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19 Oct 17

Local Elections Reveal Different Strife in North Kosovo

As local elections in Kosovo draw nearer, the tensions in the Serb-dominated north are very different from the ones that haunted this region in the past.

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16 Oct 17

In Pictures: Inside Athens’ Hidden ‘Mosques’

Thousands of Muslims living in the Greek capital use makeshift rooms to pray, awaiting the opening of the city’s first proper mosque, which is due to take place by the year’s end.

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13 Oct 17

Ancient Croat Community Keep Traditions Alive in Romania

The Croat President’s recent visit to Carasova in Romania put the spotlight back on a tiny, ancient community whose exact origins are lost in the mists of time.

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11 Oct 17

Why Croatia’s President Tudjman Imitated General Franco

Franjo Tudjman said he developed a model of post-war reconciliation based on a monument built by Spanish fascist leader Franco - but at the memorial near Madrid, experts say the Croatian got it wrong.

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09 Oct 17

Bosnian LGBTs Remain in Closet to Stay Safe

In this still traditional patriarchal society, gay people say discretion is more important than valour for purely safety-related reasons.

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09 Oct 17

Controversial Drone Stars in Albanian Football Doc

The notorious drone that flew over a sports stadium in Belgrade bearing a map of greater Albania in 2014 takes centre stage in a new documentary on the Albanian football team that will be premiered in Warsaw.

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05 Oct 17

Exploring the ‘Accursed’ Alps of Montenegro

Violently sharp peaks, azure lakes and the odd bear make Montenegro’s wild Prokletije mountains one of the Balkans hikers’ best-kept secrets. 

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05 Oct 17

Serbia Protesters Recall Day When Milosevic Fell

Seventeen years on from October 5, 2000, when energy-packed protests overthrew the Yugoslav strongman Slobodan Milosevic, those at the heart of those stirring events recall them fondly.

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03 Oct 17

Bosnia Activists Install Signs at Unmarked War Sites

Four activists from Bosnia and Herzegovina have been conducting an unofficial campaign to place temporary memorial signs at sites where people suffered during wartime but where no permanent monument exists.

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03 Oct 17

Iraq’s Migrating Kurds Take Romanian Path to Europe

As other routes to the West close up, more and more Kurdish migrants are crossing the Black Sea from Turkey and then crossing Romania towards Western Europe.

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02 Oct 17

Graffiti Artist Changes Face of Albania’s Capital

Graffiti wall art was barely known in Albania before Franko Dine came along – but this groundbreaking artist is now blazing a trail for others. 

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29 Sep 17

Sarajevo's Metalworkers Revive their Craft

Practising traditional crafts used to be despised in Bosnia – but in times of high unemployment and stress, the contented craftsmen in Sarajevo’s Old Town feel they are the lucky ones.

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27 Sep 17

Serbia’s Child Migrants Find Road to School Long

Several hundreds migrant children are due to enroll in schools across Serbia this month, but their reception varies and old issues of discrimination still exist.

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27 Sep 17

War Crimes Documentation Centre Opens in Kosovo

The Humanitarian Law Centre has opened a war crimes documentation centre in Pristina with information from five Kosovo-related trials at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.

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25 Sep 17

Bosnia’s ‘Bone Hospital’ Still Haunts its Inmates

The destruction of a memorial to Bosniaks imprisoned at the Kostana Hospital detention camp in Stolac during wartime brought back disturbing memories of the torture they endured there.