Essay contest for students in Poland


The role of technology in the development of democracy - a threat or an opportunity?


Social media redefine the way politics work and bring new challenges, such as “fake news” being spread on a mass scale. Traditional media often cannot keep up with the pace of changes and don’t always respond to the needs of the new audience. Traditional media face a tough task to differentiate between fake and real news, a fact and a regular comment, or simply an advertisement that gathers attention.


Essay Contest: Rules and regulations


The contest targets students of universities in Poland.

Essays will be evaluated by a jury that consists of academics representing University of Gdańsk, Jagiellonian University, University of Warsaw, European Solidarity Center, ePaństwo Foundation, and the magazine New Eastern Europe.

Essays have to be written entirely on your own, in English or Polish. The essays can’t be used in a different contest or published before.

Essays have to be sent via email in following formats: *.odt, *.doc, *.docx or *.rtf to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The essays should have your first and last name, as well as the university you attend, your department, major and the year of your studies.

The essay should have a works cited page and footnotes.

The essay requirements: min. 7 pages (12 600 characters with spaces), max. 20 pages (36 000 characters with spaces). Font size: 12, Times New Roman, 1,5 spaced.


The essays are due March 22, 2017 at 12.00pm


The essays should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




The authors of the best 3 essays will receive a prize. The best 2 essays will be published in New Eastern Europe. The winners of the contest will be able to attend Personal Democracy Forum CEE 2017, free of entry fee, travel and accommodation costs as well as catering during the conference will be provided by the organizers. 



dr Jacek Kołtan, University of Gdańsk, European Solidarity Center

dr Hanna Machińska, University of Warsaw

dr Małgorzata Kołaczek, Jagiellonian University

dr Iwona Reichardt, New Eastern Europe

Krzysztof Izdebski, ePaństwo Foundation


The jury will choose the best 3 essays. The results will be announced on our website and on the event page on Facebook.

Holiday Wishes from NEE

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On behalf of the editors and publishers of New Eastern Europe, we would like to wish all of our readers a very Happy Holiday Season and a Happy New Year 2017! 



Speaking of holidays…why not purchase a gift subscription to New Eastern Europe for the special reader in your life.







And while you are celebrating the holidays make sure to listen to some Polish Christmas Carols (Kolędy).



Solidarity Academy Baltic Sea Youth Dialogue 2016

logo engDialogue is the bread and butter of journalism – with sources, with audiences, with editors and with other peers. The Solidarity Academy – Baltic Sea Youth Dialogue offers young journalists (through age 30) from countries in and around the Baltic Sea a unique opportunity for structured dialogue that will sharpen their skills, broaden their networks, and offer new perspectives on a range of crucial issues. The discussions will take place in Gdansk, a site of historic importance for democratic Europe, and in Kaliningrad, a location where many of Europe’s recent and current challenges can be seen first-hand.

Read more: Solidarity Academy Baltic Sea Youth Dialogue 2016

Plokhy awarded as “Ambassador of New Europe”

ECS 1 216During the 2016 edition of the European reflection forum “Europe with a View to the Future”, Serhii Plokhy, a Harvard professor of Ukrainian history and the director of the university's Ukrainian Research Institute, was awarded with the prestigious “Ambassador of the New Europe” award, for his book titled The Last Empire: The Final Days of the Soviet Union.


Already in its fifth edition, the award is bestowed annually by the European Solidarity Centre and the Jan Nowak-Jeziorański College of Eastern Europe in Wrocław to the author and publisher of a book in Polish that has had a significant impact on the debate in this region. The author receives a medal, a cash prize, and the honour of being an “Ambassador of the New Europe”.


The jury in the 2016 competition reviewed 75 applications which met the formal requirements and narrowed it down to a short-list of six finalists. The final decision was announced on May 20th 2016 in Gdańsk, Poland.


Read a review of Plokhy’s most recent English publication:  The Gates of Europe. A History of Ukraine.


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Director of the European Solidarity Centre, Basil Kerski, announcing the award. Photo:  Grzegorz Mehring / Archiwum ECS


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Photo:  Grzegorz Mehring / Archiwum ECS

Warsaw Euro-Atlantic Summer Academy

WEASACall for applications


The College of Europe Natolin Campus, the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) and the Polish-American Freedom Foundation announce a call for applications for the fourth edition of the Warsaw Euro-Atlantic Summer Academy (WEASA).


WEASA 2016 edition will be devoted to the issue of “Regional Policy and Regional Development: Euro-Atlantic Support to Eastern Partnership Countries”. WEASA 2016 program aims to introduce participants to the changes in priorities and architecture of external support introduced in 2015 by the European Union and the United States; provide a forum for dialogue on shaping future support based on EaP comments, concerns, expectations and recommendations, and examine four areas within regional policy and regional development.



Within the broad theme of regional policy and regional development, and with an overarching theme of external trans-Atlantic support, we propose that WEASA 2016 should concentrate on the following topics:


  • Cross-border cooperation;
  • Central-regional relations, including the role of regional elites;
  • Regional security and crisis management dimension;
  • Clusters development and economic growth.


Participant’s profile

The 2016 Academy will be addressed to public servants from central, regional and local levels, including those involved in the field of foreign assistance and development cooperation (programming and implementation, both at the central government and the regional levels), private sector, NGOs, media, members of the academia specialising in relevant issues.



We thus encourage up-and-coming policy analysts, experts, advisers, public servants, private sector specialists, journalists and NGOs from the Eastern Partnership region (i.e. Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine), focusing on the issues of European integration, regional policy and regional development, management of external support, and/or state transformation processes and transatlantic cooperation to submit their applications for WEASA’s 2016 edition.


Priority will be given to mid-career professionals with at least five years of experience in the aforementioned programmatic areas.



The WEASA program will be delivered by prominent academics and analysts from leading European and American think tanks, as well as high-level officials and practitioners.



Travel, boarding and accommodation will be covered by WEASA. The WEASA 2016 edition is scheduled for 4-15 July, 2016. WEASA 2016 Rules of Procedure are avaliable here.


Application deadline

To apply please proceed to the online application form.


Please consult WEASA application requirements.


The closing date for applications is 30 April 2016, 23:59pm (GMT+1).


Only selected candidates will be contacted.


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