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18 Dec 17

‘Roma Segregated’ in Bulgarian Maternity Wards

As claims Roma women are routinely placed in separate ‘gipsy sections’ in maternity wards surface, it seems discrimination against Bulgarian Roma literally starts at birth.

vlad-plahotniuc-moldova-s-unloved-puppeteer--12-11-2017
18 Dec 17

Vlad Plahotniuc, Moldova’s Unloved ‘Puppet Master’

He may want to be seen as the EU’s champion in Moldova, but few people there believe the wealthy businessman and media mogul will really change anything for the better in the country.

serbia-s-secret-police-files-closed-to-scrutiny-12-15-2017
18 Dec 17

Serbia’s Secret Police Files Closed to Scrutiny

Activists allowed to see their secret police files after Slobodan Milosevic was ousted say that because secrecy was quickly reimposed, suspicions remain that the intelligence service still plays a political role in Serbia.

kosovo-serb-minister-learning-albanian-is-necessary-12-14-2017
15 Dec 17

Kosovo Serb Minister: Learning Albanian is Necessary

Kosovo government minister Dalibor Jevtic says Serbs and Albanians need to build trust - and that Kosovo Serb children should learn the Albanian language to ensure better communication for the future.

rising-balkan-risks-demand-action-home-and-abroad-12-14-2017
14 Dec 17

Rising Balkan Risks Demand Action Home and Abroad

Heightened tensions and potential violence have been predicted for the Balkans in 2018, so people in the region must find the courage to seek solutions themselves, with help from Washington and Brussels.

hopes-for-reunited-sarajevo-kindled-by-youth-olympics-12-07-2017
14 Dec 17

Youth Olympics Kindle Hopes of Unity for Sarajevo

The Bosnian capital Sarajevo became divided from the mostly Serb-populated East Sarajevo because of the war, but they are now preparing to hold the 2019 European Youth Olympics Festival together.

homecoming-kosovo-serbs-face-an-uncertain-future-12-11-2017
14 Dec 17

Homecoming Kosovo Serbs Face an Uncertain Future

The secrecy surrounding a newly-built settlement in northern Kosovo highlights the problems facing Serbs who have returned to Kosovo after the war – and how they need security and jobs as well as houses.

lack-of-transparency-hampers-albania-s-judicial-vetting-reform-12-13-2017
13 Dec 17

Lack of Transparency Hampers Albania’s Judicial Vetting Reform

With three new institutions finally established to vet Albania’s future judges and prosecutors, judicial reform looked promising. However, observers worry a lack of transparency will erode public trust in the process. 

radioaparat-a-soapbox-for-belgrade-s-independent-voices-12-01-2017
13 Dec 17

Online Radio Helps Serbia’s Independent Media Survive

Serbia's web radio service RadioAparat celebrated its first birthday recently, consolidating its importance as one of the country’s few independent media outlets. 

croatia-s-frustrated-football-fans-hope-for-christmas-miracle-12-04-2017
13 Dec 17

Croatia's Corrupt Football World Thwarts Hope of Reform

As corruption allegations and court cases continue to tarnish Croatian football’s image, fans are losing hope that things will ever change in their beloved sport.

parallel-profits-bulgaria-s-medical-drug-dealers-12-01-2017
13 Dec 17

Parallel Profits: Bulgaria’s Medical Drug Dealers

Lax controls over the ‘parallel trade’ of expensive pharmaceuticals makes Bulgaria’s health care system ripe for plunder. Patients are the losers.

why-macedonians-and-greeks-should-work-together-12-11-2017
12 Dec 17

Why Macedonians and Greeks Should Work Together

Confidence-building initiatives that bring civil society activists in Greece and Macedonia together in practical ways have helped lay some of the groundwork for a potential rapprochement between Skopje and Athens.

vucic-turns-his-fire-on-serbian-twitter-critics-12-04-2017
11 Dec 17

Vucic Turns His Fire on Serbian Twitter Critics

Twitter is one of the few media in Serbia that the government cannot control, which may explain why it has become an obsession for Serbia’s image-conscious President.

serbia-s-embattled-trans-people-hope-for-brighter-future-12-08-2017
08 Dec 17

Serbia’s Embattled Trans People Hope for Brighter Future

Life for the Balkan country’s small trans community is difficult – but some activists are confident that the future is on their side.

skiing-serbia-the-highs-and-the-lows-12-04-2017
08 Dec 17

Skiing Serbia: The Highs and the Lows

Winter in Serbia can be magic. Ski snow-covered forests, trek peaceful mountains and eat great food; but make sure you get the right advice. 

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