The New NATO Outpost in the Adriatic
PODGORICA — At less than 200,000 inhabitants, Montenegro’s biggest city does not have the feel of a capital. It’s not only that it’s small -- bombed to bits by Allied powers in World War II, the city known for decades thereafter as Titograd seems to sleep. Lonesome markers of a lost past -- ivy-covered residential ruins, the call to prayer from a mosque in the Old Town -- sit amid platoons of Cold War Yugoslav hardscrabble.
Unity and Disunity in Europe
KYIV - The process of separating our train wagon from the rest of the convoy and rolling it down a grassy stretch of alternate track was achingly slow under a mid-afternoon sun. The train had just crossed the Romanian border into Ukraine, and after 15-odd minutes at a full standstill while customs officials took passengers’ passports, we endured the journey.
Romania's Crossroads to Bear
BUCHAREST - This three-word slogan catches your eye, in Romania’s capital and beyond: Basarabia e Romania. The name of one state, joined in affirmation with a dormant name from history. (Basarabia, or Bessarabia in English, included the country of Moldova, once a part of Romania before it was taken by the Soviets in the Second World War.) Bessarabia Is Romania.
A Dutch Town That Nurtures Its Quirks
ONSTAGE at ACU, a bar and music club in Utrecht, Noam Cohen stopped briefly to address the crowd. “There’s so much room!” Mr. Cohen, the lead singer of the hardcore band This Routine Is Hell, yelled into his microphone, surveying the gap between the band and the crowd, clad mostly in black. So he did something about it. Backed by the aggressive one-two thrum of the band, he jumped from the stage, belting out slogans, punching shoulders, launching himself bodily at listeners to draw them closer to the stage and into the show.