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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.

mitic-we-are-not-scared-because-of-threats-01-31-2017

Serbian Youth Initiative Chief Blames State for Attacks

The director of the Youth Initiative for Human Rights, Anita Mitic, accused the Serbian state of being complicit in the series of recent attacks on the rights organisation.

capturing-the-image-of-ethnic-cleansing-in-bosnia-01-19-2017

Capturing the Image of Ethnic Cleansing in Bosnia

Photojournalist Ron Haviv’s shocking image of a Serbian paramilitary kicking a woman’s corpse during the Bosnian war is one of the subjects of a forthcoming documentary about his most significant pictures.

ramadani-macedonia-albanians-must-resist-gruevski-s-tricks-01-17-2017

Macedonia’s Albanians Urged to Reject Gruevski Coalition

With official talks on a new Macedonian government set to start within days, former MP Ismet Ramadani warned Albanian political parties against an alliance with embattled former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski.

commissioner-fears-slovenia-aliens-act-may-influence-balkans-01-16-2017

Balkan States ‘Could Emulate Slovenian Law Curbing Refugees’

Nils Muiznieks, the Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights, warns that Slovenia’s proposed new Aliens Act will likely cause an unwelcome 'domino effect' along the Balkan refugee route.

balkan-schoolbooks-still-fight-over-kosovo-s-history-12-27-2016

Balkan Schoolbooks Offer Conflicting Versions of Kosovo’s History

Shkelzen Gashi tells BIRN that his new report reveals how differently the history of Kosovo is taught all over the Western Balkans - with worrying implications for relations between neighbouring countries.