Danube river branches flow again

The precious branches of the Danube River again enjoy water flow.  It is the fruit of labour by the Bratislava Regional Environmental Protection Association and the Water Management Construction Company. http://spravy.pravda.sk/domace/clanok/320745-dunaju-vracaju-odseknute-ramena/ CEF observation: This is definitely one of the major landscaping initiatives within the wider region.  Long live Danubian wilderness – even if somewhat managed...

Lecture series on new urban strategies

The Old Market Hall in Bratislava hosts further lecture series on new urban strategies entitled What City?  The lectures present stimulating experience by Berlin urban planners and architects. http://staratrznica.sk/konferencia-whatcity-uz-dnes-v-starej-trznici/ CEF observation: What City? offers most useful platform for the Slovak capital.  Will the inspiration be transformed into...

Overcoming the Old Borders

New generation of young historians from the Institute of History at the Slovak Academy of Science published essays on the last two decades of Central Europe, entitled Overcoming the Old Borders. According to the authors, their common aim is to overcome nationally-oriented approaches to historiography and excessive emphasis on political history, which has been typical of the region. http://www.forumhistoriae.sk/web/guest/e-kniznica CEF observation: Many might ask how far the authors, with their choice of topics and methodology, managed to meet their objectives.  Yet within the context of local historiography, the endeavour is most...

Remarkable Polish reportage literature

The remarkable Polish reportage literature, which is under the auspices by such groups as the distinguished publishing house CZARNE, is planning to expand to Slovakia.  Slovak reportage writers are expected to be given space.  All that is made possible by a group of people in Žilina. http://czarne.com.pl/en CEF observation: Reportage literature is quite an unknown phenomenon in Slovakia.  Its tradition in Poland is strong and inspiring.  Fingers...

Danube Flow brings events and installations to the river banks in Budapest

The initiative Danube Flow brings different events and installations to the Danube river bank in Budapest.  It aims to highlight the value of the river as a phenomenon within a city.  People in Budapest seem to welcome the initiative. http://www.danubeflow.eu/ CEF observation: CEF is attempting to do the same in Bratislava within the Living Danube project. Cities on the Danube are rediscovering their...

A project to present Central European leaders in innovative approaches

The Warsaw journal Visegrad Insight announced its new project that will present Central European leaders in innovative approaches, focusing on the digital world.   The first list of leaders was presented in October 2014. http://publica.pl/ne100 CEF observation: Yet another worthy contribution to raising continental and global visibility of Central Europe.  The project is carried out in cooperation with the International Visegrad Fund and Google...

POST BELLUM continues to collect interesting stories

The Prague team within the POST BELLUM continues to collect interesting stories that tell the complex history of the 20th century on the territory of the former Czechoslovakia. People from Slovakia are welcome to join. http://postbellum.sk/ CEF observation: POST BELLUM is most innovative in communicating powerful stories, for instance by using cartoons.  It will be interesting to see whether Czech-based Slovak cartoonists are given space in the...

Film Wolf Mountains [Vlčie hory] gathers awards

Film Wolf Mountains [Vlčie hory] about the wild forests and rivers in the Slovak–Polish–Ukrainian borderlands gathers awards.  The film-makers working with Erik Baláž intended to help develop a vast zone of wilderness supported by light forms of tourism.  http://www.arollafilm.com/sk/novinky CEF observation: The most impressive film is a must for every fan of the Carpathians.  It will be interesting to see whether the film-makers manage to achieve their...

Fresh material from two think-tanks

Central European Policy Institute (Bratislava) and demosEUROPA – Center for European Strategy (Warsaw) offered a number of interesting recommendations for politicians in Central to enhance the role and worth of the region within Europe.  http://www.cepolicy.org/sites/cepolicy.org/files/attachments/central_europe_fit_for_the_future_report.pdf CEF observation: The material by the two think-tanks is invigorating and brings up a number of interesting ideas.  It is commendable that Austrian circles were involved in drafting the document.  Will Austria focus its interest again on its Eastern and Northern...

Kor-ridor opens new historical topics

A new internet-based Hungarian–Slovak magazine Kor-ridor opens interesting historical themes related to Slovak–Hungarian relations.  http://kor-ridor.eu/ CEF observation: The appointment of József Demmel as the Editor-in-Chief, given his proven talent to analyse Slovak and Greater Hungarian history, opens new perspectives for the online periodical.  Will the editorial board manage to develop a genuine dialogue among Slovak and Hungarian...

The Western Balkans Fund to be based in Tirana

The Slovak Presidency of the V4 announced the opening of the Western Balkans Fund to be based in Tirana, following the example of the International Visegrad Fund in Bratislava.http://www.visegradgroup.eu/calendar/2014/visegrad-group-joint CEF observation: A unique opportunity to transfer know how and especially to develop closer ties with the Balkan states and their...

A new documentary about the fall of the Iron Curtain

The international documentary film festival in Copenhagen premièred unique document about the fall of the Iron Curtain (directed by a Dane and Hungarian).  With the use of the new media it was screened live across Europe to mark the anniversary of the historical event.  http://cphdox.dk/en/node/8391 CEF observation: Made in a most interesting...