Balkans, Caucasus, CEE, Featured, Features

From Iron Curtain to Open Shutters

TOL multimedia: The best of our 20 Years After photo competition.

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Balkans, CEE, Featured, Features, Romania

Romanian Holiday

Christmas brings mixed emotions as the country ruefully marks the anniversary of its bloody revolution.

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CEE, Czech Republic, Featured

Restaging a Revolution

A TOL podcast: Transitions talks to the director and producer of an upcoming feature film that revisits November 1989 in Prague.

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Balkans, Bulgaria, CEE, Featured, Features, Recollections

Northwest Passage

A new generation of northwestern Bulgarians is searching for answers about 1989.

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Balkans, Baltics, Caucasus, CEE, Central Asia, Featured

Fast-Forward, Rewind

The past 20 years have seen greater media freedom in parts of the post-communist world, but the press in much of the former Soviet Union remains as handcuffed as ever.

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Balkans, CEE, Romania, Where Are They Now?

Ion Iliescu

Posted on 22 December 2009

Though officially retired, the dominant politician of post-1989 Romania remains a potent and divisive figure. Continue Reading

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CEE, Czech Republic, Features, Hungary, Slovakia

The Kitchen Revolution

Posted on 08 December 2009

Since 1989, post-communist choice and pre-communist tradition have changed the way Central and Eastern Europe eat. Continue Reading

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Balkans, Bulgaria, Features, Recollections

‘The Big Excursion’

Posted on 02 December 2009

The mass exodus of ethnic Turks from Bulgaria 20 years ago left deep scars on those who lived through it. Continue Reading

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CEE, Hungary, Where Are They Now?

Gabor Demszky

Posted on 26 November 2009

Communist-era Hungary’s samizdat king has navigated 19 years as mayor of Budapest. Continue Reading

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CEE, Slovakia, Where Are They Now?

Fedor Gal

Posted on 25 November 2009

The Slovak dissident leader split with his revolutionary allies over the Velvet Divorce and helped usher the Czech Republic into the tabloid TV era. Continue Reading

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Balkans, Bulgaria, CEE, Where Are They Now?

Emil Koshlukov

Posted on 25 November 2009

The student rebel who faced down Bulgaria’s Communists went face-to-face with Zhivkov’s grandson on reality TV. Continue Reading

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CEE, Poland, Where Are They Now?

Josef Glemp

Posted on 23 November 2009

The longtime leader of Poland’s Catholic Church weathered post-communist controversies to play himself on the big screen. Continue Reading

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CEE, Czech Republic, Recollections

Remembering ’89: Michal Horacek

Posted on 23 November 2009

The journalist, songwriter, businessman, and former Civic Forum spokesman recalls "the miracle of anno domini 1989." Continue Reading

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Balkans, CEE, Romania, Where Are They Now?

Mircea Dinescu

Posted on 20 November 2009

The poet who gave Romania the news when Ceausescu fled remains a cultural hero even while hosting a TV talk show. Continue Reading

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CEE, Czech Republic, Features, Recollections

Velvet Recall: ‘We Are Not Like Them’

Posted on 20 November 2009

A 22-year-old biology student helps lead his country into a new age. Continue Reading

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Balkans, Features

Brotherhood Was Not Enough

Posted on 20 November 2009

The regimes in Eastern Europe are not the only ones that crumbled under the weight of dissent and their own inadequacy. Continue Reading

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CEE, Czech Republic, Features, Recollections, Slovakia

Velvet Recall: The Rushed Revolution

Posted on 19 November 2009

Jaroslav Kucera’s camera captured the sudden, seismic shifts of November 1989. Continue Reading

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