Central Europe

  • Estonia: Twisted Tongues

    Estonia: Twisted Tongues

    TALLINN, Estonia | It’s a warm September day in central Tallinn, but the heat inside the hotel conference room has nothing to do with the baking sunlight. Fiery exchanges fly […]

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  • Czech Republic: Classroom Secrets

    Czech Republic: Classroom Secrets

    PRAGUE, Czech Republic | Do you know what your child is going through right now among his or her classmates? Just a bit of pushing and shoving that they’ll easily […]

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  • Slovakia: From Reform to Reward

    Slovakia: From Reform to Reward

    BRATISLAVA, Slovakia | It has been a traditional sight every 1 September for over a decade. Children across Slovakia would turn up fresh from the summer holidays and enter schools […]

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  • Hungary: A Testing Time

    Hungary: A Testing Time

    BUDAPEST, Hungary | There’s a new joke going around Hungary: “Should I hand out the exam paper,” the teacher asks the students before the big test, “or does everyone already […]

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  • Hungary: Graveside Manner

    Hungary: Graveside Manner

    BUDAPEST, Hungary | It is the dead of night. A couple of young people hand money to a man, their faces digitally blurred. One props a huge medical textbook on […]

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  • Poland: A Season of Change

    Poland: A Season of Change

    POZNAN, Poland | The blooming chestnut tree has long symbolized a rite of passage for Polish 19-year-olds –school-leaving exams held in late April and early May. And in what could […]

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