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Bojan Glavasevic: Why Croatia Must Reject Hate

Croatia’s assistant war veterans minister Bojan Glavasevic, who lost his father and grandfather in the Serb attack on his hometown Vukovar, tells BIRN he has promoted reconciliation despite nationalist resistance.


Fr. Sava: Time to Go Forward and Start Dialogue

Sava Janjic, the Abbot of Visoki Decani Monastery, says Serbian heritage needs to be settled within the Brussels dialogue before any further discussion on UNESCO status.


Lunacek: Corruption Still Major Issue in Kosovo

In an interview for BIRN, European Parliament rapporteur for Kosovo, Ulrike Lunacek says Kosovo is not doing enough when it comes to fight against high level corruption.


Shakespeare Reconnects Serbian and Kosovo Theatregoers

With a Kosovo Albanian playing Romeo and a Serb playing Juliet, Predrag Miki Manojlovic’s production of the Shakespeare classic is intended to bring Belgrade and Pristina closer together.


Macedonia ‘on Edge of a Cliff’, Howitt Warns

British MEP and former European Parliament Rapporteur on Macedonia says it might be too late for Macedonia to keep its positive recommendation for a start to EU membership talks.


The DUI is Now the Macedonian Govt’s ‘Vassal’

Gzim Ostreni says the junior ruling party in Macedonia has swapped democratic principles for corrupt practices, which is why he is striking out on his own.


Bosnia: Snapshots of a Traumatised Society

Ron Haviv, the American photographer who documented the brutal crimes of warlord Arkan’s paramilitaries, says Bosnia and Herzegovina has still not recovered from the trauma of the 1990s conflict.


UK-Romanian Writer Takes Fame in His Stride

EO Chirovici explains how his first attempt at writing a novel in English became a global publishing phenomenon and discusses what influenced him.


‘Obstructions Won’t Stop’ Macedonia Prosecutor

Special Prosecutor Katica Janeva - in charge of probing illegal surveillance claims - tells BIRN that she will let nothing get in the way of the pursuit of justice.


Serbia’s Nazi Collaborators Highlight Holocaust Ignorance

As Serbia considers whether to rehabilitate Nazi-backed leader Milan Nedic, British professor Jovan Byford recalls how the country’s WWII government was involved in helping send Jews to their deaths.


Distorted Remembrance Culture ‘Traps Bosnia in Past’

Bosnia’s wartime divisions are being passed to onto the next generation, because there is no systematic approach to remembering the 1992-95 conflict, a Bosnian professor warns.


Top-Level NATO Visit Raises Montenegro's Hopes

Top NATO officials and the head of the military alliance, Jens Stoltenberg, are to visit Podgorica ahead of a final decision on whether to offer Montenegro membership.


Brammertz Warns Bosnia Prosecution on Looming Deadline

Hague prosecutor says the Bosnian prosecution can expect a ‘very critical’ report if it misses a deadline on war-crime cases transferred to Bosnia from The Hague.


UK Comedy Star Backs Foster Care in Montenegro

Nicholas Lyndhurst, of ‘Only Fools and Horses’ fame, has been using his pulling power in Montenegro to promote foster parenting.


Don’t Rebury WW1 Col Apis in Serbia, Historian Urges

As Belgrade readies to bury remains of Col Dragutin Dimitrijevic Apis the historian Milivoj Beslin says it sends the wrong message to a country still troubled by political murders.