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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.

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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.

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19 Aug 14

Cool Down a Stone’s Throw from Belgrade

As summer gets hotter, the aqua parks close to the capital are a fine way to escape the hurly-burly, and chill out.

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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.

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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.

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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.
 

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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.

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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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12 Aug 14

Croatia’s Language Dispute Leaves Minorities Nervous

Croatia’s constitutional court will soon decide if there will be a referendum on reducing ethnic minorities’ language rights – a move which could encourage nationalist extremism, experts warn.

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05 Aug 14

The Lost Victims of Croatia’s Victorious Campaign

Nineteen years after Croatian forces seized back swathes of territory from Serb control during ‘Operation Storm’, relatives of those killed are still demanding answers from Zagreb about their loved ones’ fates. 

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05 Aug 14

Transformers Send Green Message to Montenegro

'Tranformers defending Podgorica', an innovative exhibition in the Montenegrin capital, aims to remind people that they can transform anything - waste included - into something useful.

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30 Jul 14

Dying Macedonian Village Spies Hope in Foreign Brides

In the village of Brest, where the supply of marriageable women has all but dried up, the town hall is paying for local bachelors to take bride-hunting trips to other countries.

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14 Jul 14

Zemun, a City in a City

It may be only a stone’s throw from the centre of Belgrade, but this one time Austro-Hungarian town moves to a very different beat.

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11 Jul 14

Belgrade Savage Cuts Leave Poor on the Brink

Belgrade mayor says strict savings herald the dawn of a new era of financial responsibility - but those on the receiving end are far from happy.

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11 Jul 14

Srebrenica Anniversary: Genocide Convicts Serving 500 Years

As the 19th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacres is commemorated, 30 Bosnian Serbs have so far been jailed for a total of 568 years for genocide and other crimes in July 1995.