The little Balkan republic of Kosovo is struggling with a host of problems: crime, corruption and, perhaps most acute, high unemployment. Many Kosovars are fleeing to Western Europe.
Catalonia is fighting to separate from Spain. It is just one of a number of regions around the globe to push for independence in recent years. DW looks at some of the world's more high-profile separatist movements.
The hostel residents had warned repeatedly about Ahmad A., but nothing was done. Now they feel misunderstood and distrust the authorities. It's an alarming development.
All talk, no action? Cooperative economic projects have been the hot topic as a conference between leaders from the EU and Western Balkan countries begins. But EU expansion in the region remains as elusive as ever.
Two years ago, Chancellor Angela Merkel uttered her now famous refugee crisis mantra, "we can do this." She no longer uses that phrase, but it still speaks volumes about Germany, says DW's Christoph Strack.
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