Ukraine’s anti-oligarch bill, Estonia’s Brexit bonanza: 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.

Ukraine’s anti-oligarch law could make President Zelensky too powerful

Anyone anticipating that the anti-oligarch bill recently signed into law by President Zelensky marks a new beginning for Ukraine will have had their hopes dampened last week.

Read the full story here

Europe must seize this chance to help restore democracy in Hungary

An opposition united behind a conservative Catholic anti-corruption candidate could be a real challenge to Viktor Orbán’s regime.

Read the full story here

Brain drain from Britain delivers financial boon to Estonia

Estonia is welcoming British companies looking to escape the tangle of regulations and financial obstacles of doing business in Europe.

Read the full story here

UK sponsors deregulation of labour rights in Ukraine

Experts warn proposed labour reforms, which the British Foreign Office has consulted on, could reduce Ukrainians’ rights at work.

Read the full story here

A scheme to use migrants to split the EU is likely to backfire

The president of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, seems to have intended to reignite the internal division and political upheaval that followed the influx of migrants to Europe in 2015. He has instead forged a consensus in favour of the swift punishment of his regime.

Read the full story here

Tajikistan: Teachers leaving for Russia and not looking back

Salaries for teachers in Tajikistan were always horribly low but living costs have soared since the Covid-19 pandemic began.

Read the full story here

Turkey’s pragmatic policy in the Balkans has its limits

The recent crisis in Bosnia has highlighted the adaptability – and limitations – of Turkish policy in the Balkans.

Read the full story here

Why Turkey and Azerbaijan won’t get a corridor across Armenia

If Turks hope to enjoy unhampered trade with Central Asia all the way to the Chinese border, then Armenians in Artsakh should enjoy the same unhampered trade through Turkey all the way to France or the United Kingdom.

Read the full story here

Experts raise alarm over fate of Georgia’s leading art museum amid political upheaval

Concerns persist that a government-backed renovation of the Shalva Amiranashvili Museum of Fine Arts in Tbilisi could endanger its collection of 139,000 ancient and modern works.

Read the full story here

Inside the world of Karlo Kacharava, the artists who shaped Georgia’s new avant-garde

Georgian artist Karlo Kacharava lived fast and died young. Creating art among the turmoil of the 1980s and 1990s, his prolific, bizarre oeuvre of paintings, drawings, and words, made until his death at the age of 30, is a unique expression of the chaos of life in a new country in flux.

Read the full story here

Unlike many news and information platforms, Emerging Europe is free to read, and always will be. There is no paywall here. We are independent, not affiliated with nor representing any political party or business organisation. We want the very best for emerging Europe, nothing more, nothing less. Your support will help us continue to spread the word about this amazing region.

You can contribute here. Thank you.

emerging europe support independent journalism