Edward Lucas

Author's details

Name: Edward Lucas
Date registered: April 19, 2010

Latest posts

  1. Update — October 29, 2010
  2. Bill Bryson review — September 5, 2010
  3. Komorowski and Polish foreign policy — September 5, 2010
  4. Tony Judt obituary (The Economist) — August 13, 2010
  5. the rise of English — May 27, 2010

Most commented posts

  1. Survey of Poland: Chapter One — 142 comments
  2. Arctic monkeys — 126 comments
  3. Georgia: my take from today’s London “Times” — 101 comments
  4. Nashi sex camp shock horror–latest lurid plug for book — 73 comments
  5. Daily Mail (rant) — 60 comments

Author's posts listings

Oct 29


I apologise for the long delay in posting material to this blog. I’ve been busy in my new job as International Editor, as well as working the CEE beat and trying to hurry along my new book about Russian spies. I have also put a lot of work into the new Economist blog, Eastern Approaches. …

Continue reading »

Sep 05

Bill Bryson review

THE fruits of Bill Bryson’s fluent and amusing writing have been fame and fortune, so he now lives in one of the most desirable dwellings in the world: an old rectory in an English country village. The social and technological history of this lovely old house is the theme of his latest book, published earlier this year in Britain and coming out in America next month.

Sep 05

Komorowski and Polish foreign policy

Even his friends do not claim that President Bronisław Komorowski is sparkling company. He speaks no foreign languages and has never lived abroad. He has no expertise in world affairs, no close friendships with foreign leaders. He is not Donald Tusk or Radek Sikorski. But he is a sensible man representing a country that matters. He will find no difficulty in gaining meetings and audiences.

Aug 13

Tony Judt obituary (The Economist)

Quizzical, erudite and clear-sighted, Tony Judt never let matters rest. He worried at his own beliefs—Zionist, Francophile, socialist and Euro-federalist—until they fell apart and reformed under the pressure of his restless, meticulous intellect. Few people in the Anglo-Saxon world can call themselves “intellectuals”, continental-style, without feeling (and sounding) a little odd. But in Mr Judt’s case the word deserved a capital “I”.

May 27

the rise of English

English is what matters. It has displaced rivals to become the language of diplomacy, of business, of science, of the internet and of world culture. Many more people speak Chinese—but even they, in vast numbers, are trying to learn English. So how did it happen, and why?

May 27


Filthy, damp, cold and exhausting, living in Iceland for most of the past millennium had one redeeming feature: that the long dark winter evenings gave people the chance to read a lot and tell stories.

May 27

More jokes, please

Jokes helped make communism collapse. “Anekdoty” as they were termed, helped dispel the climate of fear and highlighted the backwardness and stagnation that were the hallmark of central planning and the police state. The best ones were about people like Brezhnev; few found Stalin a good subject for humour.

May 27

Slovakia Hungary

Giving passports to these Hungarians, who now number around 2m, appeases the radical right in Hungary and also signals to other countries that the Magyar minorities have a protector. That does not matter much in places such as Serbia, Slovenia or Austria, where Magyars live happily alongside their fellow-citizens. But it is potentially explosive in Slovakia…

May 21

Europe view no 184

In the communist era, the countries of eastern and central Europe were run by tightly knit clans. Connections, particularly those of your parents, mattered more than ability. The same kind of people held the top jobs in the ruling party, in government, in media and in commerce and industry. One of the most potent fuels for the revolutions of 1989 was public discontent with this closed system and the unfairness and incompetence that went along with it.

May 20

Important announcement

I have also been made International Editor, starting in September. However I will continue to write on the east European region for the print edition of the Economist, as well as running a new blog called Eastern Approaches.

Older posts «