Balkans

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Opinion: Don't Forget the Western Balkans

Opinion: Don't Forget the Western Balkans

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 08, 2016

Following the Brexit vote, attention in the EU is likely to shift to internal debates on the future of European integration. But it's important that Europe not forget the Western Balkans, for whom the prospect of membership in the bloc is an important motivator for peace. By Sarah Wohlfeld more... Comment ]

Yugoslavia 1991: How Can a War Start If Nobody Wants It?

Yugoslavia 1991: How Can a War Start If Nobody Wants It?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 04, 2016

Twenty-five years ago, Yugoslavia's best-known musicians gave a concert in Sarajevo. Those in attendance were sure of one thing: There should not and would not be a war. Then all hell broke loose. A new project is looking for people who were at the show. By Carolyn Braun, Marcus Pfeil and Danijel Visevic more... Comment ]


The Yugoslav War: A Prisoner in My Own City

The Yugoslav War: A Prisoner in My Own City

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 04, 2016

Before the war, Milan Trivic worked for a Yugoslavian broadcaster. Along with a few rock musicians, he came up with the idea for a peace concert. Once war broke out, he lost everything. Milan Trivic's story in his own words. more... Video | Comment ]

The Yugoslav War: Answers to the Ten Most Important Questions

The Yugoslav War: Answers to the Ten Most Important Questions

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 04, 2016

What brought about the wars in former Yugoslavia? What role did ethnic tensions play? Did war criminals get punished? Answers to the most important questions. more... Comment ]


Sharia Villages: Bosnia's Islamic State Problem

Sharia Villages: Bosnia's Islamic State Problem

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 05, 2016

Radical Islamists have found a new refuge in Bosnia. They recruit fighters, promote jihad and preach a fundamentalist interpretation of Islam -- just across the border from the European Union. By Walter Mayr more... Comment ]

New Fences on the Old Continent: Refugee Crisis Pushes Europe to the Brink

New Fences on the Old Continent: Refugee Crisis Pushes Europe to the Brink

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 04, 2016

Even as Chancellor Merkel continues pursuing a deal with Turkey, Austria and its Balkan neighbors to the south have taken things into their own hands. With fences going up across the region, Greece is in trouble and the EU can't figure out what to do. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Refugee Crisis Disunity: A De Facto Solution Takes Shape in the Balkans

Refugee Crisis Disunity: A De Facto Solution Takes Shape in the Balkans

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 26, 2016

Angela Merkel is still hoping for a European solution to the refugee crisis. But with patience running out, Austria has joined countries on the Balkan Route to impose Plan B. But with the closure of borders, the situation in Greece is becoming dangerous. more... Comment ]

Mass Migration: What Is Driving the Balkan Exodus?

Mass Migration: What Is Driving the Balkan Exodus?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 26, 2015

More than a third of all asylum-seekers arriving in Germany come from Albania, Kosovo and Serbia. Young, poor and disillusioned with their home countries, they are searching for a better future. But almost none of them will be allowed to stay. By Susanne Koelbl, Katrin Kuntz and Walter Mayr more... Comment ]


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 ]