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

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. Von Walter Mayr
5. April 2019, 16:15 Uhr

Opinion Don't Forget the Western Balkans

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. Von Sarah Wohlfeld
8. Juli 2016, 18:26 Uhr

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

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. Von Carolyn Braun, Marcus Pfeil und Danijel Visevic
4. Juli 2016, 14:21 Uhr

The Yugoslav War A Prisoner in My Own City

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.
4. Juli 2016, 14:05 Uhr

Sharia Villages Bosnia's Islamic State Problem

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. Von Walter Mayr
5. April 2016, 18:06 Uhr

Mass Migration What Is Driving the Balkan Exodus?

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. Von Susanne Koelbl, Katrin Kuntz und Walter Mayr
26. August 2015, 17:00 Uhr

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

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. Von SPIEGEL Staff
17. November 2014, 17:41 Uhr

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

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. Von Katrin Kuntz
6. Juni 2014, 16:57 Uhr

Hydropower Struggle Dams Threaten Europe's Last Wild Rivers

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. Von Philip Bethge
17. Januar 2014, 12:32 Uhr

Macedonian Makeover Europe's Flailing Capital of Kitsch

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. Von Till Mayer
12. November 2013, 17:41 Uhr

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

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.
17. September 2012, 11:19 Uhr

A Night under Concrete Albanian Tourism Project Puts Beds in Bunkers

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. Von Julia Stanek
14. September 2012, 16:48 Uhr

The Poisonous Croissant Scandals Overshadow Croatia's EU Accession

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. Von Walter Mayr
23. November 2011, 17:56 Uhr

Peacekeeping in Kosovo 'The Situation is Still Tense'

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.
22. August 2011, 17:08 Uhr