:
Completing the Circle?
On 21 October, less than a month before the tenth anniversary of the fall of Communism in Czechoslovakia, it was reported in Prague that the Czech Communist Party has taken the lead in the opinion polls.
The Myth of Greater Albania: From Ottomans to Americans
The third installment of this history of Albania takes us through the decline of the country during the Ottoman years and the partition at the hands of the Great Powers.
Cleo Ladanyi as little Vilma
Her Story, A History
Marta Meszaros's Kisvilma - Az utolso naplo
Marta Meszaros is most famous for her "Diary" films, which chart her own turbulent youth against the backdrop of Hungary's darkest years of Communism. With Communism now fallen, Meszaros is in the process of making a new Diary prequel, documenting her early childhood in Stalin's Soviet Union and the death of her father.
Books and Literature
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 list is divided into five subject headings: cinema, literature, politics, history and economics.
M u s i c
|Rock Estonian Style
In the long history of Estonian rock music, the one group that serves as a major focal point is Ruja. Throughout its 17-year existence, this groundbreaking band kept a distinct Estonian flavour and became the best-loved cult rock band in the country.
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
|T H E A T R E:
A Chilly Summer Performance
Frana Sramek's Leto Revisted
A recent performance of Czech poet Frana Sramek's Leto (Summer, 1915) attempts to warm up the chilly autumn nights in Prague, but it soon leaves its
audience snoozing in a torpor of soothing sunshine.
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.
Poland's Week in Culture
Highlights of cultural events in Poland for the week starting 25 October 1999.
Mel Huang and his Baltic news reviews are on holiday for one week.