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27 May 15

The Troubled Trial of Kosovo’s ‘Drenica Group’

The high-profile trial of 15 former Kosovo Liberation Army fighters was marred by angry protests, a prison break and problems with witnesses who retracted incriminating testimony.

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27 May 15

Corruption Blamed for Albania’s Mountain of Bad Loans

Leaked information from the Central Bank suggests politics and string-pulling is partly responsible for the high level of nonperforming loans.

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22 May 15

President and Premier Pull Different Ways in Serbia

Disagreements between the head of state and the government lover key foreign policy issues are becoming ever more obvious.

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19 May 15

Wave of Women’s Murders Angers Serbian NGOs

Women's rights groups say official negligence and a culture of turning a blind eye is to blame for the rising number of killings in the home.

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18 May 15

Crunch Time Looms for Reforms in Serbia

With the toughest reforms yet to come, the risk of some key reforms being abandoned in the face of resistance is growing, experts say.

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15 May 15

Serbia Bangs Drum over Greater Albania

After the violence in Kumanovo, Serbia’s media, politicians and experts have rushed to warn of the dangers of a Greater Albania – a campaign that some say suits the Serbian government’s interests.

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14 May 15

Kosovo Massacres Trial: Understanding the Acquittal

Sixteen years after Serbian forces killed 44 Kosovo Albanians in the village of Cuska, 11 former fighters are awaiting retrial for the alleged war crime - but how did Belgrade’s appeals court justify acquitting them?

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07 May 15

Appeals Court Row Stalls Bosnia’s Judicial Reforms

A dispute between politicians over establishing a state-level appeals court has halted the country’s judicial reforms and caused the European Union to suspend vital funding for war crimes prosecutions.

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05 May 15

Investors Doubtful About Success of Serbia's Reforms

A survey of German companies in Serbia shows that foreign investors are unconvinced that the latest economic reforms will deliver results.

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04 May 15

Macedonia Opposition Braces for May Showdown

With the announcement of mass protests in the capital in May, the crisis in Macedonia appears to be approaching its climax.

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29 Apr 15

Vucic Lags Behind in Keeping His Promises

In its first year, Aleksandar Vucic’s cabinet has kept some of its promises about the economy – but many other pledges have been parked, BIRN Serbia research shows.

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24 Apr 15

Bosnian Spring Brings Flurry of Party Elections

Bosnia’s top five parties in April and May will all elect new leaders or re-elect old ones - and these events will have a major influence on Bosnia’s immediate future.

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17 Apr 15

Bosnian Serbs Challenge Constitutional Court Over Holiday

Bosnian Serb ruling and opposition blocs have joined forces to challenge the right of Bosnia’s constitutional court to rule on Republika Srpska’s annual holiday - a move that could spark a crisis.

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17 Apr 15

Pay and Pension Increase Unlikely Despite Deficit Cut

Serbia’s surprise deficit reduction has led to optimistic talk of raising pensions and public sector pay to pre-austerity levels, but experts warn the economy remains far too fragile for that.

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13 Apr 15

Romanians Start to Question Jailbirds’ Literary Skills

Many Romanians jailed for corruption write books in prison in order to get their sentences reduced - but their sudden enthusiasm for penmanship is drawing scrutiny.