Vol 1, No 24, 6 December 1999
An Honorary Baltic State
Over the past decade, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have shown great solidarity with the Chechen cause against Moscow. But the Chechen crisis also shows why the three countries need to reassess their own media.
P O L A N D:
A Fractured Identity
Karen M Laun
Confusion over identity and a lack of cohesion make it difficult for the Lemko of Poland to form a unified cultural whole and for activist groups to adequately represent the entire society in protecting their rights.
L I V I N G:
Nobody really loves living in a housing development in Central and Eastern Europe, but with some changes they just might.
Tens of thousands of people demonstrated in the streets of Prague and other Czech cities last Friday in support of the "Thank You, Now Leave" (Dekujeme, Odejdete) petition demanding sweeping political changes. CER presents three views of the new movement.
Somehow, once a totalitarian system has fallen, it is very difficult to imbue mass demonstrations with strong meaning. The problem is that the current student protest is quite vague.
Sappy, romantic and pitifully nationalistic, these "former student" leaders refuse to take the political reins the public are offering them.
Czech politicians generally ignore petitions, and they are likely to do the same with this one if the movement refuses to transform into a political party. But if this petition were to be successful, members of the Czech media wouldn't know what to do with themselves.
L e t t e r s to C E R
Too Clever by Half
Last week, CER presented Kieran Williams's extensive critique of John Keane's new book on Vaclav Havel. This week, Professor Keane replies.
|Theme of the week:
Summit in Helsinki
With just days before the critical Summit, we look at how some of the applicant countries stand on the eve of important decisions on EU expansion.
Enlargement and Hungary
Last week's resolution in the European Parliament marked the culmination of a flurry of activity related to enlargement in the EU's only democratically elected institution. The resolution addresses a pragmatic agenda, restoring a sense of proportion to the run up to Helsinki.
All Green for Polish Accession?
Randy M Mott
While the environment figures prominently in discussions of Poland's accession to the European Union, it is usually simply referred to as a major undertaking which will require several years and billions of euros. In fact, what might be needed is a more systematic, transparent approach with greater public involvement.
FROM CER 18 OCTOBER 1999:
CER Summary of the
Recent EC Progress Report
CER's Regular Columnists:
Political Turmoil in Moldova
Political turmoil and confusion in Moldova is creating a state hounded by instability and infighting. As a result, the economy is weakening and heading towards further crisis.
The Caveman and the Alien
When Chancellor Kohl's party and Edith Cresson are suspected of gross corruption, such activities are labelled "aberrations" in an otherwise honest West. And if something similar happened in the East?
The second installment of Kinoeye's look at the 9th Festival of Young East European Cinema which took place earlier this month in the German town of Cottbus.
THE KINOEYE ARCHIVE
A Fascinating Trickle
Andrew J Horton
Most Central European countries lament the state of their film industries. However, their problems pale beside those experienced by film-makers in the Republic of Moldova and Romania. Although the number of films released is only a trickle, interest in the cinema of the two Romance language countries of Central Europe is increasing. And not without reason.
Resources on Central and East European cinema.
Books and Literature
P U B L I S H I N G:
Hungarians Read Their Way To Success
The Frankfurt Book Fair is the most important book and multi-media publishing show in the world, so it was quite a big deal for Hungary, whose publishing industry has undergone a complete transformation in the past ten years, to be chosen first among the former Socialist countries as guest of honor.
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
S U P P L E M E N T:
The CER Music Shop
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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.
Polish Cultural Review
Events and exhibitions in Poland.
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