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26 Oct 17

Belgrade Jazz Fest Swings Into Action

One of the most cherished musical and cultural events of the Serbian calendar, Belgrade Jazz Fest, is ready to roll. 

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20 Oct 17

Belgrade Museum of Contemporary Art to Reopen

Belgrade’s Museum of Contemporary Art is reopening its doors after a controversial ten-year closure for renovation work. 

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12 Oct 17

Moves to Change Romanian News Agency Alarm Critics

Media freedom experts in the country say plans to change the operations of Agerpres, giving parliament more control, pose a threat to its independence.

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11 Oct 17

BEMUS Festival Nears Golden Anniversary

Nearly half a century old, BEMUS is set to showcase some Slavic classical greats, among others.

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04 Oct 17

In Pictures: Kosovo Mountain Village Offers Rugged Charms

Boge, a mountain resort village in western Kosovo set in a picturesque landscape, attracts visitors in winter for its skiing but also in other seasons for hiking, mountaineering, paragliding and traditional Albanian food.

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29 Sep 17

Albania Campaigners Hail Court Halt to Durres Project

The authorities of Durres have been forced to suspend the controversial ‘Veliera’ project, which civil society groups say threatens the city's archaeological heritage. 

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27 Sep 17

Romania MPs Sack Indebted Public Broadcaster's Managers

Angered by its mounting debts, Romanian MPs voted to sack the public broadcaster’s management on Wednesday after rejecting its 2016 report for the third time. 

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11 Sep 17

Actor Ralph Fiennes Receives Serbian Citizenship

Serbia has granted citizenship to British actor and director Ralph Fiennes, who is currently making his second movie in Belgrade.

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07 Sep 17

Filming of 'Mamma Mia' Sequel to Start in Vis, Croatia

The Croatian island of Vis is preparing for a termporary Greek makeover – having been chosen as the film location for the sequel to the popular Abba-themed movie Mamma Mia!

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25 Aug 17

Romanian Rappers Slated Over Holocaust Memorial Video

Romanian rap and hip-hop band Satra B.E.N.Z. has drawn serious criticism for a video shot in 2015 in the Holocaust Memorial in central Bucharest. 

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17 Aug 17

Romanian Broadcast Watchdog Mulls Permit for Russian TV

Romania’s Audiovisual Council is considering whether a Moldovan television station that rebroadcasts Russian programs can operate in Romania, amid fears that it will spread pro-Kremlin propaganda. 

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11 Aug 17

Sarajevo Film Festival Under Way

From wartime screenings while Sarajevo was still under siege in the 90s, the festival now showcases hundreds of local and international films.



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10 Aug 17

VIDEO: Migrant ‘Child Prodigy’ Exhibits Artworks in Belgrade

Farhad Noory, a 10-year-old migrant from Afghanistan living in a Serbian refugee camp, who media have dubbed ‘Little Picasso’, exhibited his paintings and photographs at a charity exhibition in Belgrade.

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09 Aug 17

Albanian Work-Life Balance a Big Draw for Expats

Several foreigners living and working in Albania never intended to remain for very long…

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04 Aug 17

Albanian Catholic Archbishop Stops Sunday Weddings

The Roman Catholic archbishop of Shkoder-Pult in northern Albania said he will not allow any more church wedding ceremonies on Sundays because he wants believers to attend Mass instead.

Culture Policy Focus

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12 Sep 17

Belgrade's Nikola Tesla Museum Faces Uncertain Future

The Nikola Tesla Museum’s building must be handed over to the heirs of its pre-war owners, but it’s unclear when plans to rehouse it in a derelict power plant will be realised.

23 Jun 17

Romanian Top Filmmakers Fight for Reform

05 May 17

Bosnian Savours Success on Europe's Catwalks

22 Mar 17

Vanished Mural Sparks Protests in Novi Sad

28 Dec 16

Ringing in 2017, Balkan-style

Politics and Society

ivanovic-killing-shows-serbia-and-kosovo-must-cooperate-01-23-2018
23 Jan 18

Ivanovic Killing Shows Serbia and Kosovo Must Cooperate

The EU must use the momentum generated by the joint probe into Kosovo Serb leader Oliver Ivanovic’s recent assassination to insist that Serbia and Kosovo’s prosecutors continue to work together to tackle serious crimes.

23 Jan 18

Challenges Facing Serbia in 2018

23 Jan 18

Most Macedonian Professors Wish to Emigrate

23 Jan 18

Unsafe Haven: Life and Death for LGBT Refugees

Business

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Chinese Bid to Build Croatia’s Peljesac Bridge Challenged

Austrian construction company Strabag AG filed a complaint against a bid made by the Chinese Road and Bridge Corporation to construct Croatia’s strategically important Peljesac Bridge.