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Talk Eastern Europe

  • Episode 183: How Czech activism transformed into global humanitarian relief

    14 JUN. 2024 · In this episode, Adam and Alexandra start by reviewing some of the latest developments in the region, including the high-level Ukraine Recovery Conference, the results of the European parliamentary elections, and Russian-Armenian relations. Later, Adam and Nina are joined by Šimon Pánek, the Executive Director and one of the founders of the Czech organization “People in Need”. They discuss Šimon's journey from an activist to the executive director of one of the biggest humanitarian and human rights organizations in Central Europe. They also speak about the humanitarian situation in Ukraine and the reason why Czechia and its people are one of the key supporters of Ukraine in its fight for national survival. Check out the People in Need website: https://www.peopleinneed.net/ Support their efforts here: https://www.peopleinneed.net/donate/once Get the latest news from the region – sign up for the New Eastern Europe Newsletter: https://neweasterneurope.eu/newsletter/   Support our podcast: http://www.patreon.com/talkeasterneurope
    Escuchado 50m 11s
  • Episode 182: Georgia’s European future is at stake

    6 JUN. 2024 · In this episode of Talk Eastern Europe, Adam and Alexandra kick off this episode with a rundown of some of the recent developments in the region, including the ongoing war in Ukraine, recent local elections in Serbia, the upcoming European parliamentary elections and developments in Hungary and Poland. Later, Adam is joined by Vazha Tavberidze, a Georgian journalist and staff writer with RFE/RL's Georgian Service. They discuss the situation in the country surrounding the recently passed “foreign agent” law and its consequences. They also take a look at what’s next politically in the context of the upcoming elections in October. For further reading via New Eastern Europe: “Why the “Russian law” is so dangerous for Georgia” by Grigol Julukhidze and Mariam Gubievi: https://neweasterneurope.eu/2024/05/05/why-the-russian-law-is-so-dangerous-for-georgia/ “Georgia has now reached a crucial moment” by Jakub Bornio: https://neweasterneurope.eu/2024/05/20/georgia-has-now-reached-a-crucial-moment/ “Georgians want a better future” by Mark Temnycky: https://neweasterneurope.eu/2024/05/15/georgians-want-a-better-future/   Support us! Become a TEE patron: http://www.patreon.com/talkeasterneurope  
    Escuchado 47m 52s
  • Episode 181: Fiction from Southeastern Europe - both unique and universal

    31 MAY. 2024 · In this episode, Alexandra and Nina start by catching up on news from the Western Balkans. They also discuss the latest developments in Georgia and Alexandra shares her impressions from a recent trip to Tbilisi.    For the main interview, Alexandra talked with publisher Buzz Poole about his decades of experience working with authors from Southeastern Europe and bringing their stories to Anglophone audiences. Buzz gives listeners a “behind the scenes” look at the publishing world, shares his views on unique themes and aesthetics in fiction from this region, and makes quite a few suggestions for further reading.    You can check out the titles mentioned at https://sandorfpassage.org/   For those wanting to learn more – check out our special bonus content for our patrons, featuring a conversation with Tim Schaffner of Schaffner Press about the upcoming release: The Bone Whisperers: Two Women Scientists and Their Work to Connect Lost Lives in Bosnia-Herzegovina by Taina Tervonen. Listen to it here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/episode-181-bone-105302149   Check out New Eastern Europe online at: http://www.neweasterneurope.eu
    Escuchado 52m 40s
  • Episode 180: In the own words. Former Belarusian political prisoners share their experiences

    24 MAY. 2024 · This episode opens with Adam and Nina running down the latest news in the region, including the situations in Georgia and Armenia as well as the new mobilization law in Ukraine. Nina also mentions the assassination attempt of Slovakia's Robert Fico - and we have a special longer update via our patreon page here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/exclusive-update-104836695 Later, Alexandra helps us mark the International Day of Solidarity with Political Prisoners in Belarus, by bringing us several stories from former Belarusian political prisoners and their families. Our guests discuss their experiences while imprisoned, life after release, and what the international community can do to support current and former prisoners.  Talk Eastern Europe stands in solidarity with Belarusian political prisoners and would like to thank the following guests for appearing in this episode: - https://prisoners.spring96.org/en/person/volha-loika - https://genevasummit.org/speaker/tatsiana-khomich/ - https://prisoners.spring96.org/en/person/kryscina-czarankova - https://prisoners.spring96.org/en/person/ksenia-syromolot - Anonymous Check out these links for more information about https://freedomhouse.org/article/lukashenkas-revenge-political-imprisonment-belarus and the https://spring96.org/en/news/115161 on May 21. You can support organizations that work with Belarussian political prisoners such as https://bysol.org/en/, https://spring96.org/en, https://www.instagram.com/politvyazynka/, https://www.belarus97.pro/eng, https://en.stranafund.org/ and many others." Postcards for political prisoners campaign: You can write a postcard to political prisoners in Belarus by finding a political prisoner's address on https://prisoners.spring96.org/en and sending a postcard which refrains from overly political statements. Alternatively, you can also send a digital greeting by filling out this http://forms.gle/uD2QEALDRMEdBLkD7 and sending a message via Solidarity Postcards Atelier. It is expected that the correspondence may be withheld or censured, so you can also post a picture of the postcard on your social media with the tag #FreeNameAndSurname of the prisoner you have written to. Support our work - become a podcast patron: www.patreon.com/TalkEasternEurope 
    Escuchado 1h 4m 23s
  • Episode 179: Chechnya today and Ramzan Kadyrov’s potential successors

