The Economist: Summer in Lviv

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Aug. 1, 2012, 12:31 p.m. | Ukraine abroad — by Economist

A woman walks on a street on June 17, 2012 in Lviv, ahead of the Euro 2012 football championships match Denmark vs. Germany.

SUMMER is in full swing in Lviv, a city that is a faded gem in western Ukraine. Some locals have retreated from the city to their dachas. Old men play chess on the shaded promenade while couples stroll along. The Mitteleuropa coffeehouses overflow with tourists. (One café is inspired by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, who hails from Habsburg Lviv.) Just two hours’ drive from the Polish border, the city is far from the politics of Kyiv. It is the self-proclaimed cultural capital of Ukraine.

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