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vucic-nikolic-pact-hides-serbian-leaders-bitter-rivalry-02-22-2017
23 Feb 17

Vucic-Nikolic ‘Pact’ Hides Serbian Leaders’ Bitter Rivalry

Serbia’s President and Prime Minister may have sealed a ‘non-aggression’ pact, but their relationship is not an alliance of friends but a deal reflecting pure mutual interest.

bosnia-s-two-entities-are-racing-to-the-bottom-02-23-2017
23 Feb 17

Bosnia’s Two Entities Are Racing to the Bottom

With high unemployment rates, little investment, a culture of excessive spending, high debts and blocked IMF program, Bosnia's two entities seem to be engaged in race to complete bankruptcy.

croatia-s-lgbt-community-spooked-by-nightclub-attack-02-21-2017
22 Feb 17

Croatia’s LGBT Community Spooked by Nightclub Attack

A recent attack on an LGBT club night in Zagreb rekindled fears of persecution and raised concerns that Croatia has not made as much progress on gay rights as some had hoped.

kosovo-s-mustafa-defies-tear-gas-and-resignation-calls-02-20-2017
21 Feb 17

Kosovo’s Mustafa Defies Tear Gas and Resignation Calls

Kosovo Prime Minister Isa Mustafa told BIRN that his government has already survived street protests and tear gas attacks, and will ignore the opposition’s continued calls for early elections.

is-feudal-ex-yugoslavia-incapable-of-reform--02-20-2017
21 Feb 17

Is Feudal Ex-Yugoslavia Incapable of Reform?

Western Balkan societies remain mired in squalor and resentment because we have not had the courage to demand anything better or confront our feudal, predatory elites.

croatia-profits-from-syria-s-gruesome-war-02-20-2017
21 Feb 17

Croatia Profits from Syria’s Gruesome War

Zagreb made record-breaking sales of aging ammunition and weapons to Saudi Arabia in 2016 - ignoring well-founded concerns that the stocks would be diverted to Syria.

uk-media-focus-on-montenegro-suggests-policy-shift-02-20-2017
20 Feb 17

UK Media Focus on Montenegro Suggests Policy Shift

The strong support offered to Milo Djukanovic’s coup allegations in an influential UK newspaper suggests an East-West tug-of-war over Montenegro is hotting up.

gifts-to-serbia-s-military-come-at-a-cost-02-15-2017
20 Feb 17

‘Gifts’ to Serbia’s Military Come at a Cost

Serbia is hurriedly beefing up its military stocks but Russian and Belarusian donations of fighter jets will likely cost hundreds of million euros, since they are out of date and may require pricey adaptation.

croatia-s-biggest-retailer-struggles-to-avoid-collapse-02-19-2017
20 Feb 17

Croatia’s Biggest Retailer Struggles to Avoid Collapse

The biggest retail company in the region, Croatia’s Agrokor, is facing an uncertain future due to its accumulated debt, and analysts say urgent measures are required to save it from demise.

serbian-ruling-party-faces-vucic-nikolic-showdown-02-16-2017
17 Feb 17

Serbian Ruling Party Faces Vucic-Nikolic Showdown

Media reports that the Serbian prime minister and president might run against each other in presidential elections could lead to public divisions within the ruling Progressive Party.

balkan-kafana-plants-slice-of-belgrade-in-berlin-02-15-2017
16 Feb 17

Balkan Kafana Plants Slice of Belgrade in Berlin

Ex-Yugoslavs and Germans are flocking to Vlado Kostic’s ‘Kafana Berlin’, which brings the sights, scents, tastes and sounds of a regular Belgrade ‘kafana’ to the heart of the German capital.

daughter-of-the-late-albania-anti-communist-leader-enters-politics-02-13-2017
16 Feb 17

Albanian Anti-Communist Leader’s Daughter Enters Politics

Rudina Hajdari has returned to Albania from the US in a bid to help revive the party her father co-founded and restore its former glory, tainted by allegations of past corruption and bad governance.

shutdown-rumours-repopularise-sofia-s-oldest-cinema-02-14-2017
15 Feb 17

Shutdown Rumours Repopularise Sofia’s Oldest Cinema

False rumours that the oldest cinema in the Bulgarian capital was about to be shut down have brought it hundreds of new visitors, sparking hopes of a revival of its glory days.

bosnian-prosecution-seeks-more-funds-for-exhumations-02-14-2017
14 Feb 17

Bosnian Prosecution Seeks More Funds for Exhumations

The prosecution has asked the Bosnian state presidency for more money to exhume war graves after only receiving 95,000 euros from the Council of Ministers for 2017.

doctors-refusal-to-perform-abortions-divides-croatia-02-13-2017
14 Feb 17

Doctors’ Refusal to Perform Abortions Divides Croatia

Controversy has been growing in Croatia as increasing numbers of doctors have been declining to carry out abortions, citing a law that allows them to refuse on moral or religious grounds.

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