    17 MAY. 2024 · In this episode, Adam and Nina open with breaking news from Slovakia and discuss the recent shooting of Slovak’s Prime Minister- Robert Fico. Later, they move to the South Caucasus and comment on protests in Armenia and Georgia. They close with an update about Ukraine and positive news from the Czech Republic.  For the main interview, Nina is joined by https://www.wilsoncenter.org/person/marat-iliyasov, a visiting Scholar at the Global Academy of George Washington University to discuss the recent developments in Chechnya including the possible scenarios of Ramzan Kadyrov’s succession. Our Patrons can also listen to bonus content where Marat discusses what the experience with two Chechen wars could suggest for the full-scale invasion of Ukraine, available here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/episode-179-wars-104412121 Marat’s analysis is based on his academic article which is restricted, but the abstract is available https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1060586X.2024.2330882?needAccess=true. Support the podcast, become a patron: http://www.patreon.com/talkeasterneurope   Don’t forget to check out the latest articles online at http://www.neweasterneurope.eu
    Escuchado 53m 55s
  • Episode 178: Anti-Gender Movement in Croatia

    9 MAY. 2024 · In this episode, Adam, Alexandra and Nina commemorate the 20th anniversary of the EU's 'Big Bang' enlargement. They also discuss Xi Jinping's visit to Serbia and Hungary, the latest news from Russia and Ukraine, and the elections in North Macedonia and Croatia.   Later in the episode, Alexandra and Nina are joined by Maja Gergorić, an expert on anti-gender movements in post-communist Europe. Maja shares her insights on gender equality challenges and the so-called anti-gender ideology in Croatia and elsewhere in the region.   In our https://www.patreon.com/posts/episode-178-103924119, Maja comments on the recent parliamentary elections in Croatia and discusses possible scenarios for the future government.   Support the podcast, become a patron: http://www.patreon.com/talkeasterneurope   Talk Eastern Europe is Shortlisted in two categories for the Publish Podcast Awards – Best News Podcast; and Best Political Podcast. Check it out: https://publisherpodcasts.com/2024/en/page/shortlist2024  
    Escuchado 53m 7s
  • Episode 177: Understanding political technology

    25 ABR. 2024 · This episode opens up with Adam, Alexandra and Nina discussing the latest news developments including the US Congress’s passage of the Ukraine aid bill; political developments in Croatia; the situation in Georgia and the situation of civil society in Azerbaijan. Later, Adam is joined by Andrew Wilson, a professor of Ukrainian Studies at UCL and a senior fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations. They discuss Andrew’s latest book titled “Political Technology. The Globalisation of Political Manipulation”.  You can find more about the book here: https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/political-technology/748E44E97FF0C37F54B419E901665AC3 And learn more about political technology at Andrew's blog: https://www.politicaltechnology.blog/ Don’t forget to support the podcast by joining our Patreon page: http://www.patreon.com/TalkEasternEurope And drop us a line on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/groups/TalkEasternEurope
    Escuchado 47m 22s
  • Episode 176: Photophobia – a film about children during war

