Claudia Patricolo talks to Dr Zoltan Kiss, an 86-year-old inventor and entrepreneur, whose latest venture, Holistic Solar, wants to change the way we think about and use solar energy, making it accessible to just about everyone. Continue reading Hungary’s Solar Dreamer
When the war in the Donbass started, she joined the battalion that fought to retain the territory for the country. She was arrested by Russian separatists in June 2014, and, after one month, taken away to Russia. Nadiya Savchenko is one of the most recognised Ukrainians; a pilot-navigator, a deputy of the Supreme Council of Ukraine and, first of all, a symbol of the fight for the freedom and independence of Ukraine. She talked to Krzysztof Tadej about what kept her alive during the 706 days she spent in a Russian prison. Continue reading Nadiya Savchenko: I Dream of a Great Ukraine
It’s a Monday afternoon in a French brasserie in Knightsbridge. I am meeting Princess Marina Sturdza on the last day of her three week visit to London, before she flies back to New York. Continue reading Princess Marina Sturdza: Things Are Bound to Improve for Romania
“Reality has always attracted me like a magnet, it has tortured and hypnotised me and I wanted to capture it on paper. So, I immediately appropriated this genre of actual human voices and confessions, witness evidence and documents. This is how I hear and see the world — as a chorus of individual voices and a collage of everyday details. ”
Over the last quarter of a century, the region of Central and Eastern Europe has undergone a huge transformation in all possible fields with a special emphasis on the economy, politics and social affairs. The transformation is not yet complete, so the shape of the CEE countries is still changing rapidly.
Lech Wałęsa, the first freely-elected president of Poland, the co-founder of the Solidarity Movement and a Nobel Peace Prize winner in 1983, talked to Nikodem Chinowski about economic and social transformations in the CEE, the future of the Visegrad Group and NATO and about his concept of introducing the globo-dollar as a worldwide currency.
In 1983, Chris Lowney left the Jesuit seminary he had been studying with from the age of 18 to work as an investment banker and then managing director for J.P. Morgan. Since leaving the bank in 2001 he has written four books and has been involved in a number of philanthropic efforts, including chairing the board of Catholic Health Initiatives, America’s second largest not-for-profit hospital and healthcare system. Continue reading Chris Lowney — What Jesuit Spirituality Can Teach Us About Global Leadership
Son of Saul, the winner of the Grand Prix at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, features Saul Auslander, a Hungarian-Jewish prisoner, played by Géza Röhrig, as a member of the Sonderkommando at Auschwitz-Birkenau, forced to cremate the bodies of fellow prisoners gassed by the Nazis at the concentration camp.
When he wants to start realising his task he thinks he recognizes his son among the dead. Meanwhile other members of the Sonderkommando learn about their impending extermination, rise up and destroy the crematorium. Despite that, Saul keeps focused on his own plan to save his son’s corpse from the flames and find a rabbi to say Kaddish at a proper funeral. Continue reading Hungarian ‘Son Of Saul’ Wins Golden Globe For Best Foreign Language Film
It only takes place every five years and, for young pianists looking to start their international careers, it is one of the most prestigious and awaited piano competitions in the world.
“The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2015 is awarded to the Belarusian author Svetlana Alexievich for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time,” said Professor Sara Danius, Permanent Secretary of the Swedish Academy announcing the Award on October 8. Later she added that for the last three or four decades Alexievich had been busy mapping the Soviet and post-Soviet individual. Even though she talks about events, her books are full of emotions and all events are just a pretext to explore the individual and the human soul.
You never know where to go for dinner if you don’t know the city you’re in that well. You’re hungry, time’s running and you’d like to make the most out of your stay. We had the same problem in Bucharest. We’d had a tiring Monday full of meetings followed by an eight kilometre late-afternoon run down the streets of Romania’s capital late November. We knew we could definitely use some Romanian wine and enjoy a nice place. Continue reading An Unexpected Culinary Feast In Romania’s Capital
Roman Vishnic is the best known photograher who captured on film the Jewish culture on the eve of the Holocaust. His photographs have made an enormous impact on today’s image of what the Jews’ life in Eastern Europe was like before World War II than anybody else’s. Continue reading CEE Jews In the 1930s Pictured By a Russian Photographer
Latvia — a green country with sandy seashore beaches, vast forests and unspoilt nature, with a serene rhythm of life in the countryside, with modern cities, unassertive but hospitable people, a safe environment… Latvia has many reasons to be proud of. Continue reading Latvia — best enjoyed slowly