kosovo-justice-system-takes-over-eulex-s-powers-06-26-2016 27 Jun 16 Kosovo Justice System Takes Over EULEX’s Powers

Kosovo’s own judicial authorities are to take over much of the responsibility for the court system from the EU rule-of-law mission - but many experts wonder if they are up to the task.

kosovo-mps-hesitate-to-extend-eulex-mandate-06-13-2016 14 Jun 16 EULEX Mandate in Limbo as EU Snubs Kosovo Proposal

While the Kosovo parliament will vote tonight for the extension of the EU rule of law in Kosovo for two more years, its scope of work is yet to be agreed upon.

serbia-s-young-albanians-suffer-in-schoolbook-dispute-06-09-2016 10 Jun 16 Serbia’s Young Albanians Suffer in Schoolbook Dispute

A long-running political dispute over Albanian-language textbooks for ethnic minority pupils in Serbia has meant that many of them cannot have proper lessons in their mother tongue.

soaring-number-of-kla-war-veterans-raises-suspicions-06-07-2016 07 Jun 16 Soaring Number of KLA War Veterans Raises Suspicions

A government report saying the number of Kosovo Liberation Army veterans has risen to 46,000 raised concerns that the figures could have been inflated for political advantage and could cause budget problems.

how-a-dress-display-broke-wartime-rape-taboos-06-06-2016 06 Jun 16 How a Dress Display Broke Wartime Rape Taboos

Thinking of You, a film about an unusual project highlighting sexual violence during the Kosovo conflict, was intended to help break taboos that prevent women from speaking out about wartime rape, its producer says.

forget-federalizing-macedonia-ahmeti-says-06-02-2016 03 Jun 16 Forget Federalising Macedonia, Says Albanian Party Chief

Ethnic Albanian party leader Ali Ahmeti told BIRN that calls to federalise Macedonia are impractical, and dismissed claims that his DUI is a poodle of the ruling VMRO DPMNE.

legija-killer-kingpin-in-serbia-s-courtroom-dramas-05-31-2016 31 May 16 Legija: Killer Kingpin in Serbia’s Courtroom Dramas

Milorad Ulemek, alias Legija, the former special police commander convicted of PM Zoran Djindjic’s assassination, is being resurrected as a potential star witness in high-profile cases that could boost the government’s credibility.

questions-linger-over-kosovo-mobster-s-marathon-trial-05-27-2016 28 May 16 Questions Linger Over Kosovo Mobster’s Record Verdict

A Kosovo court has jailed Enver Sekiraqa for a record 37 years - but the alleged mobster’s trial was a troubled marathon, featuring dozens of witnesses and a mass of conflicting claims.

old-partisan-songs-have-new-revolutionary-potential--05-26-2016 27 May 16 Old Partisan Songs Have ‘New Revolutionary Potential’

Ana Hofman, a specialist in the music of former Yugoslavia, says wartime Partisan songs can be seen as subversive in today’s context of a global capitalist crisis.

vojislav-seselj-seeks-political-resurrection-in-bosnia-05-25-2016 26 May 16 Vojislav Seselj Seeks Political Resurrection in Bosnia

With his popularity boosted by his war crimes acquittal, Serbian Radical Party leader Vojislav Seselj is hoping to stage a political comeback among Bosnia’s Serbs as well as in his home country.

tito-s-birthday-still-marked-despite-criticism-05-25-2016 25 May 16 Tito’s Admirers Celebrate His Birthday Across Ex-Yugoslavia

Thirty-six years after the death of Josip Broz Tito, his nostalgic admirers in many of the former Yugoslav states still commemorate his birthday despite criticism of his undemocratic regime.

serbian-ex-security-chief-dodges-journalist-murder-trial-05-19-2016 19 May 16 Serbian Ex-Security Chief Dodges Journalist Murder Trial

Former state security official Franko Simatovic, who could reveal the secret service’s role in the murder of journalist Slavko Curuvija, has repeatedly failed to appear as a witness at the trial.

1990-football-riot-remains-croatia-s-national-myth-05-12-2016 13 May 16 1990 Football Riot Becomes National Myth in Croatia

Hardcore Dinamo Zagreb supporters believe a riot at a match against Red Star Belgrade 26 years ago kicked off the war, while conspiracy theories still circulate about why the violence erupted.

mosque-reopening-spotlights-wartime-killings-of-clerics-05-11-2016 11 May 16 Mosque Reopening Spotlights Wartime Killings of Clerics

The recent reopening of Bosnia’s historic Ottoman-era Ferhadija mosque, which was destroyed in wartime, highlighted the killings of clerics and widespread destruction of religious buildings during the 1992-95 conflict.

croatia-s-catholic-church-easy-on-fascist-sympathizers-05-09-2016 10 May 16 Croatian Church Urged to Tackle ‘Fascist Sympathisers’

The Catholic Church in Croatia should take action against priests who make statements in support of the country’s World War II-era Nazi-aligned regime, analysts urged.

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