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08 Feb 18

Maverick Historian Dreams of Making Bulgaria ‘Great’

As frustration with the political system grows, controversial former politician and historian Bozhidar Dimitrov is launching a new ‘national renewal’ movement.

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04 Jan 18

Serbia’s Information Commissioner Seeks to Cement Legacy

As he enters the last year of his term, Serbia’s combative information commissioner, Rodoljub Sabic, says he wishes to leave a proper legal structure in place behind him when he goes.

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18 Dec 17

Vlad Plahotniuc, Moldova’s Unloved ‘Puppet Master’

He may want to be seen as the EU’s champion in Moldova, but few people there believe the wealthy businessman and media mogul will really change anything for the better in the country.

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08 Dec 17

The Never-Ending War Crimes Trial of Branimir Glavas

After 12 years of being prosecuted for the killings of Serb civilians in 1991 and five separate court verdicts, Croatian wartime general Branimir Glavas is still on trial – and he’s still a free man.

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27 Nov 17

Bosnian Croat Officials Brought Together by War

An economics professor, a karate expert, a TV producer - six ex-officials of the Bosnian Croat wartime statelet Herzeg-Bosnia, now awaiting their final verdicts in The Hague, were brought together by the 1990s conflict.

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14 Nov 17

Ratko Mladic: Europe’s Most Wanted Faces Judgment

He was a devoted Yugoslav soldier, then a war crimes suspect on the run - now former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic awaits his verdict for the worst atrocities in Europe since WWII.

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16 Oct 17

Long-Running Coup Drama Still Has Montenegro Gripped

A year after the alleged coup attempt, countless media reports, official statements and an ongoing trial have failed to resolve doubts about what happened on October 16 last year in Montenegro.

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05 Oct 17

Naser Oric: Srebrenica Commander Inspires Love and Hate

Ahead of his war crimes verdict, Naser Oric, a wartime defender of Srebrenica who once worked as Slobodan Milosevic’s bodyguard, says he is “loved” by Bosniaks - but is also despised by many Serbs.

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04 Oct 17

Marching for Pride, Living for Progress

Human rights and LGBT activist Goran Miletic talks about being openly gay in a homophobic society, and how the prime minister attending this year’s Belgrade Pride was a positive signal.

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26 Sep 17

Captain Dragan: Notorious Commander Loses Courtroom Battle

After leading rebel fighters in Croatia and starring in his own TV show in Serbia, Dragan Vasiljkovic eventually lost his bitter struggle against extradition from his adopted homeland Australia and was convicted of war crimes.

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28 Aug 17

Sergey Samsonenko, Macedonia’s Vanished Sporting Hero

The contentious Russian businessman who flourished under the previous regime in Macedonia has terminated his role as the nation’s sporting patron now his allies are out of power.

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26 Jun 17

Serbia’s New PM Likely to Stay in Vucic’s Shadow

While Ana Brnabic awaits confirmation in parliament as Serbia’s new Prime Minister, experts say the real decisions will continue to be taken by her patron, President Aleksandar Vucic.

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20 Jun 17

Hashim Thaci, Guerrilla Chief Who Became President

Kosovo's president has established himself as a shrewd tactician able to outmanoeuvre his opponents – but who still remains haunted by his past.

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08 Jun 17

Marko Zvrlevski: Macedonia’s ‘Puppet’ Prosecutor Faces Dismissal

With a new government in place, Macedonia’s compromised chief Public Prosecutor Marko Zvrlevski, who was seen as a puppet of the former regime, can't hope to stay in office much longer.

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02 Jun 17

Kadri Veseli, Kosovo Powerbroker Who Shuns the Spotlight

The former secret service chief who became head of the Democratic Party of Kosovo is a man who prefers to stay in the shadows.