Street art like Welcome to Schwabylon is everywhere in Berlin. Schwabylon was originally coined in 1973 as a name of a huge Munich shopping mall which proved unsustainable - much like the concept behind another word the Germans invented in the 70s: multikulti.
Aged just 47, the former construction minister has managed to stay the nice kid on the block. The most popular minister in cabinet (up until now) does not belong to any political party, but was backed by the ruling party. Yet not everyone is happy with the German-educated politician being in the presidential position for the next five years
The Balkan cliché of a traditional patriarchal society of machos is stable. We have all heard what happens every time the Serbs decide to have a Gay pride parade. But we are in Croatia now – a country that does not even count itself Balkan anymore, and which adopted a same sex partnerships bill in 2003