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08 Feb 16

Romanian City Makes Most of Tarzan Link

The Romanian city of Timisoara is boosting its profile by popularising the connection to local boy Johnny Weissmuller - who starred in the famous Tarzan movies of the 1930s.

05 Feb 16

Ceausescu’s Palace Opens up to Virtual Tours

Visitors can now enjoy inside tours of Romania's Palace of the Parliament, the second largest building in the world, without having to leave home

01 Feb 16

Belgrade Honours Bowie in Sound and Vision

The Serbian capital will pay homage to the recently-deceased British star David Bowie this spring with an exhibition of photographs and paintings plus a tribute concert.

14 Jan 16

Kosovo War Movie Nominated for Oscar

The short film ‘Shok’ (‘Friend’), about how the 1990s war affects the lives of two boys, has made cinematographic history in Kosovo after being nominated for an Oscar.

05 Jan 16

Activists Find Love While Helping Refugees

Diana from Switzerland and Anis from Slovenia met in the town of Presevo in southern Serbia while helping refugees from the Middle East. They soon fell in love and after a short while got married at a local cafe. Presevo is on one of the main routes used by refugees coming to Europe from the Middle East.



31 Dec 15

Ring in the New Year Balkan Style

New Year’s Eve in the Balkans means music, fireworks, food, and more music in city squares under the stars.

31 Dec 15

In Pictures: Raising Deer at a Bosnian Ranch

Muhamed Kahrimanovic is breeding deer on a farm that he calls his ‘ranch’ in Sanica, a village in western Bosnia and Herzegovina, and hoping to turn it into a profitable business.

31 Dec 15

In Pictures: Skopje's Holiday Decorations Light up the City

As Macedonian capital gears up for the New Year celebration, Skopje residents are enjoying the lavishly decorated city centre in the absence of snow.

30 Dec 15

Romania's Ice Hotel Opens Despite Winter Warmth

December’s mild weather in Romania has not stopped the country’s only hotel made of ice from opening - and from starting to chill its guests.

28 Dec 15

In Pictures: 3,000 Santas Race Through Belgrade

Belgraders got into the festive spirit as around 3,000 people of all ages dressed up as Santa Claus staged their annual charity run through the streets of the Serbian capital on Sunday.

28 Dec 15

NYE's Hottest Clubs in Belgrade

If you still haven't decided where to celebrate the craziest night of the year in the Serbian capital, here are some suggestions.

27 Dec 15

Celebrating New Year’s Eve in Serbia

Serbia’s largest cities are hosting annual New Year’s celebrations on main squares with performances by numerous singers, bands and DJ sets.

22 Dec 15

Ice Sculpting in Zagreb

Gordan Matkun, a professional ice sculptor turned Gradec plateau in Zagreb into an open air art studio as he carved up blocks of ice to create some interesting pieces.

08 Dec 15

Romanian Government Urged to Save Cinemas

Renowned Romanian film-maker Cristian Mungiu asked the government to renovate existing movie houses or open new ones to reverse a trend which has seen increasing numbers of cinemas shut.

06 Dec 15

Gallery: Christmas Magic in Zagreb

Zagreb city centre is lavishly decorated for the Christmas holiday season, with stalls selling refreshments, festive shops and an ice skating rink.

Politics and Society

11 Feb 16

Bosnia Police Arrest Bank Chief Linked To Dodik

Police on Thursday arrested Slobodan Pavlovic, the owner of a bank which is at the centre of a controversy involving the President of Republika Srpska, Milorad Dodik.