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Croatia is the next big foodie destination: Elsewhere in emerging Europe

Our weekly digest of articles about emerging Europe published elsewhere this week, all of which caught our eye and all of which are well worth your time. Listing them here, however, does not necessarily mean that we agree with every word, nor do they necessarily reflect Emerging Europe’s editorial policy.

Croatia is the next big foodie destination, claims the Financial Times. A new generation of chefs, winemakers and food producers are reviving the country’s rich gastronomic heritage.

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Having elected a comedian as president earlier this year, Ukraine could now be set to elect a rock star to parliament.

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Skopje recently hosted its first Pride Parade — the most visible sign yet of the vital work being done by North Macedonia’s independent cultural activists. After years in the wilderness, are the interlinked worlds of the feminist and LGBTQ movements about to blossom?

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Georgia’s recent protests are not a violent manifestation of Russophobia, as the Kremlin has attempted to paint them.

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Estonia’s new e-residency security focus: ‘You can’t launder money with a digital ID’. Instead of the goal of gaining 10 million e-residents by 2025, Estonia is now focusing on security and usability.

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The last days of 2018 and the beginning of 2019 have had an air of déjà vu in Serbia. A huge number of protests, mainly in the capital, have rallied against Aleksandar Vučić’s government and its autocratic ways. The last time the country faced such important protests was during the Bulldozer Revolution of October 2000, which culminated in the overthrow the Yugoslav autocrat Slobodan Milošević.

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Lithuania’s Minister of Transport and Communications Rokas Masiulis has revealed plans by the nation to build a megahub airport. The plans have come about as Lithuania’s main airport at Vilnius has experienced a marked rise in traffic, particularly from widebody aircraft.

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Croats often envy students studying in seaside cities – but for many of them summer is an annual nightmare, when their landlords eject them – in the middle of exams – for high-paying tourists.

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The challenges Vesna Aleksovska faced when she decided a decade ago to help fellow Macedonians with rare diseases were so daunting, they would have scared off all but the most determined.

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Newly proposed history books for high-school students in Bulgaria have triggered controversy by presenting the country’s last communist-era totalitarian ruler, Todor Zhivkov, as a hero and whitewashing over the repressive nature of his regime.

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