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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.

bosnian-savours-success-on-europe-s-catwalks-05-05-2017

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.

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Campaigners Save Serb From Deportation from UK

As anti-immigrant sentiment mounts in the UK in the wake of the Brexit vote, a campaign in London has saved a Serb migrant from the threat of immediate deportation.

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IMF Will Not Give Up On Macedonia, Mission Chief

IMF Mission Chief Jesmin Rahman said that reforms need to be among the new Macedonian government’s top priorities.

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Govedarica: Bosnia’s SDS Won’t Resort to ‘Populist Manipulation’

As the main opposition party in Bosnia's Serb-dominated entity completes its reforms ahead of the 2018 elections, its leader tells BIRN that crude Serbian nationalism is not the answer.

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Serbian Media’s Plight ‘Apocalyptic’, Lekic Warns

As attacks increase on journalists in Serbia, the new head of the Independent Journalists’ Association, Slavisa Lekic, says it is time to take off the gloves and defend democracy.

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EPP Cannot ‘Police’ its Balkan Members, Daul Says

As Balkan members of the same centre-right bloc in the European Parliament feud openly with other, EPP leader Joseph Daul says the bloc cannot ‘point fingers’ but does its best to find compromises.

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NATO’s Jamie Shea Regrets Nationalist Revival in Balkans

Jamie Shea, NATO spokesperson during the bombing of Yugoslavia which started 18 years ago, says revived nationalism is setting the region back - and urges Kosovo not to waste its resources on forming an army.