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A war zone without frontlines

ImageThe trip from Donetsk to Sloviansk in eastern Ukraine is like a journey into a different country. The further one travels, the more apparent this becomes. DW's Roman Goncharenko describes a warzone without frontlines.


Soldiers on a futile mission

A government anti-terror campaign to root out pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine threatens to turn into a fiasco. The country's demoralized forces are ill-equipped and defections are commonplace.


Unknown takes separatist spotlight in Ukraine

As turmoil continues to grip eastern Ukraine, one separatist has been making a name for himself. Denis Pushilin is the self-proclaimed leader of the Donetsk People's Republic - and until now was completely unknown.


Back in the USSR?

DW takes a look at why Russia seems to be favoring a return to its Soviet past - at least symbolically.

Eurozone crisis

Private sector hides a mountain of European debt

As Europe's economies recover, debt levels continue to grow. But national budgets are only a few of the trees in a highly flammable forest of private debt, and government austerity may not be able to put out the flames.

Labor Market

Eastern Europeans make German home care possible

Roughly 100,000 eastern European women work in assisted care in Germany. Some live at home with the families they help. DW heads to Bremerhaven to see how the model works in practice.


Plans to segregate LGBT convicts in Turkey

Turkey's justice and development minister has unveiled a proposal that would place LGBT convicts in jails separate from heterosexual inmates. Critics of the plan say it has little to do with "protecting" anyone.


Gunduz: 'First the people need to be free'

Independent artists in Turkey have come under renewed pressure from Prime Minister Erdogan. DW talks with dancer Erdem Gunduz - the "standing man" from Taksim Square - and actor Baris Atay about the current situation.


Erdogan paves way for Turkish surveillance state

Turkey's government has submitted a draft law to parliament in a bid to strengthen the position of the country's intelligence service. Critics say this will turn Turkey into a surveillance state.


National election divides Macedonia

The small Balkan nation of Macedonia is due to elect a new president and parliament this month. Its new leaders will face a country plagued by political polarization, restricted press freedom and a poor economy.

EU Expansion

Rude awakening for Croatia after EU accession

Nine months after joining the European Union, the mood in Croatia is one of crisis. The already low expectations of EU membership have so far not been met. Meanwhile, the political right is playing its own game.


The right approach to Nazi memorabilia

Trading and owning Nazi objects is legal almost everywhere in the world, but a scheduled auction in Paris has stirred up controversy and has brought back the discussion how to best deal with Nazi memorabilia.


Giving the homeless in Paris an online voice

Homeless people are among the most marginalized in society. A Paris high school student wanted to change that, so he created a way for the less fortunate to share their stories online.


A burial ground for lesbians in Berlin

Berlin now has its first lesbian burial ground, launched by a German organization for older lesbians, to remember the dead and celebrate living lesbians. Not every gay woman wants to be buried there, though.