Diaries 2016

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Decay and Denial in an Old Romanian Spa Town

Diana Mesesan

Addiction? Giving a name to a growing problem among Romanian gamblers

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‘We Don’t Do It Here’ – Abortion Rights Under Threat in Croatia

Masenjka Bacic

Abortion is legal in Croatia, but increasingly feels forbidden

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Halted in Hungary

Aleksandrina Ginkova

Border militias fill a vacuum in eastern Europe, sometimes with the state, sometimes against it

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In Romania, Recycling to Survive

Adrian Lungu

Homeless go about informal recycling with a quiet efficiency sorely lacking from official efforts

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Germans and their forests

Dimitra Triantafyllou

Freedom to choose is at the centre of Germany’s embrace of alternative medicine, but not in Greece

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In Serbia, Union Badges Lose Their Lustre

Marija Janković

Trade unions in Serbia have lost power and squandered workers’ pride during years of bruising transition

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In Kosovo, Rumour As Dangerous As Fact

Serbeze Haxhiaj

Fear and rumour stalk ex-guerrilla heartlands as a new court readies war crimes trials

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“Everyone knows everyone”- in an Italian port, a familiar tale

Elvis Nabolli

An Italian journalist marvels at Albania’s industrious cannabis smugglers

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Memory Loss in Macedonian City That Rose From Rubble

Bojan Blazhevski

The architects behind Skopje’s post-earthquake resurrection face fading into obscurity.