bosnian-constitutional-court-under-pressure-from-serb-referendum-08-29-2016 30 Aug 16 Bosnian Constitutional Court ‘Under Pressure’ from Serb Referendum

A Bosnian Serb referendum challenging the authority of the country’s Constitutional Court represents “direct political pressure” aimed at undermining the state-level institution, its president told BIRN.

kosovo-war-ex-prisoners-fear-arrest-in-serbia-08-22-2016 25 Aug 16 Kosovo War Ex-Prisoners Fear Arrest in Serbia

Kosovo Albanians detained during wartime by the Serbian authorities still fear that they could be re-arrested, as the case of a man held last week at the Croatia-Serbia border highlighted.

bosnian-serbs-divided-over-controversial-referendum-08-23-2016 24 Aug 16 Bosnian Serbs Divided over Controversial Referendum

Next month’s referendum in Bosnia’s Republika Srpska entity is seen by some Serbs as a move to defend their rights, but others claim it’s a waste of money staged only for political advantage.

milosevic-s-old-allies-celebrate-his-innocence--08-16-2016 16 Aug 16 Milosevic’s Old Allies Celebrate His ‘Innocence’

Disputed claims that the Hague Tribunal said that Slobodan Milosevic was innocent are being trumpeted by Serbian ministers, but analysts believe they are trying to whitewash the country’s wartime past.

yugoslav-spy-saga-puts-assassinations-in-spotlight-08-03-2016 03 Aug 16 Yugoslav Spy Saga Puts Assassinations in Spotlight

The murder case against former intelligence officials Zdravko Mustac and Josip Perkovic caused political embarrassment for Croatia and revived questions about the killings of Yugoslav dissidents abroad.

court-deals-macedonian-lustration-knockout-blow-07-27-2016 28 Jul 16 Court Deals Macedonian Lustration Knockout Blow

The highly controversial process of naming and penalizing former secret police collaborators in Macedonia is ending in farce, as the courts annul its decisions one by one.

it-is-time-to-let-go-of-cardinal-stepinac-07-25-2016 25 Jul 16 It is Time to Let go of Cardinal Stepinac

The endless-seeming arguments over Cardinal Stepinac’s life and actions are a depressing reminder that World War II remains unfinished business in parts of the former Yugoslavia.

bosnia-s-segregated-schools-perpetuate-ethnic-divisions-07-15-2016 15 Jul 16 Bosnia’s Segregated Schools Perpetuate Ethnic Divisions

Dozens of Bosnian secondary schools are still segregated according to pupils’ ethnicity - perpetuating divisions within society but benefiting ethnically-based political parties that seek to exploit the system.

macedonian-village-bears-scars-15-years-after-battle-07-04-2016 04 Jul 16 Macedonian Village Bears Scars 15 Years After Battle

Arachinovo, an ethnically-mixed village where battle raged during the Macedonian conflict in 2001, is now an exclusively Albanian settlement - but its remaining inhabitants say peace hasn’t brought prosperity.

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.

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.

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.

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