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02 Aug 17

Kosovo Town Struggles as Industrial Decline Exiles Youth

Business people in the small Kosovo town of Suhareka/Suva Reka face an uphill task to rebuild its shattered industry and convince the remaining young people that it’s worth staying.

serbia-s-govt-to-cash-in-from-sound-of-music-07-31-2017
02 Aug 17

Serbia’s Govt to Cash in on Sound of Music

New measures obliging clubs and bars to sign contracts with their performers – and pay taxes on them – have divided the musical community.

might-vucic-become-serbia-s-de-gaulle-on-kosovo--08-01-2017
01 Aug 17

Might Vucic Become Serbia’s de Gaulle on Kosovo?

The Serbian President’s recent words on Kosovo invite intriguing comparisons with those of another nationalist in another time.

roman-tombs-vanish-under-hyatt-hotel-in-bulgaria-08-01-2017
01 Aug 17

Roman Tombs Vanish Under Hyatt Hotel in Bulgaria

Construction of a luxury hotel is continuing in Sofia despite the discovery that the site covers part of an ancient Roman necropolis.

bloodless-bullfight-gives-bosnians-excuses-to-party-07-31-2017
31 Jul 17

Bloodless Bullfight Gives Bosnians Excuses to Party

Most people associate bullfights with Spain. But Bosnia has its own bullfights each July at Cevljanovici – although there are no matadors, no killings, and the atmosphere is a lot more festive.

prizren-s-filigree-workers-keep-ancient-kosovo-craft-alive-07-28-2017
31 Jul 17

Prizren’s Filigree Workers Keep Ancient Kosovo Craft Alive

A handful of artisans in the southern Kosovo city of Prizren are struggling to maintain a centuries-old tradition of handmade filigree jewelry, passing it from father to son. 

politicians-worsening-feuds-threaten-to-make-bosnia-ungovernable-07-30-2017
31 Jul 17

Politicians' Worsening Feuds Threaten to Make Bosnia Ungovernable

A recently cancelled lunch in Mostar is just the latest sign that the country’s ferociously divided leaders are increasingly unwilling to meet – let alone agree on anything substantial.

poison-gas-the-bosnian-war-s-forgotten-weapon-07-27-2017
27 Jul 17

Poison Gas: The Bosnian War’s Forgotten Weapon

Poison gas and other toxic chemicals were used dozens of times during the Bosnian conflict to torture and murder prisoners, but almost no one has been held directly responsible in court.

bosnian-hostel-tells-story-of-assassination-that-changed-world-07-26-2017
27 Jul 17

Bosnian Hostel Tells Story of Assassination that Changed World

A stay at an unusual hostel in Sarajevo takes visitors back to the event in 1914 that put the city on the map and unleashed the First World War.

busting-myths-about-russia-s-balkan-designs-07-26-2017
27 Jul 17

Busting Myths About Russia’s Balkan Designs

A new book takes a searching look at what Russia is up to – and what it is not – in Southeast Europe.

eight-signs-of-hope-from-kosovo-s-election-07-26-2017
27 Jul 17

Eight Signs of Hope From Kosovo’s Election

Kosovo’s general election result may have been muddle – but it also saw a number of trends that give cause for optimism about the country’s democratic future.

krunic-the-serbian-artist-in-search-of-conversation-06-07-2017
26 Jul 17

Krunic: The Serbian Artist in Search of Conversation

Belgrade-born painter Slavko Krunic describes his portraits as ‘satiriconography’ but insists his caricature-style in no way mocks his subjects.

new-movement-pledges-to-tackle-bosnia-s-old-problems-07-26-2017
26 Jul 17

New Movement Pledges to Tackle Bosnia’s Old Problems

A new political movement is promising a fresher, younger approach to tackle the corruption and political self-interest that dominates the country’s politics – but many disillusioned voters remain sceptical.

serbian-seniors-toil-for-survival-after-retirement-07-17-2017
25 Jul 17

Serbian Seniors Toil for Survival After Retirement

A pensioner’s union estimates more than 250,000 Serbian seniors work low-paid seasonal jobs like street vending to make a living, while young people would rather quit the country than endure dismal conditions.

europe-must-respond-to-threats-to-liberal-values-07-25-2017
25 Jul 17

Europe Must Respond to Threats to Liberal Values

As the crisis over the judiciary in Poland has shown, the EU must be more vigilant in defending values that both member states and candidate countries seem determined to test.

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