Putin's Reach: Merkel Concerned about Russian Influence in the Balkans

Putin's Reach: Merkel Concerned about Russian Influence in the Balkans

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 17, 2014

Berlin has begun to see Moscow as an adversary rather than as a potential partner. The German government is concerned about efforts by Russian President Vladimir Putin to increase his influence in the Balkans. Stopping him, however, could prove difficult. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

'We'll Get You': An Albanian Boy's Life Ruined by Blood Feuds

'We'll Get You': An Albanian Boy's Life Ruined by Blood Feuds

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 06, 2014

Blood feuds still exist in Albania and those involved have to live a life in hiding. They include people like Leonard Qukaj, who has left his home only rarely in the last four years for fear of being murdered by a rival clan -- or by his own uncle. By Katrin Kuntz and Maria Feck (photos) in Shkoder, Albania more... Comment ]

Hydropower Struggle: Dams Threaten Europe's Last Wild Rivers

Hydropower Struggle: Dams Threaten Europe's Last Wild Rivers

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 17, 2014

Europe's last remaining wild rivers flow through the Balkans, providing stunning scenery and habitat to myriad plants and animals. But hundreds of dam projects threaten to do irreparable harm to the region's unique biospheres -- to provide much needed electricity to the people who live there. By Philip Bethge more... Comment ]

Macedonian Makeover: Europe's Flailing Capital of Kitsch

Macedonian Makeover: Europe's Flailing Capital of Kitsch

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 12, 2013

The Macedonian government has spent huge sums turning its capital, Skopje, into a neo-baroque architectural nightmare. The project's gaudy excesses camouflage a disastrous economy and troubling record on human rights. By Till Mayer more... Comment ]

Surprise from The Hague: Yugoslav Tribunal Overturns Croatian Guilty Verdicts

Surprise from The Hague: Yugoslav Tribunal Overturns Croatian Guilty Verdicts

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 16, 2012

The Yugoslav war crimes tribunal in The Hague on Friday overturned the convictions of two Croatian generals for committing war crimes during the 1990s break-up of Yugoslavia. While Croatia has hailed the decision, Serbia is calling the decision "scandalous." more...

Croatian Prime Minister Milanovic: 'Germany Is a Role Model for Us'

Croatian Prime Minister Milanovic: 'Germany Is a Role Model for Us'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 17, 2012

Despite the euro crisis, Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic is steering his country on a course toward European Union membership with great enthusiasm. In an interview, he discusses Zagreb's planned EU accession in July 2013 and his view of European leaders' efforts so far in managing the euro crisis. more...

A Night under Concrete: Albanian Tourism Project Puts Beds in Bunkers

A Night under Concrete: Albanian Tourism Project Puts Beds in Bunkers

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 14, 2012

The Balkan country of Albania has hundreds of thousands of disused communist-era bunkers and a booming tourist industry. Now a joint German-Albanian project has put the two things together -- and is converting a bunker into a backpacker hostel. By Julia Stanek more... Comment ]

The Poisonous Croissant: Scandals Overshadow Croatia's EU Accession

The Poisonous Croissant: Scandals Overshadow Croatia's EU Accession

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 23, 2011

Croatia plans to sign the official European Union accession treaty on Dec. 9, despite its high level of external debt and a series of political scandals. The ruling party is suffering as a result of a series of trials against its members and is likely to lose upcoming elections. Meanwhile, some are wondering if the EU is really ready to absorb the Balkan country. By Walter Mayr more... Comment ]

Peacekeeping in Kosovo: 'The Situation is Still Tense'

Peacekeeping in Kosovo: 'The Situation is Still Tense'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 22, 2011

Major General Erhard Bühler leads NATO's peacekeeping Kosovo Force (KFOR). In an interview with SPIEGEL, the German armed forces commander discusses the critical situation in northern Kosovo, the EU's responsibility in the region and when he thinks the time will be to finally begin pulling troops out. more... Comment ]

Kosovar Interior Minister: 'Kosovo's Territorial Integrity is Inviolable'

Kosovar Interior Minister: 'Kosovo's Territorial Integrity is Inviolable'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 02, 2011

In a SPIEGEL interview, Kosovar Interior Minister Bajram Rexhepi discusses the tense situation along the republic's northern border, which grew deadly last week during clashes with ethnic Serbs. He also calls on countries that have not yet recognized Kosovo as a state to reconsider their position. more...