While there is no consensus on what exactly constitutes Eastern Europe, it is generally agreed that it is more of a political and cultural distinction than a geographical one. Consisting of the nations of the eastern portion of Europe, on the Eurasian plate, it is a region steeped in history of revolution.
Today, Eastern Europe consists of the the Balkan states, Russia, and the old Soviet Bloc states that have emerged since the fall of the USSR. Cold and brusque, yet beautiful and surprisingly warm and hospitable at the same time, the weather is a perfect representation of the peoples that inhabit the region.
Language & Culture
Eastern Europe is very diverse, but bears some unification with Orthodox Christianity. The east-west schism began with the collapse of the Holy Roman Empire. Thus the region as a whole shares a Byzantine and Ottoman influenced history.
Conquest and turmoil also shaped the region and led to the wide development of languages and customs. Slavic languages tend to dominate the region, though all manner of Latin based languages exist as well. Most countries have their own language, with English spoken less commonly than one might find in western Europe.
Stability & Development
Eastern Europe has seen extreme strife and instability throughout history. However, with the fall of Soviet Bloc, the region has seen a boom in development. Some nations such as Estonia are now shining examples of what a modern nation can offer it’s citizens.
Stability has always been a question. As a whole though, the region does seem to be solidifying since the breakup of Yugoslavia. But Russia still looms over the region threatening to break the peace and stability. Today’s biggest concerns come from the emerging refugee crises out of Syria – with millions of migrants entering Europe through Eastern Europe each year.