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Ziadin Sela Outlines Vision for a New Macedonia

Macedonian ethnic Albanian leader recalls the night he was almost killed in parliament – and says Albanians expect tangible results from their support for Zoran Zaev - starting with justice reform.

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Croatian Liberal Leader Rules out Supporting HDZ

Ivan Vrdoljak, head of the opposition Croatian People’s Party, told BIRN that his party has no intention of joining a coalition government under the Croatian Democratic Union, HDZ.

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US Expects Zaev to Form New Macedonian Government

US State Department official Hoyt Yee, who is currently touring the Balkans, said that the Macedonian President understands that he is expected to give Zoran Zaev a chance to form a government.

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‘Comic Coup’ Only Helped Montenegro PM, Mandic Says

One of the opposition leaders accused of being involved in last year’s alleged plot tells BIRN that the charges against him are politically motivated and casts doubts on the prosecution’s independence.

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Balkan Gunmen Refuse to Quit Ukrainian Battlefield

Some Balkan volunteers are still fighting alongside pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine despite new laws to prosecute them if they return home, a paramilitary from Serbia told BIRN in an interview.

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Bosnia Must Say What it Wants from NATO

The Bosnian authorities need to explain what they want from their partnership with NATO, particularly on security issues and fighting violent extremism, the political adviser at the US Mission to NATO told BIRN.

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Yugoslav WWII Hero Recalls ‘Victory Day’ in 1945

As Serbia marks Victory Day, one of the few men still alive to have been named a Yugoslav national hero for his role in WWII remembers his first post-war celebration in 1945.

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Bosnian Savours Success on Europe's Catwalks

Some of the clothing displayed at top fashion shows in Milan, London and Stockholm and worn by the likes of Madonna comes from Halida Susa’s humble home in a remote suburb of Sarajevo.

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The Perilous Life and Times of Tito’s Translator

Ivan Ivanji, Tito's German translator, writer and Nazi concentration camp survivor, now 88, recalls moments of love, loss and survival in an extraordinarily dramatic life.

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Propaganda Trip: Why Franjo Tudjman’s Biographer Rebelled

Twenty years on, US author Joe Tripician recalls his bizarre experience of trying to write a state-funded biography of 1990s Croatian President Franjo Tudjman - and how his conscience derailed the project.

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Writer Highlights Painful Legacy of Bulgaria’s Forgotten Border

Kapka Kassabova - whose book on the borderland linking Bulgaria, Turkey and Greece has won high praise - says history is doomed to repeat itself if we forget the lessons of the past. 

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Savamala Witness Recalls Fearful Night in Belgrade

As the anniversary of the mysterious nighttime demolitions in Belgrade approaches, a witness, Milos Djordjevic, recalls how masked men in Savamala grabbed him and told him ‘to put his head down’. 

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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.

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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.

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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.