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Elsewhere in emerging Europe

A selection 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.

Eastern European countries produce far more air pollution than those in Western Europe, due to more reliance on coal-fired power plants to generate electricity, higher use of wood and coal stoves for heating, and fewer pollution-mitigation policies overall. An iron curtain of dangerous air effectively divides Europe.

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Estonian MEP Urmas Paet has said that the format of the summit between China and countries of Central and Eastern Europe that took place in Dubrovnik on Friday is splitting the European Union.

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After dramatic video challenges and livestreamed drug tests, Petro Poroshenko and Volodymyr Zelensky took their electoral sideshow to prime-time TV on April 11 with a linkup that ended with the challenger hanging up abruptly on the incumbent president.

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For the fourth year in a row, representatives of Croatia’s Jewish and Serbian communities, as well as anti-fascists, will boycott the official commemoration of the victims of the World War II concentration camp at Jasenovac.

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The Tour de Pologne 2019 route was unveiled this week, with the new highlight set to be an ultra-steep summit finish on stage four that could prove to be a key element in the battle for emerging Europe’s most prestigious bike race.

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Plovdiv, one of the 2019 European capitals of culture, has become embroiled in a homophobia scandal as local officials attempt to remove the head of the organising committee over a photographic exhibition featuring LGBT themes.

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The death of a 14-year-old girl in Azerbaijan has sparked a nationwide social media campaign against bullying and for the authorities to properly investigate the circumstances around the girl’s death. The outrage around the incident was such that government officials said that President Ilham Aliyev was said to be personally addressing it.

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There’s nothing like a brusque Georgian woman giving you a vigorous rub down in a public bath that reeks like bad eggs to really wake you up on a Tuesday morning: Georgia’s sulphur baths are not for the faint-hearted.

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Poland appears to be one of the last Catholic bastions in Europe. But recent signs make Catholics wonder whether Poland may be going the way of once-Catholic Ireland.

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Finally, white singers in Hungary performing in Porgy and Bess are claiming to identify as African-Americans.

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