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Mostar 20 years after the destruction of the Old Bridge

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Deserted landscapes. Bulgaria's Northwest

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Where the Balkans meets Central Europe. The multiethnic province of Vojvodina

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Tito Superstar - Nostalgia for Yugoslav Times?

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Notes from the blind spot of Europe - The triangle between Bulgaria, Turkey and Greece

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North Kosovo: Everyday Life in No Man's Land

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Wrong country. The deportation of the Roma in Kosovo

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Alone in Europe - Minor Refugees in Greece

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Multimedia research: A forgotten Nazi concentration camp in the centre of Belgrade

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Exodus. The eviction of Bulgarian Turks 20 years ago

Hidden love

Dirk Auer

The largest minority in Kosovo is also the least visible: gays, lesbians and transsexuals. Although the constitution guarantees all rights and freedoms they are discriminated severely. Organising a gay pride is almost unthinkable until now.

amnesty journal, december 2013

"People are tired"

Chrissi Wilkens

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

Bulgaria before the elections

Simone Böcker

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.

Deutschlandfunk, 11.5.2013

Serbia and Kosovo agree on normalising ties

Dirk Auer

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.

Deutschlandunk, 22.4.2013

Deserted landscapes. Bulgaria's Northwest

Simone Böcker

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.

Deutschlandfunk, 2.2.2013

Where the Balkans meets Central Europe. The multiethnic province of Vojvodina

 

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.

Deutschlandfunk, 8.12.2012

When the lights go out

Chrissi Wilkens

More and more people in Greece cannot pay their electricity bills and therefore sit in the dark.

FM4, 20.10.2012 

Revolutionary choirs in Belgrade - Singing against old political structures

Simone Böcker

Singing in the pedestrian zone: With their songs self-organized choirs draw attention to social injustice and solidarity. Their trenchant, witty songs are a sung statement against nationalism and the taboos of society. Rooted in the tradition of partisan songs, they now mostly compose the lyrics by themselves.

16.10.2012, Deutschlandfunk

Serbia's cultural scence remembers Yugoslavia

Simone Böcker

20 years after the fall of Yugoslavia Serbia's artists and intellectuals deal again with the defunct state. And this is not about nostalgia.

Deutschlandfunk, 13.9.2012

Brown ghost over the Acropolis

Chrissi Wilkens

Immigrant communities in Athens are more and more victims of racist attacks.

FM4, 12.9.2012

Deported to a foreign home

Dirk Auer

They have lived for 15 or 20 years in Germany - and yet, every year hundreds of Roma are being deported to Kosovo. Especially for the children, who grew up in Germany or even were born there, the deportation is often a traumatic shock.

Renovabis, 22.8.2012

Serbia urged to open secret service files

Simone Böcker

The opening of the secret service files is one of the priorities for the further EU integration process of Serbia. It's most of all about the crimes of the Milosevic era.

Deutschlandfunk, 24.7.2012

Olympia has increased Greek debt

Chrissi Wilkens

Today many Greeks think it would have been better if the country had not held the Summer Games of 2004.

Salzburger Nachrichten, 21.7.2012

Betahaus goes East

Simone Böcker

Sofia is not exactly a hotspot of the international creative scene. But now a branch of the "Beta House" has opened - a new coworking space for freelancers!

Deutschlandradio Kultur, 1.7.2012

The awakening of the Bulgarian civil society

Simone Böcker

A new forestry law makes it easier for investors to cut down forests and convert it into building land. A broad environmental movement is fighting against it.

Deutschlandfunk, 25.6.2012

Crossing borders - Six months after the launch of Al Jazeera Balkans

Dirk Auer

Half a year ago, Al Jazeera Balkans began to work. The target audience: 20 million people from the countries of former Yugoslavia, which by the news channel will also receive information from the neighboring states - through cross-border topics with high journalistic standards.

Bayerischer Rundfunk, 27.5.2012

Alexis Tsipras: "The war goes on"

Chrissi Wilkens

The head of the left alliance Syriza, Alexis Tsipras, talks about his plans to renegotiate with creditors of Greece and a possible exit from the Euro zone.

Kleine Zeitung, 15.5.2012

Tito Superstar - Nostalgia for Yugoslav Times?

