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men-from-has-bake-their-way-across-europe
28 Aug 14

Men from Has Bake their Way Across Europe

People from the Has region on the Kosovo Albania border have taken their bread-making skills all over the Balkans, Hungary and beyond.

balkans-democratic-decline-leaves-europe-unperturbed
28 Aug 14

Balkans’ Democratic Decline Leaves Europe Unperturbed

Growing authoritarianism in some Western Balkan countries is not likely to feature high on the agenda of this week’s Berlin summit.

no-clear-path-around-kosovo-political-logjam
27 Aug 14

Court Rulings Leave Kosovo in Political Deadlock

The Constitutional Court ruling on the speaker'e election has failed to resolve the political deadlock that has left Kosovo without a government for nearly three months.

no-end-at-sight-for-skopje-s-classical-makeover
27 Aug 14

No End at Sight for Skopje’s Classical Makeover

Skopje 2014 is going to have to change its name, because the constantly growing government-funded revamp of Macedonia’s capital is nowhere near completion.

vukovar-battle-anniversary-highlights-croatia-divisions
25 Aug 14

Vukovar Battle Anniversary Highlights Croatia Divisions

As Croatian war veterans commemorate victims of the longest battle of the 1991-95 conflict, ethnic tensions in war-traumatised Vukovar remain troubled after a campaign to limit Serb minority rights.

ponta-defies-recession-to-woo-romanian-voters
22 Aug 14

Ponta Defies Recession to Woo Romanian Voters

With an eye on winning November’s presidential elections, Prime Minister Victor Ponta is in a give-away mood – although Romania has slid back into recession in the meantime.

love-letter-to-peaceful-protest-comes-to-bosnia
20 Aug 14

Love Letter to Peaceful Protest Comes to Bosnia

After the Sarajevo premiere of the film ‘Everyday rebellion’, the Iranian-born director, Arash Riahi, discussed the ‘power on non-violence’ - and its relevance to Bosnia.

fire-turns-centuries-of-bosnian-history-black
18 Aug 14

Fire Turns Centuries of Bosnian History Black

Lack of funds to restore Bosnia’s state archives, which were badly damaged by a fire in February’s protests, means priceless documents could be lost forever.

srebrenica-survivor-seeks-dutch-peacekeepers-prosecution
18 Aug 14

Srebrenica Survivor Seeks Dutch Peacekeepers’ Prosecution

After the Netherlands was found guilty of failing to prevent his father and brother’s killings in 1995, a Srebrenica survivor wants Dutch commanders who were supposed to protect them to be prosecuted.

novi-sad-café-draws-putin-fans-in-serbia
15 Aug 14

Novi Sad Café Draws Putin Fans in Serbia

The boss of the café named after the Russian President Vladimir Putin says the furor over its name has brought in customers – and is furthering his goal of Serbian-Russian friendship.
 

suspicion-lingers-over-albania-bank-theft
14 Aug 14

Suspicion Lingers Over Albania Bank Theft

Former bank employees have told BIRN that they question the official claim that the recently discovered Central Bank theft was the work of one rogue employee.  

serbia-s-flood-relief-program-worries-experts
13 Aug 14

Serbia’s Flood Relief Program Worries Experts

As millions of euros pour into Serbia to help flood relief, experts say the public must keep an eye on the potential misuse of such large sums.

internationals-in-balkans-let-down-their-local-staff
13 Aug 14

‘Internationals’ in Balkans Let Down Their Local Staff

LSE blogger says Western do-gooders in Balkans often did little good for their own local employees.

an-end-to-suspicions-about-kosovo-s-just-war
13 Aug 14

An End to Suspicions About Kosovo’s ‘Just War’?

Human rights campaigners hope that a new special court to prosecute suspected post-war crimes against humanity by Kosovo Liberation Army fighters will finally deal with allegations about abductions and organ trafficking.

montenegro-pins-tourism-hopes-on-august-surge
12 Aug 14

Montenegro Pins Tourism Hopes on August Surge

Tourist chiefs and hoteliers hope an extra-busy August and September will save a poor tourism year – but some say the emphasis on packing in the numbers is wrong.

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