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Pedestrians Beware!

Pedestrians Beware!

Everyone interested in Vienna should stroll along Fleischmarkt and Griechengasse; rarely is so much history concentrated into just 400 metres. From the Babenbergs to Billy Wilder this short walk takes a long view into the city’s colourful past.   Kornhäusel and coffee Fleischmarkt is an ancient street first documented in 1220. The name recalls the […]

Pan-Balkan production of The Odyssey goes on tour

Pan-Balkan production of The Odyssey goes on tour

Macedonian playwright Goran Stefanovski’s rendition of the classic Odyssey completed an initial run in Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia to rave reviews. One of the largest co-productions ever arranged in the Balkans, its cast features actors and actresses from across the ex-Yugoslavia region, led by Croatian Ozren Grabarić in the role of Odysseus. Participating institutions include […]

Letters to the Editor: Nov. 2012

To the Editor [Re: “The Yugosphere: Not Just Balkan Nostalgia” TVR Oct. 2012] I think Yugonostalgia is more pronounced in all parts of the former Yugoslavia. I agree that the possibilities offered by cultures are most visible. Renovation of the former homeland will, in my judgment, first be implemented across cultures, but it should be […]

Letters to the Editor: Oct. 2012

To the Editor [Re “Uniting Europe, One Case at a Time” TVR Sept. 2012] This is Balkanisation, an old Austrian concept rather more successful prior to 1914 than after. But Habsburg Austria was in many ways more liberal than the European Union and its strength lay in celebrating diversity, not the authoritarian regimentation now coming […]

Book Review: Andrzej Stasiuk’s On the Road to Babadag

Book Review: Andrzej Stasiuk’s On the Road to Babadag

Journeys in a Forgotten Europe Tiszaszalka. Răşinari. Székelyföld. The places of Andrzej Stasiuk’s newly translated travel memoir On the Road to Babadag: Travels in the Other Europe are not likely to be familiar to most of his English-language readers, even those well-travelled in the region. The work, like Stasiuk himself, studiously avoids the great cities […]

The Yugosphere: Not Just Balkan Nostalgia

The Yugosphere: Not Just Balkan Nostalgia

It is Saturday night. Boys in tight T-shirts and close-cut military hairstyles throw around boisterous jokes, encouraged by shots of schnapps they have just taken. Tipsy girls in miniskirts teeter under an onslaught of laughter. This is a common scene anywhere in the city on any given Saturday night. Tonight, however, we are on Ottakringer […]

Worst drought in decades hits Central Europe

From wildfires in Bosnia and crop shortages in Moldova and Serbia, to the decreased water levels of the Danube in Bulgaria, the Balkan and Eastern European region is experiencing the effects of record heat and drought. Following a record winter, the summer’s heat has wreaked havoc on potato and corn crops, especially in Serbia and […]

EU and the Balkans

With currently 27 member states, the unification of Europe is still not and will not be complete until the six remaining Western Balkan countries join the Union, stated the Commission of the European Communities in 2003. Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro have filed their candidacy already at the beginning of the new millennium […]

Visa-Free Balkans

After the two decades of warfare, high crime, sanctions and poor political and economical cooperation, the countries of the Western Balkans have come a step closer to the European fold. On Nov. 12, 2009 during a session of European Parliament, a proposal on visa liberalization for developing countries – whose citizens were not allowed to […]

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