Many young Kosovars see no economic future in their fledgling republic and want out. So now, most refugees originating in the western Balkans come from Kosovo. Initiatives are in place to stop people wanting to leave, but are they too late?
Authorities have made five arrests over a smuggling ring that illegally brought Syrians to Germany. A Syrian-Polish family allegedly made €300,000 by trafficking refugees.
No candidate will win the necessary 50 percent of the vote to avoid a second-round runoff vote in two weeks. Current Czech President Milos Zeman is likely to face a pro-Western academic in the second round of voting.
Solving the conflict between Serbia and Kosovo requires frank talks, says Austrian Balkans expert Wolfgang Petritsch. He believes Brussels must prioritize the relations of the western Balkan states with the EU.
German refugee helpers who guaranteed the living costs of Syrian refugees are being forced to pay back costs by job centers. Refugee organizations say people are being punished for showing humanity.
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