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turkish-crisis-fuels-investment-surge-in-balkans-08-21-2017
22 Aug 17

Turkish Crisis Fuels Investment Surge in Balkans

The political crisis in Turkey is motivating many Turkish companies to shift their business operations to the nearby Balkan states.

lucifer-wreaks-havoc-with-balkan-agriculture-08-20-2017
21 Aug 17

‘Lucifer’ Wreaks Havoc With Balkan Agriculture

One of the worst-ever heat waves to hit the Balkans this summer, ‘Lucifer’ has brought drought and forest fires, decimating crops across the region, experts say.

turkish-purges-leave-one-mighty-army-weakened-08-16-2017
17 Aug 17

Turkish Purges Leave Once Mighty Army Weakened

Once one of the world's strongest armed forces, the Turkish military has been seriously undermined by waves of arrests and dismissals, experts warn.

bosnia-born-american-sues-us-over-travel-ban-08-14-2017
15 Aug 17

Bosnia-Born American Sues US over Travel Ban

A Bosnian-American is suing the US government after he was placed on the ‘no-fly list’, which prevents him from doing his job and from visiting his family in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

bosnia-sees-increase-in-desperate-illegal-migrants-08-10-2017
10 Aug 17

Bosnia Sees Increase in ‘Desperate’ Illegal Migrants

The number of people arriving illegally in Bosnia has grown this year as desperate migrants seek new ways to reach EU states after other countries on the ‘Balkan Route’ closed their borders.

croatia-s-operation-storm-crimes-unpunished-22-years-on-08-03-2017
04 Aug 17

Croatia’s Operation Storm: Crimes Unpunished 22 Years On

An NGO’s criminal complaint accusing unknown perpetrators of committing war crimes during the Croatian military’s Operation Storm, whose 22nd anniversary is marked this weekend, highlights the lack of prosecutions so far.

clock-starts-ticking-for-kosovo-s-next-government-08-03-2017
03 Aug 17

Clock Starts Ticking for Kosovo’s Next Government

The countdown to the deadline for Kosovo to form a new government will begin the moment the new parliament starts work, but political parties are still struggling to secure a ruling majority.

serbia-s-govt-to-cash-in-from-sound-of-music-07-31-2017
02 Aug 17

Serbia’s Govt to Cash in on Sound of Music

New measures obliging clubs and bars to sign contracts with their performers – and pay taxes on them – have divided the musical community.

busting-myths-about-russia-s-balkan-designs-07-26-2017
27 Jul 17

Busting Myths About Russia’s Balkan Designs

A new book takes a searching look at what Russia is up to – and what it is not – in Southeast Europe.

new-movement-pledges-to-tackle-bosnia-s-old-problems-07-26-2017
26 Jul 17

New Movement Pledges to Tackle Bosnia’s Old Problems

A new political movement is promising a fresher, younger approach to tackle the corruption and political self-interest that dominates the country’s politics – but many disillusioned voters remain sceptical.

serbia-in-two-minds-over-new-imf-deal-07-17-2017
20 Jul 17

Serbia in Two Minds Over New IMF Deal

With the economy in relatively good shape, a question mark hangs over whether Serbia needs a fresh arrangement with the Fund.

turkey-marks-coup-anniversary-with-changed-face-07-14-2017
14 Jul 17

Turkey Marks Coup Anniversary With Changed Face

One year on from the failed military coup, Turkey is a land both transformed – and divided.

macedonia-bulgaria-treaty-meets-suspicion-in-both-countries-07-14-2017
14 Jul 17

Macedonia-Bulgaria Treaty Meets Suspicion in Both Countries

As Macedonia and Bulgaria ready to sign a historic friendship treaty, opponents of the deal in both countries are accusing their governments of betraying vital national interests.

bumper-tourism-figures-pose-challenge-for-croatia-07-12-2017
14 Jul 17

Bumper Tourism Figures Pose Challenge for Croatia

Double-digit growth rates in Croatian tourism in the first six months of 2017 cannot be sustained forever - and will one day compel adoption of a different strategy.

church-and-politicians-maintain-strong-alliance-in-serbia-07-06-2017
11 Jul 17

Serbia's Church and Politicians Maintain Convenient 'Marriage'

Serbia’s Orthodox Church and the ruling political elites continue to maintain a close alliance that has brought benefits to both sides.