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Latest Interviews from the Balkans


Why I Named My Kosovo War Child ‘Victory’

Nazmi Kaciku’s daughter was born on the day NATO launched air strikes against Serbian forces on March 24, 1999, so he gave her a name that celebrated Kosovo Albanians’ struggle.


Srebrenica: Flashbacks to an Atrocity

Northern Irish artist Anthony Haughey is marking the 20th anniversary of the 1995 Srebrenica massacres with a film about the conflicting ideologies and contested views of history surrounding the killings.


Telling the Human Story of Kosovo Life

Kosovo’s first-ever oral history project aims to show that Kosovo is about more than a war, to highlight its diversity and recount the life stories of its unsung heroes.


Brussels Has no ‘Magic Wand’ in Macedonia, Howitt

Former European Parliament Rapporteur says Europe is ready to help resolve the ‘extremely serious crisis’ in Macedonia – but no ‘quick fix’ is in sight.


Serb War Invalid Paints Out the Rage

When he lost his legs and an arm in the war 20 years ago, Croatian Serb sculptor and stone mason Dusan Vukojevic started a new life as a successful painter.


Bosnia’s Elites are ‘Ignoring the New Reality’

A leading sociologist, Dino Abazovic, says elite focuses on ethnic identity and conflict ignore the fact that for most people today, the struggle between rich and poor is what matters.


Macedonia ‘Bombshell’ Will be Published Next Week, Zaev Says

The Macedonian opposition leader told BIRN that his party will start revealing the so-called political ‘bomb’ containing devastating material against the government as soon as next week.


Macedonia Must Handle Coup Charge With ‘Integrity’, Melia

As tension escalates in Macedonia over an alleged coup attempt launched by the opposition leader, US State Department official Thomas O. Melia tells BIRN that legal standards must be observed.


Surviving the Holocaust in Occupied Serbia

At 93, Aleksandar Lebl is one of a handful of Jews in Belgrade who can still remember the German occupation and the Nazi death camps – which he narrowly escaped ending up in.


A Lost Child on the Frontline

Serbian director Vuk Rsumovic’s film ‘No Man’s Child’ is based on the true story of a boy found living wild with wolves and then sent to fight in the Bosnian war.


Boyhood Memories of Auschwitz, 70 Years On

As the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz is marked, one of its last inmates, Oleg Mandic from Croatia, recalls his imprisonment in the death camp at the age of 11.


The Art of Post-War Trauma

Serbian artist Vladimir Miladinovic, whose latest project focuses on mass graves of Kosovo Albanians near Belgrade, has made the wartime past a theme of his work.


Exclusive Interview With Jailed Golden Dawn Politician Giorgos Germenis

Giorgos Germenis is one of the most high-profile figures in Golden Dawn, the Greek party which describes itself as nationalist but has been widely condemned at home and abroad as neo-fascist. He was the first Golden Dawn member to state publicly that his family had a communist background.


Holy Creates Stir on Croatia's Stale Political Stage

Mirela Holy, leader of the new green ‘Walnut’ party, has given Croatian politics a good shake – and looks set to play a key role in the country’s affairs in 2015.


A Grumpy American in Belgrade

Twelve years after he moved to Belgrade, Chris Farmer has published a book of humorous essays and blogs inspired by his life in the Serbian capital – a city with which he has a love-hate relationship.