Big Brother to the rescue

Can artificial intelligence help in Ukraine’s fight against corruption? Kristina V. Arianina The Ukrainian government has announced a scheme to use AI to fight corruption in the Verkhovna Rada, the …

The war on rough sleeping

On the criminalization of homelessness in Hungary Vera Kovács The criminalization of homelessness was written into the Hungarian constitution in 2018, which caused international uproar and condemnation by the UN. …

Free expression on the margins

The Kremlin and the media Maria Lipman   On coming to power, Vladimir Putin set about restricting the freedoms that Russian media enjoyed under Yeltsin. After the protests of 2011–12, …

The price of unity

The transformation of Germany and east central Europe after 1989 Philipp Ther   The strength of the German economy is often attributed to the shock therapy of the 1990s. But …

Lies, fakes and deep fakes

Deceptions and scams in the age of Trump Sidney Tarrow   ‘Deep fakes’ – the latest phase in the use of artificial intelligence to simulate reality – are increasingly being …

‘But this is the world we live in’

Corruption, everyday managing and civic mobilization in post-socialist Romania Jill Massino The strategies that Romanians employ to negotiate the capitalist economy are much like those they used under socialism. Nepotism …

There will be no singing revolution in Russia

Wojciech Siegień Concerned to avert a ‘singing revolution’ in Russia, the Kremlin has co-opted the country’s independent music scene. Apolitical and nihilistic, it is doubtful whether Russian artists could ever …

Damage done

The Trump–Ukraine controversy in perspective Nataliya Gumenyuk   Coverage of the Trump–Ukraine controversy has focused on the political fall-out in the US. But the harm done to Ukraine may be …

Brexit, dark money and big data

Adam Ramsay An investigation by openDemocracy into the financing of the Brexit campaign in 2016 has raised far-reaching questions about connections between neoliberal elites, the tech industry and the private …

A betrayal by the intellectuals

Hopes of a smooth transition from ‘goulash communism’ to market economies have long since been dashed by the ‘post-Soviet mafia-state’ in Hungary. But to what extent are liberal intellectuals themselves …

A crazy and tasteless idea

The Czech Republic’s leading theologian, dissident and philosopher speaks out on the debate as to whether to have the funeral of the recently deceased singer Karel Gott in the national …

Sources of uncertain hope

Czech Republic, Spain, Norway and Belgium after the EP elections After May’s elections, Prague saw the largest public demonstration since the Velvet Revolution. The country now hosts the strongest Pirate …

Putinism after Putin

Many Russians were happy to exchange the freedoms of the 1990s for a stream of oil money and a concept of ‘order’ guaranteed by a paternalistic leader. Putin’s popularity may …