Tide turns for Polish émigrés: 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.

Tide turns for Polish émigrés

Lured home by a booming economy, the number of Poles living abroad has fallen for first time in eight years.

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North Korean hackers are working with Eastern European cybercriminals

North Korean state-backed hackers appear to be cooperating with Eastern European cybercriminals, a report claimed this week, a finding that suggests digital gangsters and state-backed spies are finding common ground online.

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Europe’s ‘good’ Orban plots risky course to undo populist damage

Romania’s new prime minister might share a surname with anti-immigrant Hungarian leader Viktor Orban, but the similarities end there.

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Pro-choice activists launch abortion initiative in Poland

An international group of pro-choice campaigners will launch an initiative in Poland this week to provide advice and funding for women to travel abroad to have abortions.

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Anti-discrimination council asks Bucharest mayor to explain ‘black people’s bar’ comments

Romania’s anti-discrimination council is investigating whether remarks about a „black people’s bar” made by Bucharest mayor Gabriela Firea could be considered racist. President of the Council to Combat Discrimination, Ferenc Csaba Asztalos, told on Wednesday that the council had initiated an inquiry into Firea’s comments.

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Populists understand the power of human emotion. Europe’s liberals need to grasp it, too

The end of communism created a profound sense of loss that has endured. We can turn that emotion to hope.

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The Albanian earthquake, fourteen days later

On November 26 at 3:54am, a magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck Albania. The quake claimed the lives of 51 people, injured hundreds, and displaced thousands.

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A pro-Western government is toppled in Moldova

Has Russia quietly taken back control of Moldova? Many observers reckon that is what, in effect, happened in the tiny former Soviet republic in November, when a pro-Western government abruptly collapsed, to be replaced by a new one that leans firmly towards Moscow.

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Kosovo declares Nobel laureate Peter Handke persona non grata

Kosovo has declared Nobel literature laureate Peter Handke persona non grata in the country, as the row over the Austrian writer’s award continues to provoke anger and controversy.

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