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discord-over-russia-widens-cracks-in-eastern-europe-09-13-2017
15 Sep 17

Discord Over Russia Widens Cracks in Eastern Europe

Experts say the Visegrad Group and Balkan countries need to put aside their growing differences on Russia – or migrants – and focus on pragmatic projects that benefit them all.

serbian-mortars-traced-to-banned-kurdish-militia-09-13-2017
14 Sep 17

Serbian Mortars Traced to Banned Kurdish Militia

Former US President Obama vowed not to arm Kurdish groups in Syria to appease Turkey, but reporters have traced Serbian mortar shells purchased by the Pentagon to a banned militia.

catholic-bishop-becomes-croatian-far-right-champion-09-12-2017
14 Sep 17

Catholic Bishop Becomes Croatian Far-Right Champion

Croatia's far right, which has been on the march in recent months, has an unusual cheerleader - a controversial Catholic bishop who has even preached his nationalist message with a live band.

russia-s-big-games-strike-echoes-in-the-balkans-09-13-2017
14 Sep 17

Russia’s Big Games Strike Echoes in the Balkans

As Moscow unrolls its biggest military exercise in decades, the Balkans is also feeling the heat from growing tension between East and West.

german-concerns-spark-pentagon-reroute-of-syria-bound-arms-09-12-2017
12 Sep 17

German Concerns Spark Pentagon Reroute of Syria-Bound Arms

The Pentagon has rerouted its weapons supply-line to Syria after officials in Berlin became concerned at the surge in arms being transferred through US bases in Germany.

the-pentagon-s-2-2-billion-soviet-arms-pipeline-flooding-syria-09-12-2017
12 Sep 17

The Pentagon's $2.2 Billion Soviet Arms Pipeline Flooding Syria

The Pentagon is on a spending spree as it scrabbles to amass vast quantities of Soviet-style weapons and ammunition. But it’s running into problems sourcing them, and is using misleading legal documents to disguise their final destination: Syria.

nikola-tesla-museum-faces-uncertain-future-09-11-2017
12 Sep 17

Belgrade's Nikola Tesla Museum Faces Uncertain Future

The Nikola Tesla Museum’s building must be handed over to the heirs of its pre-war owners, but it’s unclear when plans to rehouse it in a derelict power plant will be realised.

montenegro-risks-another-war-crimes-trial-failure-09-11-2017
12 Sep 17

Montenegro Risks Another War Crimes Trial Failure

After a series of embarrassing acquittals, Montenegro is launching another flawed war crimes trial, with prosecutors risking failure again because of the desire to get results that will please the EU.

bosnia-s-old-political-dog-won-t-learn-new-tricks-09-12-2017
12 Sep 17

Bosnia's Old Political Dogs Won’t Learn New Tricks

Bosnia's political parties’ self-centred, populist policies may be pushing the country over the edge – but that doesn’t mean any of them will change course.

mystery-fires-rob-bulgaria-s-capital-of-its-heritage-09-10-2017-1
11 Sep 17

Mystery Fires Rob Bulgaria’s Capital of its Heritage

Landmark buildings in Sofia seem doomed to disappear one by one from the city as a result of neglect – and curiously frequent fires. 

bosnia-yearns-for-return-of-its-birth-certificate--09-06-2017
07 Sep 17

Bosnia Yearns for Return of Its ‘Birth Certificate’

Historians and officials in Bosnia are battling to recover the 12th-century Charter of Ban Kulin – the ‘birth certificate of the Bosnian state’ – the oldest copy of which is in Russia.

moldova-feels-squeezed-in-russia-s-information-war-09-06-2017
07 Sep 17

Moldova Feels Squeezed in Russia’s Information War

Corruption and weak legislation have turned Moldova into a media battleground – in which Russia seems to have the upper hand.

staying-power-of-kosovo-s-new-government-doubted-09-06-2017
06 Sep 17

Staying Power of Kosovo’s New Government Doubted

As a disparate group of parties finally form a coalition government in Kosovo, opposition leaders and experts question its strength and durability.

bosnia-s-political-turmoil-creates-dilemmas-for-its-neighbours-09-05-2017
06 Sep 17

Bosnia’s Political Turmoil Creates Dilemmas for Its Neighbours

The escalation of all-out warfare between the parties in Bosnia creates a diplomatic minefield for Croatian and Serbian leaders as they visit the country.

german-turkish-feud-threatens-eu-role-in-balkans-09-02-2017
05 Sep 17

German-Turkish Feud Threatens EU Role in Balkans

If the dispute between Germany and Turkey worsens, President Erdogan will be tempted to try to undermine the EU in the Balkans, experts warn.

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