Belarus
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Belarus, a former soviet republic, attained independence in 1991. Belarus’ ties with Russia influence both economic and political direction. President Lukashenko is often dubbed “Europe’s last dictator”. He’s been in power since 1994. Constitution and government The Belarus Constitution, Article 33 reads: “Everyone is guaranteed freedom of thoughts and beliefs […]

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Bulgaria
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The Republic of Bulgaria is a democratic sovereign state in southeastern Europe with a population of 7.5 million and bordered by Romania, Serbia, Macedonia, Greece, Turkey and the Black Sea. The constitution guarantees “the life, dignity and rights of the individual and shall create conditions conducive to the free development […]

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Czech Republic
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The Czech Republic, or Czechia, is one of the least religious countries in the world where – depending on the metrics – at least 60% of the population can be identified as irreligious and 37% as atheists. It is a constitutionally secular state. Beneath the secular surface, however, there are […]

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Hungary
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Hungary is often said to be pulled culturally, socially and politically between “East” and “West”. The modern constitutional parliamentary democracy was introduced as lately 1989, following a long history of varying authoritarian regimes including 40 years of communist dictatorship. In the first 20 years, democratic institutions were set up and […]

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Moldova
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With a population somewhat over 3.5 million, Moldova is a parliamentary republic nestled between Romania and Ukraine. Constitution and government The constitution and other laws and policies protect freedom of thought, conscience and religion, as well as freedom of opinion and expression. While these rights are generally respected in practice, […]

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Poland
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The Roman Catholic Church is the largest religious organization in Poland and maintains considerable influence in social and political life. In 1993, it was granted special recognition by the Polish state as per a Concordat with the Holy See. Recent developments have seen an attempted near blanket-ban on abortion, backed […]

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Romania
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Romania is a semi-presidential republic with a multi-party system, a member of the EU and NATO. Constitution and government The constitution and other laws and policies protect freedom of religion or belief, and freedom of expression and assembly. However, the government strongly favours the Romanian Orthodox Church and places some […]

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Russia
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The Russian Federation is the world’s largest country by land area. After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, beset by corruption and cronyism, Russia has struggled in efforts to build a new democratic political system and market economy. This country is found to be declining under the renewed […]

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Slovakia
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Slovakia is a democratic republic with a multi-party parliamentary system. After the 1989 collapse of Communism, the dissolution of Czechoslovakia in 1993 meant that Slovakia became an independent state. It is now a member of the EU and NATO. The population of around 5.4 million people is predominantly Catholic. Constitution and government […]

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Ukraine
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Ukraine became a fully independent sovereign state in 1991 following the collapse of the Soviet Union. By area i tis the largest country entirely within Europe, and has a population of around 45 million, mostly defining as Christian, and the majority of these as Eastern Orthodox Christians. <pewforum.org/files/2011/12/Christianity-fullreport-web.pdf> In November 2013, Euromaidan, […]

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