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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.

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20 Sep 17

Refugee Experts Downplay Romania’s Migrant ‘Crisis’

Despite reports of a new migration route opening up on the Black Sea, Romanian authorities and international organizations say scare stories have no basis in reality.

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18 Sep 17

Wine Lovers’ Paradise in Vibrant Zupa Region

Wine fountains, grape-stomping and open air concerts bring Serbia’s main wine-producing region to life every September. 

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16 Sep 17

World’s Top Cliff Divers Take On Old Bosnian Tradition

Red Bull has been organizing cliff-diving competitions since 2009, but when it included Mostar on its list of venues two years ago, it came to a place with its own, centuries-old, tradition of diving.

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15 Sep 17

Croatia Mourns Slavko Goldstein – a Moral Giant

A survivor of the fascist terrors of the 1940s, Slavko Goldstein had a rich publishing career – but perhaps made a greater contribution to society through his stalwart defence of liberal, humane values.

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12 Sep 17

Belgrade's Nikola Tesla Museum Faces Uncertain Future

The Nikola Tesla Museum’s building must be handed over to the heirs of its pre-war owners, but it’s unclear when plans to rehouse it in a derelict power plant will be realised.

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11 Sep 17

Mystery Fires Rob Bulgaria’s Capital of its Heritage

Landmark buildings in Sofia seem doomed to disappear one by one from the city as a result of neglect – and curiously frequent fires.