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26 Aug 16

Belgrade’s Ancient Crafts Guardians

A traditional shoe-making shop is finding a way to survive and thrive in the modern world. Now, a fourth generation of the family is preparing to take the reins.

25 Aug 16

Bosnian War Crimes Suspects Shun Plea Bargains

Fewer than 30 plea bargains have been made in war crimes cases, even though prosecutors say they often yield information about mass graves or about other perpetrators of atrocities.

25 Aug 16

Kosovo War Ex-Prisoners Fear Arrest in Serbia

Kosovo Albanians detained during wartime by the Serbian authorities still fear that they could be re-arrested, as the case of a man held last week at the Croatia-Serbia border highlighted.

24 Aug 16

Secrets of Macedonia’s Colourful South

There is much more to Macedonia than Lake Ohrid. From the bustling casinos of Gevgelija to the calming blue waters of Lake Dojran, the area bordering Greece is a land of surprises.

24 Aug 16

Bosnian Serbs Divided over Controversial Referendum

Next month’s referendum in Bosnia’s Republika Srpska entity is seen by some Serbs as a move to defend their rights, but others claim it’s a waste of money staged only for political advantage.

22 Aug 16

French and Albanian Youth Bond Over Berat’s Old Stones

French and Albanian high schools students are building friendships and learning an ancient skill at a stonemasons’ camp in the heritage city of Berat.

18 Aug 16

Albania’s Alps Offer Tourists Isolated Splendour

Small villages in Albania’s isolated mountains are attracting tourists to family-run accommodation with the promise of spectacular views and a fascinating history – but modernisation could bring change.

15 Aug 16

Kosovo Bridge Restoration Brings Optimism in Divided Mitrovica

Serbs and Albanians in the ethnically divided city of Mitrovica in northern Kosovo welcomed the start of renovations on its bridge as a sign that normal relations between the city’s residents could be restored.

15 Aug 16

Albanian Roma Find New Market for Ancient Craft

Woven baskets, a traditional product of Roma artisans in Elbasan, are becoming a must-have accessory thanks to the dedicated work of a group of activists.

15 Aug 16

Insiders’ Guide: Hidden Gems of the Balkans

Visiting the Balkans this summer? Get off the beaten track and visit some of the region’s lesser-known beauty spots.

13 Aug 16

Smederevo, Serbia’s Window into the Middle Ages

This ancient riverside city, founded by the despots, has a lot more to it than a troubled steelworks – starting with a romantic fortress that is shrouded with myths and legends.

12 Aug 16

Political Satirists Eye Belgrade Local Elections

A spoof political group that came second in Mladenovac’s local election by pledging to ‘lie transparently’ say they might field candidates at the next Belgrade City Assembly vote.

12 Aug 16

Sarajevo’s Firefighters Recall a City in Flames

During the siege of Sarajevo, the city’s firefighters battled thousands of blazes while trying to dodge sniper bullets and shells, risking their own lives to save others.

12 Aug 16

Kosovo's Fearful Gays Stay Firmly in the Closet

Their rights may look good on paper - but in reality the LGBT community in Kosovo remains heavily discriminated against, in a society that still sees same-sex attraction as a disease.

11 Aug 16

Montenegro Border Villagers Fear ‘Trade-off’ With Kosovo

Montenegrin villagers living near the disputed border with Kosovo fear their government may sacrifice their interests when striking a final deal on the frontier with Pristina.