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bulgarian-postman-humbled-by-film-s-global-success-04-23-2017
24 Apr 17

Bulgarian Postman Humbled by Film’s Global Success

Tonislav Hristov’s film, ‘The Good Postman,’ about one man’s plan to resettle Syrian refugees in his dying Bulgarian village, will open the One World Documentary Film Fest in Brussels on Monday.

pressure-mounts-on-macedonia-opposition-to-end-stalemate-04-23-2017
24 Apr 17

Pressure Mounts on Macedonia Opposition to End Stalemate

The new parliamentary majority faces growing calls to deal with the forces that are stopping it from forming a government.

serbian-holocaust-survivors-recall-escape-from-nazis-04-22-2017-1
22 Apr 17

Serbian Holocaust Survivors Recall Escape from Nazis

As Serbia marks Holocaust Remembrance Day, two Serbian Jews who survived the Nazi occupation of the country as children told BIRN how they managed to avoid death.

erdogan-s-dubious-win-fails-to-end-turkey-s-crisis-04-20-2017
21 Apr 17

Erdogan’s Dubious Win Fails to End Turkey’s Crisis

The recent referendum in Turkey, intended to endow President Erdogan with greater powers, has failed to resolve this controversial issue and has only created new tensions.

albania-pours-dollars-into-us-lobby-firms-04-20-2017
21 Apr 17

Albania Pours Dollars Into US Lobby Firms

Parties in Albania are spending relatively huge sums of money on agents in the US – for what would appear dubious benefits.

a-turkish-scenario-for-the-balkans--04-20-2017
20 Apr 17

A Turkish Scenario for the Balkans?

The result of the recent referendum in Turkey may have a ripple effect in the Balkans - but don’t expect dramatic changes. 

death-threats-to-free-media-advocates-04-19-2017
20 Apr 17

Sejdinovic: ‘We Cannot Allow Fear to Beat us’

The head of the Independent Journalists’ Association of Vojvodina says the death threats he has received lately are deeply worrying – but now is not the time to give in to the climate of intimidation.

serbia-s-students-set-to-carry-on-protesting-04-18-2017
20 Apr 17

Serbia Protesters Mull Ways to Coordinate Rallies

As daily anti-government protests resume, two students involved in these spontaneous events say the time has come to form a proper mechanism to coordinate the actions.

italians-see-albania-as-cheap-place-to-retire-04-19-2017
20 Apr 17

Italians See Albania As Cheap Place To Retire

Forget the Canaries. Some Italian pensioners have decided to spend their sunset years in the unlikely destination of Albania - drawn mainly by the low cost of living and the friendly locals.

bulgaria-stands-to-gain-from-eu-gazprom-deal-04-19-2017
19 Apr 17

Bulgaria Stands to Gain from EU-Gazprom Deal

Deal easing restrictions on gas sales between EU member states and offering better prices could be a big win for Bulgaria - though some fear the country will not make the most of the changes.

serbia-s-veteran-protesters-see-spirit-of-1990s-reborn-04-17-2017
19 Apr 17

Serbia’s Veteran Protesters See Spirit of 1990s Reborn

Some of the students who marched in the streets, chanting against Serbia’s late strongman, Slobodan Milosevic, see the same spirit in the current protests led, as in the Nineties, by the young.

vucic-s-brand-of-stability-will-be-short-lived-04-18-2017
19 Apr 17

Vucic’s Brand of “Stability” Will be Short-lived

The West will live to regret putting its faith in Aleksandar Vucic as the great ‘factor of stability’ in the Balkans. 

russian-media-turn-hostile-gaze-on-montenegro-04-13-2017
19 Apr 17

Russian Media Paint Dark Picture of Montenegro

As the former Russian ally moves closer to joining NATO, the Moscow media have suddenly decided the country is riddled with decay, crime and corruption.

agrokor-crisis-threatens-croatia-s-small-farmers-with-ruin-04-17-2017-1
18 Apr 17

Agrokor Crisis Threatens Croatia's Small Farmers With Ruin

While the crisis facing Croatia's giant retailer remains in the focus of attention, the disastrous potential effects of this crisis on Agrokor's suppliers have mostly been ignored.

serbian-opposition-split-over-fresh-election-04-17-2017
18 Apr 17

Serbian Opposition Split Over Fresh Election

Aleksansdar Vucic’s announcement of possible snap elections has divided his opponents, with some welcoming a fresh contest and others saying a vote held in unfair conditions would be pointless.

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