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Belgrade: The Late Bloomer of the East

Belgrade: The Late Bloomer of the East

“Traffic here works according to the principle of self-determination,” my friend Oliver tells me. “You wait for a good opportunity to cross. If there isn’t one, you have to create one. Just stare down the cars and hope for the best!” The wide street is feeding more cars into the roundabout on Slavija Square, in […]

Short-Sighted On EU Expansion

Short-Sighted On EU Expansion

A grim Norbert Lammert, president of the German Bundestag, frowns narrowly from Der Spiegel’s online edition into a point somewhere in mid-distance. The headline: “Lammert…

Berlin – Crossing Borders

Berlin – Crossing Borders

“Berlin ist nicht Deutschland,” says Kathrin, sitting on the grass. Behind her, a guy spins a diabolo, an hourglass-shaped piece of plastic, on a length…

My Own Internet?

Facebook’s latest evolutionary stage “Timeline” incorporates seemingly everything users have ever posted into an easily browse-able, chronological, well, timeline. But what is really new here?…

Remembering the Wall

Remembering the Wall

“It went up brick by brick,” says a blonde woman, her eyes red as she recalls the scene she witnessed as a little girl fifty…

Gotovina Lives!

The white van stops a bit past the parking spot. Knowing that the narrow streets on the island…

Readings from The Electric Chair

On Sept. 10, 1947, Hans Werner Richter invited the young writers of German post-war literature to discuss the…

Celine’s ‘Journey’

Much like his novels, Louis Ferdinand Destouches is a controversial character.  The French medical doctor and writer, better…

Mélange & Molière

Mélange & Molière

A minute table and two chairs next to a towering bookshelf was the only seat still available at…

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