Playing with Fire: Talk of Shifting Kosovo's Borders Sparks Concern

Playing with Fire: Talk of Shifting Kosovo's Borders Sparks Concern

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 05, 2019

Twenty years after the end of NATO's intervention in the Balkans, the relationship between Serbia and its former province of Kosovo remains tense. Senior figures are talking about shifting Kosovar borders, setting a potentially dangerous precedent. By Walter Mayr more...

Europe's Backyard: Tensions Rising in Balkans as Hopes for EU Future Fade

Europe's Backyard: Tensions Rising in Balkans as Hopes for EU Future Fade

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 27, 2017

Fourteen years after being told they had a future in the European Union, countries in the Western Balkans are losing hope. Meanwhile, Turkish and Russian influence in the region is on the rise. So too is the nationalist rhetoric of old. By Walter Mayr and Jan Puhl 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 ]

Europe's Deadly Borders: An Inside Look at EU's Shameful Immigration Policy

Europe's Deadly Borders: An Inside Look at EU's Shameful Immigration Policy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 11, 2014

Along the frontiers between Spain and Morocco, Greece and Turkey and Hungary and Serbia, the EU is deploying brutal methods to keep out undesired refugees. Many risk everything for a future in Europe and their odysseys too often end in death. By Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]


'We Have Achieved Almost Nothing': An Insider's View of EU Efforts in Kosovo

'We Have Achieved Almost Nothing': An Insider's View of EU Efforts in Kosovo

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 07, 2012

Since 2008, the EU has had thousands of soldiers, judges and prosecutors in Kosovo to help it become a Western-style constitutional democracy. But a German police officer with years of experience there says it is still dominated by corruption, clan loyalties and drugs -- with officials just waiting for the high-minded reformers to leave. more... Comment ]

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 ]


Serbian Thaw: Melting Danube Ice Creates Chaos in Belgrade

Serbian Thaw: Melting Danube Ice Creates Chaos in Belgrade

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 21, 2012

The Arctic cold front was long and hard. Yet now that temperatures are warming up across Europe, melting snow and ice are causing chaos as well. Hundreds of boats and barges on the Danube have been crushed by huge chunks of ice and officials are concerned about flooding. more...

Hit Serbian Comedy at the Berlinale: 'I Made a Film for Homophobes'

Hit Serbian Comedy at the Berlinale: 'I Made a Film for Homophobes'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 15, 2012

The Serbian comedy "Parada," about a couple that want to organize a gay pride parade in Belgrade, was a surprise hit in the Balkans. SPIEGEL ONLINE spoke to director Srdjan Dragojevic about the challenges involved in making a film about gays for a largely homophobic audience. more... Comment ]


Street Fighter, Artist and Patriot: Tennis Star Djokovic Is the Pride of New Serbia

Street Fighter, Artist and Patriot: Tennis Star Djokovic Is the Pride of New Serbia

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 07, 2011

Novak Djokovic left Serbia when it became a global pariah in the 1990s. With talent and determination to prove there were "good Serbs, too," he has fought his way to the top ranking in professional tennis. His compatriots now treasure him as a symbol of their country's rebirth. By Maik Grossekathöfer more...

Portrait of a Man Possessed: A Search for the Real Ratko Mladic

Portrait of a Man Possessed: A Search for the Real Ratko Mladic

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 30, 2011

He stands accused of some of the worst crimes known to criminal law. But former Bosnian-Serb military leader Ratko Mladic doesn't think he has to answer for anything -- not even for the wartime suicide of his daughter. There are many in Serbia who would agree. By Erich Follath more...