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22 Oct 14

No Breakthrough in Sight after Bosnia’s Elections

Weak, complex coalition governments formed after long delays are unlikely to put this fractured and decaying country back on the path to recovery.

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22 Oct 14

Exploring the Mind of Radovan Karadzic

A new biography says the former Bosnian Serb leader was no madman but a calculating killer who knew exactly what he was doing.

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22 Oct 14

New Recession Tests Serbia’s Resolve on Austerity

As Serbia heads again into negative growth, the challenge is to find ways to stimulate growth and production while cutting public spending.

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22 Oct 14

Kosovars' Destructive Obsession with Serbia

For the sake of our own future, we Kosovo Albanians need to liberate ourselves from a destructive obsession with Serbia.

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20 Oct 14

Albania Power Utility Accused of Fixing Tenders

BIRN can reveal that the competition authority is probing claims that Albania’s power utility, OSHEE, colluded with two electricity traders - EFT A.G and GSA - to rig the outcome of import tenders.

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18 Oct 14

Own Goals All Round in Abandoned Match Blame Game

The reaction to the Serbia-Albania football fiasco revealed a more serious problem than hooliganism -- lack of real political leadership.

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17 Oct 14

Serbian Media Takes Freedom Fight off the Pavement

Media union says battling for press freedom ‘on the streets’ is fruitless, and the fight needs to be taken elsewhere.

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17 Oct 14

Channelling Kosovo Remittances into Investment

Kosovo must find ways to tempt its large diaspora community into investing its cash in industry back home.

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17 Oct 14

Bosnia’s Search for Bones and Truth

A year after Bosnia’s largest mass grave was found in Tomasica, the incredible story of its discovery highlights victims’ families desperate attempts to gain justice from the authorities.

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17 Oct 14

Green Power Boom Threatens Romania’s Wild Mountains

The boom in small hydroelectric power plants in the Romanian mountains is coming at a price for the environment.

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16 Oct 14

Football Violence Casts Shadow Over Rama’s Serbian Trip

The chaotic scenes at the Serbia-Albania football match, which had to be called off, mark an inauspicious prologue to the Albanian Prime Minister’s visit to Belgrade.

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15 Oct 14

Bringing South East Europe’s Energy Markets Together

Serbia and Albania should play the lead role in assisting the transformation and integration of the region’s energy markets.

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14 Oct 14

Mystery Over Albanian Hamlet’s Mass of Churches

The fact that Cercke in southern Albania has only a handful of residents but no less than 13 churches is a source of wonder to locals. 

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11 Oct 14

Albania’s Pelicans Hover on Edge of Extinction

Only a few dozen rare Dalmatian pelicans remain in the Karavasta lagoon, down from hundreds in the 1980s, as hunting and wildcat development take their toll.

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11 Oct 14

Bosnia’s Politicians Shun the Young at Their Peril

The big parties in Sunday’s election have clearly calculated that the young do not form a crucial voting bloc – but this strategy could explode in their faces if they are not careful.

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