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New school year, same old problems: ‘How to explain to my child that his assistant won’t be coming back…’

This text was first published in Croatian on Radnička Prava, 09/09/2022. The article is translated by Borna Karanušić as a part of the cooperation between the members of the Eastern European Left Media Outlet – ELMO. The publication of this text was supported by the Agency for Electronic Media via the Fund for the Promotion […]

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European Capital of Culture, Master Plan, ecology, and violence against citizens – towards a Novi Sad Waterfront?

Note from LeftEast editors: This article by Svetlana Subašić was originally published on July 26, 2022 by Mašina. We publish its translation by Anastazija Govedarica Antanasijević as part of a cooperation among Eastern European leftist media platforms in ELMO (Eastern European Left Media Outlet). For more additional on the Waterfront project in Belgrade, listen to this podcast. […]

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How China escaped shock therapy in the 1980s. Interview with Isabella M. Weber

Note from LeftEast editors. This article was originally published in Czech language on June 2, 2022, on Alarm. We publish it as part of a cooperation among Eastern European leftist media platforms in ELMO (Eastern European Left Media Outlet). Interview with political economist, expert on China and author of the award-winning book about debates in 1980s when the […]

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“People from Eastern Europe could teach Westerners a thing or two about the failures of liberalism in our societies,” says Lea Ypi

Note from LeftEast editors. This article was originally published on June 2, 2022, on Alarm.cz . We publish it as part of a cooperation among Eastern European leftist media platforms in ELMO (Eastern European Left Media Outlet). We talked with Albanian writer and academic Lea Ypi about her award-winning memoir, where she describes growing up in one of […]

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Without shelter: housing policy in wartime

This article is part of the multilingual ELMO series CEE housing movements resisting neoliberal urban transformations and it originally appeared in English and Ukrainian on Spilne/Commons on 2nd April 2022. Translated from Ukrainian by Yuliia Kulish. “The realtor said that today there were more than 300 requests, with only 5 apartments successfully found.” “We searched all […]

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Countering housing dispossession in Cluj, the Silicon Valley of Eastern Europe

This article is part of the multilingual ELMO series CEE housing movements resisting neoliberal urban transformations. The pursuit of international recognition of its urban policies turned into a major source of legitimacy for the Romanian municipality of Cluj-Napoca. The city has been designated the 2015 European Capital of Youth. Next year it made it into the […]

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“We all have to live somewhere!” The Hungarian housing movement – a bottom-up view – 1989-2021

This article is part of the multilingual ELMO series CEE housing movements resisting neoliberal urban transformations. This article[i] gives a brief overview of the last 30 years of the Hungarian housing movement[ii] and housing policy. It divides the era into four phases and gives an insight into how organizations – both on the left and the […]

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Becoming Western: the story legitimising neoliberalism, violence and dispossession in Central and Eastern European cities

This article is part of the multilingual ELMO series CEE housing movements resisting neoliberal urban transformations. The smart city, the civilised city, the city for the respectable tax-paying citizens – in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), what all of these urban imaginaries have in common is that they cater to a performative, aspirational desire of becoming […]

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Central-Eastern European housing movements resisting neoliberal urban transformations

The Eastern European Left Media Outlet – ELMO will be launching a multilingual and inedit thematic article series, consisting of 4 parts and this introduction, in which we seek answers to the question: How are housing and urban movements resisting the post-socialist imperative of transforming Central-Eastern European cities into extensions, copies and satellites of neoliberal […]

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Private Pension Systems in the Context of Debt: The Croatian Model of Privatizing the Future

Private pension systems are the most complex domain of financialization in general. These systems intertwine and influence all aspects of present socio-economic circumstances, all the while shaping the future through financial and political dealings. The topic of pension systems best illustrates the complexity and inner workings of global finance. In the era of digitalization, capital […]