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17 Jan 17

Young Albanians Strike Gold in the Emirates

The Gulf states have turned into a dream destination for many young Albanians whose career paths were blocked back home.

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05 Jan 17

Bulgarians Listen to Classics Thanks to Copyright War

A bitter dispute over fees with the Bulgarian copyright society has forced the national radio to play only music produced before 1945 – and some listeners are quite happy about it.

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29 Dec 16

Montenegro: Suspicions Persist Over War Crimes Probes

Montenegro has been criticised yet again for not making serious efforts to deal with war crimes cases, although the prosecution said it had launched several new investigations in 2016.

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28 Dec 16

Ringing in 2017, Balkan-style

Beer, mulled wine, fireworks, Christmas markets, street parties, classical music, trance, great singers – it’s all on hand in cities up and down the Balkans as people get ready to welcome in another year.

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27 Dec 16

Crafty Ideas for Holidays Around the Region

These days, Christmas markets with wooden stalls selling the usual fare of hot drinks, gifts, cards, clothes and souvenirs can be found across the region.

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27 Dec 16

Serbia: The Radicals’ Revival and the Missing Prosecutor

The ultra-nationalist Serbian Radical Party got back into parliament after its leader Vojislav Seselj was acquitted by the Hague Tribunal, while Serbia went through a full year without a war crimes prosecutor.

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26 Dec 16

Disputes Became Gift for Satirists in Bulgaria in 2016

Outgoing Prime Minister Boyko Borissov did not betray his image as ‘man of the people’ in 2016, ensuring that many of his catchphrases would remain in Bulgaria’s political jargon long after his reign. 

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23 Dec 16

Albanian Pensioner Awaits Huge Xmas Gift From Govt

Orhan Jegeni is awaiting payment of 3.3 million euros that the Strasbourg court ordered his government to pay him in compensation for long-ago lost property.

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23 Dec 16

Bosnia: Trials and Votes Deepen Divisions

Contrasting reactions to the conviction of Radovan Karadzic and to a Bosnian Serb referendum challenging the state’s authority contributed to a mood of political tension in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2016.

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22 Dec 16

Bosnian Serb Billboards Defy ‘Statehood Day’ Ban

Billboard posters with double meanings are being used by the authorities in Bosnia’s Serb-dominated entity Republika Srpska to hit back at a ban on their ‘statehood day’ holiday - which they intend to celebrate anyway.

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20 Dec 16

Ante Markovic: PM Who Tried to Rescue Yugoslavia

Twenty-five years after his resignation, the last Yugoslav Prime Minister, Ante Markovic, is still seen as someone who tried to keep the country from collapsing, although his mission ended in failure.

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20 Dec 16

Hidden Treasures of Belgrade’s Museum Scene

There is a lot more to Belgrade’s art and history offerings than just the usual tourist attractions.

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20 Dec 16

The Untold Story: Skanderbeg’s Wife’s Life and Death in Exile

After being forced to flee from wars twice in her life, Donika Castriot, the wife of Albanian national hero Skanderbeg, lived the last years of her life in Valencia, where she is still buried today.

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19 Dec 16

Flu Epidemic Reveals Sickness in Kosovo’s Health System

The latest flu epidemic in Kosovo exposed all the well-known problems in the country’s healthcare, from drug shortages to delays and corruption.

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16 Dec 16

Bosnia’s War-Displaced Families Still Waiting for Electricity

Despite a promise to bring power to nearly 2,000 post-war returnees’ homes within six months, the Guta family still has no electricity and their son does his homework by candlelight.