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01 Jun 17

Montenegro’s Boka Region Seeks More Autonomy

Politicians in the beautiful Boka Bay area on the Montenegrin coast want to take more matters into their own hands.

pupils-need-to-develop-skills-croatia-professors-claim-05-31-2017
01 Jun 17

Croatia Teachers Protest Over Stalled Education Reforms

Teachers, students and activists will take to the streets of Zagreb on Thursday to demand a resumption of reform to the nation's out-dated educational system.

moldova-s-troubled-govt-acts-tough-by-expelling-russians-05-31-2017
01 Jun 17

Moldova’s Troubled Govt Acts Tough by Expelling Russians

The dramatic expulsion of five Russian diplomats looks like a bid by the faltering, unpopular pro-EU government to impress Brussels - and humiliate the pro-Russian President, Igor Dodon.

enormous-promises-amid-essential-needs-of-citizens-05-30-2017
01 Jun 17

Kosovo Voters Seek Stronger Focus on Health, Economy

While Kosovo's politicians mostly target foreign policy and national security topics, the voters with whom BIRN spoke said they wanted the next government to work more on social and economy issues.

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31 May 17

Internal Strife Weakens Albania’s Democrats in Election

The decision of Democratic Party chief Lulzim Basha to ditch party veterans from his MPs’ list could take its toll on the party’s results on election day - and even split it.

kosovo-election-exposes-deep-rift-among-serbs-05-31-2017
31 May 17

Kosovo Election Exposes Deep Rift Among Serbs

Ahead of Kosovo’s general elections, the Kosovo Serb bloc is more divided than ever with Belgrade backing only one list – a decision observers say might backfire.

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31 May 17

Wartime Furnaces Remind Bosnians of Struggle for Warmth

A display of improvised furnaces used during the war reminds Sarajevans of their creativity during the siege of the Bosnian capital.

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30 May 17

Opposition Candidate for Zagreb Mayor Announces Changes

Anka Mrak-Taritas, the opposition Zagreb mayor candidate, challenges the incumbent Milan Bandic, promising new construction and recycling projects, and reforms of kindergartens, schools and the traffic system.

romania-wage-hike-bill-worries-eu-local-experts-05-29-2017
30 May 17

Romania Wage Hike Bill Worries EU, Local Experts

A bill designed to harmonize public-sector pay is on the fast track towards adoption in Romania – but the announced wage hikes have alarmed economists, the EU and local unions alike. 

trump-s-presidency-keeps-us-balkan-policy-unchanged-05-30-2017
30 May 17

Trump’s Presidency Keeps US Balkan Policy Unchanged

While many expected US foreign policy to undergo some U-turns under Trump, his lack of engagement in international affairs – with a few exceptions – seems to mean Washington’s role in the Balkans is tantamount to “leading from behind”.

main-bosnian-serb-opposition-party-evades-major-overhaul-05-29-2017
29 May 17

Bosnian Serb Opposition Party Ducks Major Reforms

Inconclusive party assembly disappoints those who hoped the Serbian Democratic Party would reinvigorate itself to the point where it could defeat Bosnian Serb strongman Milorad Dodik.

cracks-widen-in-ldk-ahead-of-kosovo-election-05-26-2017
29 May 17

Cracks Widen in LDK Ahead of Kosovo Election

Growing divisions inside the Democratic League of Kosovo may well affect its results in the coming general elections – as well as its future.

agony-of-wartime-rape-victims-endures-in-kosovo-05-28-2017-1
29 May 17

The Enduring Agony of Wartime Rape in Kosovo

Women who have suffered in silence for years in Kosovo, after being tortured and raped in the war, are being offered a reparations scheme – but the stigma of rape means many of them may not apply for it.

bosnians-celebrate-birthday-of-leader-they-never-knew-05-26-2017
26 May 17

Bosnians Celebrate Birthday of Leader They Never Knew

Bad weather did not stop a whole lot of young Bosnians from partying on May 25 in honour of the birthday of Yugoslav leader Josip Tito – who died long before most of them were born.

ziadin-sela-outlines-vision-for-a-new-macedonia-05-26-2017
26 May 17

Ziadin Sela Outlines Vision for a New Macedonia

Macedonian ethnic Albanian leader recalls the night he was almost killed in parliament – and says Albanians expect tangible results from their support for Zoran Zaev - starting with justice reform.

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