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08 Jun 17

Belgrader Ships Rakija Tradition to Texas

Making fruity brandy in the backyard is common in the Balkans - but two enterprising young men, including one from Belgrade, have launched a successful ‘rakija’ business in the US.

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08 Jun 17

US Balkan Policy Will Eventually Catch Up With Reality

At some point, Washington will be forced to re-engage with the Balkans and work out a new policy that is in tune with political reality.

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08 Jun 17

Marko Zvrlevski: Macedonia’s ‘Puppet’ Prosecutor Faces Dismissal

With a new government in place, Macedonia’s compromised chief Public Prosecutor Marko Zvrlevski, who was seen as a puppet of the former regime, can't hope to stay in office much longer.

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08 Jun 17

Putin-Dodik Comradeship Causes Uncertainty for Bosnia

Russian and Bosnian Serb leaders Vladimir Putin and Milorad Dodik have met yet again, but questions remain about whether their frequent get-togethers serve propaganda purposes or will deliver economic benefits.

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07 Jun 17

Bulgaria Strives to Rebuild Its Weak, Underfunded Defence

Under pressure from NATO, Bulgaria’s leaders have agreed to restore the country’s defence capacities as fast as possible, but their plans – and how to fund them – have yet to be worked out. 

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07 Jun 17

Serbia Accused of ‘Political’ Public Sector Appointments

A sacked former minister’s appointment as head of the Serbian Security Agency has raised eyebrows, while concerns over alleged political cronyism in the public sector have resurfaced.

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07 Jun 17

Albanian Campaigning Laws Spark Political Rights Fears

A new Albanian taskforce has been set up to ensure state resources and staff are not abused during elections, but some fear political freedoms are at risk.

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07 Jun 17

Russians ‘Flock to Montenegro’ Despite Travel Advisory

It seems few Russians have been put off from holidaying in Montenegro, despite Moscow issuing advisories against travel to NATO’s newest member.

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06 Jun 17

Serbian Courts Reinterpret History to Forgive Chetniks’ Crimes

The recent legal rehabilitation of Chetnik commander Nikola Kalabic shows how the crimes committed during World War II have been reinterpreted in Serbia in order to posthumously absolve their perpetrators.

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06 Jun 17

Inside Guide to the Balkans’ Secret Wonders

Scattered across the Balkans are stunning little gems of nature or human history that are well worth making a detour to visit.

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06 Jun 17

Albania Struggles to Make Parties Declare Election Finances

Albania’s main political parties have repeatedly come under fire for not declaring all their campaign spending, and it’s widely accepted that the current system of declaration and audit needs reform.

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06 Jun 17

Montenegrin FM: Joining NATO is Not Anti-Russian

Montenegro on Monday formally became the 29th NATO member, but Foreign Minister Srdjan Darmanovic told BIRN that it should not be seen as a 'poke in the eye for Russia'.

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05 Jun 17

Navigating the Battlefield of Kosovo’s Snap Elections

Ahead of Kosovo’s snap elections set for June 11, Balkan Insight profiles the main contenders and their views on key issues the new cabinet will encounter.

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02 Jun 17

Kadri Veseli, Kosovo Powerbroker Who Shuns the Spotlight

The former secret service chief who became head of the Democratic Party of Kosovo is a man who prefers to stay in the shadows.

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02 Jun 17

Old Art of Icon Painting Thrives in Modern Serbia

Religious icon painting is thriving in Serbia, as the Orthodox Church’s influence continues to increase in the wake of the collapse of communism.

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