The most widely recognizes sub-regions of Eastern Europe include:
- East Central Europe
- The Baltics
- Southeastern Europe/Balkans
- Eastern Europe
The countries within these regions are as follows:
- Czech Republic
- Romania and Moldova
- Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia
- Ukraine and Belarus
- Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Albania, Kosovo, and Macedonia
Eastern Europe's Regional Differences and SimilaritiesWe can acknowledge that some countries, like Poland and the Czech Republic, are more "central," and, if we want to be specific about their location, can refer to them as a part of East Central Europe. The Baltics, populated by people ethnically different from the rest of Eastern Europe, can also be grouped accordingly. The countries of the Balkans are classified differently depending upon what factors you're using, and Southeastern Europe is a good description for those countries that occupy the southern corner of Eastern Europe. And, as for everyone else - they're so far east there's no disputing the fact that they're a part of Eastern Europe, but East Eastern Europe seems redundant.
It's understandable for some countries - whose national identities were so repressed under authoritarian regimes - to tire of being affiliated with a term that they feel is outdated and which unfairly associates them with other countries from whom they would rather distance themselves. But the truth is that Eastern Europe and all its sub-regions is a culturally, geographically, and historically fascinating place, and this site chooses to celebrate the region as a whole while acknowledging the differences of each sub-region and each nation within that sub-region.