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bosnian-serbs-rush-to-finalise-disputed-referendum-09-23-2016
23 Sep 16

Bosnian Serbs Rush to Finalise Disputed Referendum

Officials in Bosnia’s Serb-dominated entity Republika Srpska are finalising preparations to hold their controversial referendum but the apparent haste has been causing confusion, while a boycott by Bosniaks seems certain.

the-bosnians-have-made-a-mess-of-this-referendum-09-23-2016-1
23 Sep 16

The Bosnians Have Made a Mess of This Referendum

The Bosniaks have made a strategic error in magnifying the trivial issue of the Serbs’ national day out of all proportion.

bosnian-serb-referendum-risks-reopening-pandora-s-box-09-23-2016
23 Sep 16

Bosnian Serb Referendum Risks Reopening Pandora’s Box

Sunday’s controversial Bosnian Serb referendum, which directly contravenes decisions made by state and international authorities, will undermine the enforcement mechanisms of the 1995 Dayton peace accord.

ricardo-gutierrez-state-of-macedonia-media-worst-in-balkans--09-23-2016
23 Sep 16

Ricardo Gutierrez: State of Macedonia Media ‘Worst in Balkans’

The General Secretary of the European Federation of Journalists, EFJ, says the outlook for press freedom in Macedonia is depressing, condemning the incarceration of the journalist Zoran Bozinovski.

opposition-grows-to-turkey-s-relentless-crackdown-09-22-2016
23 Sep 16

Opposition Grows to Turkey’s Relentless Crackdown

While purges continue and even intensify, activists and opposition leaders are increasingly protesting, claiming the process violates basic justice and the constitution.

war-talks-grips-balkans-ahead-of-bosnia-vote-09-22-2016
23 Sep 16

War Talk Grips Balkans Ahead of Bosnia Vote

The controversial referendum in Bosnia's Serb-dominated entity has unleashed passions and language of a kind not seen since the 1990s - with the media in some countries fanning the flames.

suspicion-shadows-albanian-terror-trial-in-macedonia-09-21-2016
22 Sep 16

Suspicion Shadows ‘Albanian Terror’ Trial in Macedonia

The trial of 37 alleged members and accomplices of an ethnic Albanian terror group that battled Macedonian police in Kumanovo last year has been marred by allegations about false witnesses and police brutality.

putin-hosts-dodik-ahead-of-bosnia-serb-vote-09-21-2016
22 Sep 16

Putin Hosts Dodik Ahead of Bosnia Serb Vote

Russian President Vladimir Putin is meeting the Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik in Moscow in what appears a clear sign of Kremlin support for the controversial referendum.

tara-mountain-a-true-touch-of-nature-09-12-2016
21 Sep 16

Tara Mountain, a True Touch of Nature

September is the perfect time to escape the city’s heat and noise with a relaxing trip to one of Serbia’s most beautiful mountains.

spectre-of-violence-hangs-over-bosnia-referendum-09-20-2016
21 Sep 16

Spectre of Violence Hangs Over Bosnia Referendum

Referenda have been deployed as a political weapon in the former Yugoslavia since it started to disintegrate – but their consequences rarely correspond to what their architects intend.

spike-in-special-merit-citizenships-raises-eyebrows-in-albania-09-19-2016
21 Sep 16

Spike in ‘Special Merit’ Citizenships Raises Eyebrows in Albania

The recent awarding of citizenship to six Kosovo politicians has triggered a debate over the Albanian President’s discretionary right to hand out these important privileges.

the-last-coal-plant-in-the-western-balkans--09-20-2016
20 Sep 16

The Last Coal Plant in the Western Balkans?

The Stanari lignite power plant in Bosnia officially starts operations today. If we are to have any hope of tackling climate change, it had better be the last one in the region,

bosnian-mayoral-hopefuls-tainted-by-crime-claims-09-19-2016
20 Sep 16

Bosnian Mayoral Hopefuls Tainted by Crime Claims

Nearly 50 candidates for the positions of mayor or municipality chief in next month’s Bosnian elections have been convicted of, charged with or investigated for organised crime, corruption or war crimes.

bulgaria-s-it-boom-offers-syrian-refugee-new-life-09-16-2016
20 Sep 16

Bulgaria’s IT Boom Offers Syrian Refugee New Life

When one 33-year-old Syrian reached Bulgaria, his only goal was to get to Western Europe – but Bulgaria’s ambitious software and outsourcing companies made him change his mind.

klaus-iohannis-the-president-who-promised-to-clean-up-politics-09-16-2016
19 Sep 16

Klaus Iohannis: The President Who Promised to Clean Up Politics

Romania’s first ethnic-minority president was elected on an anti-corruption platform but critics say Iohannis is yet to deliver on his campaign pledges.

 

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