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Croatian Nationalists ‘Exploiting a Romanticised History’

Christopher Bobyn, one of the directors of a documentary that examined the far-right scene in Croatia, told BIRN that nationalists are manipulating history and using the country’s economic problems to win support.


Croatian Historian Condemns Minister’s WWII Rhetoric

Natasa Matausic, a historian who specialises in Croatia’s World War II history, said the country’s new culture minister Zlatko Hasanbegovic should apologise for past statements praising fascist fighters.


Azem Vllasi, ‘Vucic Understands the New Age’

The veteran politician, rights activists and lawyer says Kosovo is on the right track, union with Albania is impossible - and Aleksandar Vucic is a more honest leader of Serbia than Boris Tadic was.


Serbian Film Industry Needs Resources to Grow

Award-winning Serbian film director Nikola Ljuca argues that filmmakers in Serbia are hindered by financial hardship and a lack of systematic support.


Serbian Energy Chiefs ‘Guarding Monopolies’, Kopac

The harsh reactions of Serbian energy chiefs to the recent sanctions threat reflects their fear of losing their old monopolies, the head of the Energy Community told BIRN.


Albania's Ex-Landowners Struggle to Regain Lost Property

A landmark ruling from Strasbourg has given some of Albania's former landowners hope that they will finally get compensation for assets nationalized in communist times.


Radovan Karadzic: ‘I Expect to be Acquitted’

In a defiant interview before his trial verdict, wartime Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic insists that ‘no reasonable court’ would convict him of genocide and war crimes, despite the evidence against him.


Violent Ideology is Luring Young Sandzak Men to Battle

Bekir Makic, an Islamic scholar from Serbia, says a false ideology is seducing lost youngsters from the Sandzak region.


Karadzic in Hiding: Manhunt for Europe’s Most Wanted

Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic evaded capture for over a decade because international forces and the Serbian authorities were unwilling and then unable to arrest him, says British author Julian Borger.


Albin Kurti: ‘I Wouldn’t Play Chess With Vucic’

Vetevendosije leader talks of Serbia’s new/old plans for Kosovo, why justice beats tolerance as a virtue - and why Albanians should be allowed to unite into one state one day.


Serbia’s Rights Guardian Fends off Attacks

Recently awarded Ombudsman Sasa Jankovic says while Serbia’s governors remain reluctant to accept external checks on their actions, people are becoming more assertive about their rights.


‘No Shortcuts’ to Curing Bosnia’s Economic Ills, IMF

Amid negotiations on a new financial package for Bosnia, the head of the IMF mission to the country, Francisco Parodi, says steadfast commitment to reforms will be crucial to results.


Rexhepi: Gruevski, ‘a Dictator Without Precedent’ in Macedonia

Macedonia’s outspoken Islamic chief, Sulejman Rexhepi, says Balkan Muslims who go to fight in Syria are a danger - and slates longstanding PM Nikola Gruevski as a dictator.


Albania Seeks More Big Name Investors

Medium-sized Italian and Turkish companies are showing most interest in investing in Albania - with tourism and energy seen as the most attractive sectors.


Croatian Serb Statelet’s Wartime Verdicts Challenged

Lawyer Milan Jovanovic has been striving to free Croatian Serbs jailed by the short-lived wartime Republic of Serbian Krajina who are still behind bars long after it ceased to exist.