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30 Jan 15

Greece Could Disrupt the EU’s Balkan Policy

The arrival of a more pro-Russian government in Athens could add to the Brussels’ exiting headaches in the Balkans.

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30 Jan 15

Campaign Against Serbian Ombudsman Takes Dangerous Turn

The failure of the parliamentary committee to uphold the Ombudsman’s powers sets a worrying precedent and will undermine the system of democratic oversight and accountability, experts say.

wave-of-fury-pushes-kosovo-to-the-edge
30 Jan 15

Wave of Fury Pushes Kosovo to the Edge

Anger over a minister’s remark and the backpedalling over Trecpa have combined to cause a perfect storm for the embattled government of Isa Mustafa.

albania-s-cash-strapped-schools-pressure-pupils-to-donate
30 Jan 15

Albania’s Cash-Strapped Schools Pressure Pupils to Donate

State schools in the Albanian capital increasingly rely on regular ‘donations’ extracted from parents, which families fear to withhold.

serbia-quietly-grants-citizenship-to-abbas-rival
30 Jan 15

Serbia Quietly Grants Citizenship to Abbas Rival

Palestinian strongman Mohammed Dahlan, a broker for Gulf investment in the Balkans, his family and five of his supporters become Serbian citizens as power struggle with President Mahmoud Abbas escalates.

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29 Jan 15

Kosovo Protesters Aren’t ‘Savages’ But Citizens

Those condemning the violence of the protests in Kosovo have not even begun to ask themselves why they are happening.

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28 Jan 15

Pupil in Hijab Causes Storm in Montenegro

As a teen’s decision to don a hijab in class causes controversy in Montenegro - pitting arguments about religious freedom against worries about Islamic militancy - BIRN has spoken to her father.

branimir-glavas-a-torrid-saga-of-croatian-justice
28 Jan 15

Branimir Glavas: A Murky Saga of Croatian Justice

The convoluted case of Glavas, a Croatian military commander and once-powerful politician released after his war crimes sentence was quashed, has revived questions about atrocities committed in 1991.

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27 Jan 15

Boyhood Memories of Auschwitz, 70 Years On

As the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz is marked, one of its last inmates, Oleg Mandic from Croatia, recalls his imprisonment in the death camp at the age of 11.

kezarovski-case-shows-macedonia-has-lost-its-way
26 Jan 15

Kezarovski Case Shows Macedonia Has Lost Its Way

In its handling of both the Kezarovski case and the amendments to the constitution, the government of Nikola Gruevski has again shown its true authoritarian colours.

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25 Jan 15

Discrimination Keeps Roma Pupils Down in Albania

Roma are often accused of taking no interest in education – but when they do, Albanian schools are often far from welcoming.

zagreb-finally-sheds-its-wallflower-reputation
24 Jan 15

Zagreb Finally Sheds its Wallflower Reputation

The Croatian capital is at last becoming a major tourist destination in its own right. Why has it taken so long?

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23 Jan 15

Macedonia Court Parole Fails to End Kezarovski Row

A Macedonian court on Thursday paroled the jailed journalist Tomislav Kezarovski – but many questions about the case remain.

bosnian-declaration-will-test-europe-s-resolve
23 Jan 15

Bosnian Declaration Will Test Europe’s Resolve

Having run into a roadblock at its onset, the new European initiative for Bosnia requires new international commitment or the risks of further crisis in Bosnia will continue to grow.

mine-delays-cost-serbia-millions
23 Jan 15

Mine Delays Cost Serbia Millions

A variety of options to fund the de-watering of Tamnava mine were seemingly ignored - causing major loses that a later World Bank loan will only partly cover.

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