bosnian-serb-referendum-risks-reopening-pandora-s-box-09-23-2016 23 Sep 16 Bosnian Serb Referendum Risks Reopening Pandora’s Box

Sunday’s controversial Bosnian Serb referendum, which directly contravenes decisions made by state and international authorities, will undermine the enforcement mechanisms of the 1995 Dayton peace accord.

suspicion-shadows-albanian-terror-trial-in-macedonia-09-21-2016 22 Sep 16 Suspicion Shadows ‘Albanian Terror’ Trial in Macedonia

The trial of 37 alleged members and accomplices of an ethnic Albanian terror group that battled Macedonian police in Kumanovo last year has been marred by allegations about false witnesses and police brutality.

spectre-of-violence-hangs-over-bosnia-referendum-09-20-2016 21 Sep 16 Spectre of Violence Hangs Over Bosnia Referendum

Referenda have been deployed as a political weapon in the former Yugoslavia since it started to disintegrate – but their consequences rarely correspond to what their architects intend.

bosnian-mayoral-hopefuls-tainted-by-crime-claims-09-19-2016 20 Sep 16 Bosnian Mayoral Hopefuls Tainted by Crime Claims

Nearly 50 candidates for the positions of mayor or municipality chief in next month’s Bosnian elections have been convicted of, charged with or investigated for organised crime, corruption or war crimes.

nazi-hunter-warns-croatia-over-fascist-nostalgia--09-14-2016 15 Sep 16 Nazi-Hunter Warns Croatia Over ‘Fascist Nostalgia’

The chief Nazi-hunter at the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, Efraim Zuroff, told BIRN that the next Croatian government must confront politicians who try to rehabilitate the country’s World War II fascist regime.

bosnian-serbs-seek-to-limit-referendum-damage-09-12-2016 12 Sep 16 Bosnian Serbs Seek to Limit Referendum Damage

Under pressure from the West and Serbia, Bosnian Serb leaders are pondering last-minute options to avert the damage that would be caused by a disputed referendum, without losing credibility before local elections.

macedonia-s-dreams-unrealised-25-years-after-independence-09-08-2016 08 Sep 16 Macedonia’s Dreams Unrealised 25 Years After Independence

Neither of Macedonia’s two strategic main goals - European integration and NATO membership - have been fulfilled 25 years after it became independent, while ethnic relations with the Albanian minority remain troubled.

balkan-leaders-revive-nationalism-for-political-advantage-09-02-2016-2 05 Sep 16 Balkan Leaders Revive Nationalism for Political Advantage

The increased nationalist rhetoric in Croatia, Serbia and Bosnia is a ploy by some politicians to win votes at upcoming elections and by others to distract from economic problems, experts argue.

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.

ziadin-sela-champion-of-a-binational-macedonia--08-26-2016 29 Aug 16 Ziadin Sela: Champion of a ‘Binational Macedonia’

As leader of a new Albanian party and mayor of an ethnically-mixed town, Sela’s speeches, including calls for non-territorial federalism in Macedonia, have frequently sparked controversy.

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.

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