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30 Nov 16

Kosovo Town Feels Pre-Election Tensions

Tensions are growing ahead of local elections in Drenica, the birthplace of Kosovo’s revolution, as the ruling Democratic Party fights to keep power in its stronghold.

29 Nov 16

War Tourism Flourishes in Bosnian Capital

As official figures show tourist numbers rising in Bosnia and Herzegovina, conflict-themed attractions in Sarajevo like the War Hostel and Tunnel of Hope show that the 1992-95 siege continues to fascinate visitors.

28 Nov 16

Job-Seeking Romanians End as “Slaves’ in West

Large numbers of Romanians seeking work in the rich western half of the EU find themselves as the mercy of unscrupulous traffickers.

22 Nov 16

Belgrade’s Bookbinders, Symbol of a Bygone Era

While there were once more than 60 journeymen bookbinders working in Belgrade, only a handful remain to cautiously guard the craft.

22 Nov 16

Bosnian Schools Feel Heat From War on ‘Gulenists’

The Turkish government’s crusade against the exiled cleric Fetullah Gulen has left staff and students at a chain of schools in Bosnia feeling vulnerable.

18 Nov 16

Croatians Mourn Vukovar Defeat, 25 Years On

Thousands came to Vukovar to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the town and show their pride in the Croatian fighters who defended it through a bloody three-month siege.

11 Nov 16

Turkish Deportees’ Families Want Justice From Bulgaria

While the Sofia authorities insist that seven men deported to Turkey in October never sought asylum in Bulgaria, their families claim the opposite and vow to seek justice in Strasbourg. 

10 Nov 16

Survival Gets Tougher for Migrants Stuck in Serbia

Male migrants are piling up in Belgrade, unable to get into the camps or leave the country – while a ban on NGOs giving them food has made their plight even grimmer.

09 Nov 16

Trump Triumph Celebrated and Mourned in Balkans

While many Serbs, Macedonians and Montenegrins hailed the victory of Donald Trump, many Albanians and Bosniaks are lamenting the defeat of Hillary Clinton.

09 Nov 16

Concerns Grow over Bosnian Shia-Sunni Divide

Concerns have grown in Bosnia that the bitter divide between Sunni and Shia Muslims in the Middle East could have an impact closer to home.

09 Nov 16

War Crimes Arrests Cast Shadow over Bosnia’s Orasje

The recent arrests of ten former Bosnian Croat fighters from Orasje sparked protests, but they also revived bitter memories for a couple who are still seeking justice for the rape and torture they suffered during wartime.

07 Nov 16

Macedonians Fear Their Votes Are Far From Secret

Surveys show that many Macedonians suspect the ruling parties have ways of find out how they vote - a perception that is contributing to an atmosphere of fear ahead of December's elections.

04 Nov 16

Kosovo's Reconciliation Councils Struggle to End Blood Feuds

The remnants of Kosovo's medieval code of justice still burden Kosovo's local communities, pitting families against families in an endless circle of death.

04 Nov 16

Unmarked Grave Hides Belgrade’s Post-WWII Execution Victims

In a wealthy district of Belgrade, people shot by the Yugoslav Communists after World War II lie buried in an unmarked grave - but now their relatives are calling for a permanent memorial.

02 Nov 16

Albanian LGBTs From Region Find Shelter In Tirana

The Streha refuge in Tirana is struggling to meet rising demand for its services from gay Albanians in the country - and the region.