The UN refugee agency is calling it a humanitarian crisis. Thousands of migrants trying to reach western Europe are stranded in Balkan states, with countries either closing their borders or restricting the number of people allowed to enter.
The European Commission wants to expand its footprint in the western Balkans. Brussels hopes to add countries from the region to the bloc by 2025, but there are still a number of obstacles on the path to accession.
Reporters Without Borders warns that press freedom is in jeopardy in Croatia. Many journalists are being threatened. Two of them spoke to DW about their experiences in the country.
Almost three decades after the fall of the Iron Curtain, constitutional democracy is increasingly coming under pressure in the former socialist states of Eastern and Southern Europe. What are the reasons for this?
Nearly one million migrants passed through Serbia at the height of the European refugee crisis. Almost none wanted to stay. But Safaa Alobaidi has a very different story. He came a decade ago — and doesn't want to leave.
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