bosnia-s-divided-stolac-braces-for-disputed-poll-rerun-02-14-2017 14 Feb 17 Bosnia’s Divided Stolac Braces for Disputed Poll Rerun

The town of Stolac has been economically depressed and divided by post-war political and ethnic tensions, exacerbated by violence at last October’s local election, which is now set for a rerun.

sarajevo-peace-charter-challenges-balkan-warmongers-02-02-2017 03 Feb 17 Sarajevo Peace Charter Challenges Balkan Warmongers

An online Balkan peace charter started by two journalists from Bosnia and Croatia has attracted several thousand signatures of support - but there has been no response from regional political leaders.

kosovo-s-serbs-feel-frightened-insecure-and-misused-01-19-2017 19 Jan 17 Kosovo’s Serbs Feel Frightened, Insecure and Misused

Serbs in Kosovo say that the recent ‘propaganda train’ dispute between Belgrade and Pristina left them worried about their security and fearful that they are being used as political pawns.

bosnian-serb-statehood-day-celebration-divides-country-01-06-2017 08 Jan 17 Bosnian Serb ‘Statehood Day’ Celebration Divides Country

Defying Bosnia’s state authorities, the EU and US, the Serb-dominated entity of Republika Srpska is staging a lavish celebration of its disputed ‘statehood’ holiday, despite a ban by the Constitutional Court.

macedonia-political-crisis-overshadows-ethnic-tensions-12-23-2016 30 Dec 16 Macedonia: Political Crisis Overshadows Ethnic Tensions

For the second year running, the deep political crisis in the country has largely set aside divisions between country’s ethnic Macedonians and Albanians, although several incidents put cohesion to the test.

montenegro-scepticism-greets-new-war-crimes-probes-12-22-2016-1 29 Dec 16 Montenegro: Suspicions Persist Over War Crimes Probes

Montenegro has been criticised yet again for not making serious efforts to deal with war crimes cases, although the prosecution said it had launched several new investigations in 2016.

croatia-historical-controversies-stir-tensions-with-serbia-12-21-2016 28 Dec 16 Croatia: Historical Controversies Stir Tensions with Serbia

Disputes over the legacy of Croatia’s Nazi-allied World War II regime, exacerbated by the country’s controversial culture minister, sparked rows at home and abroad in 2016.

serbia-the-radicals-revival-and-the-missing-prosecutor-12-20-2016 27 Dec 16 Serbia: The Radicals’ Revival and the Missing Prosecutor

The ultra-nationalist Serbian Radical Party got back into parliament after its leader Vojislav Seselj was acquitted by the Hague Tribunal, while Serbia went through a full year without a war crimes prosecutor.

kosovo-new-war-court-approved-despite-opposition-12-19-2016 26 Dec 16 Kosovo: New War Court Approved Despite Opposition

Pristina in 2016 approved the establishment of a new Hague-based court to try former Kosovo Liberation Army fighters, while war crimes trials at home attracted controversy and sparked protests.

bosnia-trials-and-votes-deepen-divisions-12-19-2016 23 Dec 16 Bosnia: Trials and Votes Deepen Divisions

Contrasting reactions to the conviction of Radovan Karadzic and to a Bosnian Serb referendum challenging the state’s authority contributed to a mood of political tension in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2016.

ante-markovic-pm-who-tried-to-rescue-yugoslavia-12-19-2016 20 Dec 16 Ante Markovic: PM Who Tried to Rescue Yugoslavia

Twenty-five years after his resignation, the last Yugoslav Prime Minister, Ante Markovic, is still seen as someone who tried to keep the country from collapsing, although his mission ended in failure.

balkan-war-crime-suspects-maintain-political-influence-12-02-2016 07 Dec 16 Balkan War Crime Suspects Maintain Political Influence

Years after the Balkan conflicts, voters in former Yugoslav countries are still electing people who have been convicted of or charged with war crimes, showing how nationalism still distorts the political environment.

bosnian-war-crimes-claims-still-trouble-croatia-11-15-2016 16 Nov 16 Bosnian War Crimes Claims Still Trouble Croatia

The political storm caused by war crimes allegations against Croatia’s defence minister again raised uncomfortable questions for Zagreb about its military role in the 1990s war in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

injustice-claims-shake-bosnian-town-of-orasje-11-07-2016 09 Nov 16 War Crimes Arrests Cast Shadow over Bosnia’s Orasje

The recent arrests of ten former Bosnian Croat fighters from Orasje sparked protests, but they also revived bitter memories for a couple who are still seeking justice for the rape and torture they suffered during wartime.

zagreb-s-meddling-in-bosnian-croats-arrest-could-backfire-11-04-2016 04 Nov 16 Zagreb’s Meddling in Bosnian Croats’ Arrest Could Backfire

The Croatian government’s furious response to the arrest of ten Bosnian Croats on war crimes charges in Bosnia and Herzegovina was diplomatically incompetent and will not help the suspects, analysts argue.

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