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12 Sep 14

Devout Muslims Change Face of Kosovo Neighbourhood

In the Vellusha area of Prishtina, men in beards and women in full veil are a common sight, as hard-line Muslims stake a claim to part of the Kosovo capital.

12 Sep 14

Court Rulings Deepen Kosovo’s Political Crisis

Two Constitutional Court decisions have worsened Kosovo’s post-elections stalemate, and there’s no end in sight.

12 Sep 14

Rafting Draws Tourists to Albania’s Wild River Canyons

One man’s passion for rafting has spawned a tourist industry in one the most beautiful but remote parts of Albania.

11 Sep 14

Tending Comrade Tito’s Garden

Milomir Pavlovic looks back on career as a gardener for President Tito, his subsequent friendship with his wife, Jovanka - and the trouble they all experienced with the couple’s pet dogs.

08 Sep 14

Serbia's New Economy Minister Faces Troubled Times

New minister Zeljko Sertic will bring private sector experience to the government, but entrepreneurs fear that his close links to the ruling party could limit his ability to push difficult reforms.

05 Sep 14

Old-Style Markets Thrive in Albania’s Mountain Villages

In remote villages near Elbasan, ‘shopping’ is not a drive to the local chain store but a stroll to the weekly market - where villagers trade livestock and ply their ancient crafts, as in times past.

05 Sep 14

Ukraine Conflict Escalation Threatens Serbia’s Neutrality

Serbia’s attempts to maintain friendly relations with Russia while moving towards EU membership could come to an end if the fighting in Ukraine intensifies.


04 Sep 14

Hard Times Turn Albania’s Tobacco Farmers to Thyme

Centuries after Albania’s northern highlands started cultivating tobacco, farmers are struggling to make ends meet and are turning to growing herbs instead.

03 Sep 14

Rich Albanians Breathe New Life into Forgotten Village

Tourists and second-home owners have discovered the picturesque village of Dardhe - providing its mainly elderly residents with welcome new job opportunities.

03 Sep 14

Serbia Teaching Unions Raise Strike Threat Over Pay Cuts

Serbian Education unions are threatening strikes if they are not exempted from planned public sector pay cuts - but few expect them to force the government’s hand.

02 Sep 14

Killer Fish Meets Its Match Among Albania’s Fishermen

Zander - predatory invasive fish that have been decimating local stocks in recent years - appear to have met their equal, at last.

02 Sep 14

Macedonians Still Split Over Ohrid Deal’s Success

Thirteen years after the Ohrid Accord ended the fighting between Macedonians and ethnic Albanians, they remain far apart on whether it has worked or not.

01 Sep 14

Wax Tablets Reveal Secrets of Ancient Illyria

A new study of five wax tablets from the Second Century, found in the Albanian city of Durres, offers fascinating insights into the role of women in ancient Illyrian culture.

01 Sep 14

Bosnia’s Dramas Draw Diaspora Home to Help

Protests and floods have spurred some of the two million Bosnians abroad to come back and engage with the big issues.

01 Sep 14

New Bulgaria Bank Crisis Threatens Confidence

Failure to resolve the fate of the country’s fourth-largest lender could undermine recently strengthened investor trust and turn Bulgaria into ‘Europe’s Argentina’, experts warn.

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