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Sarajevo Siege Film Explores Legacy of Trauma

The crew behind ‘Sarajevo Roses’, which has just premiered in the Bosnian capital, say they hope their documentary about how people have dealt with their wartime traumas will help others.


Drop in Albanian ISIS Fighters Reflects 'Low Demand'

A senior researcher on terrorism says the fall in the number of Albanians fighting in Syria has more to do with the situation in the Middle East than with any measures taken by Albanian and Kosovo governments.


Violence Against Migrants on Rise in Balkans

Violent attacks on refugees and migrants have increased in the Balkans since the spring, the medical organisation MSF in Serbia reports.


Aleksandar Hemon: ‘Bosnia is Stuck in Catch 22’

The American-Bosnian writer tells BIRN about his concerns over the political logjam in Bosnia – and about his fears concerning the upcoming presidential elections in the US.


Srebrenica Genocide Kingpin Becomes Literary Villain

Croatian journalist Ivica Djikic has published a novel about the life of Bosnian Serb war criminal Ljubisa Beara, who he describes as “the co-creator and the main operational organiser” of the Srebrenica massacres.


Fair Election Guaranteed in Montenegro, Deputy PM Says

Deputy Prime Minister Dusko Markovic says the government has done all it can to ensure a free and fair general election in October.


Srebrenica’s Bone-Hunter Continues His One-Man Search

Walking the forest paths each day in the Bratunac area, where thousands of Srebrenica victims were killed in July 1995, Ramiz Nukic has found the bones of more than 200 people.


Serbian EU Chief Says Chapters May Open in June

Ahead of the last session of the working group under the Dutch EU presidency, Serbia's head of negotiations expressed mild optimism over Serbia's chances of opening Chapters 23 and 24.


Former Sandzak Mufti Mulls Joining Serbian Government

Muamer Zukorlic, the controversial former mufti, businessmen and new member of Serbia’s parliament, is considering entering a new government if it offers Bosniaks some concessions. 


IMF Seeks Fresh Privatisations in Bosnia

New privatisations, better banking regulations and reductions in public expenditure are some of the IMF's key requirements of Bosnia, IMF representative Francisco Parodi said.


Photographer Captures City’s Architecture in New Light

Mirko Nahmijas makes art out of New Belgrade’s Soviet brutaliststyle buildings.


'It’s the Little Things That Count'

As president of the New Belgrade municipality, Serbia’s legendary athlete-turned politician Aleksandar Sapic has shifted his focus to neighbourhood affairs.


How a Dress Display Broke Wartime Rape Taboos

Thinking of You, a film about an unusual project highlighting sexual violence during the Kosovo conflict, was intended to help break taboos that prevent women from speaking out about wartime rape, its producer says.


Forget Federalising Macedonia, Says Albanian Party Chief

Ethnic Albanian party leader Ali Ahmeti told BIRN that calls to federalise Macedonia are impractical, and dismissed claims that his DUI is a poodle of the ruling VMRO DPMNE.


Democratic Party Takes Aim at Serbia’s ‘Autocracy’

Democratic Party president Bojan Pajtic alleges that PM Aleksandar Vucic is an autocrat posing as a European democrat and says opposition parties should unite against his rule at the next round of elections.