What the hell is the Visegrád Group?

Links to both the East and the West were next to non-existent: the Group was formed after the Soviet Union relinquished its grip on Central Europe, ten days before the Warsaw Pact was dissolved, years before NATO membership, and well-over a decade before being admitted into the European Union.  Continue reading What the hell is the Visegrád Group?

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Wikipedia Shuts Down

Wikipedia across Italy, Spain, Estonia, and Latvia were closed and inaccessible for the 4th July. Potential Wikipedia visitors were instead taken to a statement page which explained that due to the EU’s proposed Copyright Directive, the Wikipedia community has decided to shut the site a block access to all pages. The site is to remain shut before and during the vote on the Directive, on … Continue reading Wikipedia Shuts Down

The Divided City You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

I’m in the poor desolate border town of Frankfurt an der Oder. This is where I live: in this battleground between the far-Right and the far-Left – where Centrism holds no sway – on the border with Poland. Both the hard-Right’s AfD party, and the hard-Left’s Die Linke, return large vote shares, despite the former only coming to being within the last electoral cycle. I … Continue reading The Divided City You’ve Probably Never Heard Of