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18 Oct 17

Kosovo Remains Hot Topic in Albania-Serbia Media

New research conducted in Tirana and Belgrade shows that while newspapers in both countries have a neutral tone when writing about each other, the tone becomes bitter when the subject turns to Kosovo.

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18 Oct 17

Serbian President Claims Clean Campaign Finances

Following a BIRN investigation into the financing of election war chests by Serbia’s ruling party, President Vucic says his party’s finances are “clean as a whistle”.

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18 Oct 17

Arkan’s Fighters ‘Killed Non-Serbs’ at Croatia Base

The trial of former Serbian security chiefs Jovica Stanisic and Franko Simatovic was told that fighters allegedly controlled by the defendants detained and killed non-Serbs at a base in Croatia run by paramilitary boss Arkan.

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18 Oct 17

Ratko Mladic Trial Verdict Set for November 22

The first-instance verdict in the trial of the former commander of the Bosnian Serb Army, Ratko Mladic, who is accused of genocide and large-scale persecution during the Bosnian war, will be delivered next month.

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18 Oct 17

Interpol Warns of Jihadists Returning to Bosnia

Interpol’s Secretary General Jurgen Stock said in Sarajevo on Wednesday that the defeat of Islamic State forces in Iraq and Syria will pose a challenge to the security of European countries as fighters try to slip back home.

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18 Oct 17

EU Benefits Our Countries, Balkan People Tell Survey

Most Bulgarians, Croatians and Romanians see the European Union as beneficial to their countries, a survey released on Wednesday by the European Parliament said.

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18 Oct 17

Bosnian Serbs Adopt Resolution on Military Neutrality

The Bosnian Serb entity assembly has passed a largely symbolic resolution proclaiming its 'military neutrality' as a perceived counterpoint to Bosnian moves to join NATO.

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18 Oct 17

Freed Serbian War Criminal to Teach at Military Academy

Serbia’s defence minister said that former Yugoslav Army officer Vladimir Lazarevic, who served a sentence for war crimes in Kosovo and will now teach cadets at the Military Academy, should be a ‘role model’.

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18 Oct 17

Serbian Govt Promises to Fund NATO Bombing Probe

Serbia’s environmental protection minister said the government is ready to financially support the establishment of a laboratory to investigate the medical consequences of the 1999 NATO bombing.

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18 Oct 17

Romania Backs EU Military Cooperation Fund

Romania’s Supreme Defence Council decided that the country will participate in the EU’s newly-established military research and cooperation fund, in the hope of reviving its defence industry.

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18 Oct 17

Bosnian Serb War Criminals’ Families Demand Case Reviews

Relatives of Serbs convicted of war crimes by the Bosnian state court said that experts in the country’s Serb-dominated Republika Srpska should review the verdicts, which they claim are biased.

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17 Oct 17

Moldovan Constitutional Court Backs President’s Suspension

Moldova’s Constitutional Court ruled that parliament can launch suspension of President Igor Dodon for his refusal to approve a new defence minister for more than ten months.

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17 Oct 17

Arkan’s Masked Paramilitaries Accused of Croatia Killings

At the trial of former Serbian security chiefs Jovica Stanisic and Franko Simatovic, a prosecution witness said that paramilitary boss Arkan’s unit - allegedly controlled by the defendants - murdered Croats in 1991.

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17 Oct 17

Albania Ex-Minister Accused in Drug-Smuggling Scandal

Former Albanian Interior Minister Saimir Tahiri is mentioned by alleged drug smugglers in newly-released transcripts of Italian police wiretaps, but he has denied any involvement in criminal activity.

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17 Oct 17

New Phase in Kosovo ‘Internal Dialogue’ Puzzles Serbs

While the Serbian authorities claim to have opened a second chapter in the announced ‘internal dialogue’ on Kosovo, the results of the first phase remain unknown.

Premium

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18 Oct 17

Croatia President May Face Tough Questions in Russia

When President Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic meets Vladimir Putin in Sochi on Wednesday, she may face a grilling over past statements seen as hostile to Russia.

17 Oct 17

Party Games: Hide and Seek with Election Cash

17 Oct 17

Referendum Pledge Haunts Bosnian Serb Supremo

Culture and Lifestyle

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Agrotourism Brings Hope to Remote North of Albania

The small agro-tourism farm in the village of Kcire, built on the initiative of an Italian Catholic priest, has reduced local unemployment and made the remote community a beacon for visitors. 

Business

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Erdogan Visit Signals Turkey’s New Passion for Serbia

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan seems to be shifting his Balkan focus from Bosnia and Herzegovina towards Serbia, and from religious, ethnic and political relations towards business links.