The conditions in the Greek refugee camps are miserable: violence, poor food and lack of sanitary facilities are common.
19 years after the massacre of Srebrenica another 175 victims will be buried. While the Bosnians mourn, most Serbs do not care about the commemoration of the victims.
Una Hajdari, Krsto Lazarević und Armend Nimani
25 years ago Slobodan Milosevic was celebrated in Kosovo by a cheering crowd of over a million Serbs. This year, the speech of the serbian President Tomislav Nikolic was accompanied by boos. The 2,000 demonstrators accused Nikolic to be a traitor who gave Kosovo away.
For months Serbia is fighting for the right interpretation of the assassination in Sarajevo. Who is to blame for the outbreak of the First World War? In Serbia such a question is touching the self-image of the nation like in no other country.
Considering its size Serbia had to complain as many victims as no other nation after the World War I. Almost one in four Serb did not survive the war. Now, 100 years later, many politicians and intellectuals smell a conspiracy: Serbia, as they say, is proven once again as the mastermind of the assassination in Sarajevo - and Belgrade should at least partly be blamed for the outbreak of the First World War. What kind of commemorations are planned in Serbia? Who shares the official interpretation of events and who doesn’t?
Gavrilo Princip, the assassin of Sarajevo: Hero or Terrorist? A hero he was in socialist Yugoslavia, where he was almost regarded as a precursor of Tito and the Partisans. As a hero he is still seen by Serbian nationalists, who in the 1980s and -90s took Gavrilo Princip for their goals. A very different view, however, have a number of intellectuals, theater directors and movie makers in Belgrade. They see Gavrilo Princip as an anti-colonial fighter: not a nationalist, but a socialist revolutionary figure.
27.6.2014, Deutschlandradio Kultur (Audio)
Gavrilo Princip - for the Serbs still a hero, for the Bosnians today a terrorist. 100 years after the assassination in Sarajevo Bosnia-Herzegowina is also devided in this question. Krsto Lazarević looks for Gavrilo Princips traces and finds the great-nephew of the assassin in a motel on the outskirts of Sarajevo.
Juni 2014, dasbiber.at
The German government intends to classify Serbia, Macedonia and Bosnia as "safe countries of origin". As a result, asylum applications can be faster processed and - as usually - rejected. But are these countries really safe for Roma?
Hessischer Rundfunk (nur Download), 16.5.2014
Even the Soccer World Cup is not uniting citizens of Bosnia-Herzegovina. Bosniaks celebrate their players as national heroes, Croats are supporting the Croatian team and in the serbian part of the country the World Cup is largely ignored.
Nearly 400,000 farmers are in Bulgaria. Most of them are small producers with a little piece of land, a few cows or sheep. However, for the Bulgarian state they do not exist. There are no laws that are tailored to their needs. Now some of the farmers have formed an organisation to advocate for their demands.
Two weeks ago, Bosnia and Herzegovina has been rocked by the heaviest violent unrest since the end of the war. Initially peaceful protests against poverty and corruption were gemündet in street fights and violent clashes with the police. In many cities government buildings were attacked and set on fire. Meanwhile, the protest has been transformed: citizens' forums have been established in many cities where several hundred people meet regularly to discuss their demands and problems. And it all started in the industrial city of Tuzla.
Bulgarians do not hold much of their politicians. They accuse them of only following their self-interest and being associated with organized crime. A protest movement died down, it has little chance to enter parliament. Many will therefore not even go to vote.
Since the beginning of the financial and economic crisis in Greece, the number of suicides has increased dramatically. Greeks also suffer from mental illnesses that are caused by the crisis. A conversation with Andrew Armatas who works for more than ten years as a clinical psychologist in Athens.
jungle word, 2.5.2013
Serbia and Kosovo have reached an agreement after months of talks brokered by the European Union over the normalisation of their relations. Under the agreement, the north of Kosovo will be absorbed into the legal framework of the country but retain limited autonomy in areas of health, education, policing and courts.
The Bulgarian population is shrinking aging and impoverished. This is particularly evident outside the cities - in the province, where the roads are bumpy, where it seems as if the lives of most people stopped mid-century. Here, in the north-western Bulgaria, one of the poorest regions in Europe, the country's problems are most apparent.
Dirk Auer and Merlin Nadj-Torma
Vojvodina is not only the geographical border between Central Europe and the Balkans, it was always too borderland between different Government spheres. And to this day it remains a region of great ethnic diversity. Unlike other heavily mixed areas of the former Yugoslavia, there has been no violent conflict. But as a result of the wars in Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo, the population composition has also shifted here seriously. Over 300,000 Serbian refugees have settled again, while many ethnic minorities have migrated.