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03 May 16

Missing Victims of Communism Still Haunt Albania

The chance discovery of the remains of a victim of the brutal communist regime has reopened old wounds about Albania’s failure to come to terms with its grisly past

02 May 16

Albania Shifts Hopes From Hunting to Tourism

Bird-watching and wildlife tours in Adriatic Sea lagoons have drawn international tourist attention after a government ban on hunting.

02 May 16

Bulgarians Eye Way to Revive Empty Villages

An online initiative run by two women volunteers is encouraging Bulgarians to breathe new life into abandoned rural communities. 

30 Apr 16

Making The Most Of Spring Break

Why stay at home? These Tourist Office of Belgrade recommendations are nearby and affordable.

29 Apr 16

Celebrating Easter, Serbian Style

The happiest Christian holiday is just around the corner with lots of colourful eggs, fasting, feasting, family time – and plenty of timetested Serbian traditions.

27 Apr 16

‘Genocide Denial’ Row to Dominate Srebrenica Election

The issue of whether or not the Srebrenica massacres constituted genocide is set to dominate the upcoming mayoral vote in the area after Serb parties put forward a joint candidate who has rejected the term.

25 Apr 16

Albanian Villages Ponder Local Spike in ISIS Recruits

Three villages in southeast Albania are coming to terms with the fact that 24 locals have left to join Islamic militant groups in Syria over the past three years.

25 Apr 16

Bulgaria Makes Stars of Vigilante Migrant Hunters

Videos of their actions have caused outrage abroad, but at home the groups of self-appointed migrant ‘hunters’ who patrol Bulgaria’s border with Turkey enjoy broad support.

22 Apr 16

Serb Fighters’ Mercenary Path from Ukraine to Syria

Serb paramilitary veterans of the Bosnian war are reported to have been part of mercenary units aiding Russian troops in Syria, after also being paid to do battle for pro-Moscow rebels in Ukraine.

22 Apr 16

Citizens Movement Takes on Big Parties in Serbia

A group of frustrated enthusiasts from the town of Kraljevo - disappointed in the existing political system in Serbia - are running in the local elections and totally bypassing the mainstream parties.

21 Apr 16

Standing Up to Armed Evictions in Wartime Croatia

Evictions of people living in Yugoslav Army apartments during the 1990s war were condoned by the authorities and backed by military police, but some activists were courageous enough to try to stop them.

20 Apr 16

Untold Stories of Croatia’s Wartime Forced Evictions

In the first of a two-part series, people who were violently evicted from Yugoslav Army apartments during the 1990s war in Croatia recall their desperate struggles to win their homes back.

19 Apr 16

Serbia’s Small Trumpet Princess Wins Hearts

Being a lady and playing a trumpet is uncommon, says Danijela Veselinovic, the first and only female leader of a Serbian brass band.

19 Apr 16

Balkan Border Closures Fuel Surge in People Smuggling

After the recent clampdown on migrants using the so-called 'Balkan route,' smugglers are finding new ways to bring refugees into Serbia and across into Hungary.

17 Apr 16

Remote Serbia’s Hidden Treasures

Some of Serbia’s most beautiful and interesting sites are not to be found in the guidebooks - and lie far off well-worn tourist paths.