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un-needs-to-properly-redress-kosovo-victims-06-21-2017
21 Jun 17

UN Needs to Properly Compensate Kosovo Victims

The United Nations should reconsider its refusal to compensate Kosovo Roma who suffered lead poisoning at UN-run camps after the Kosovo war.

stagnant-bosnia-awaits-its-macedonian-moment--06-20-2017-1
21 Jun 17

Stagnant Bosnia Awaits its “Macedonian Moment”

Events in Macedonia have shown that genuine change remains possible in this region – but only if ordinary citizens are prepared to lead the way. 

bosnia-ponders-terror-threat-as-interpol-seeks-suspects-06-20-2017
20 Jun 17

Bosnia Ponders Terror Threat as Interpol Seeks Suspects

The number of Bosnian citizens wanted by Interpol on terrorism-related charges has risen to 13, but locals and analysts are divided about whether the country itself is in danger of attacks.

albanian-police-go-airborne-for-anti-cannabis-offensive-06-16-2017
20 Jun 17

Albanian Police Go Airborne for Anti-Cannabis Offensive

After efforts in 2016 to curb widespread cannabis cultivation in Albania were unsuccessful, police have deployed helicopters as part of a new national effort to end the growing of illegal crops.

romania-s-looming-political-crisis-threatens-its-budding-economy-06-16-2017-2
20 Jun 17

Romania’s Political Turbulence Threatens Economic Growth

By the end of this year, Romania is set to become the largest economy in the Balkans - but experts warn that if political instability continues, it will struggle to maintain the current momentum.

hashim-thaci-guerrilla-chief-who-became-president-06-19-2017
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.

vucic-gears-up-for-belgrade-city-elections-06-19-2017
19 Jun 17

Vucic Gears Up for Belgrade City Elections

Just weeks after winning nationwide presidential polls, new President Aleksandar Vucic already appears to be preparing his campaign for the all-important municipal elections in the Serbian capital.

aleksandar-vucic-s-broken-promises-to-america-06-16-2017
19 Jun 17

Aleksandar Vucic’s Broken Promises to America

President Vucic has repeatedly promised to resolve the murders of the Albanian-American Bytyqi brothers in Serbia in 1999, so when he visits Washington, the US must pressure him to finally deliver.

waiting-for-the-ramadan-bang-in-sarajevo-06-15-2017
19 Jun 17

Waiting for the Ramadan ‘Bang’ in Sarajevo

As the sun slowly approaches the top of the Zuc hill overlooking Sarajevo, the city’s Muslims stir their lemonades, preparing for the loud bang that means they can finally break their fast.

mpe-call-out-kosovo-to-deliver-over-visa-liberalisation-06-16-2017
19 Jun 17

MEP Urges Kosovo To Work on Visa Liberalisation

In an interview with BIRN, MEP Tanjа Fajon urges Kosovo's politicians to take decisive action - if they want their citizens to eventually enjoy visa-free travel into the EU's passport-free Schengen area.

europe-s-royals-gather-for-bulgarian-tsar-s-80th-06-15-2017
16 Jun 17

Europe’s Royals Gather for Bulgarian Tsar’s 80th

Members of the royal families of the Balkans and of Spain have descended on Sofia to celebrate the 80th birthday of Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, Bulgaria’s last monarch and a former prime minister. 

china-s-new-silk-road-poses-questions-for-balkans-06-16-2017
16 Jun 17

China’s ‘New Silk Road’ Poses Questions for Balkans

China's ambitious ‘Belt and Road’ initiative could deliver much-needed investments and infrastructure improvements to the Balkans, but it could also bring environmentally-harmful industrial projects, expert Guido Broekhoven told BIRN.

partisans-necropolis-in-bosnia-s-mostar-left-to-rot-06-14-2017
15 Jun 17

Partisans’ Necropolis in Bosnia’s Mostar Left to Rot

The monumental Partisans’ Cemetery in the Bosnian town of Mostar, where Yugoslav anti-fascist WWII fighters were buried, has been abandoned to decay, a victim of changing attitudes to history in the 1990s.

albanians-fed-up-with-politicians-election-rhetoric-06-14-2017
15 Jun 17

Albanians Fed Up with Politicians’ Election Rhetoric

Voters at the upcoming polls want to know how education can be improved, how the economy can grow and if taxes will be cut, but politicians have only offered slogans and insults.

romania-s-ruling-party-pushes-own-govt-to-quit-06-14-2017
14 Jun 17

Romania’s Ruling Party Pushes Own Govt to Quit

In a highly unusual development, Romania’s governing Social Democratic Party is trying to oust its own government - as a feud between the party chief and the PM worsens.

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