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Croatia’s Oscar Contender, A Tale of Love and War

A phone call from a war criminal changes two people’s lives in a film about the continuing impact of the 1990s conflict on relationships by Croatian director Zrinko Ogresta.


Markovic: Montenegro Opposition Faces ‘Imminent Defeat’

The vice-president of the ruling party, Dusko Markovic, tells BIRN that the DPS will romp home again in ‘absolutely fair and free’ elections on Sunday.


Garrett: Postponing Elections Would 'Damage' Macedonia

The key to a lasting solution to the crisis in Macedonia lies partly in determining the truth about the wiretap allegations – but going ahead with the early elections is also an important step, British Ambassador Charles Garrett says.


Serbian Peace Women Mark 25 Years of Defiance

Belgrade-based peace group Women in Black is marking 25 years of staging peaceful demonstrations against militarism and standing up against threats of violence from Serbian nationalists.


EU’s Crisis Will Slow Balkan Accession, Expert Says

Mark Leonard, director of the European Council on Foreign Relations, says the EU is likely to slow accession talks with the Balkan countries in the context of ‘huge resistance’ to enlargement.


Slobodan Georgiev: People Can Be Killed in Different Ways

The BIRN journalist who has received various death threats since being labelled an enemy spy and a foreign mercenary is in no mood to back down.


Brexit Will Not Hurt Balkans’ EU Prospects, Ambassador

Montenegro's chief negotiator with Brussels, Aleksandar Andrija Pejovic, tells BIRN that Britain’s exit from the EU will not slow the region’s own path towards membership.


Croatia’s WWII Revisionism ‘Terrifying’, Says Historian

British historian Rory Yeomans, who has researched the Croatian fascist Ustasa movement, says he is worried by attempts by politicians and academics to play down the crimes it committed in World War II.


Media Purge Will Damage Turkey For Good, CPJ Warns

Nina Ognianova, from the Committee to Protect Journalists, told BIRN in an interview that the ongoing purge of the media in Turkey would have negative long-term repercussions for Turkish society.


Zdravko Saveski - Not Your Usual Macedonian Politician

A joint list of non-party candidates endorsed by all anti-regime forces in Macedonia is the best way to defeat Nikola Gruevski, a prominent voice in the new leftist Levica party says.


Nazi-Hunter Warns Croatia Over ‘Fascist Nostalgia’

The chief Nazi-hunter at the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, Efraim Zuroff, told BIRN that the next Croatian government must confront politicians who try to rehabilitate the country’s World War II fascist regime.


Unlikely Serbian Designer Heads to New York

After aimlessly bouncing between careers for years, Marina Micanovic finally found her calling as a fashion designer and will showcase her wardrobe at the upcoming New York Fashion Week.


Belgrade Pride: Hopes for a Third Peaceful Parade

The Belgrade Pride Parade will be held for a third consecutive time after years of bans and violence – but the organisers caution that attacks on LGBT people are still commonplace.


Montenegro Minister Frustrated by Kotor’s Gang Violence

In an interview with BIRN, Goran Danilovic, Montenegrin Interior Minister, says the deadly gang violence in Kotor has grown worse because the criminals have enjoyed support in state structures.


Bosnia ‘Failing to Punish’ Election Law Violations

Bosnian parties have widely disrespected election law in the campaign but the authorities have turned a blind eye, Dario Jovanovic, from ‘Pod Lupom’ - which is monitoring the process - told BIRN.