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24 Jul 15

Bosniak Fans Feel ‘Scapegoated’ Over PM’s Attack

Football supporters in Sandzak say the authorities are rushing to blame them for the attack on the Prime Minister in Srebrenica - when they were not even there.

24 Jul 15

Austerity Chokes Serbia’s Chances of Recovery

Without more investment and a better business climate, austerity measures will not turn around Serbia’s economy, experts say.

21 Jul 15

Bosnia Leaders Hope to Mend Fences in Serbia

The visit this week of Bosnia’s tripartite presidency to Serbia - shortly after the attack on the Serbian leader in Srebrenica - will test already strained relations between the two countries.

17 Jul 15

Kosovo MPs to Vote ‘Soon’ on Special Court

As pressure mounts on Kosovo to establish a war crimes court, the government is pushing for a new vote in parliament on the issue.

17 Jul 15

Bosnia’s Corrupt Healthcare Comes Under Spotlight

From the old tradition of giving flowers to nurses to the payment of hefty bribes to doctors, corruption is rampant among the medical profession in Bosnia.

16 Jul 15

Macedonia Peace Deal Arouses Hope and Doubt

While political leaders appear to have reached a deal on resolving the deep political crisis in Macedonia, the big question is whether the will exists to implement it.

10 Jul 15

Western Balkans on Alert Over ISIS Threat

Countries in the region have raised security levels and introduced new precautions to counter the threat of terrorist attacks by Islamic State.

06 Jul 15

Croatia Marks EU Anniversary in Downbeat Mood

Two years after joining the EU, although the economy is starting to recover, the country feels divided and stuck in the doldrums.

06 Jul 15

Tide of Migrants Causes Headache for Macedonia

As more migrants arrive at Macedonia’s southern border from Greece, humanitarian agencies are struggling to avert possible humanitarian disaster.

03 Jul 15

Lax Precautions for Kosovo Terror Suspects

In spite of admitting terrorist activities, six Kosovars have been released from custody and placed under house arrest or ordered to check in with the police.

02 Jul 15

New IMF Loan Slips out of Bosnia's Reach

Failure to obtain new arrangement from the IMF brings Bosnia closer to bankruptcy and puts new EU initiative for the troubled country in jeopardy.

02 Jul 15

Serbia Failing to Stem Exodus of Young Talent

As more and more young people leave, the government must implement rather than just discuss strategies designed to retain local talent.

26 Jun 15

Serbia Forced to Put Media Sale on Hold

The privatisation of state-owned media in Serbia - now put on hold - divides journalists, as some welcome it while others fear it will inflict huge damage on the profession.

25 Jun 15

Balkan Economies Brace for Impact of Grexit

Balkan countries are weighing up the likely impact on trade, banks, currencies and investment if Greece is forced out of the eurozone.

25 Jun 15

EU Reforms Collide with Macedonia’s Grim Reality

Macedonia’s squabbling leaders will be hard pressed to carry out the long list of urgent reforms pressed by Brussels – assuming the good will to implement them existed, which is not the case.