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14 May 17

Teenage Bulgarian Pipped to Post at Eurovision

Bulgarians had something to celebrate Saturday night when Kristian Kostov came second in the Kiev Eurovision.

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12 May 17

Bulgaria’s Eurovision Singer Lands in Mess Over Crimea

A brief performance in Russian-occupied Crimea has caused controversy for Bulgaria’s Eurovision performer, Kristian Kostov, whose song, ‘Beautiful Mess’ is otherwise tipped to do well.

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09 May 17

Sarajevo Exhibition Aims to Reconnect Yugoslav Artists

A co-founder of the Benetton empire is bringing together 900 artists from all over the former Yugoslavia for an exhibition in Sarajevo.

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09 May 17

Balkan Hopefuls Clear Their Throats for Eurovision

Singers from seven Balkan countries are entering the start of the Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Tuesday, hoping to join the lucky ten that compete in Saturday’s final.

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26 Apr 17

Serbian Capital to Host Conspiracy Theorist David Icke

David Icke, the former BBC broadcaster best known for his belief that reptiles from outer space control the world, is visiting Serbia, a country much given to conspiracy theories.

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21 Apr 17

Montenegro Eurovision Singer Hits Wrong Note Back Home

Slavko Kalezic, Montenegro's entry for the Eurovision song contest, may have wowed some international audiences with his provocative appearance - but it has appalled many people at home who deem it an insult to traditional values. 

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18 Apr 17

‘Albanian Alps’ Draw Outdoor Sports Enthusiasts to Western Kosovo

The scenic Prokletije mountain range draws hikers, climbers and other mountain sports enthusiasts, with the Alpine Club Pristina organising tours in the region every weekend, led by experienced guides.

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17 Apr 17

Albanian Pensioner Finds New Life in Endless Marathons

Sotir Qiriaqi found salvation from life’s disappointments in running marathons - and now, aged 71, has clocked up more than 20,000 kilometers and won legions of fans.

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12 Apr 17

Kadare Demands to See Albanian Communist Police File

One of Albania’s best-known writers, Ismail Kadare, said that he wants to see his secret police file to find out who spied on him during the Communist era.

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31 Mar 17

Belgrade Film Festival Going Strong

The 64th annual Belgrade Documentary and Short Film Festival once again showcases some of the country's brightest young cinematic talents.

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31 Mar 17

Town's Move to Lose 'Protected' Status Shocks Bulgarians

An attempt by the authorities in the 'museum town' of Koprivshtitsa to do away with its 'protected' status has horrified many Bulgarians, starting with the country's President.

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24 Mar 17

Dance Festival Brings Russian Ballet Legend to Belgrade

The 14th installment of Belgrade’s prestigious and popular Dance Festival is already slated to be the biggest and most widely-attended iteration to date.

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16 Mar 17

Proposed Ban on Albanian Communist Films Sparks Backlash

The Institute for Communist Crimes argues that banning Communist-era films from television would reduce nostalgia for the old regime, but movie buffs say it’s an attack on the country’s cinematic heritage.

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10 Mar 17

'Robin Hood' Filmmakers Accused of Damaging Dubrovnik

Croatian art historians accuse authorities in Dubrovnik of allowing filmers of the Hollywood blockbuster Robin Hood: Origins to damage the heritage of world-famous city.

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08 Mar 17

Bosnian Army’s Role in Croatian General Movie Criticised

Serb war veterans condemned the Bosnian Army’s decision to allow a production company to use its tanks and military equipment to shoot a film about the life of controversial Croatian general Ante Gotovina.

Culture Policy Focus

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05 May 17

Bosnian Savours Success on Europe's Catwalks

Some of the clothing displayed at top fashion shows in Milan, London and Stockholm and worn by the likes of Madonna comes from Halida Susa’s humble home in a remote suburb of Sarajevo.

22 Mar 17

Vanished Mural Sparks Protests in Novi Sad

28 Dec 16

Ringing in 2017, Balkan-style

20 Dec 16

Hidden Treasures of Belgrade’s Museum Scene

24 Oct 16

Traces of Empire: Serbia’s Roman Heritage

29 Aug 16

Hidden Treasures of Belgrade’s Kalemegdan

Politics and Society

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23 May 17

Mladic Appeals ICTY Denial of Temporary Release

Former Bosnian Serb military leader, Ratko Mladic’s defence has appealed The Hague Tribunal decision not to grant him temporary release for medical treatment in Russia.

Business

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Bulgaria Imports Cheap Regional Labour to Save Tourism Boom

As Bulgarian workers seek higher paid jobs in Spain or Greece ahead of tourist season, the country is being forced to import cheaper labour from its neighbours.