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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.

Viktor Orbán’s War on Intellect: As the Hungarian prime minister systematically undermined his own country’s education system, one institution stood defiant: a university in the heart of Budapest, founded by George Soros.

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This April, at the International Journalism in Perugia, Visegrad/Insight interviewed Beata Balogova, editor-in-chief of Slovak daily SME, about the political issues facing the country and its new president.

Full interview here.

Poland’s first goal in international football came in Sweden in May 1922. It was the centre-half Józef Klotz who made history, converting a penalty. Whenever you see Robert Lewandowski score for Poland, remember he is the latest link in a chain that started with Klotz, star of Jewish clubs Jutrzenka Krakow and Maccabi Warsaw, and murdered in Warsaw in 1941.

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Salo restaurant, in Ukraine’s western city of Lviv, has carved out a reputation for serving the eponymous Slavic food of cured pork fat with just about everything: The restaurant serves sushi rolls wrapped in strips of salo, and even an evil-sounding salo ice cream (that this correspondent didn’t have the fortitude to try). But it’s their boxes of chocolate salo that have proved a porky triumph for the business.

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Hungary is facing renewed calls to end anti-immigration measures that critics say amount to starvation tactics, after the United Nations Human Rights Office expressed alarm last week over reports the country is denying food to detained asylum seekers on the Serbian border.

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North Macedonia’s prime minister Zoran Zaev promised to take a ‘broom’ to top officials after the disappointing first round of presidential polls – but experts say the changes must come soon and must involve more than just a reshuffle.

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Buffeted by climate protests and alarmed at increasingly grim climate science, many Western European countries want to dramatically ramp up their climate efforts by mid-century. Central and Eastern European members are more worried about the economic impact of such steps. Germany is caught in the middle.

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Poland is not only an Urban Art hotspot in Europe with Open-Air museums like Łódź, Gdansk, Krakow and Wroclaw, but also the native country of some of the most creative and renowned urban artists worldwide. Here are 25 you should know about.

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