    18 ABR. 2024 · In this episode of the podcast, Alexandra and Nina share some tips on interesting films from the region and discuss the latest developments related to foreign agent laws in Georgia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. They also remind listeners of the political prisoners' situation in Belarus and shed light on the challenging circumstances in Ukraine. Later, Nina has a conversation with Ivan Ostrochovský and Pavol Pekarčík, the two directors of an awarded film https://www.imdb.com/title/tt28635495/ which captures lives of 12-year-old Nikita and 11-year old Viktoria who are hiding from the Russian invasion at a Kharkiv metro station. Ivan and Pavol speak about the film but also their first-hand experience being in Ukraine at the beginning of full-scale invasion. They also share their experiences of regularly delivering humanitarian aid to Ukraine.  The film received an award at the https://www.giornatedegliautori.com/en/news-2023-en/photophobia-wins-europa-cinemas-venice-label-eng/ where it was premiered and was awarded as a best documentary in the https://wff.pl/en/news/nagrody_2023. We also prepared a very special patron-only bonus content as the directors kindly agreed to share the film with our Patrons. If you're our Patron, you can watch the film online https://vimeo.com/897164068?share=copyhttps://vimeo.com/897164068?share=copywith the password that you find on https://www.patreon.com/posts/episode-176-film-102593782.   Films mentioned in the podcast: - https://20daysinmariupol.com/ (An Academy Award Winner, Best Documentary Feature Film, a film by Ukrainian journalist Mstyslav Chernov) - https://german-documentaries.de/en_EN/films/who-if-not-us-the-fight-for-democracy-in-b.22670#:~:text=Synopsis,Lukaschenko%20regime%20brutally%20suppressed%20them. (Directed by Juliane Tutein, Germany) - https://www.queendomdoc.com/ (Directed by Agniia Galdanova, Russia)
    Escuchado 42m 12s
  • Episode 175: Genocide denial and the far-right in the Western Balkans

    12 ABR. 2024 · In this episode of the podcast, Adam, Alexandra and Nina start by discussing latest developments in the region including intensified Russian air attacks against Ukrainian cities, recent Slovak and Polish election results, protests in Hungary and draft UN resolution recalling the 1995 genocide in Srebrenica. For the main interview, Alexandra sits down with Dr. Hikmet Karcic, a Research Associate at the Institute for the Research of Crimes against Humanity and International Law - University of Sarajevo. They discuss far-right narratives and forces in the Western Balkans, how those relate to the broader European and transatlantic far-right, and how these networks have spread genocide denial in the region and beyond it.  BONUS QUESTIONS In this patron-only bonus content, Alexandra speaks further with genocide scholar Hikmet, discussing the far right's prospects in the upcoming European elections as well as the implications of Bosnia and Herzegovina officially receiving EU candidate status. Support TEE and get access to bonus content: http://www.patreon.com/talkeasterneurope
    Escuchado 48m 7s
  • Episode 174: Belarus “elections” reveal regime’s next steps

    5 ABR. 2024 · In this episode of the podcast, Adam, Nina and Alexandra start by a discussion of some of the latest developments in the region including the Georgia’s pursuit of a new version of the “foreign agent law”; a similar development in Republika Srpska in Bosnia and Herzegovina; Ukraine’s targeting of Russian oil refineries and Romanian and Bulgaria entering the Schengen Zone (at least partially). For the main interview, Adam sits down with Wicke van den Broek a PhD candidate at Maastricht University carrying out research on EU democracy promotion in Belarus; and Aliaksei Piatrenka, a Belarusian civic activist and junior researcher at the Center for New Ideas. They discuss the latest parliamentary elections in Belarus, the ongoing repressions in the country and how those outside Belarus are still fighting for a democratic country. Both Wicke and Aliaksei are alumni of the New Eastern Europe Think Tank School. This year’s edition will take place June 1-7 2024 in Lithuania and Poland. Learn more here: https://neweasterneurope.eu/think-tank-school/ Learn more about Belarus in the recent edition of New Eastern Europe: https://neweasterneurope.eu/2024/02/07/issue-1-2-2024-elections-without-choice/ Support the podcast: http://www.patreon.com/talkeasterneurope
    Escuchado 1h 4m 24s

Talk Eastern Europe is the official podcast of the https://www.neweasterneurope.eu magazine, providing insightful analysis, thoughtful commentary and engaging interviews on the latest news and developments affecting the region of Central...

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Talk Eastern Europe is the official podcast of the New Eastern Europe magazine, providing insightful analysis, thoughtful commentary and engaging interviews on the latest news and developments affecting the region of Central and Eastern Europe. The podcast is hosted by Adam Reichardt, NEE’s editor in chief, and Alexandra Karppi, an expert on the Western Balkans and Eastern Europe. Each episode delves into the complexities of the region, from the war in Ukraine, the rise of populism, the challenges of European integration and the latest events that represent the constant changes taking place in Central and Eastern Europe. Join us each week for a deep dive into the most pressing topics facing Eastern Europe today. Subscribe to stay informed and engaged with the latest developments in the region.

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