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21 Apr 15

Migrant Exodus to Germany Puzzles Albania

Albanian authorities are struggling to understand the underlying causes for the sudden hike in the number of Albanians seeking asylum in Germany.

bosnian-serbs-shun-film-about-wartime-kindness
21 Apr 15

Bosnian Serbs Shun Film About Wartime Kindness

A new film about Bosnians who saved their neighbours rather than persecuting them in the war has drawn interest across Bosnia and Herzegovina – but not in the mainly Serbian entity.

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20 Apr 15

No Takers for Tito’s Secret Cold War Ark

Tito’s emergency command bunker in Bosnia and Herzegovina now hosts art exhibitions and thousands of tourists each year, yet no one seems willing to take on full management of this unique piece of Cold War history.

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17 Apr 15

Bosnian Serbs Challenge Constitutional Court Over Holiday

Bosnian Serb ruling and opposition blocs have joined forces to challenge the right of Bosnia’s constitutional court to rule on Republika Srpska’s annual holiday - a move that could spark a crisis.

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17 Apr 15

Age no Barrier for Car Imports in Kosovo

While government claims raising age limit on imported cars will help the poor, experts say Kosovo will get worse pollution, more accidents, and lots of scrap metal.

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17 Apr 15

Pay and Pension Increase Unlikely Despite Deficit Cut

Serbia’s surprise deficit reduction has led to optimistic talk of raising pensions and public sector pay to pre-austerity levels, but experts warn the economy remains far too fragile for that.

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17 Apr 15

Gordana Jankulovska, Cover for the ‘Real’ Minister

The Interior Minister’s carefully nurtured image as a principled guardian of the law has taken a few knocks thanks to the opposition’s revelations.

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14 Apr 15

Drugs, Diamonds and Bullets: Balkan Arms Firm Linked to Criminal Investigations

The Montenegrin government sold its multimillion euro defence firm to an Israeli-Serbian consortium linked to businessmen embroiled in criminal investigations into alleged drug smuggling, money laundering and arms trafficking, BIRN can reveal.

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13 Apr 15

Romanians Start to Question Jailbirds’ Literary Skills

Many Romanians jailed for corruption write books in prison in order to get their sentences reduced - but their sudden enthusiasm for penmanship is drawing scrutiny.

montenegro-faces-hard-choices-over-sports-violence
13 Apr 15

Montenegro Faces Hard Choices Over Sports Violence

Humiliated by the antics of football fans at the March qualifier, calls are growing for Montenegro to deal harshly with violence that is undermining both the sport and the national image.  

macedonia-crisis-reaches-point-of-no-return
10 Apr 15

Macedonia Crisis Reaches Point of No Return

Options are running out for Nikola Gruevski, as the crisis sparked by opposition revelations leaves him with two choices: crack down hard or throw in the towel.

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10 Apr 15

Serb Wears Kosovo Uniform with Pride

Marko Ristic is willing to fight in future army – despite the deep misgivings that idea arouses among many Kosovo Serbs.

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09 Apr 15

Albania’s Judges Protect Each Other From the Law

The High Council of Justice turns a blind eye to judges’ misdeeds, perpetuating a culture of impunity in the corrupt justice system.

josipovic-s-election-chances-seen-as-slim-in-croatia
09 Apr 15

Josipovic’s Election Chances Seen as Slim in Croatia

Experts doubt the former Croatian president will be able to re-launch his political career though the means of a new party.

eradicating-corruption-must-be-macedonia-s-priority
08 Apr 15

Eradicating Corruption Must Be Macedonia’s Priority

The lack of accountability and transparency is at the heart of Macedonia’s repeated political crises.

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