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29 Jan 15

Winter Thrills in the Balkans’ Best Mountain Resorts

Snowy fun on offer in the region’s three best resorts: Kopaonik, Jahorina and Bansko.

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28 Jan 15

Branimir Glavas: A Murky Saga of Croatian Justice

The convoluted case of Glavas, a Croatian military commander and once-powerful politician released after his war crimes sentence was quashed, has revived questions about atrocities committed in 1991.

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19 Jan 15

Hague Tribunal Faces a Dramatic 2015

Verdicts in the high-profile war crimes trial of Radovan Karadzic and Goran Hadzic are due this year, while the controversy over the release of Vojislav Seselj looks set to continue.

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14 Jan 15

Albanian School Doors Stay Closed to Disabled Children

Albanian law may guarantee children with disabilities the right to an education but in practice parents face an uphill battle getting access.  

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14 Jan 15

Serbia Blocks Payment to Bosnian Torture Victims

Two detainees tortured at the Sljivovica wartime detention camp in Serbia have not received compensation awarded to them because Belgrade’s public attorney’s office has demanded the case be reviewed.

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13 Jan 15

Belgrade’s Last Refugee Camp Endures Another Winter

The New Year has not brought changes for the Serbs who fled the conflicts in Croatia, Bosnia and Kosovo and still live in a rundown refugee centre on the capital’s outskirts.

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06 Jan 15

Sparks Fly at Serbian Christmas

There is much more to a Serbian Christmas than a big fir tree - starting with feasts, fasts, lucky coins, a burning log and some mysterious chicken-like noises.

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02 Jan 15

Kosovo: EU Justice Efforts Shadowed by Controversy

Kosovo agreed to support a new European-backed special court to try top war crimes suspects despite dissent from ex-guerrillas, while the EU rule-of-law mission was hit by corruption claims.

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01 Jan 15

How Grandpa Frost was Nearly Frozen Out

Grandfather Frost – Serbia’s very own Santa - is such a fixture of life that few people realise he was almost banished in the late 1940s.

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01 Jan 15

Bosnia and Herzegovina: A Year of Tensions

Mass protests against economic hardship were hijacked by politicians to stir up nationalist rhetoric, while elections brought a new Karadzic to the Bosnian political scene.

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31 Dec 14

Croatia: Haunted by Old Demons

Prosecutions of former Yugoslav spy masters, wrangles with Serbia over the 1990s war and protests by ex-soldiers meant it was hard for Croatia to forget the past in 2014.

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29 Dec 14

Romania’s Resilient Generation: The Kids ‘Left Behind’ Who Get Ahead

Growing up alone while their parents worked abroad has been tough for many children but helped some of them to thrive.

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29 Dec 14

Macedonia: 2014 Marred by Ethnic Unrest

The murder of a teenager and a terrorism case verdict sparked violent ethnic protests this year in a country with a recent history of conflict between ethnic Macedonians and Albanians.

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26 Dec 14

A Small Step to Reclaim Kosovo’s Streets

Take Back the Night campaign takes on the harassment women endure every day.

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26 Dec 14

Capital Ideas for the Last of 2014

With New Year’s Eve only week away, several of the region’s finest cities are planning to tempt visitors with the promise of a wild night’s fun.