Reconnecting the Balkans

Reconnecting the Balkans

Cross-posted from JohnFeffer.com. John is currently traveling in Eastern Europe and observing its transformations since 1989. When I was traveling in East-Central Europe in 1990, I had only a handful of contacts outside of Poland, where I had lived the year before. I...
Creating Cultural Bridges: The Art of Edgar Endress

Creating Cultural Bridges: The Art of Edgar Endress

Chilean-born Edgar Endress is a Virginia-based artist, professor, and founding member of the Floating Lab Collective. Endress’ work stresses a context-dependent blend of media that both forges and illustrates an integration of art and social engagement. For...
Balkan Accession: Slow and Steady Progress

Balkan Accession: Slow and Steady Progress

Foreign ministers of the 27 European Union member states recently initiated the ratification process of Serbia’s Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA), a step toward eventual EU membership for Serbia. The granting of candidate status was left for a later...
Valentine Mitiev

Valentine Mitiev

Valentine Mitiev. Photo by Don Russell. When I was at university, I had to work at a factory every summer to earn money. I worked with many Turks there. Before 1998, we didn’t emphasize any difference between Turks and Bulgarians. You had to hike a lot to get to...
Roumen Yanovski

Roumen Yanovski

Roumen Yanovski, ACCESS, Sofia, Bulgaria On the media Despite the changing laws, the international position, and the emergence of two generations, there has been extremely limited change in Bulgaria in terms of ideas about ethnicity and ethnic groups. A lot of people...
Deyan Kiuranov

Deyan Kiuranov

Deyan Kiuranov. Photo by Don Russell. Deyan Kiuranov On the Movement for Rights and Freedoms Yes, it is corrupt. But no, that doesn’t mean it plays a bad role in today’s political establishment. One of the reasons is that the whole establishment is...
Arben Castrati

Arben Castrati

Arben Castrati. Photo by Don Russell. On corruption The only thing missing in the Kosovo government is a legal ministry of corruption. Everybody knows it, but nobody cares. They are immune to criticism. In our first elections – the first elections in our history...

A Return to Diversity in the Balkans?

Southeastern Europe is bracing for one final aftershock from the break-up of former Yugoslavia. The largely Albanian enclave of Kosovo is poised to declare its independence from Serbia after multi-party talks failed to reach a compromise by the UN deadline of December...

A Return to Diversity in the Balkans?

Southeastern Europe is bracing for one final aftershock from the break-up of former Yugoslavia. The largely Albanian enclave of Kosovo is poised to declare its independence from Serbia after multi-party talks failed to reach a compromise by the UN deadline of December...

Big Red Checkbook

“The glory of Our Empire shines on this universe with brilliance,” a ruler once declared in a letter to courtiers in London. “Not one single person or country is excluded from Our kindness and benevolence.” He had good reason to be pleased. His...