Keyword: balkans

Macron pours cold water on Balkan EU membership hopes

Macron’s comments will be disappointment to Albania and Macedonia, who are hoping for green light next month to begin talks to join the bloc.

How Balkan dervishes have survived centuries of turmoil

By , and Simon Rico
Long history: the dervish Murtazar from Melan in Albania. © Laurent Geslin Long history: the dervish Murtazar from Melan in Albania. © Laurent Geslin

They form a variety of different, disparate groups, some living in the middle of cities, others taking refuge in mountainous retreats scattered around the Balkans. But all practice the mystical Islam of Sufi religious orders, seen as a “heresy” by followers of rigorous Sunni orthodoxy from the Gulf states. Jean-Arnault Dérens, Laurent Geslin and Simon Rico look at how the Balkans' dervishes have managed to survive to this day, faced with the various challenges posed down the centuries by empire, nationalist upheaval, orthodox Islam, communism and atheism.

France arrests dozens in arms trafficking crackdown

The 45 people arrested in France and in French overseas territories were detained as part of an operation targeting international traffickers.