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artists-mourn-closure-of-croatia-s-oldest-bookstore-07-10-2017
11 Jul 17

Artists Mourn Closure of Croatia’s Oldest Bookstore

Renowned Croatian bookstore Morpurgo is one of the oldest in Europe. As it prepares to close its doors, some still hope it will survive.

church-and-politicians-maintain-strong-alliance-in-serbia-07-06-2017
11 Jul 17

Serbia's Church and Politicians Maintain Convenient 'Marriage'

Serbia’s Orthodox Church and the ruling political elites continue to maintain a close alliance that has brought benefits to both sides.

elections-fail-to-cure-kosovo-s-political-maladies-07-10-2017
11 Jul 17

Elections Fail to Cure Kosovo’s Political Maladies

The recent snap election failed to fix Kosovo's political deadlock, raising questions about the  formation of a new government and continuation of reforms.

srebrenica-the-massacres-that-went-unpunished-07-09-2017
11 Jul 17

Srebrenica: The Massacres that Went Unpunished

Twenty-two years after the Srebrenica massacres, direct perpetrators of mass killings of Bosniaks at several lesser-known execution sites have still not been charged or put on trial.

video-messages-from-the-dead-of-srebrenica-07-07-2017
10 Jul 17

Video Messages from the Dead of Srebrenica

Recordings made by a Srebrenica man called Velid Delic, who was killed in the 1995 massacres, show life in the town during the war years - with poignant messages from people who never survived.

balkan-imams-take-counter-extremism-struggle-online-07-04-2017
10 Jul 17

Balkan Imams Take Counter-Extremism Struggle Online

After dozens of self-proclaimed imams were prosecuted for recruiting fighters for Middle East wars, state-backed religious organisations have joined the online fight for the hearts and minds of Muslims in the Balkans.

romania-s-vanishing-forests-leave-villages-in-peril-07-06-2017
10 Jul 17

Romania’s Vanishing Forests Leave Villages in Peril

Illegal logging continue to devastate Romania, leaving villages exposed to floods and landslides, while environmentalists and activists blaming corruption and weak penalties for the problem.

ivo-josipovic-croatia-going-in-wrong-direction-07-09-2017
10 Jul 17

Ivo Josipovic: Croatia Going in Wrong Direction

Former President Ivo Josipovic, in an interview for BIRN, says Croatia must face its past, promote peace and strengthen relations with its neighbours.

main-bosnian-serb-opposition-party-faces-uncertain-future-07-06-2017
07 Jul 17

Main Bosnian Serb Opposition Party Faces Uncertain Future

Without a thorough overhaul the Serb Democratic Party, SDS, faces further internal divisions and an uncertain political future, experts say.

serbia-seeks-to-boost-digital-start-ups-07-04-2017
07 Jul 17

Serbia Seeks to Boost Digital Start-Ups

Serbia’s robust tech sector is being assisted by schemes to encourage entrepreneurial endeavours - but some students still have to learn to take chances and join IT start-ups rather than seeking traditional jobs.

champion-croatian-priest-preaches-help-for-refugees-07-06-2017
07 Jul 17

Champion Croatian Priest Preaches Help for Refugees

Croatia should remember its own bitter war of the 90s and open its borders to refugees, says Tvrtko Barun, a Jesuit priest who was recently honoured by the European Parliament.

turmoil-shakes-romania-s-anti-graft-watchdog-07-05-2017
06 Jul 17

Turmoil Shakes Romania’s Anti-Graft Watchdog

The National Anti-Corruption Directorate, DNA, is caught between internal bickering and external attempts to discredit its work - which experts fear could undermine the fight against corruption in general. 

albanians-turn-memory-of-embassy-break-in-into-art-07-05-2017
06 Jul 17

Albanians Turn Memory of Embassy Break-in Into Art

Albania is marking 27 years since thousands of people fleeing communist rule took refuges in Western embassies – becoming the first to challenge the regime.

bulgarians-divided-as-capital-scraps-communist-era-landmark-07-05-2017
05 Jul 17

Bulgarians Divided as Capital Scraps Communist-Era Landmark

Despite protests by artists and activists, the Sofia municipality is determined to remove a highly contested monument to ‘1,300 Years of Bulgaria’ from the centre of the capital. 

ethnic-partition-would-spell-disaster-for-the-balkans-07-04-2017
05 Jul 17

Ethnic Partition Would Spell Disaster for the Balkans

Calls to rearrange Balkan borders along ethnic criteria are dangerously retrograde - and would fuel the very conflicts they seek to resolve.

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