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 ]

European Court Verdict: Rendition Victim El-Masri Awarded 60,000 Euros

European Court Verdict: Rendition Victim El-Masri Awarded 60,000 Euros

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 13, 2012

In 2003, Khaled El-Masri was abducted by the CIA, flown to Afghanistan and tortured as part of the US special renditions program. On Thursday, after years of fighting for justice, the European Court of Human Rights finally awarded El-Masri compensation for his suffering. more...

A Surge of Serbs and Macedonians: Germany Seeks to Halt Influx of Balkan Asylum Seekers

A Surge of Serbs and Macedonians: Germany Seeks to Halt Influx of Balkan Asylum Seekers

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 25, 2012

With a massive surge in asylum applications from people of the Roma minority from Serbia and Macedonia, Germany's interior minister is calling for new rules to expedite processing these cases. Although many come to the EU for better economic opportunities, they also face racial discrimination at home, advocacy groups say. more... Comment ]