Dirk Auer und Andreas Kunz
On 2 February 2005, eight SEE states announced the Dekade of Roma Inclusion. The goal: Within the next ten years discrimination and social inequality of Roma should be effectively combated. But the results are disappointing as the case of Bulgaria shows.
balkan:biro correspondent Chrissi Wilkens talks about crisis fatigue, German camera crews in Athens and the perception of the newspaper "Bild" in Greece.
Nina Bunjevac presented with "homeland" a graphic novel that not only deals with her own family history, but also the disintegration of Yugoslavia.
Tens of thousands of Kosovars left their homeland in January. A visit to the Trepca mines in Mitrovica, where young men hope for a future in their own country.
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.