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11 Jan 18

Franco-German Envoys Press Kosovo on Special Court

German and French envoys are adding to diplomatic pressure on Kosovo not to try to stop the new Specialist Chambers – which will try former Kosovo guerrillas – from coming into operation.

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11 Jan 18

US Democrats Accuse Russia of 'Targeting' Balkans

New Congressional report claims Russia is aggressively targeting countries in Central and Eastern Europe that want to join the EU and NATO – and urges the US to re-engage with the region.

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11 Jan 18

Slobodan Milosevic Revived in Kosovo Serbs’ Musical

A musical staged by a Serb theatre ensemble from Kosovo about the 1999 war and Serb-Albanian relations will feature late Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic as the “tragic protagonist”.

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10 Jan 18

Macedonia Hires Drones to Spot Worst Polluters

As Macedonian cities endure another smoggy winter, environmental inspectors say they intend to get help from flying drones, which will search urban areas for secretive polluters.

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10 Jan 18

Dodon Response to Suspension Puzzles Moldova’s Socialists

The Moldova's pro-Russian President's calm response to his suspension from office has put him at odds with the Socialist Party’s calls for street demonstrations.

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10 Jan 18

Paedophile Police Case Exposes Tensions in Romania's Govt

The arrest of policeman suspected of having sexually assaulted children has shaken Romania’s police and exposed rifts inside the country’s Social Democrat-led government. 

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10 Jan 18

Pressure Mounts on Bosnia to Change Electoral Law

With a general election looking in 2018, pressure is increasing once again on Bosnia's quarrelling parties to change election laws that have left the city of Mostar without a local election since 2008.

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10 Jan 18

Moldovan Politicians Accused of Buying Facebook 'Likes'

Moldovan politicians are a popular bunch, according to the number of Facebook 'likes' they have on their pages - but a media probe suggests all is not as it seems.

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10 Jan 18

Wolf Pack Caught on Camera in Romania

Rare footage of a wolf pack has been caught on camera by surveillance equipment of Romania’s forest administration in a national park in the Carpathians.

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10 Jan 18

Kosovo Serb Killed his Wife and Himself

Following the discovery on Monday of the bodies of two dead Kosovo Serbs, police have concluded that the male victim committed suicide after first killing his wife.

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10 Jan 18

Kosovo War Victims Slam MPs’ Bid to Stop Court

Survivors of the 1999 Kosovo war and rights campaigners criticised attempts by MPs in Pristina to stop the new Specialist Chambers, which will try former Kosovo Liberation Army fighters.

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10 Jan 18

Balkan States ‘Embracing Authoritarian Leadership’: Report

A new report from the British House of Lords highlights concerns that countries in the Western Balkans are turning to authoritarian leaderships and nationalistic politics.

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09 Jan 18

Bosnian Serbs March in ‘Statehood Day’ Parade

Around 1,800 people marched through Banja Luka to celebrate the Day of Republika Srpska, the controversial national holiday in Bosnia’s Serb-dominated entity, as its leader again pushed demands for increased autonomy.

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09 Jan 18

Croatian President Seeks Erdogan's Help Over Bosnia

On a visit to Ankara, Croatian President Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic will seek Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s support for Bosnian Croats’ plan to change Bosnia’s electoral law to give them more political power.

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09 Jan 18

Two Serbs Found Dead in Kosovo Village

A Kosovo Serb man and woman were found dead on Monday evening in the village of Babimost/Babin Most in the Obiliq/Obilic municipality, but the cause of their deaths is so far unknown.

Premium

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19 Jan 18

EU Green Leader Condemns Threat to Bulgarian National Park

The European Greens co-president Ska Keller tells BIRN of her grave concerns for the future of the UNESCO-protected Pirin National Park, after Bulgaria's government approved plans to expand the ski resort there.

18 Jan 18

Murder Puts Serbia-Kosovo Dialogue in Doubt

17 Jan 18

Ivanovic Death is Failure for All of Kosovo

17 Jan 18

How Rich Are the Balkans’ Top Politicians?

Culture and Lifestyle

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Vevcani Carnival Brings Humour to Macedonian Streets

One of the most famous village festivals held in the Balkans, the Vevcani carnival, took place this weekend in the western Macedonian village of Vevcani.

Business

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Russia Slaps New Ban on Bosnian Apples

Russia has again suspended imports of apples from Bosnia Herzegovina, suspecting a consignment of ‘Bosnian’ apples originated in Poland.