we are very surprised in our trip arround the Balkan countries. In this last trip we are visiting Montenegro, Albania and Kosovo. Montenegro was our first stop. We have arrived there from Dubrovnik (Croatia). After some discussions for the price with the taxists on the airport, we have crossed the border to Montenegro. We stopped in Herceg Novi and we took a bus to Kotor. We didn’t know how beauty is this area: the Adriathic sea run over the land, creating a big lake of sea water inside the mountains, the only one fyord in the Mediterranean sea.
After more than one hour driving arround the fyord we just arrived to Kotor, our destination. Kotor has an old town surrounded by a big fortress. Inside this town you see lot of tourists from all over the world enjoying the beauty of this ancient village. We stayed there during 2 days. Then we left to Budva, the main turistic place in Montenegro. Budva has an special colour: the sea, the islands in front the coast, the crowded streets. All you see in Budva is special. Furthermore, in the both cities we found friendly people who helped us with the interviews and gave us all we needed.
After one night in Budva, we went to Podgorica, the capital of Montenegro. Podgorica is all different than the coast. There are not monuments to see, or many places to visit. The reason is that Podgorica was bombing during the second World War and didn’t have the opportunity (economical) to rebuild it. Now, after the independance of Montenegro on 2006, they are starting to change the face of the city.
We we would like to talk about the new website Southeast Europe: People and Culture, a project organised by the European Commission’s Directorate General for Enlargement, that aims at raising awareness and showing another side of the countries of Southeast Europe that are hoping to join the EU in the future.
The project’s website http://www.southeast-europe.eu presents the Western Balkans and Turkey through the means of culture and sports and also includes basic information about the EU enlargement process. Last year, Southeast Europe: People and Culture took musicians, writers, filmmakers and culinary artists on a tour through Germany, Austria, the Netherlands and Belgium.If you were unable to attend the events or simply wish to relive some of the greatest moments, you can now do so on this website!
In the coming months, “Southeast Europe: People and Culture” will be collaborating with various cultural festivals and events around Europe, for instance the Colours of Ostrava Festival in the Czech Republic, Polé Polé world music festival in Belgium and Summer in the City festival in Luxembourg. They also will participate in the Grachtenfestival in the Netherlands, Helsinki Film Festival in Finland, and Raindance Film Festival in the UK and many more.
During the next months we will show you the videos, articles, recipes and competitions focusing on the region that you will find on the website.
Today the European Parliament approved the entry of Bulgaria and Romania into the Schengen area. MEPs consider that the two countries have met the technical requirements demanded. However, they request to be informed about the additional measures taken at the border between Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey to meet a possible increase in migratory pressure. Parliament’s opinion will be forwarded to the Ministers of Interior of the Twenty-seven, who will have a meeting tomorrow in Luxembourg.
Schengen area is the Europe’s borderless, which operates very much like a single state for international travel with border controls for travellers travelling in and out of the area, but with no internal border controls.
You can see the second chapter of New Balkan Winds on our channel in Vimeo.
We resend you to this very interesting article written by the young journalist David Meseguer, who had collaborated with us in the Bosnia episode.
La detención Mladic acerca Serbia a la Unión Europea
Samo Sloga Srbina Spasava, “Sólo la Unión Salva a los Serbios”, este es el eslogan patriótico que anida en la bandera serbia bajo el cobijo del águila bicéfala. Sintetizado en cuatro “c” ¬‒que en el alfabeto cirílico corresponde a nuestra “s”‒, el lema refleja cuán importante es, y ha sido, la unión nacional y territorial para los serbios. Dicha unión ha sido defendida a ultranza por los serbios desde la batalla de Kosovo Polje en 1389 hasta la reciente guerra de Kosovo en 1998.….Read more
Ratko Mladic, the Bosnian Serb general wanted for alleged war crimes committed during the 1992-95 Bosnian conflict, has been arrested, Serbia has announced. Ratko Mladic is accused of leading the Srebrenica genocide.
“On behalf of the Republic of Serbia we announce that Ratko Mladic has been arrested,” Boris Tadic, the country’s president, said. “Today we closed one chapter of our difficult history that will bring us one step closer to full reconciliation in the region. All criminals must face justice,” he said. Tadic said the 69-year-old would be extradited to the UN war crimes tribunal in the Hague, but did not give a time frame. Local media had first reported that a man who identified himself as Milorad Komadic had been detained and was believed to be Mladic.
Mladic is wanted by the United Nations war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia on charges of genocide during the 1992-95 Bosnian conflict. He was indicted in 1995 over the Srebrenica massacre of 8,000 Muslim men and boys, and the 43-month siege of Sarajevo, the Bosnian capital, in which around 10,000 people died.The UN indictment against Mladic says he was the operational mastermind behind the massacre, and also cites the establishment of camps and detention centres for Bosnian Muslims as part of a campaign of ethnic cleansing.
His arrest has been seen as a precondition of Serbia joining the European Union. Politicians from the EU have repeated time and again that Mladic is the condition for Serbia’s entry to the bloc. For now, perhaps this capture would lead to better relations between Serbia and Bosnia, their neighbour, and Croatia.
I am surprised with the level of languages in all balkans. Is not only by the english level, that is quite higher than the average of spanish people (like me). We found people who speaks russian, german, french, italian and SPANISH. But not in a basic level. They speaks a good spanish, enough to use it in the interviews. And when you ask them why they speaks spanish they answer: “Well, we watch all your tv series on original language with subtitles!”. Then is when you see that Spain have a big problem with the practice of dubbing all the films.
But what shock to me the most, was finding people speaking catalan. Yes, in some universities, like Zagreb or Belgrad, the people who are studying spanish literature, can also learn catalan, euskera and gallec the other official languages in Spain. This is very strange, because in most regions of Spain, people only learn in Spanish and nothing about other languages…
In the picture, Almir a bosnian guy that I found in Sarajevo, and who spokes catalan and spanish as well as me.
We are just arrived from Beograd, capital of Serbia. Beograd is a nice city, where Danube, the most important european river, crosses with Sava, that cames from the eastern Balkans. We have met sun, nice people and a very powerful contemporany history inside this country.
We found some spanish guys, who told us how is their day by day in Serbia and with serbia people. We also found very interesting Serbian students who explained to us the present reality in Serbia. Economics are not in their best moment (well, which place in the world is?), but they are still working to let the past behind, and go ahead to their near future that basically goes by joinning the Union.
After some days tripping the city and the region of Vojvodina, we took a night train to Skopje, Macedonia. But this will be in another post.