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Old 02-01-2013, 04:01 PM
 
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I don't think the eastern/western divide no longer suffice in the 21st century. There might still be differences, but there may also be overlaps.
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Old 02-01-2013, 05:07 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
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The Czech Republic was the first former Warsaw Pact country to be recognized as a "developed country" according to the World Bank, so I suppose you could say it's the most Westernized one as well.
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Old 02-01-2013, 05:21 PM
 
Location: Romania
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There are differences between mentalities due to historic particularities, I would say that Hungarians are more emancipated than Czechs although poorer, same for Poles, because of their imperial and multiethnic history.


But Slovenia in my opinion is the most Western-like "Eastern" country.


The less Western I would say are those in Balkans and the Eastern Slavs (Russians and Ukrainians). If you define Eastern as primitive, I would say Romania, Albania and Bulgaria are like this, with the completion that in Romania is high difference between urban and rural population, some being very educated, speaking English (the youth) and so on, while the people in villages living in some places and under some aspects still like in 19th century.
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Old 02-01-2013, 05:40 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
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If you define Eastern as primitive,
Why would we define "Eastern" as "primitive"? What does "primitive" mean, exactly, in this context?
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Old 02-01-2013, 05:53 PM
 
Location: Romania
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Underdeveloped I think.
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Old 02-01-2013, 11:58 PM
 
Location: The Netherlands
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I think in the eastern Europe Greece is indisputably the most westernized country, while in the west it's definitely Poland that has been most "easternized", which is not surprising as it had the most exposure to eastern Europe.
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Old 02-02-2013, 01:56 AM
 
Location: State of Transition
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I think in the eastern Europe Greece is indisputably the most westernized country, while in the west it's definitely Poland that has been most "easternized", which is not surprising as it had the most exposure to eastern Europe.
Since when is Poland part of the West? Really playing fast and loose with the definitions, here.

"Underdeveloped" is a vague term. Rural Czech Repub. could be considered "Eastern", by that definition.

We need to do better than this, to answer the OP question intelligently, people.

Q. The Baltic states--Easternized West or Westernized East? I vote for the former.

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Old 02-02-2013, 02:00 AM
 
Location: Tartu, Estonia
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It's easy for me.

Estonia if it's not considered Northern Europe, which it is by the E.U.

Otherwise, Czech Republic.

For Western Europe, I had always thought Portugal.
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Old 02-02-2013, 02:04 AM
 
Location: The Netherlands
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Since when is Poland part of the West? Really playing fast and loose with the definitions, here.
It's been over thousand of years actually, if you failed to notice that maybe you shouldn't participate in these discussions.
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Old 02-02-2013, 02:19 AM
 
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It's been over thousand of years actually, if you failed to notice that maybe you shouldn't participate in these discussions.
We need to have a definition of "East European countries", then, before we begin. These things aren't decided by personal whim. Someone placed the Czech Republic (which if slightly further west than Poland) in the East, defining "Eastern" as former Warsaw Pact countries. Do we all accept that definition, or not? If not, propose an alternate definition.
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