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Talk Eastern Europe is the exclusive podcast dedicated to debating the issues facing the region of Central and Eastern Europe affiliated with the New Eastern Europe magazine and a member of the EuroPod network.

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Talk Eastern Europe is the exclusive podcast dedicated to debating the issues facing the region of Central and Eastern Europe affiliated with the New Eastern Europe magazine and a member of the EuroPod network.

Check out our latest 10-part documentary podcast titled: "The Story of Belarus. The nation, its history and a new hope". Available here on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-story-of-belarus/id1541119981?uo=4

    Episode 109: What does Georgia dream about?

    Episode 109: What does Georgia dream about?

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    In this episode we turn towards Georgia, to discuss the current developments in the country and the implications of the recent decision of the European Council not to grant Georgia EU candidate status just yet. Aga delves into these topics together with Grigol Julukhidze, Director and Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Council - an independent, non-profit think tank based in Tbilisi. They talk about the never-ending internal political crisis in the country, the importance of Euro-Atlantic integration for the Georgian population and the ever more present influence of Russian propaganda and disinformation.

    You can follow Grigol and his work on https://foreignpolicycouncil.com/ and on Twitter @grigoljulukhidz .

    Recent NEE articles on Georgia:
    “From emperors to refugees: Russian emigration to Armenia and Georgia” - https://neweasterneurope.eu/2022/07/14/from-emperors-to-refugees-russian-emigration-to-armenia-and-georgia/
    “Georgia has work to do before it is considered an EU candidate country” - https://neweasterneurope.eu/2022/06/30/georgia-has-work-to-do-before-it-is-considered-an-eu-candidate-country/

    Check out our previous episodes:
    Episode 96: Georgia’s government distancing from Ukraine - https://talkeasterneurope.eu/episodes/episode-96-georgias-government-distancing-from-ukraine-893
    Episode 78: Another hot summer in Georgia - https://talkeasterneurope.eu/episodes/episode-78-another-hot-summer-in-georgia-981

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    Episode 108: Albania and North Macedonia closer to the EU

    Episode 108: Albania and North Macedonia closer to the EU

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    In this episode, we look at the Western Balkans. After somewhat disappointing the EU-Western Balkans Summit in June 2022, the European Commission announced the opening of the accession negotiations with the two candidate countries Albania and North Macedonia on July 19.

    Gentjan Skara, the Head of the Department of Law at the Bedër University College in Triana, joined us to provide his view on critical factors that led to the opening of negotiations. He also shared his assessment of what tasks lie ahead of Albania before the country could become a Member of the European Union.

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    Episode 107: War opposition inside Russia

    Episode 107: War opposition inside Russia

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    In this episode of Talk Eastern Europe, Adam sits down with Nina Rozhanovskaya a coordinator and academic liaison at the Kennan Institute of the Wilson Centre. Nina and Adam explore understanding Russian support for the war in Ukraine and a focus on opposition to the war among Russians inside and outside the country. They discuss the growing internal repressions and the consequences for speaking out against this war.
    Read the most recent publication on this topic: “Disloyalty is punishable: Russians hide their true feelings about the war” By: Maria Domańska, New Eastern Europe 17 June 2022: https://neweasterneurope.eu/2022/06/17/disloyalty-is-punishable-russians-hide-their-true-feelings-about-the-war/
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    Episode 106: Czechia's EU presidency - priorities and challenges

    Episode 106: Czechia's EU presidency - priorities and challenges

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    In this episode Aga sits down with Pavel Havlíček, a Research Fellow at the Prague-based Association for International Affairs (AMO) and expert on Eastern Europe, to discuss the priorities of the recently inaugurated Czech presidency of the Council of the European Union and how these will be impacted by the historic decision to grant Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova EU candidate status. Aga and Pavel also talk about Czechia’s involvement in the development of the Eastern Partnership and ponder on the possible future scenarios for the initiative, now that two of its members have become part of the EU’s enlargement policy.

    Additional materials:
    “Ukraine’s membership of the EU is a long way off, but we must start preparing right now” - https://neweasterneurope.eu/2022/06/22/ukraines-membership-of-the-eu-is-a-long-way-off-but-we-must-start-preparing-right-now/

    “Czech presidency can revive the faltering Eastern Partnership” - https://neweasterneurope.eu/2021/12/27/czech-presidency-can-revive-the-faltering-eastern-partnership/

    You can follow Pavel and his work on Twitter (@Pavel_Havlicek_), Facebook (Pavel Paulie Havlíček) and LinkedIn (Pavel Havlicek).

    Visit us online at: https://www.talkeasterneurope.eu

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    Episode 105: Ukraine granted the EU candidate status in the shadow of war

    Episode 105: Ukraine granted the EU candidate status in the shadow of war

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    The last European Union Council meeting brought a historic decision to grant Ukraine and Moldova the status of the EU candidate status. In this episode Maciek and Aga share their first reactions to the EU’s decision as well as Maciek asks Maksym Kyiak, the Kyiv-based expert on international relations, about his assessment of EU Council decision. In addition Maksym provides us with an update of the general situation in Ukraine as the war continues without any prospects for rapid de-escalation.

    Watch the documentary movie on the city of Bucha in Ukraine, mentioned in the episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=-RXf6REnoSs
    Read the latest analysis and commentary on the war and the region by visiting: www.neweasterneurope.eu

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    Episode 104: Russian invasion continues to devastate

    Episode 104: Russian invasion continues to devastate

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    In this episode Adam sits down with Anton Naychuk, Director of the Kyiv-based NGO Civil Diplomacy Fund. Anton gives our listeners an update on where the fighting is now taking place in Ukraine. He discusses the current Russian strategy and the needs of Ukraine for heavy weapons now – before it is too late. Anton also describes the economic effects of the war and why and how Russian actions are leading to a possible global food crisis.

    Read the latest analysis and commentary on the war and the region by visiting: www.neweasterneurope.eu

    Listen also to Episode 101: EU Candidate status for Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia?
    https://talkeasterneurope.eu/episode/episode-101-eu-candidate-status-for-ukraine-moldova-and-georgia-732

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