Some of them hold a kid in their arms, others simply stand in the way. This kind of begging is annoying. Many cities have now banned organized gangs of beggars. Ulrich Cruewell says that's not going to solve the problem.
Roma have often kept their identity secret in order to avoid discrimination and exclusion. But now artists are self-confidently presenting their culture in Berlin.
The Balkans were again at the center of European politics in 2015. The countries of southern Europe are playing a key role in dealing with the refugee crisis.
Across Europe, Roma and Sinti are formally marginalized and frequently abused. International Romani Day is one way of drawing attention to that.
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