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croatia-s-spying-row-with-bosnia-is-no-coincidence-10-02-2017
03 Oct 17

Croatia’s Spying Row With Bosnia is No Coincidence

As Croatia braces for a potentially devastating war-crimes ruling in November, it is desperately trying to force Bosnia on to the defensive.

iraq-s-migrating-kurds-take-romanian-path-to-europe-10-02-2017
03 Oct 17

Iraq’s Migrating Kurds Take Romanian Path to Europe

As other routes to the West close up, more and more Kurdish migrants are crossing the Black Sea from Turkey and then crossing Romania towards Western Europe.

croatian-island-airport-becomes-pentagon-hub-10-02-2017
03 Oct 17

Croatian Island Airport Becomes Pentagon Hub

A small airport on a Croatian island has become an important but unofficial logistical base for Pentagon shipments to the Middle East, likely including arms for Syrian rebels.

agrokor-crisis-may-give-russia-balkan-breakthrough--09-29-2017
02 Oct 17

Agrokor Crisis May Give Russia ‘Balkan Breakthrough’

Russia may try to its use the huge debts that the failing Croatian giant owes it to mightily strengthen its presence in the Balkans, a Slovenian expert, Borut Suklje, told BIRN.

graffiti-artist-changes-face-of-albania-s-capital-09-29-2017
02 Oct 17

Graffiti Artist Changes Face of Albania’s Capital

Graffiti wall art was barely known in Albania before Franko Dine came along – but this groundbreaking artist is now blazing a trail for others. 

bosnian-state-court-president-condemns-unfair-criticism--09-29-2017
02 Oct 17

Bosnian State Court President Condemns ‘Unfair Criticism’

The Bosnian state court deserves praise for completing hundreds of war crimes cases, but it still has a “long road ahead” to clear its huge backlog, its president Ranko Debevec told BIRN.

homage-to-catalonia-a-croatian-perspective-09-29-2017
30 Sep 17

Homage to Catalonia, a Croatian Perspective

Growing euphoria in Catalonia over the announced independence referendum from Spain causes split emotions in a person who experienced the bloody wars of Yugoslavia.

local-election-catches-macedonia-s-parties-unprepared-09-28-2017
29 Sep 17

Local Election Catches Macedonia’s Parties Unprepared

Exhausted by the country’s years-long political crisis, the two main parties have started the local election campaign short of promises and looking weary already.

serbia-s-hasty-security-service-reforms-alarm-watchdogs-09-28-2017
29 Sep 17

Serbia’s Hasty Security Service Reforms Alarm Watchdogs

The government’s rushed attempt to change the rules governing Serbia’s Security and Information Agency, BIA, worry experts and opposition politicians alike.

sarajevo-s-metalworkers-revive-their-craft-09-29-2017
29 Sep 17

Sarajevo's Metalworkers Revive their Craft

Practising traditional crafts used to be despised in Bosnia – but in times of high unemployment and stress, the contented craftsmen in Sarajevo’s Old Town feel they are the lucky ones.

montenegro-s-open-secret-illegal-gender-tests-for-unborns-09-27-2017
28 Sep 17

Montenegro’s Open Secret: Illegal Gender-Tests for Unborns

Genetic testing to find out the sex of an unborn baby is illegal in Montenegro, but it is not unusual in a society that values boys over girls - and for clinics, it’s a profitable business.

weakened-merkel-is-bad-news-for-the-balkans-09-27-2017
27 Sep 17

Weakened Merkel is Bad News For the Balkans

An enfeebled Angela Merkel means a weaker, less courageous Germany – which will not do any of the Balkan states hoping to join the EU any favours.

serbia-s-child-migrants-find-road-to-school-long-09-26-2017
27 Sep 17

Serbia’s Child Migrants Find Road to School Long

Several hundreds migrant children are due to enroll in schools across Serbia this month, but their reception varies and old issues of discrimination still exist.

kosovo-opens-a-war-crime-documentation-center-09-25-2017
27 Sep 17

War Crimes Documentation Centre Opens in Kosovo

The Humanitarian Law Centre has opened a war crimes documentation centre in Pristina with information from five Kosovo-related trials at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.

serbian-paramilitary-commander-captain-dragan-croatia-conviction-profile-09-26-2017
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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