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albin-kurti-kosovo-serbia-dialogue-is-dead--08-29-2017

Albin Kurti: Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue is ‘Dead’

The opposition Vetevendosje candidate for Kosovo prime minister, Albin Kurti, told BIRN that EU-sponsored talks between Pristina and Belgrade have ‘failed’ and should not continue.

briton-puts-bulgaria-s-communist-monuments-back-into-perspective-08-27-2017

Briton Puts Bulgaria’s Communist Monuments Back Into Perspective

British travel writer Darmon Richter – who moved to Bulgaria in 2011 and soon after started to explore its mostly forgotten Socialist-era monuments – has made it his mission to remind people of their significance.

albanian-sculptor-gives-social-and-political-messages-with-his-works-08-22-2017

Albania's Xhixha Strikes Gold With Steel Sculptures

Durres-born sculptor Helidon Xhixha - who has achieved international acclaim for his abstract steel art - tells BIRN in an interview that while he remains proud to be an Albanian, true art transcends national barriers.

how-a-bosnian-boy-survived-a-firing-squad-08-10-2017

How a Bosnian Boy Survived a Firing Squad

Jasmin Causevic was 13 when he found himself in front of a Bosnian Serb firing squad - and despite being seriously wounded, he survived by hiding out in a basement for days.

a-bosnian-war-criminal-s-quest-for-forgiveness-08-08-2017

A Bosnian War Criminal’s Quest for Forgiveness

In a new film, convicted war criminal Esad Landzo seeks out former prisoners who he abused when he was an 18-year-old during the Bosnian war in 1992, and asks them to forgive him.

self-proclaimed-liberland-lobbies-for-international-recognition-08-03-2017

Self-Proclaimed Liberland Lobbies for International Recognition

Liberland is set to take its case to the UN’s International Court of Justice while putting the finishing touches to an office in Serbia.

krunic-the-serbian-artist-in-search-of-conversation-06-07-2017

Krunic: The Serbian Artist in Search of Conversation

Belgrade-born painter Slavko Krunic describes his portraits as ‘satiriconography’ but insists his caricature-style in no way mocks his subjects.

kosovo-war-court-president-promises-impartial-justice-07-19-2017

Kosovo War Court President Promises Impartial Justice

The president of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers, Ekaterina Trendafilova, told BIRN the new court has no ethnic bias, will protect its witnesses from intimidation and deliver justice impartially and independently.

kosovo-dokufest-brings-the-future-07-19-2017

Prizren Docufest Transforming Kosovo Film, Director Says

Ahead of Kosovo biggest cultural event, Dokufest director Veton Nurkollari told BIRN that the Prizren film festival was raising the game for Kosovo cinematography.

belgrade-rapper-defends-montenegro-s-embattled-opposition-leader-07-13-2017

Belgrade Rapper Backs Montenegro’s Embattled Opposition Leader

Serbian rapper Fedja Dimovic explains why he has joined the defence team of Montenegro opposition leader Nebojsa Medojevic - who faces serious charges in his home country.

ivo-josipovic-croatia-going-in-wrong-direction-07-09-2017

Ivo Josipovic: Croatia Going in Wrong Direction

Former President Ivo Josipovic, in an interview for BIRN, says Croatia must face its past, promote peace and strengthen relations with its neighbours.

champion-croatian-priest-preaches-help-for-refugees-07-06-2017

Champion Croatian Priest Preaches Help for Refugees

Croatia should remember its own bitter war of the 90s and open its borders to refugees, says Tvrtko Barun, a Jesuit priest who was recently honoured by the European Parliament.

dodging-death-in-srebrenica-s-mass-executions-07-05-2017

Dodging Death in Srebrenica’s Mass Executions

Wounded by executioners’ gunfire and left for dead by Bosnian Serb troops, Nedzad Avdic recalls how he managed to survive a mass shooting of Bosniaks from Srebrenica in July 1995.

ratko-mladic-s-gifts-to-children-chocolate-and-lies-07-05-2017

Ratko Mladic’s Gifts to Children: Chocolate and Lies

Izudin Alic was eight when Bosnian Serb Army chief Ratko Mladic met him and other Bosniak children in Srebrenica in 1995, gave them chocolates, and falsely promised that everyone would be safe.

bosnian-serb-colonel-beara-chose-evil-says-author-07-03-2017

Bosnian Serb Colonel Beara ‘Chose Evil’, Says Author

Hatred, nationalism and loyalty to Ratko Mladic made Bosnian Serb Army colonel Ljubisa Beara a key organiser of the Srebrenica massacres, says journalist Ivica Djikic, the author of a novel about the recently-deceased convict.