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Cold War escape route

Reporter Matthew Brunwasser reports on one of the routes chosen by East Germans who wanted to escape their country during the Cold War. It went through Bulgaria, and held the promise of freedom. But many didn't make it.

Global Politics

Financial contagion

Anchor Lisa Mullins talks to John Authers, Global Investment Editor at the Financial Times in New York about the globally-contagious nature of the U.S. financial crisis.

Global Politics

Still shivering as gas dispute continues

Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks with the BBC's Nick Thorpe in Budapest, Hungary, where some people are still shivering from a lack of heat. The natural gas dispute between Russia and Ukraine is to blame. The dispute apparently ended today, only to start again. We also hear how people are coping with the cold in Bulgaria and Bosnia.

Arts, Culture & Media

Bulgarians warm to Turks

For centuries, people in Bulgaria haven't had much good to say about their neighbors in Turkey. But that's changing now that Bulgarian TV viewers are hooked on Turkish soap operas. Reporter Matthew Brunwasser has the story.

Conflict & Justice

Roma integration in Bulgaria

Matthew Brunwasser visits two ethnic Roma neighborhoods in Bulgaria to find out how the Roma there view the issue of integration. France's extradition of Roma to Bulgaria and Romania has set off a debate about the Roma's place in European society.

Arts, Culture & Media

Gypsy brass band Karandila Junior

In Sliven, the gypsy capital of Bulgaria, an unusual Roma brass band hopes to give new life to traditional gypsy music. The band Karandila Junior is already winning fans around Europe. From Sliven (SLEE-ven), Matthew Brunwasser reports.