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28 Jul 14

Staring at the sea

Marija Knezevic

Ferries are beautiful, I love them. Sometimes all you can see from a ferry is the horizon -- a clear line between shades of blue.

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24 Jul 14

Ratko Mladic Nodded At Me

Cooper Hewell

Watching the trial of the ‘Butcher of Bosnia’ in person, it is hard to reconcile the sight of this ordinary-looking man in a suit with the almost unimaginable crimes for which he is being charged.

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24 Jul 14

A familiar face – and a familiar problem

Marija Mitevska

Walking through narrow streets on the Greek island of Skiathos, I suddenly notice a familiar face. An old high school classmate. It’s so nice to see him again. Twelve years have passed but he looks just the same, although he’s married and has a daughter now.

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13 Jul 14

On the road from the city of roses

Krasimir Yankov

It's the middle of June and Kazanlak in central Bulgaria is gearing up for the annual Festival of Roses. A stage stands on the main plaza. Stalls with rose oil products are ready for customers. The scent of the pink petals of Rosa damascena, the flower everyone is celebrating, fills the air.

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09 Jul 14

Peaceful city with turbulent nightlife

Dragana Peco

“I remember you,” says the woman at the counter in the Novi Sad bus station. She sells me a ticket home to Belgrade.

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07 Jul 14

Starting up, Sofia style

Boryana Dzhambazova

It’s a muggy Friday night in June. The events hall at betahaus, a workspace for freelancers and small firms in the Bulgarian capital Sofia, is packed with people. The excitement is almost as high as the temperatures outside.

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03 Jul 14

Lessons from the Great War

Erwan Fouéré

High up in the hills above the pretty Macedonian town of Valandovo, about 100 km northwest of Thessaloniki , stands a simple Celtic cross honouring the 386 Irish soldiers, part of the Tenth Irish Division fighting on the Salonika front, who fell on the battlefield far away from home in 1915.

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01 Jul 14

My trade

Branko Krivokapic

“My trade gave me the summit, from which I was to fall…”

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01 Jul 14

Why NATO and EU Must Reopen their Doors to the Balkans

By Edward P. Joseph and Janusz Bugajski

Imagine that you lead a small Balkan country that ardently aspires to join Western institutions.

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26 Jun 14

The barricade and all that

Andrea Lorenzo Capussela

K2.0’s editor writes that the original Mitrovica barricade – removed but immediately replaced by a sort of botanical garden – was built ‘as an act of defiance against Prishtina rule.’ The rest of the article – about who is to blame for what – follows from this premise: the barricade should go. I would take a different line.

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26 Jun 14

Exploring inheritance - at Rita Ora’s dad’s place

Jeta Abazi

There’s something fitting about meeting at Rita Ora's father's pub. I’m looking into discrimination against women in family inheritance cases so it’s nice to be in a place that’s best known for its connection to the owner’s daughter.

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25 Jun 14

A son’s story

Lina Vdovîi

“We were so poor that sometimes, when it rained, my mother would cover my torn, old sneakers in plastic bags to make sure the water didn’t reach my feet on the way to school,” Iulian, a 28-year-old man, tells me while looking away, at anyone except me.

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24 Jun 14

Old war wounds still ache, 70 years on

Konstantinos Kallergis

For 10 days, driving through the countryside of the Peloponnese and Central Greece, I kept coming across marble memorials.

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24 Jun 14

Mitrovica burning: a fire fuelled by fear

Jack Davies

Whatever the problem, violent protest is rarely the solution. It certainly wasn’t ever going to answer the grievances of Mitrovica’s protesters on Sunday.

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20 Jun 14

Basescu’s Pyrrhic Victory Over Corruption

Marian Chiriac

President Traian Basescu’s fight for an independent justice system has taken an unexpected turn after his own brother was arrested for corruption

Fellowship 2013: Integrity

04 Jul 13

Sporting Chance

15 Jul 13

A New Life

07 Aug 13

Medical Needs

08 Aug 13

Fire from Ice

09 Aug 13

Old Wars and New

13 Aug 13

No Middle Ground

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30 Jul 14

Dying Macedonian Village Spies Hope in Foreign Brides

In the village of Brest, where the supply of marriageable women has all but dried up, the town hall is paying for local bachelors to take bride-hunting trips to other countries.