Economics Poland

Poland’s neoliberal miracle?

Economists love Poland. The history of Poland since its “liberation from the Communist yoke” is often used as the case in point to show that, yes, neoliberalism works.

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Belarus History Politics Russia

In Belarus a Maidan is only waiting to happen

My worries about an inevitable Maidan in Belarus proved to be exaggerated and unfounded last year

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Politics Russia Ukraine

Former CIA agent in Donetsk: “MH17 was not downed by a BUK”

East&West: Mister Simpson, how have you ended up in Donetsk? Have you come here from the US? David Simpson: 25 years ago I was a CIA agent in Riga, Latvia.

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Politics Russia Ukraine

Dialogue between a patriot and an appeaser

Appeaser: These symbols look really strange … Patriot: You should educate yourself about the symbols of Azov before so easily falling for Russian propaganda. They have nothing to do with Nazism.

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Languages Poland Russia Ukraine

A (Confused) History of the Ukrainian Language

The Ukrainian language is

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Politics United States

Either side of Trump’s wall

There is a proverb in China: “He who has not been to the wall is not a hero”. In contrast to the Western definition of hero, the protagonist within this saying is neither a superman or some otherworldly mystical being

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Culture Germany

Open Germany is a dead-end

We live in a thriving democracy. We enjoy the benefits of an open and tolerant society, our system of government is transparent. The highest positions and the highest honors are accessible to those who display enough merit

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Languages

Getting lost on holiday in Bulgaria: Bulgarian-Russian false friends

Actually the Bulgarian language should not pose too many problems to those who already master Russian. In a way, it looks like a simplified version of Russian

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Culture Languages

Byron in Armenia – or why learning a foreign language does not have to mean being a language nerd

I remember I used to be very impressed when people told me they learned Hebrew or Chinese. I thought if they learned something so difficult and “unusual”

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Europe Germany

ألمانيا ليست جنة

تمت ترجمة هذه المقالة تلقائيًا. يرجى الاعتذار لنا عن أي خطأ في ألمانيا ، لا يبدو أي شخص قلقًا بشأن مشكلة الهجرة. يُعتبر التعبير عن أدنى قدر من القلق بشأن إمكانية دمج العديد من الشباب من ثقافة مختلفة تمامًا علامة على التخلف الذي لا لبس فيه ، وأوجه القصور العقلي الخطيرة المحتملة والميل السياسي الخطير […]

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Politics United States

Why I, a life-long Democrat, will vote for Donald Trump

This is a guest contribution for East&West by one of our American readers. I have always been a man of the left. I have a solid working class background, so since I was young, going with the party of the people against the party of the rich

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Languages

5 советов как выучить иностранный язык

Есть немного интеллектуальных удовольствий, сравнимых c чтением на иностранном языке и осознанием того, что вы понимаете гораздо больше, чем ожидали.

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Journalism Politics

How to write about Russia

Some say being a journalist in Russia is an infernal job. You are lucky if you escape alive. Indeed, Russia may well be one of the most difficult places on earth

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Languages Russia

10 reasons why YOU SHOULD study Russian

Our last piece “10 damn good reasons why you should NOT study French”, judging from the reactions online, was not well received. The PC thought police, which 24/7 patrols the dangerous dark corners of the net

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Languages

10 damn good reasons NOT to study French

After the incredible popularity (for about 17 minutes everybody on the internet seemed to be talking just about this) that our recent piece “8 reasons NOT to study German” gave us, we decided to double down on it.

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Languages Poland Russia

The Beauty and the Beast: Russian-Polish false friends

Russian and Polish, both Slavic languages, share a lot of vocabulary and they are indeed pretty similar, althought they are not really mutually intelligible. There are some words that are particularly tricky, however.

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Languages

Does the future of language learning belong to language apps?

Suddenly it looked like nobody was studying anymore languages the way old bores like me used to. No more books, no more writing, no more real classes,

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Culture Life

Social networks have made us more antisocial

When Facebook started some ten years ago, I acted like one of these old dinosaurs who always look at a new technology with a mixture of skepticism and haughtiness.

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Germany Languages

8 reasons why you should NOT study German

Many years ago, for some reason I started to fancy studying some Finnish. Before I had gone further than the everyday greetings, I met a Finnish young woman and with the typical Nordic straight talk, she just said: “Nobody should study Finnish”. Fine

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Culture Life Politics

The Swedish ideal of society is a dreadful and inhumane dystopian future

Sweden is nothing less than the most progressive country on earth, again and again appearing close to the top in the list of the most developed countries in the world, and the people in Sweden are apparently were well aware of (and make no mysteries about) it. But what does this being “progressive” mean? At […]

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