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11 Dec 17

Bosnian War Victims Praise Hague Tribunal’s Successes

Despite some shortcomings, the Hague Tribunal, which closes this month, has identified and prosecuted those responsible for grave crimes and brought some justice to people who suffered, said members of Bosnia’s Association of Victims.

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11 Dec 17

Serbia to Open New Chapters in EU Negotiations

Serbia will open two more chapters in its negotiations to join the European Union, one of which focuses on aligning its foreign trade relationships with those of the EU.

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11 Dec 17

Macedonia and Greece Reboot 'Name' Talks

After three years of stalemate, Skopje and Athens are rebooting UN-sponsored talks on their dispute over Macedonia's name, which has been holding up the country's Euro-Atlantic integration process.

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11 Dec 17

Romanians Turn Palace Into Shrine Before Royal Funeral

Many Romanians have laid tributes outside the old royal palace to their late king Michael, before he is laid to rest in the country he was forced to abandon for several decades.

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11 Dec 17

Website Documents Police Violence Against Refugees in Balkans

The German NGO Rigardu has launched a website gathering reports of illegal push-backs and police violence this year against refugees using the so-called Balkan Route.

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11 Dec 17

Macedonia to Purge Textbooks of Offensive Language

Macedonia's new government says it plans to remove hate speech and discriminatory statements from the country's educational textbooks.

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08 Dec 17

Serbian Journalist Threatened After Grilling Activist

N1 journalist Marija Antic received death threats on social networks after quizzing French-Serbian activist Arnaud Gouillon about his role in far-right movements.

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08 Dec 17

US to Deport Bosnian Serb Accused of Srebrenica Killings

The US will deport Oliver Dragic, accused of having been a member of a Bosnian Serb police unit that participated in the Srebrenica genocide in 1995, for lying while claiming refugee status.

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08 Dec 17

Inspector Casts Doubt on Croatian General’s Charges

A Croatian police inspector told the retrial of Branimir Glavas that he overheard a conversation implying that the 1990s general was wrongly accused of war crimes against Serbs.

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08 Dec 17

Prosecutors Probe Macedonia-Serbia Money-Laundering Claim

Macedonia’s prosecution has launched a probe into allegations that former high-ranking Macedonian officials have used companies in neighbouring Serbia for money-laundering schemes.

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08 Dec 17

Moldova Leaders Battle Over Russian Broadcast Ban

Moldova’s pro-Russian and pro-EU leaders are again in deadlock – this time over a law that seeks to curb the broadcasting of Russian-made media content.

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08 Dec 17

Serbian Police Who Assaulted Vucic's Brother Sentenced

A Serbian court on Friday gave suspended sentences to most of the police officers charged with assaulting the brother of the then Prime Minister, now President, during the 2014 Belgrade Pride Parade.

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07 Dec 17

Albania's Parties Feud Over New Chief Prosecutor

As the Albanian General Prosecutor's five-year term ends, the ruling and opposition parties are still haggling over the appointent of a temporary replacement.

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07 Dec 17

Serbian Trial for Croatia Massacre Blighted by Delays

The trial in Belgrade of Serbian fighters accused of killing 70 Croatian civilians in the village of Lovas in 1991 will soon enter its tenth year, after closing statements were delayed for a third time in a row.

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07 Dec 17

Hague Tribunal Declares ‘Mission Accomplished’

The president of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, which closes this month, told the UN Security Council that the court had “forever changed the landscape of international justice”.

Premium

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11 Dec 17

Vucic Turns His Fire on Serbian Twitter Critics

Twitter is one of the few media in Serbia that the government cannot control, which may explain why it has become an obsession for Serbia’s imagine-conscious President.

08 Dec 17

Disabled Bosnians Face Uphill Battle For Jobs

06 Dec 17

Fatal Inaction: How Measles Made a Comeback

Culture and Lifestyle

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Skiing Serbia: The Highs and the Lows

Winter in Serbia can be magic. Ski snow-covered forests, trek peaceful mountains and eat great food; but make sure you get the right advice. 

Business

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Coca-Cola to Acquire Banja Luka Drinks Company

As Coca-Cola announces plans to buy Banja Luka beverages company MB Impex, the Bosnian authorities are checking the likely impact on the local alcoholic drinks market.