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death-threats-to-free-media-advocates-04-19-2017

Sejdinovic: ‘We Cannot Allow Fear to Beat us’

The head of the Independent Journalists’ Association of Vojvodina says the death threats he has received lately are deeply worrying – but now is not the time to give in to the climate of intimidation.

war-justice-strategy-for-kosovo-undermined-by-divisions-04-10-2017

War Justice Strategy for Kosovo Undermined by Divisions

A Kosovo government-backed working group set up to draft a national strategy for dealing with the wartime past has been troubled by divisions, disputes and failures to deliver, a new report says.

my-sarajevo-a-city-of-tolerance-and-resistance-04-06-2017

My Sarajevo, A City of Tolerance and Resistance

Meliha Zimic witnessed the liberation of Sarajevo from Nazi occupation 72 years ago, and as its anniversary is commemorated, she recalls how the city’s defiant spirit helped it through WWII and the 1990s siege.

londoners-campaign-to-save-serb-from-uk-deportation-04-05-2017

Campaigners Save Serb From Deportation from UK

As anti-immigrant sentiment mounts in the UK in the wake of the Brexit vote, a campaign in London has saved a Serb migrant from the threat of immediate deportation.

imf-will-not-give-up-on-macedonia-mission-chief-03-29-2017

IMF Will Not Give Up On Macedonia, Mission Chief

IMF Mission Chief Jesmin Rahman said that reforms need to be among the new Macedonian government’s top priorities.

govedarica-bosnia-s-sds-won-t-resort-to-populist-manipulation--03-29-2017

Govedarica: Bosnia’s SDS Won’t Resort to ‘Populist Manipulation’

As the main opposition party in Bosnia's Serb-dominated entity completes its reforms ahead of the 2018 elections, its leader tells BIRN that crude Serbian nationalism is not the answer.

serbian-media-s-plight-apocalyptic-lekic-warns-03-29-2017

Serbian Media’s Plight ‘Apocalyptic’, Lekic Warns

As attacks increase on journalists in Serbia, the new head of the Independent Journalists’ Association, Slavisa Lekic, says it is time to take off the gloves and defend democracy.

epp-cannot-police-its-balkan-members-daul-says-03-28-2017

EPP Cannot ‘Police’ its Balkan Members, Daul Says

As Balkan members of the same centre-right bloc in the European Parliament feud openly with other, EPP leader Joseph Daul says the bloc cannot ‘point fingers’ but does its best to find compromises.

nato-s-shea-regrets-nationalist-revival-in-balkans-03-24-2017

NATO’s Jamie Shea Regrets Nationalist Revival in Balkans

Jamie Shea, NATO spokesperson during the bombing of Yugoslavia which started 18 years ago, says revived nationalism is setting the region back - and urges Kosovo not to waste its resources on forming an army.

bosnia-s-pyramids-get-celebrated-from-unusual-perspective-03-23-2017

Bosnia’s 'Pyramids' Get Celebrated from Unusual Perspective

Brussels-based photographer Thomas Nolf embraces Visoko’s famous so-called pyramids for offering a divided country a positive ‘ground-up’ version of history.

vanished-mural-sparks-protests-in-novi-sad-03-22-2017

Vanished Mural Sparks Protests in Novi Sad

Artist Guillaume Alby aka Remed says Serbia’s authorities are trying to ‘keep people blind’ after his striking mural in the city of Novi Sad was suddenly painted over.

srebrenica-s-first-serb-mayor-tries-to-escape-the-past-03-22-2017

Srebrenica’s First Serb Mayor Tries to Escape the Past

Mladen Grujicic, Srebrenica’s first Serb mayor, says he wants to look beyond the trauma of war and the bitterly-contested genocide debate to seek a better future for the depopulated, impoverished town.

belgrade-tween-conquers-world-of-music-02-27-2017

Belgrade Tween Conquers World of Music

For award-winning composer 11-year-old Tijana Bugarcic, every sound is a melody and her whole life is music.

teuta-arifi-people-were-against-alliance-with-vmro-dpmne-03-17-2017

Teuta Arifi: People Were Against Alliance with VMRO DPMNE

The vice-president of the biggest Albanian party in Macedonia, the Democratic Union for Integration, says a new coalition with Nikola Gruevski’s party was never a realistic option.

miscevic-eu-will-compel-serbia-to-revise-trade-deals-02-24-2017

Miscevic: EU Will Compel Serbia to Revise Trade Deals

As Serbia opens new EU chapters, Serbia’s chief EU negotiator, Tanja Miscevic, warns that Belgrade will eventually have to revise all its current bilateral trade agreements, including with Russia.