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serbia-turns-blind-eye-to-rare-bird-slaughter-07-25-2016
29 Jul 16

Serbia Turns Blind Eye to Rare Bird Slaughter

Once a common sight, turtle doves and quails are increasingly rare in Europe - thanks partly to illegal poaching which is also rampant in Serbia.

failed-coup-leaves-both-turkey-and-balkan-shaken-07-28-2016
28 Jul 16

Failed Coup Leaves Both Turkey and Balkan Shaken

The impact of the failed coup and the huge subsequent crackdown in Turkey is having an impact that extends well beyond the country’s frontiers.

zdravko-mamic-croatia-s-controversial-football-supremo-07-27-2016
28 Jul 16

Zdravko Mamic, Croatia’s Controversial Football Supremo

The influential football official may have quit his posts in Dinamo Zagreb and the Croatian Football Federation – but is likely to remain in the national spotlight for some time to come.

experts-concerned-about-foreign-name-hype-in-albania-07-27-2016
28 Jul 16

Craze For Foreign Names Alarms Albanian Patriots

Statistics showing that none of 20 most popular names in Albania for newborn children are Albanian have some experts worried about a steady erosion of the national identity.

court-deals-macedonian-lustration-knockout-blow-07-27-2016
28 Jul 16

Court Deals Macedonian Lustration Knockout Blow

The highly controversial process of naming and penalizing former secret police collaborators in Macedonia is ending in farce, as the courts annul its decisions one by one.

bosnia-struggles-to-sell-its-failing-companies-07-27-2016
28 Jul 16

Bosnia Struggles to Sell Its Failing Companies

Facing strong international and budgetary pressure, Bosnia's entities resume privatising public companies, but finding buyers for the mostly decrepit and overvalued firms is increasingly difficult.

peace-and-justice-remain-elusive-in-macedonia-07-27-2016
27 Jul 16

Peace and Justice Remain Elusive in Macedonia

The continuing practice of limiting negotiations to the main parties, to the exclusion of other actors in society, will only further entrench a discredited political leadership.

making-a-killing-the-1-2-billion-euros-arms-pipeline-to-middle-east-07-26-2016
27 Jul 16

Making a Killing: The 1.2 Billion Euro Arms Pipeline to Middle East

An unprecedented flow of weapons from Central and Eastern Europe is flooding the battlefields of the Middle East.

arms-exports-to-middle-east-a-question-of-legality-07-26-2016
27 Jul 16

Arms Exports to Middle East: A Question of Legality

Human rights and arms experts believe some of Central and Eastern Europe’s weapons trade with Saudi Arabia, the region’s principal supplier of weapons to Syria, is likely breaking international law. 

edi-rama-the-artist-who-became-pm-07-26-2016
27 Jul 16

Edi Rama: The Artist Who Became PM

The current prime minister has held the most senior political roles in Albania, yet he insists he is anything but a career politician.

changing-belgrade-street-names-a-sign-of-the-times-07-26-2016
26 Jul 16

Changing Belgrade Street Names: A Sign of the Times

Most eastern European cities have renamed their streets since the fall of communism, but in Belgrade the process has been especially radical.

experts-doubt-dual-education-will-work-in-serbia-07-22-2016
26 Jul 16

Experts Doubt Dual Education Will Work in Serbia

A number of experts say hopes that German-style vocational training will bring down youth unemployment are misplaced.

the-balkans-and-the-outskirts-of-europe-07-25-2016
26 Jul 16

The Balkans and the Outskirts of Europe

The Balkans today are caught between Brexit and bloody showdown in Turkey. These are the new European geo-strategic coordinates that we need to be aware of.

it-is-time-to-let-go-of-cardinal-stepinac-07-25-2016
25 Jul 16

It is Time to Let go of Cardinal Stepinac

The endless-seeming arguments over Cardinal Stepinac’s life and actions are a depressing reminder that World War II remains unfinished business in parts of the former Yugoslavia.

justice-reforms-mark-radical-break-with-albania-s-past-07-24-2016
25 Jul 16

Justice Reforms Mark Radical Break With Albania’s Past

The reforms passed by parliament last Friday will radically change the way justice is administered in Albania, and hopefully curb corruption and political influence.

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