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25 Dec 17

"Brotherlove" Bridge Meets Bosnia's Troubled Political Waters

The newly opened bridge between Bosnia and Serbia fails to connect the two countries due to discords between Bosnia's different administrative levels.

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25 Dec 17

Balkans Heroes – People Who Saved 2017

As the Balkans readies for a new year, we bring you a list of ‘Balkan heroes’ – men and women who acted selflessly in tough times, or when no one else was brave enough to do so.

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25 Dec 17

Serbia: War Criminals Praised, War Trials Delayed

In 2017, Serbian officials heaped praise on a former military chief who was convicted of war crimes in Kosovo, while trials of alleged offenders in Belgrade were interrupted by a series of delays.

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22 Dec 17

Sarajevo Siege Mothers Remember Their Lost Children

In the year that Ratko Mladic was convicted of terrorising Sarajevo during the wartime siege, two mothers of young children who were killed by the shelling recall the horror they lived through, and explain how they survived.

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21 Dec 17

Hague Tribunal Closes Down, Leaving Disputed Legacy

The UN tribunal for the former Yugoslavia shuts on Thursday after convicting 90 war criminals, but its successes have been accompanied by courtroom controversies and a disputed legacy in Balkan countries.

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20 Dec 17

Bulgarians Hail Discovery of Oldest National History

The discovery in Italy of a lost 17th-century history of Bulgaria – believed to be the first-ever written history of Bulgaria – has thrilled historians and academics who are hoping to translate and publish it shortly.

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20 Dec 17

War Crimes Convicts: Hague Tribunal was a ‘Political Court’

Convicted war criminals from Bosnia and Herzegovina say that they still believe that the Hague Tribunal, which closes down on Thursday, was a politically biased court that could never deliver impartial justice.

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19 Dec 17

Bosnia’s Last Yugoslavs – the Generation War Hit Hardest

The last generation of Bosnians to come of age in the early 1990s, before the bloody collapse of Yugoslavia, recall a lost youth and the cost they paid.

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14 Dec 17

Youth Olympics Kindle Hopes of Unity for Sarajevo

The Bosnian capital Sarajevo became divided from the mostly Serb-populated East Sarajevo because of the war, but they are now preparing to hold the 2019 European Youth Olympics Festival together.

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14 Dec 17

Homecoming Kosovo Serbs Face an Uncertain Future

The secrecy surrounding a newly-built settlement in northern Kosovo highlights the problems facing Serbs who have returned to Kosovo after the war – and how they need security and jobs as well as houses.

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13 Dec 17

Online Radio Helps Serbia’s Independent Media Survive

Serbia's web radio service RadioAparat celebrated its first birthday recently, consolidating its importance as one of the country’s few independent media outlets. 

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12 Dec 17

A Belgrade Hanukkah - Celebrating the Jewish Festival of Light

Every year a small but passionate community comes together in Belgrade for the eight-day holiday to rekindle their spirituality and foster Jewish heritage.

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08 Dec 17

Serbia’s Embattled Trans People Hope for Brighter Future

Life for the Balkan country’s small trans community is difficult – but some activists are confident that the future is on their side.

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08 Dec 17

Skiing Serbia: The Highs and the Lows

Winter in Serbia can be magic. Ski snow-covered forests, trek peaceful mountains and eat great food; but make sure you get the right advice. 

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07 Dec 17

Serbian Artist Gives Turbo-Folk a Makeover

Turbo-folk is widely reviled and despised for its perceived links to crime as well as its kitsch sensibility - which has not stopped Belgrade painter Aleksandar Denic from giving it a whole new look.