Dirk Auer, Simone Böcker

His portrait is found on T-shirts, mugs and baseball caps. In former Yugoslavia, Josip Broz, known as "Tito," is still regarded as a hero. He symbolizes a nostalgia for the old federation, which - unlike in Eastern European countries - also afflicts young people. Because for the majority of the population the presence in the economically starving successor states performs poorly compared to Tito's Yugoslavia. But who was this legendary statesman? And could - as it is often claimed - only he hold together the multi-ethnic state?

Südwestrundfunk, 7.5.2012

Review: Barbara Demick, Logavina Street - Life and Death in a Sarajevo Neighborhood

Dirk Auer

With "Logavina Street", the U.S. journalist Barbara Demick has written a very unique and personal documentary of the siege of Sarajevo. It portrays the everyday life in a single street - the Logavina.20 years after the beginning of the siege, the book is now available in German translation

Deutschlandfunk, 30.4.2012

20 years after the siege of Sarajevo

Dirk Auer

The citizens of Sarajevo were convinced: For them the war would not come. Because in in Yugoslavia  the city was as a unique model of tolerance and multicultural coexistence. But 20 years ago the siege of the city began.

Deutschlandfunk, 3.4.2012

"Germany wants to grip us by the throat"

Chrissi Wilkens

Once he took the Nazi flag from the Acropolis, now he is advocating that Germany repays its debt: The 89-year-old Manolis Glezos, national hero in Greece, is considered to be the face of the current protests.

Cicero Online, 15.3.2012

Bulgaria and Romania are still waiting for Schengen accession

Simone Böcker

Actually, Bulgaria and Romania should be included already in early 2011 to the Schengen zone. Due to inadequate border control technology, the recording was postponed - until the EU summit in Brussels. But there the decision has now been postponed again.

Deutschlandfunk, 2.3.2012

Notes from the blind spot of Europe - The triangle between Bulgaria, Turkey and Greece

Simone Böcker

Sparse population, dying villages, high unemployment rates: where the EU ends, and Greece and Bulgaria clash with Turkey, one encounters zones of national unimportance. Important here is only the border which determines the live of the people in different ways.

Deutschlandfunk, 25.2.2012

Visa policy hinders trade between Bulgaria and Turkey

Simone Böcker

The border crossing between Bulgaria and Turkey is the largest on the Balkan Peninsula. But there, at the crossroads between Europe and Asia, the freedom to travel applies only in one direction: Turks need a visa to the West. For many, this is an almost insurmountable obstacle. Now, Bulgaria has announced visa facilitation - a great hope, especially for Turkish businessmen.

Deutschlandfunk, 24.2.2012

North Kosovo: Everyday Life in No Man's Land

Dirk Auer

Four years ago, the former south Serbian province of Kosovo declared its independent. Tens of thousands of Albanians celebrated on this day in the streets of Pristina. But in fact Kosovo has become a divided country. Because around 60,000 Serbs living in the north want nothing to do with the "youngest state in Europe". All attempts of Pristina to gain a foothold in the north, meet fierce resistance. What is life in "no man's land", where two states raise claims, but none of them has effective power?

Deutschlandfunk, 28.1.2012

Forgotten on the Balkans - A Travel Guide leads to Jewish sites between the Danube and Black Sea

Simone Böcker

The journalists Dimana Trankova and Anthony Georgieff  have followed the traces of Jewish life in Bulgaria. "A Jewish Guide to Bulgaria" is a handbook which meticulously lists the sites of Jewish heritage and tells their story.

Jüdische Allgemeine, 10.11.2011

"We save where we can" - New Poverty in Greece

Chrissi Wilkens

Because of the crisis, large parts of the greek population impoverished. The "new poor" move as homeless by the cities or loot homes.

Cicero Online, 9.11.2011

The struggle of Bulgarian environmentalists against the construction mafia

Simone Böcker

Ski holidays in Bulgaria is an insider tip. But the construction of hotels and ski lifts is destroying the nature.

Die Presse, 20.10.2011

Difficult Legacy - Muslims in Bulgaria

Dirk Auer and Simone Böcker

Bulgaria is the only country in the EU with an autochthonous Muslim population. About ten percent of the population are Muslims: Turks, Pomaks and Roma. Therefore Christians and Muslims have a long tradition of living together, especially in the villages of the Rhodope Mountains. But still Islam is not really accepted as part of the bulgarian society.

