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The Chinese travel boom: 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.

The Chinese travel boom in Southeastern Europe

Southeastern European countries like Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro, and Slovenia have seen some of the world’s highest growth rates for Chinese tourism in recent years. Dragon Trail looks at this development, and what can other destinations learn from the phenomenon.

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Arkan’s ‘Tigers’ unpunished 20 years after leader’s death

The murder 20 years ago of notorious paramilitary chief Željko Ražnatović, alias Arkan, meant he never stood trial for war crimes – and two decades later, only one member of his much-feared Tigers unit has ever been prosecuted.

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Integration on hold for Russia and Belarus

Despite intense efforts by the two governments to finalise plans for deeper integration between the countries, agreement remains elusive.

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Why stereotypes rule in Brussels

The EU’s de facto capital has a dirty secret.

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New China-backed coal plants on EU’s borders could saddle states with massive carbon costs

Documents reveal feasibility studies for two major projects – backed by Chinese banks – massively downplay the costs of emissions and ignore many air and water pollution impacts.

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‘The occupation of Abkhazia makes us occupied too’

Nona Bukia, 67, lives in Khurcha, a village bordering Abkhazia on the western side of the River Enguri (Ingur). Bukia, who has headed the local branch of women’s rights group the Sukhumi Fund, believes domestic violence and an increase in other social problems is directly connected to the increased poverty triggered by Abkhazia’s closing down of crossing points three years ago.

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Severe childhood deprivation reduces brain size, study finds

Brain scans of Romanian orphans adopted in UK show early neglect left its mark.

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Ukraine’s underrated economy is poised for a strong 2020

Ukraine’s considerable achievements in 2019 are poorly understood, both in Ukraine and abroad. This is perhaps not surprising. Ukrainians usually suspect their government of the worst, while the foreign media rarely reports accurately about Ukrainian reforms.

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The best wines to drink in 2020

Wines from Georgia and Armenia make the cut in this list compiled by Forbes.

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Why Bosnia and Herzegovina is the perfect ski destination for 2020

Track-free slopes, laidback vibes, and a party city nearby. Hit Jahorina before everyone else finds out.

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