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Mural network: Street art in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Even at magic hour, when it is perfectly lit and the city at its most attractive, it is difficult to know what to make of Banja Luka’s “Old Dude”. Painted by the Bulgarian artist Bozhidar Simeonov, or Bozko, on a

How much can Romania bear? Killing bears is back on the cards

Nearly one hundred Eurasian brown bears call Romania’s Libearty​ Bear Sanctuary home. Located seven kilometres east of Zarnesti in Transylvania’s Carpathian Mountains, the 69-hectare property opens its gates to tourists each morning, a little after feeding time, when the animals

Madrid, riot cops, rubber bullets… ‘This is the new normal’

Madrid is no Athens. Athens wears its economic crisis on its sleeves, on its walls, its shuttered shop fronts. Madrid’s is not so readily apparent: it is there, but you have to go looking for it, taking notice of the

‘Delaying the inevitable’ in Greece, cake notwithstanding

The best, saddest little taverna in Athens is on Astiggos Street, on the far side of the Monastiraki Flea Market. It is called Kallipateira and it is owned by a married couple, Yiannis and Maria, who run front of house

Deportation would be a blessing for Athens’ debt-hit immigrants

Ibrahim Sall has three euros to his name. The Mauritanian street vendor, selling knock-off handbags on the streets of Athens’ Plaka tourist district, actually laughs as he reaches into his pocket to show me the coins. “Three euros!” he says. “Three

Athens not quite the centre of the world, but it did suck us in

I am not sure I would agree with Business Insider’s Joe Weisenthal that Athens was the centre of the world on Sunday night. Or, to be more specific, that the international media centre in room 16 of Athens’ Zappeion Conference and

‘Criminality, drugs, poverty’: new government won’t solve Greek crisis

A is for Athens and A is for anarchy and thus Athens is covered with anarchist As. They are everywhere, scrawled always in black, on newspaper kiosks and across ATM screens, on abandoned shop fronts (of which there are hundreds)