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Serbia’s Electricity Market Slowly Opens Up

Serbia is liberalising its electricity market in line with EU norms, but as Dragan Vlaisavljevic told BIRN, the creation of a functioning free market in power is no easy task.

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Love Letter to Peaceful Protest Comes to Bosnia

After the Sarajevo premiere of the film ‘Everyday rebellion’, the Iranian-born director, Arash Riahi, discussed the ‘power on non-violence’ - and its relevance to Bosnia.

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Damir Fazlic: The Early Years

Controversial deal broker Damir Fazlic spoke publicly for the first time in seven years to Balkan Insight. In the first installment from the in-depth interview, Fazlic speaks of how the son of a Bosnian hotelier ended up studying at one of the world’s most prestigious private schools before being capitulated into negotiations  with Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic.

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Divisions Slow Rise of Balkan Energy ‘Community’

Countries in the region are beginning to coordinate common energy needs - but fragmented markets and uncompetitive practices are impeding progress, Simon Uzunov told BIRN in an interview.

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‘Internationals’ in Balkans Let Down Their Local Staff

LSE blogger says Western do-gooders in Balkans often did little good for their own local employees.

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Bosnia Prime Minister Bemoans Donors’ Mistrust

Vjekoslav Bevanda told Balkan Insight that he is disappointed that many donors will be bypassing Bosnia's own institutions when it comes to disbursing flood aid because they don’t trust them.

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How Albanian Discontent Fuelled Macedonia’s Ethnic Protests

Recent protests in Macedonia sparked by the terrorism convictions of six ethnic Albanians were caused by deep mistrust in the country’s judiciary, seasoned political observer Ismet Ramadani tells BIRN.

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Srebrenica Anniversary: The Rape Victims’ Testimonies

Some of the women who were raped by Bosnian Serb soldiers at the time of the Srebrenica massacres in July 1995 have found the courage to conquer their fears and speak out.

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Saving the Rich Sound of Sevdah

Celebrated Sevdah musician Damir Imamovic talks about past and future of a Balkan musical genre that is in danger of disappearing.

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Balkans Need EU Help With ‘Dramatic’ Migrant Influx

Trpe Stojanovski, director of the Migration, Asylum, Refugees Regional Initiative, tells Balkan Insight that Balkan countries cannot deal with rapidly rising migrant numbers from Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

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Bosnian Plenums Offer ‘New Model of Democracy’

Edinburgh professor Nigel Osborne tells Balkan Insight that the plenum movement is a refreshing inspiration to the rest of the region on how to transform society from the bottom-up.

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Hague Prosecutor Calls for Urgency in Bosnia War Cases

The Hague Tribunal’s chief prosecutor Serge Brammertz told BIRN that he was disappointed with slow progress in war crimes investigations transferred from the international court for trial in Bosnia.

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Austerity Threatens Serbia With Worse Recession

Slashing public sector wages will hit consumption and reduce growth, and the savings effect could be less than expected, the leading economist Vladimir Gligorov warns.

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Contemporary Dance Festival Hopes for Vintage Year

Two world premieres and lot of other spectacular treats await audiences at this year’s Belgrade Dance Festival, its director, Aja Jung, says.

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Kacin: Snap Polls Won't Slow Serbia EU Talks

European Parliament Rapporteur says early elections will not affect Serbian negotiations with the EU if a new government is formed soon following the vote.