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vmro-dpmne-is-jeopardising-macedonia-s-eu-prospects-08-18-2017
18 Aug 17

VMRO DPMNE is Jeopardising Macedonia’s EU Prospects

Having lost power, Macedonia’s former ruling party is clearly bent on obstructing the work of the new parliament and hampering progress towards EU integration.

actions-not-words-will-thaw-kosovo-serbia-relations-08-17-2017
17 Aug 17

Actions, Not Words, Will Thaw Kosovo-Serbia Relations

Recent statements from Belgrade offer fresh hope for lasting reconciliation between Serbia and Kosovo – but warm words need to be backed up by concrete actions.

video-albanian-thailand-attracts-hundreds-of-tourists-08-17-2017
17 Aug 17

VIDEO: Albanian "Thailand" Attracts Hundreds of Tourists

Unexplored nature, azure waterways and the many opportunities for adventure have recently turned the Shala river valley into one of the tourist hotspots in the Albanian Alps.

croatia-s-far-right-will-profit-from-agrokor-s-fall-08-16-2017
17 Aug 17

Croatia’s Far Right Will Profit From Agrokor’s Fall

The economic giant’s collapse could have momentous political – as well as economic – consequences, not only for Croatia but for the whole region.


fixing-what-s-wrong-with-kosovo-politics-08-16-2017
17 Aug 17

Fixing What’s Wrong With Kosovo Politics

Kosovo’s current crisis is a result of local power struggles and bungled foreign interference – and until people realise that, the political system will remain damaged.

turkish-purges-leave-one-mighty-army-weakened-08-16-2017
17 Aug 17

Turkish Purges Leave Once Mighty Army Weakened

Once one of the world's strongest armed forces, the Turkish military has been seriously undermined by waves of arrests and dismissals, experts warn.

belgrade-s-landscape-changes-for-ladies-of-public-transport-02-27-2017
16 Aug 17

Belgrade’s Landscape Changes for Ladies of Public Transport

It’s increasingly likely you’ll see women in the driver’s seat of Belgrade’s streetcars – but they still face the odd challenge.

men-don-t-cry-revealing-balkan-veterans-emotions-08-15-2017
16 Aug 17

‘Men Don’t Cry’: Revealing Balkan Veterans’ Emotions

A new feature film made by a Bosnian war veteran dramatically explores the minds of men who fought in the 1990s and how it affected them psychologically and emotionally.

macedonia-s-deprived-army-keeps-nato-dream-alive-08-15-2017
16 Aug 17

Macedonia’s Battered Army Eyes Future With More Hope

Poorly paid and badly equipped, Macedonian soldiers celebrating the army's 25th anniversary hope for better days, as the country’s new government rekindles hopes of joining NATO.

bosnia-born-american-sues-us-over-travel-ban-08-14-2017
15 Aug 17

Bosnia-Born American Sues US over Travel Ban

A Bosnian-American is suing the US government after he was placed on the ‘no-fly list’, which prevents him from doing his job and from visiting his family in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

what-kosovo-can-t-expect-from-vucic-s-call-for-dialogue-08-14-2017
14 Aug 17

What Kosovo Can(’t) Expect from Vucic’s Call for Dialogue

Far from signalling a new era in Serbia-Kosovo relations, Vucic’s recent call to ‘get real’ on the issue could lead to attempts to redraw borders.

balkan-jihadis-return-disillusioned-with-isis-caliphate--08-10-2017
11 Aug 17

Balkan Jihadis Return, Disillusioned with ISIS ‘Caliphate’

Some jihadis from the Balkans who travelled to the Syrian conflict zone to support Islamic State told BIRN that they returned home because they became disenchanted with the brutality, poverty and oppression.

bye-bye-baby-boxes-06-08-2017
10 Aug 17

Balkan Parents Dream of Finnish Baby Boxes

Finland famously hands out ‘baby boxes’ packed with useful products for infants, but the ones given to new mothers in the Balkans tend to be be less generous, if they exist at all.

bosnia-sees-increase-in-desperate-illegal-migrants-08-10-2017
10 Aug 17

Bosnia Sees Increase in ‘Desperate’ Illegal Migrants

The number of people arriving illegally in Bosnia has grown this year as desperate migrants seek new ways to reach EU states after other countries on the ‘Balkan Route’ closed their borders.

macedonia-shines-in-welcoming-european-soccer-giants-08-09-2017
09 Aug 17

Macedonia Basks in Super Cup Success

Visiting fans and locals had nothing but praise for the organisers of the UEFA Super Cup final between Real Madrid and Manchester United, which brought a party atmosphere to the capital Skopje.

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