Deutschlandfunk, 27.8.2011

"The end of media pluralism in Macedonia"

Dirk Auer

On 3 July 2011, three macedonian dailies - Shpic, Vreme and Koha e Re - closed down. The newspapers allegedly owe one million Euros in unpaid taxes. Meanwhile, the country’s only critical national TV station, A1, also faces closure for the same reason.

Deutschlandfunk, 16.7.2011

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Radiofeatures

  

Dirk Auer 
Schlachtfeld der Erinnerung. Serbien und der große Schatten des Ersten Weltkriegs
Deutschlandfunk, 28.6.2014

  

Dirk Auer und Simone Böcker 
Geteilte Stadt, geteiltes Leben. Mostar 20 Jahre nach der Zerstörung der "Alten Brück"
Deutschlandfunk, 9.11.2013

  

Simone Böcker 
Verlassene Landschaften. Bulgariens Nordwesten
Deutschlandfunk, 2.2.2013

  

Dirk Auer und Merlin Nadj-Torma 
Wo der Balkan sich an Mitteleuropa anlehnt. Die Vielvölkerprovinz Vojvodina
Deutschlandfunk, 8.12.2012

 

Dirk Auer und Simone Böcker 
Tito Superstar. Sehnsucht nach jugoslawischen Zeiten?
Südwestrundfunk, 7.5.2012

Simone Böcker: 
Notizen aus dem toten Winkel Europas. Im Dreiländereck zwischen Bulgarien, Türkei und Griechenland
Deutschlandfunk, 25.2.2012

 

Dirk Auer: 
Alltag im Niemandsland. Zankapfel Nordkosovo
Deutschlandfunk, 28.1.2012

Dirk Auer und Simone Böcker: 
Schweres Erbe. Muslime in Bulgarien
Deutschlandfunk, 27.8.2011

 

Simone Böcker u. Chrissi Wilkens: 
Der Hafen von Piräus. Chinesische Investoren planen das "Rotterdam des Südens"
Deutschlandfunk, 9.7.2011

Dirk Auer:
Falsche Heimat. Die Abschiebung der Roma in den Kosovo
Deutschlandfunk, 1.2.2011


Simone Böcker u. Chrissi Wilkens:
Thessaloniki. Stadt der vielen Erinnerungen.
Deutschlandfunk
, 25.9.2010


Dirk Auer u. Chrissi Wilkens:
Allein nach Europa. Minderjährige Flüchtlinge in Griechenland

Deutschlandfunk
, 28.8.2010


Simone Böcker:
Exodus. Die Vertreibung der bulgarischen Türken vor 20 Jahren

Südwestrundfunk
, 29.12.2009

Dirk Auer u. Simone Böcker: 
Tauziehen um Mazedonien. Zum Namensstreit zwischen FYROM und Griechenland
Deutschlandfunk, 22.8.2009

 

Dirk Auer: 
Ich dachte, jetzt ist das Leben zu Ende. Abgeschoben in den Kosovo
Südwestrundfunk, 23.3.2009

Simone Böcker: 
Mutra - Die Fratze. Organisierte Kriminalität in Bulgarien
Deutschlandfunk, 24.1.2009

 

Dirk Auer u. Boris Kanzleiter: Sehnsucht nach Normalität. Serbien und das schwere Erbe des Krieges
Deutschlandfunk, 25.10.2008

Dirk Auer u. Simone Böcker: Jugend, Freundschaft, Hoffnung. Vom Leben in Sofias Plattenbauten
Deutschlandfunk, 15.3.2008

Dirk Auer u. Boris Kanzleiter: Die "Faust Gottes" vor dem UN-Tribunal. Freiheitskampf und organisierte Kriminalität im Kosovo
Deutschlanfunk, 8.1..2008

Dirk Auer u. Boris Kanzleiter: Vergessene Opfer. Die Vertreibung der Roma aus dem Kosovo
Deutschlandfunk, 21.11.2006

 

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"Kein Wort stand in den Geschichts-
büchern", darin: Dirk Auer über ein vergessenes KZ und Simone Böcker über die zweischneidige Geschichte der Rettung der bulgarischen Juden.
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Sonderheft der Flüchtlingsräte (2010) zu Antiziganismus, darin: Dirk Auer: Vertreibung, Blei und Straflosigkeit. Der Krieg und die Tragödie der Roma im Kosovo
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Ausstelungskatalog "Blick zurück nach vorn". Ein Fotoprojekt mit abgeschobenen Jugendlichen aus Deutschland
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