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ldk-is-sunday-s-winner-in-kosovo-analysts-say-10-23-2017
23 Oct 17

Kosovo’s LDK Makes Comeback in Local Polls: Analysts

Compared to June’s general elections, Sunday’s municipal elections in Kosovo showed an increase in support for the Democratic League of Kosovo and a decrease for Vetevendosje (Self-Determination).

rtanj-serbia-s-magic-mountain-10-12-2017
23 Oct 17

Rtanj: Serbia’s Magic Mountain

Even if you aren’t into the stories about aliens, ancient pyramids and wizards, Rtanj mountain is great place to explore.

bosnia-s-hero-town-dies-on-its-feet-10-20-2017
23 Oct 17

Bosnia’s ‘Hero Town’ Dies on its Feet

Drvar once thrived on its timber industry and its reputation as a symbol of the Partisan struggle against Nazi occupation- but now it is withering away.

croatian-top-economists-back-move-to-join-euro-10-23-2017
23 Oct 17

Croatian Top Economists Back Move to Join Euro

Two leading experts have welcomed the government’s plans to join the euro-zone, claiming the switch in currency will bring more benefits than costs.

macedonia-local-election-signals-gruevski-s-demise-10-19-2017
23 Oct 17

Macedonia Local Election Signals Gruevski's Demise

Disillusioned former supporters of VMRO DPMNE seem to have played a key role in Nikola Gruevski's catastrophic defeat on October 15, potentially terminating his career.

political-war-in-moldova-threatens-army-10-20-2017
20 Oct 17

‘Political War’ in Moldova Threatens Army

Moldova's military forces could be the next collateral damage from the country’s growing internal political crisis, experts warn.

louder-than-guns-croatia-s-wartime-patriotic-singers-10-18-2017
20 Oct 17

‘Louder than Guns’: Croatia’s Patriotic Wartime Singers

A new documentary about huge number of Croatian patriotic songs recorded during the 1990s conflict shows how musicians volunteered their talents to support the ‘Homeland War’ for independence.

macedonian-has-provided-a-blueprint-for-the-balkans-10-19-2017
20 Oct 17

Macedonia Has Provided a Blueprint for the Balkans

Events in Macedonia have powerfully confirmed the thesis that it is not parties or foreign governments that bring about democratic change in  authoritarian regimes, but grassroots popular mobilization.

local-elections-reveal-different-strife-in-north-kosovo-10-18-2017
19 Oct 17

Local Elections Reveal Different Strife in North Kosovo

As local elections in Kosovo draw nearer, the tensions in the Serb-dominated north are very different from the ones that haunted this region in the past.

eu-mulls-lower-roaming-charges-for-balkans-10-18-2017
19 Oct 17

EU Mulls Lower Roaming Charges for Balkans

The European Commission is considering cutting roaming charges for the Western Balkans, following calls from EU candidate countries to abolish the fees. 

kosovo-s-democratic-test-will-only-come-after-elections-10-18-2017
19 Oct 17

Kosovo’s ‘Democratic Test’ Will Only Come After Elections

October’s local elections in Kosovo will likely be free and fair – the real test of this young country’s democratic health is what happens after the election.

croatia-president-may-face-tough-questions-in-russia-10-18-2017
18 Oct 17

Croatia President May Face Tough Questions in Russia

When President Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic meets Vladimir Putin in Sochi on Wednesday, she may face a grilling over past statements seen as hostile to Russia.

erdogan-visit-signals-turkey-s-new-passion-for-serbia-10-16-2017
18 Oct 17

Erdogan Visit Signals Turkey’s New Passion for Serbia

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan seems to be shifting his Balkan focus from Bosnia and Herzegovina towards Serbia, and from religious, ethnic and political relations towards business links.

pro-russian-montenegrins-publish-new-anti-western-media-10-17-2017
18 Oct 17

Pro-Russian Montenegrins Publish New Anti-Western Media

Russian news outlets have increased their presence in the Balkans, but anti-Western news sites launched this year in Montenegro are run by locals who oppose NATO membership and EU integration.

party-games-hide-and-seek-with-election-cash-10-12-2017
17 Oct 17

Party Games: Hide and Seek with Election Cash

Powerful parties in the Balkans are suspected of using proxy donors to fill campaign war chests with cash from secret sources. How authorities respond is a test of their independence.

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