Kardesler village in Zonguldak: tea rooms reflected in a portrait of the Father of Turks, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.

Turkey Without Europe

It’s like an unrequited relationship. If one is fond of someone for a long time and he or she remains uninterested but doesn’t say so, it ends badly. After half a century of “flattery,” Turkey is losing patience with Europe, to which it wanted to belong. What will we lose when this happens? What do Turks think about the European Union today? Continue reading “Turkey Without Europe”

A war memorial in Vukovar

Vukowar and peace

VUKOVAR, Croatia- Sometimes, after having had enough of life on the mainland, Ivica Franić, a Vukovar war veteran, comes to the winter marina or the „parking lot“ of his ten meter long aluminum ship. He built the ship with his own hands in four and a half months. All the comfort you can think of is at hand on the ship. He can eat and sleep there, and it can even be heated in winter. Now is the time of the year when Franić cruises the few kilometers along the Croatian part of the Danube river, while enjoying himself. „I cruise alone most of the time. I do have girlfriends, though,“ the massive man with big hands smiles knowingly. Continue reading “Vukowar and peace”

Hot springs in Iceland

Geothermal developments in Iceland: What the pipes let through

Around a hundred million tons of carbon dioxide get into the atmosphere of Reykjavík through its heating that is based on hot water bursting out of ground sources. This fact made Icelanders wonder what to do with the surplus energy. Continue reading “Geothermal developments in Iceland: What the pipes let through”

“The tension in the Western Balkans will persist for a long time”

“The tension in the Western Balkans will persist for a long time”

Mladen Ivanic was born in 1958 in Sanski Most, Northern Bosnia. He graduated from the Belgrade University with a Ph.D. He later studied in Mannheim and at the University of Glasgow. He began his career as a journalist before changing his career path in 1985, when he started teaching at first in Banja Luka, and then at the University of Sarajevo. Continue reading ““The tension in the Western Balkans will persist for a long time””

What has the crisis done for me?

What has the crisis done for me?

“Thanks to the crisis, I came to appreciate my father,” says an unemployed Viking.

“I issue fewer fines,” admits a policewoman.

“I finally have time for my family,” says a smiling businessman.

“Thanks to the crisis we are real Islanders again,” agrees a doctor. Continue reading “What has the crisis done for me?”

The Konik camp, inhabited primarily by Roma refugees from the war in Kosovo, is where schools mediator Elvis Berisa makes his rounds. Photo by Balsa Rakcevic.

Speaking Their Language

PODGORICA | Montenegro’s newest effort to keep Roma children in school is happening far from the classroom – and often involves neither student nor teacher. Continue reading “Speaking Their Language”

Deadline for citizen journalism contest: Monday, 10 December

Deadline for citizen journalism contest: Monday, 10 December

Haven’t filed your story with us yet?  Don’t delay any longer! The deadline is 10 December Continue reading “Deadline for citizen journalism contest: Monday, 10 December”

Video: The Balkans – Our New EU Partners?

If you didn’t happen to make it to last week’s panel discussion on the Balkans and EU Integration, you can catch a 10-minute translated highlight of the event or the full version farther down. Continue reading “Video: The Balkans – Our New EU Partners?”

Mihailo Jovovic

Death Threats and Deadlines

PODGORICA | Mihailo Jovovic could hardly believe what he was seeing. It was late one night in August 2009 and he had just watched the city’s mayor hop out of a car on a Podgorica street and slap a photographer for Vijesti, Montenegro’s leading daily newspaper. Continue reading “Death Threats and Deadlines”