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serbian-media-barons-catch-vucic-off-guard-06-13-2017
13 Jun 17

Serbian Media Barons Catch Vucic off Guard

The apparent decision of two of Serbia’s biggest media moguls to directly enter the political arena poses an intriguing dilemma for Aleksandar Vucic - and for the opposition.

albania-s-big-parties-turn-on-lsi-kingmakers--06-12-2017
13 Jun 17

Albania’s Big Parties Turn On LSI ‘Kingmakers’

Resentful of its privileged role in coalitions, Albania’s Socialists and Democrats are training their hostile fire on the LSI, hoping to restore the old two-party duopoly. 

video-migrant-turns-pain-of-exile-into-art-06-12-2017
13 Jun 17

Video: Migrant Turns Pain of Exile into Art

One of the 6,600 migrants staying in Serbia is using his artistic skills to teach children how to draw - and so give ‘something back to the country’ that has taken him in.

modric-lovren-testimonies-highlight-croatia-football-s-woes-06-12-2017
13 Jun 17

Modric, Lovren Testimonies Highlight Croatia Football’s Woes

Testimonies by Real Madrid and Liverpool FC stars on Tuesday at the Osijek trial of Zdravko Mamic may cast more light on the corruption scandals surrounding Croatian football.

russian-meddling-in-balkans-a-matter-of-supply-and-demand--06-12-2017
12 Jun 17

Russian Meddling in Balkans ‘a Matter of Supply and Demand’

The findings of a media investigation detailing the extent of Russian involvement in Macedonia’s political crisis – direct and via Belgrade and Sofia - have been supported by regional analysts but downplayed by local politicians.

drop-in-electricity-production-may-stifle-economic-growth-06-07-2017
12 Jun 17

Drop in Electricity Production May Stifle Serbia's Economic Growth

The decline in electricity production in early 2017 will likely impact economic growth, according to experts who warn Serbian state energy company is in urgent need of reform.

romania-must-confront-hungarian-nationalist-demands--06-08-2017
12 Jun 17

Romania ‘Must Confront Hungarian Nationalist Demands’

Budapest is taking an increasingly aggressive line over the rights of ethnic Hungarians living in Romania, yet Bucharest seems unwilling to tackle the issue head on.

students-challenge-ethnically-divided-education-in-bosnia-06-12-2017
12 Jun 17

Pupils Challenge Ethnically-Divided Education in Bosnia

Meet the pupils and teachers fighting against Bosnia and Herzegovina’s deeply divided education system and the segregation it entrenches.

political-ambition-trumps-party-rivalries-in-kosovo-06-09-2017
09 Jun 17

Political Ambition Trumps Party Rivalries in Kosovo

The Kosovo Constitutional Court’s controversial interpretation of coalitions and parliamentary groups has forced the main parties to form pre-electoral coalitions, resulting in the most improbable political marriages.

macedonia-s-vmro-dpmne-spends-1-million-on-us-lobbying-06-09-2017
09 Jun 17

Macedonia’s VMRO DPMNE Spends $1 Million on US Lobbying

In just over a year, Macedonia's former ruling VMRO DPMNE party spent over $1 million on lobbying services in the United States, a BIRN investigation has revealed.

can-we-talk-about-education-in-kosovo-instead--06-09-2017
09 Jun 17

Can We Talk About Education in Kosovo Instead?

The campaign for this weekend’s snap elections has shown that Kosovo’s politicians prefer to argue about border demarcation than about how to fix the country’s broken education and healthcare systems.

historic-tirana-square-a-shrine-to-change-06-08-2017
09 Jun 17

Historic Tirana Square: A Shrine to Change

Albanians have gathered at Tirana’s Skenderbej Square to protest and celebrate for 100 years, will its latest makeover be a hit with the public?

macedonia-needs-people-serving-governance-06-07-2017
09 Jun 17

Macedonia Needs People-Serving Governance

The new political leadership must ensure Macedonia’s future is free of corruption and founded on the principles of accountability, transparency, equality and justice.

theatre-prize-scandal-damages-wrong-target-06-08-2017
09 Jun 17

Serbian Theatre Prize ‘Scandal’ Damages Wrong Target

The wrong-headed political scandal sparked by the jury’s decision not to award any prizes at Serbia’s most prestigious theatre festival has damaged us all.

serbian-protest-movements-turn-to-fighting-social-injustice-06-08-2017
08 Jun 17

Serbian Protest Movements Turn to Fighting Social Injustice

The movements that emerged from Belgrade’s anti-government protests in April are now taking direct action to combat individual cases of social injustice - but the authorities have been fighting back.

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