Macedonian Makeover: Europe's Flailing Capital of Kitsch
At night, the new buildings shine brightly along the Vardar river. They were built in record time for a price tag critics believe may be around 500 million euro. (via Der Spiegel/Till Mayer)
The Macedonian government has spent huge sums turning its capital, Skopje, into a neo-baroque architectural nightmare. The project's gaudy excesses camouflage a disastrous economy and troubling record on human rights.