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23 Mar 15

Dream of Uniting Montenegro Still Haunts Lekic

The departing leader of the Democratic Front has not abandoned hope of rallying Montenegro’s divided opposition forces.

05 Feb 15

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.

27 Jan 15

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.

15 Jan 15

Serbia’s War Crimes Crusader Leaves the Battlefield

After Belgrade’s chief war crimes prosecutor Vladimir Vukcevic “stirred up a hornet’s nest” by going after Serb suspects, he is now being forced to step down by the authorities.

12 Jan 15

Dell: A clever political animal - with bite

Ambassador’s defining moment came when he picked a president. But his forays into politics and brash style earned him enemies.

19 Dec 14

The Improbable Rise of Isa Mustafa in Kosovo

The new Prime Minister has taken a winding path from his time as a Communist youth leader to the top office in government, where his free-market vision for Kosovo will now be tested.

17 Dec 14

Ivo Josipovic: Acting and Future president?

Josipovic is still the favourite to win the presidential election and so gain a second term - but he is dogged by the sharply declining fortunes of the party backing him.

17 Dec 14

Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic, Winner Against the Odds

Though no one questioned her intelligence and ambition, few thought the HDZ candidate had a serious chance of winning Croatia's presidential election.

10 Oct 14

Mladen Ivanic: Voice of Change Among Serbs

Running for the Serbian seat on the Bosnian Presidency, this veteran politician represents all those who hunger for change in the Serbian camp.

10 Oct 14

Zeljka Cvijanovic: Dodik’s Loyal Premier

Although she owes her political rise to Milorad Dodik, Cvijanovic is proving a formidable politician in her own right as she fights to become the first woman on the Bosnian Presidency.

08 Oct 14

Zeljko Komsic: Foe of Ethnic Politics

After quitting the Social Democratic Party, the popular member of Bosnia’s state presidency has formed his own party, the Democratic Front.

01 Oct 14

Martin Raguz: A Croat Who Looks to Bosnia

While stressing his determination to fight for Croatian rights if he wins a seat on the presidency, Martin Raguz emphasizes that Croats must look on Bosnia – not on Croatia – as their homeland.

26 Sep 14

Bakir Izetbegovic: Turkey’s ‘Friend’ in Bosnia

Hoping to re-win the Bosniak seat on the tripartite Presidency, Bakir Izetbegovic has promised to create 100,000 new jobs - but he is often criticized for his close ties to Turkey and for radicalizing the SDA.

25 Sep 14

Fahrudin Radoncic: Riding a ‘Tsunami’ Against Corruption

The man who wants to wash away corruption in Bosnia is dogged by a few corruption allegations of his own.

25 Sep 14

Milorad Dodik: Bosnia’s Serbian Warrior

The great battler for the Serbian cause in Bosnia has dominated the stage in his entity for years – but now faces a challenge from a new, united opposition bloc.