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.

dozens-of-lawsuits-challenge-macedonia-s-spy-hunt-10-13-2016 14 Oct 16 Dozens of Lawsuits Challenge Macedonia’s Spy Hunters

The lustration law that sanctioned Macedonians declared to be former Communist secret police collaborators has been scrapped, but dozens of lawsuits are underway to reverse its allegedly politically-motivated decisions.

bilall-kasami-macedonia-s-anti-establishment-party-leader-10-07-2016 11 Oct 16 Bilall Kasami: Macedonia’s Anti-Establishment Party Leader

The leader of one of Macedonia’s new ethnic Albanian parties is hoping to ‘redefine’ the country to prevent any ethnic group from holding too much power.

ziadin-sela-champion-of-a-binational-macedonia--08-26-2016 11 Oct 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.

macedonia-s-albanian-opposition-mulls-united-poll-campaign-10-04-2016 05 Oct 16 Macedonia’s Albanian Opposition Mulls United Poll Campaign

Amid the country’s ongoing political crisis, the ethnic Albanian opposition sees a chance to win advantage by joining forces for December’s elections - but is wary of any coalition with ethnic Macedonian parties.

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.

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.

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.

balkan-youth-urged-to-breach-the-wartime-divides-07-05-2016 06 Jul 16 Balkan Youth Office Aims to Breach Wartime Divides

The newly-approved cross-Balkan youth cooperation office, which aims to restore links between young people whose countries were in conflict during the 1990s wars, hopes to open up a new era of reconciliation.

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.

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.

kumanovo-gunmen-face-trial-in-macedonia-02-08-2016-1 08 Feb 16 Kumanovo Gunmen Face Trial in Macedonia

Twenty-nine ethnic Albanians accused of involvement in a shootout that left 18 dead in Kumanovo face terrorism charges at a trial that starts on Tuesday in Skopje.

macedonia-deadly-shootout-tests-ethnic-relations-12-29-2015 30 Dec 15 Macedonia: Deadly Shootout Tests Ethnic Relations

Fighting between ethnic Albanian gunmen and Macedonian police left 18 people dead in 2015, reviving memories of past unrest, while surveillance revelations raised doubts about government justice efforts.

macedonia-2014-marred-by-ethnic-unrest 29 Dec 14 Macedonia: 2014 Marred by Ethnic Unrest

The murder of a teenager and a terrorism case verdict sparked violent ethnic protests this year in a country with a recent history of conflict between ethnic Macedonians and Albanians.

why-arkan-s-exploits-aren-t-news-in-serbia 17 Dec 14 Why Arkan’s Exploits Aren’t News in Serbia

It came as no surprise that the glamorous birthday party of paramilitary chief Zeljko Raznatovic’s son got more coverage than BIRN’s report on the wartime brutality of his ‘Tigers’.

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