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the-many-charms-of-valjevo-06-22-2017
24 Jul 17

The Many Charms of Serbia's Valjevo

Whether you are into hiking or history, summer or winter activities, Valjevo has it all.

the-srebrenica-refugee-camp-that-never-closed-07-21-2017
24 Jul 17

The Srebrenica Refugee Camp that Never Closed

A hundred kilometres from Srebrenica, 400 female relatives and survivors of the 1995 genocide still live in the rundown temporary camp where they found shelter, and say they will never return home.

serbia-in-two-minds-over-new-imf-deal-07-17-2017
20 Jul 17

Serbia in Two Minds Over New IMF Deal

With the economy in relatively good shape, a question mark hangs over whether Serbia needs a fresh arrangement with the Fund.

kosovo-war-court-president-promises-impartial-justice-07-19-2017
20 Jul 17

Kosovo War Court President Promises Impartial Justice

The president of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers, Ekaterina Trendafilova, told BIRN the new court has no ethnic bias, will protect its witnesses from intimidation and deliver justice impartially and independently.

kosovo-dokufest-brings-the-future-07-19-2017
20 Jul 17

Prizren Docufest Transforming Kosovo Film, Director Says

Ahead of Kosovo biggest cultural event, Dokufest director Veton Nurkollari told BIRN that the Prizren film festival was raising the game for Kosovo cinematography.

croatia-s-inland-towns-dream-of-oil-gas-bonanza-07-19-2017
20 Jul 17

Croatia’s Inland Towns Dream of Oil, Gas Bonanza

With gas and oil exploration underway in continental Croatia, the country’s small municipalities hope that potential drilling will bring much needed riches their way.

new-migrants-face-old-terrors-on-balkan-route-07-18-2017
19 Jul 17

New Migrants Face Old Terrors on Balkan Route

A new wave of migrants crossing the Balkans in search of safety in the EU is bringing fresh testimonies of the violence and abuse that especially await women and children along the way.

bosnia-s-next-elections-could-be-a-game-changer-07-18-2017
19 Jul 17

Bosnia’s Next Elections Could be a Game Changer

As internal acrimony consumes the nationalist camps, the 2018 elections could see a breakthrough by a reunited Bosnian left – transforming the country’s reform prospects.

regatta-season-in-serbia-07-03-2017
18 Jul 17

Serbia's Regattas Offer Fun on the Water

Escape the baking heat and explore some of Serbia’s beautiful rivers by attending one of several summer regattas - either in the countryside or in the capital.

turkey-marks-coup-anniversary-with-changed-face-07-14-2017
14 Jul 17

Turkey Marks Coup Anniversary With Changed Face

One year on from the failed military coup, Turkey is a land both transformed – and divided.

macedonia-bulgaria-treaty-meets-suspicion-in-both-countries-07-14-2017
14 Jul 17

Macedonia-Bulgaria Treaty Meets Suspicion in Both Countries

As Macedonia and Bulgaria ready to sign a historic friendship treaty, opponents of the deal in both countries are accusing their governments of betraying vital national interests.

sweet-aromas-linger-on-bulgarian-capital-s-arab-street--07-12-2017
14 Jul 17

Sweet Aromas Linger on Bulgarian Capital’s ‘Arab Street’

Bulgarian nationalists may protest against the vivid mix of peoples on Tsar Simeon Street in Sofia  – but many Bulgarians come from afar to savour the rich Middle Eastern delicacies on offer. 

belgrade-rapper-defends-montenegro-s-embattled-opposition-leader-07-13-2017
14 Jul 17

Belgrade Rapper Backs Montenegro’s Embattled Opposition Leader

Serbian rapper Fedja Dimovic explains why he has joined the defence team of Montenegro opposition leader Nebojsa Medojevic - who faces serious charges in his home country.

bumper-tourism-figures-pose-challenge-for-croatia-07-12-2017
14 Jul 17

Bumper Tourism Figures Pose Challenge for Croatia

Double-digit growth rates in Croatian tourism in the first six months of 2017 cannot be sustained forever - and will one day compel adoption of a different strategy.

migrants-to-greece-strike-gold-back-in-albania-07-10-2017
11 Jul 17

Migrants to Greece Strike Gold Back in Albania

After leaving Albania for Greece as children, some youngsters have started returning and investing in the Albanian Riviera - lured by both nostalgia and a hunger for profit. 

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