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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.

kosovo-s-mustafa-defies-tear-gas-and-resignation-calls-02-20-2017

Kosovo’s Mustafa Defies Tear Gas and Resignation Calls

Kosovo Prime Minister Isa Mustafa told BIRN that his government has already survived street protests and tear gas attacks, and will ignore the opposition’s continued calls for early elections.

daughter-of-the-late-albania-anti-communist-leader-enters-politics-02-13-2017

Albanian Anti-Communist Leader’s Daughter Enters Politics

Rudina Hajdari has returned to Albania from the US in a bid to help revive the party her father co-founded and restore its former glory, tainted by allegations of past corruption and bad governance.

america-s-hidden-bosnian-war-criminals-face-determined-foe-02-10-2017

America’s Hidden Bosnian War Criminals Face Determined Foe

Michael MacQueen, who tracks down Bosnian war crimes suspects in the US, looks back on years of bringing human rights violators to justice in the face of complex court procedures and delays.

mitrovica-bridge-still-dividing-instead-of-uniting-kosovo-02-12-2017

Mitrovica Bridge Still Dividing Instead of Uniting Kosovo

Kosovo, Serbian and international actors are going from one mistake to another as they try to resolve the issue of the infamous bridge in Mitrovica, Nexhmedin Spahiu says.

photographer-tells-story-of-serbia-s-turbulent-1990s-02-08-2017

Photographer Tells Story of Serbia’s Turbulent 1990s

The decade of wars, repression, hyperinflation and protests is documented through a young man’s eyes in a new exhibition of pictures by Serbian photographer Srdjan Veljovic.

mayor-of-presevo-disapproving-territories-exchange-proposal-02-06-2017

Presevo Mayor: Territorial Swap Would Destabilise Balkans

The mayor of Serbia's predominantly ethnic Albanian town of Presevo dismissed a US Congressman's idea of swapping mainly Albanian parts of southern Serbia for the Serb-populated part of northern Kosovo.

unsafe-balkan-route-leaves-child-migrants-at-great-risk--02-06-2017

Unsafe Balkan Route Leaves Child Migrants ‘at Great Risk’

Tatjana Ristic, from Save the Children organisation, says the closure of the Balkan refugee route in 2015 has not solved the migrant crisis - and has only left child migrants in the hands of smugglers.

trump-ban-has-killed-refugees-hopes-activist-says-02-02-2017

Trump Ban Has ‘Killed’ Refugees' Hopes, Activist Says

Syrian-born activist Shadi Martini - who advocates for Syrian war victims - says Donald Trump’s ‘Muslim’ ban is not only ‘killing’ the hopes of refugees but undermining America's own security.

sarajevo-peace-charter-challenges-balkan-warmongers-02-02-2017

Sarajevo Peace Charter Challenges Balkan Warmongers

An online Balkan peace charter started by two journalists from Bosnia and Croatia has attracted several thousand signatures of support - but there has been no response from regional political leaders.

russia-aims-to-disrupt-balkans-us-expert-says-02-02-2017

Turmoils in EU, US Boost Russia Influence in Balkans

The Balkans may not be a priority for the new US administration but Washington wants to keep an eye on a region where Russian influence is growing, Damon Wilson, from the Atlantic Council, told BIRN.