Monthly Archives: January 2013

Comparing inaugural addresses of CEE presidents: Putting the country first?

by Philipp Köker (Note from the editors: This article is the quasi inauguration of a new series of articles on  presidents and presidential activism that we will publish in co-operation with On 21 January 2013, Barack Obama was sworn in for his second term as US president drawing thousands to the West front of the […]

Jewish Cultural Revival in Poland: A New Remedy to Poland’s ‘Phantom Pain’? *

by Marta Łomża Singer’s Warsaw is great fun. The one street that survived the two wartime uprisings and the post-war demolitions is dressed in posters and fairy lights, its normally empty ground floors turned into shops, lecture spaces and coffee shops. It is hard to make one’s way through the thick crowd. There is a dance workshop and […]

Premature Mortality: Europe’s Persisting Iron Curtain

by Mateusz Zatonski While the political Iron Curtain dividing Europe has been long gone, the health divide between the two parts of the continent remains still very much in place. While Western European countries have seen their death rates before 65 years of age fall to under 10%, in many countries of the former Soviet […]

Nothing but Trouble for Putin and Gazprom

by David Grodzki Russian president Vladimir Putin will be happy that the year 2012 is coming to an end very soon. It has not been the easiest or most successful year in his career, nor has it been a particularly good one for the Russian state. Whilst the former KGB-officer secured a third non-consecutive term […]

A Note from the Editors: Our New Co-operation with the European Student Think Tank

Crossing the Baltic is very happy to announce its new co-operation with the European Student Think Tank (EST). Founded in 2010 EST has now become an extremely successful enterprise. The European Student Think Tank advocates a greater participation and involvement of students and young Europeans in European politics. Moreover, EST functions as a platform where […]

Restaurant Review: Mamuśka – A Polish Milkbar in London

by Kristofer Jäntti Tucked away in one of the ugliest buildings in London, the Elephant Castle Shopping Centre, Mamuśka offers Polish home-cooking at affordable prices.  The restaurant seeks to be a focal point for London’s Polish community, offering not only authentically Polish cuisine and television, but also a décor slightly reminiscent of Poland’s Communist Milkbars’ – though […]

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