WBEZ | Balkans http://www.wbez.org/tags/balkans Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en As EU’s woes continue, aspiring members in the Balkans struggle to find their place http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-09/eu%E2%80%99s-woes-continue-aspiring-members-balkans-struggle-find-their-place-94 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-December/2011-12-08/eu1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Members of the Euro zone reached an agreement late last night that would tighten financial regulations and force fiscal discipline. The landmark shift in economic policy is the latest response to the European economic crisis.</p><p>As EU members attend to their financial mess, one aspect that’s getting little attention is what this all means for nations in the Western Balkans: Serbia, Bosnia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Albania, Croatia and Kosovo. The prospect of EU accession for these countries has started the process of bringing the Balkans together again after long war.</p><p>But with the EU’s richer nations losing patience with current members such as Greece, Spain and Italy, the integration of the poorer Balkan countries seems less certain, despite the region's significant reforms.</p><p><a href="http://www.crisisgroup.org/en/about/staff/field/europe/marko-prelec.aspx" target="_blank">Marco Prelec</a>, the director of the International Crisis Group's Balkans Project, provides analysis.</p></p> Fri, 09 Dec 2011 18:10:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-09/eu%E2%80%99s-woes-continue-aspiring-members-balkans-struggle-find-their-place-94 Global Notes: Balkan music superstar Goran Bregovic http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-12/global-notes-balkan-music-superstar-goran-bregovic-93096 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-October/2011-10-12/goran.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>On this week’s <em><a href="http://wbez.org/globalnotes" target="_blank">Global Notes</a></em>, we meet Balkan music superstar Goran Bregovic. His raucous 40-piece band includes a large brass contingent, a male choir from Belgrade and traditional Bulgarian singers.</p><p>While Bregovic concerts are known to break out into massive dance parties, when <a href="http://cso.org/TicketsAndEvents/EventDetails.aspx?eid=4083">he comes to Symphony Center</a> on Friday, the audience will have to behave themselves. He tells Jerome and <em>Radio M </em>host Tony Sarabia what to expect.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Track List</strong></p><p>1. Paradehtika</p><p>2. Imagine</p><p>3. Hop Cup</p><p>4. In The Deathcar (feat. Iggy Pop) -- from the movie Arizona Dream</p><p>5. Streets Are Drunk</p><p>6. Tis Agapis Sou To Risko</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Listen to Goran perform "Balkaneros," a song on his upcoming album <em>Champagne for the Gypsies</em>:</strong></p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/UIqzAZDpmtY" width="560" frameborder="0" height="315"></iframe></p></p> Wed, 12 Oct 2011 17:41:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-12/global-notes-balkan-music-superstar-goran-bregovic-93096