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leader-of-eu-greens-slams-bulgaria-over-ski-resort-expansion-01-18-2018
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.

vucic-visits-kosovo-to-benefit-politically-experts-say-01-18-2018
19 Jan 18

Vucic Visiting Kosovo to Profit Politically, Experts Say

Saturday's planned visit to Kosovo by Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic – following the assassination of Kosovo Serb leader Oliver Ivanovic – is being seen as a point-scoring exercise.

eu-funds-bring-hope-for-bosnia-s-neglected-farmers-01-17-2018
18 Jan 18

EU Funds Bring Hope for Bosnia's Neglected Farmers

A last-minute political breakthrough means that Bosnian farmers may finally be able to access badly needed EU funds for agriculture.

don-t-expect-much-from-bulgaria-eu-s-presidency-01-16-2018
18 Jan 18

Don’t Expect Much From Bulgaria EU’s Presidency

It seem unlikely that a country known mainly for poverty, corruption and a shaky respect for the rule of law can provide Europe, or the Western Balkans, with much guidance during its six-month presidency. 

croatia-s-online-anti-hate-law-worries-experts-01-17-2018
18 Jan 18

Croatia’s Online Anti-Hate Law Worries Experts

With Croatia announcing new laws on regulating hate speech, incitement to violence and fake news online, some experts fear it may lead to censorship and limit freedom of expression.

future-of-serbia-pristina-dialogue-on-hold-01-17-2018
18 Jan 18

Murder Puts Serbia-Kosovo Dialogue in Doubt

Following the brutal slaying of Kosovo Serb politician Oliver Ivanovic, analysts from both Serbia and Kosovo fear for the future of the EU-led dialogue, which was already in trouble.

ivanovic-death-is-failure-for-all-of-kosovo-01-17-2018
17 Jan 18

Ivanovic Death is Failure for All of Kosovo

Serbia, the Kosovo Albanians and the international factors in Kosovo, such as the EU, all bear responsibility for creating the conditions that led to this shocking assassination.

murder-measles-and-new-tanks-01-17-2018
17 Jan 18

Murder, Measles and New Tanks

Not quite a promising start to 2018 in the Western Balkans: The year's dawn saw three deaths from a curable disease followed by the assassination of a prominent politician in Northern Kosovo.

how-rich-are-the-balkans-top-politicians--01-16-2018
17 Jan 18

How Rich Are the Balkans’ Top Politicians?

Senior politicians in the region may earn far more than the average citizen – but the biggest earners are rarely those occupying the highest state posts. 

macedonia-greece-must-seize-historic-opportunity-dimitrov-01-16-2018
17 Jan 18

Macedonia, Greece, ‘Must Seize Historic Opportunity’ – Dimitrov

In an interview with BIRN, Macedonia’s foreign minister, Nikola Dimitrov, says the two countries have a duty to use the current momentum to finally resolve their ancient disputes.

autonomy-demands-strain-hungary-romania-relations-01-15-2018
16 Jan 18

Autonomy Demands Strain Hungary-Romania Relations

Hungary and Romania are at odds – again – over the issue of Transylvanian Hungarian demands for autonomy, which Bucharest must address one day, experts say. 

elections-in-serbia-s-capital-scheduled-for-march-4-01-15-2018
15 Jan 18

Race Starts to Become Serbian Capital's Next Mayor

Opposition parties have split into several factions for the Belgrade city elections set for March 4 – weakening their chances of seizing the capital from the dominant Progressive Party.

serbian-judiciary-fears-reforms-will-curb-independence-01-15-2018-1
15 Jan 18

Serbian Judiciary Fears ‘Reforms’ Will Curb Independence

As Serbia awaits changes to its constitution, experts fear that planned reforms to the judiciary may have opposite results to those intended. 

parents-of-albanian-isis-martyrs-abandoned-to-grief-01-12-2018
15 Jan 18

Parents of Albanian ISIS ‘Martyrs’ Abandoned to Grief

Their sons went to fight for ISIS in Syria or Iraq, and some even had children in the conflict zone - then they were killed, leaving their impoverished relatives in Kosovo, Albania and Macedonia to suffer.

macedonia-2018-all-eyes-focus-on-name-agreement-01-11-2018
12 Jan 18

Macedonia 2018: All Eyes Focus on ‘Name’ Agreement

After a year of turbulence, there are hopes of breakthrough this year in Macedonia’s stalled NATO and EU accession bids, provided a compromise is finally reached on the long-standing ‘name’ dispute.

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