Balkans & Beyond

  • [Podcast] Belgrade: Dubai of the Balkans?

    By on June 22, 2016

    The Belgrade Waterfront project – a completely futuristic urban landscape on the banks of the Sava River and financed by Emirati millionaires – has strongly divided the citizens of the Serbian capital. Balkans and Beyond presents its first ever podcast.

  • Montenegro: New youth, old power

    By on June 15, 2016

    Montenegro is the only country of the Western Balkans where civil war has never taken place. Instead, it once acted as an aggressor, attacking foreign cities, sending troops into neighbouring territories, and committing war crimes. Within its borders, it has remained free of bloodshed. However, unlike their Balkan neighbours, its youth hasn’t experienced a change in government for 25 years.

  • Coming out in Kosovo

    By on June 8, 2016

    Lendi faces the challenge of being one of the first openly transgender teenagers in Kosovo. The discrimination of sexual minorities remains a sad reality in this very patriarchal society. Photo gallery.

  • Croatia: Refugees Reloaded

    By on June 1, 2016

    During the Balkan war of the 90s, thousands of Croat refugees were gathered along the Croatian-Serbian border. Today, the area is still a crucial hotspot for the EU migrant crisis: thousands of Syrian refugees, fleeing the turmoil in the Middle East, are passing through the Slavonski Brod camp. There, former Bosnian refugee Lorena Franjkić is helping them on their journey towards a new life.

  • Sarajevo’s post-Dayton generation

    By on May 26, 2016

    Young people, who live divided between Sarajevo and East Sarajevo, discuss their individual dreams and their common future, 25 years after the collapse of Yugoslavia.

  • Balkans and Beyond: Books that burn on piles of wood

    By on May 18, 2016

    Over the next seven weeks, we will be publishing cafébabel Berlin's Balkans & Beyond editorial project, showcasing original stories that beautifully illustrate life and politics in the post-Tito Balkans region. In our opening editorial, Kosovan playwright Jeton Neziraj discusses his memories of war in the region, and the continued trauma that burning books evokes in him.