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moldova-ngos-say-big-fish-avoiding-corruption-trials-09-02-2017
04 Sep 17

Moldova Big Fish Avoid Corruption Trials, Report

While corruption investigations are coming fast and furious in Moldova, few cases involving important people seem to end up in court, watchdogs warn. 

bosnia-s-islamist-hub-tag-is-complete-nonsense-09-01-2017
04 Sep 17

Bosnia’s ‘Islamist Hub’ Tag is Complete Nonsense

The EU’s anti-terror chief says the UK probably has more Islamist extremists than anywhere else in Europe – so why do people keep going on about Bosnia?

skopje-s-new-skenderbeg-square-takes-shape-09-01-2017
04 Sep 17

Macedonians Split Over New Skenderbeg Square

A new square in the Macednian capital named after the Albanian hero, Skenderbeg, is beginning to take its final shape - but not everyone is happy about its look or its cost.

the-everyday-desperation-of-bosnia-s-protesting-veterans-09-01-2017
01 Sep 17

The Everyday Desperation of Bosnia’s Protesting Veterans

War veterans in Bosnia’s Bosniak-Croat Federation entity have been protesting all summer for better conditions - but officials say there isn’t enough money in the budget to pay for the benefits they want.

scandals-force-romania-s-powerful-church-to-change-08-31-2017
01 Sep 17

Scandals Force Romania’s Powerful Church to Change

Recent corruption and sexual scandals involving clergy in Romania’s powerful Orthodox Church are forcing its leaders to be more accountable.

croatia-fascist-slogan-threatens-to-topple-govt--08-30-2017
31 Aug 17

Croatia Fascist Slogan Threatens to Topple Govt

The slogan of the Croatian WWII fascist Ustasa movement, ‘Za dom spremni’, remains so politically toxic that a dispute over a plaque bearing the words could bring down the country’s governing coalition.

why-kosovo-s-serbs-cannot-become-political-kingmakers-08-30-2017
30 Aug 17

Why Kosovo’s Serbs Cannot Become Political Kingmakers

The Kosovo Serbs ought to have real leverage in the country – but for a variety of reasons, they are not realising this potential.

bosnian-women-show-business-is-not-a-man-s-world--08-29-2017
30 Aug 17

Bosnian Women Show Business is not a ‘Man’s World’

More and more of women in Bosnia are breaking traditional patriarchal stereotypes in the Balkans with their entrepreneurial successes.

the-balkan-villages-that-swapped-populations-08-29-2017
30 Aug 17

The Croats and Serbs Who Swapped Homes

During the 1990s war, people from villages in Croatia and Serbia swapped houses to escape the violence - a forced population exchange that was labelled ‘humane relocation’, as a new BIRN documentary shows.

albin-kurti-kosovo-serbia-dialogue-is-dead--08-29-2017
29 Aug 17

Albin Kurti: Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue is ‘Dead’

The opposition Vetevendosje candidate for Kosovo prime minister, Albin Kurti, told BIRN that EU-sponsored talks between Pristina and Belgrade have ‘failed’ and should not continue.

vetevendosje-set-to-dominate-kosovo-s-future-political-scene-08-28-2017
29 Aug 17

Vetevendosje Set to Dominate Kosovo's Future Political Scene

2017 seems to be the year of Vetevendosje, whose surprising domination in the recent parliamentary elections is expected to be confirmed in the upcoming local elections, experts say.

sergey-samsonenko-macedonia-s-vanished-sporting-hero-08-24-2017
28 Aug 17

Sergey Samsonenko, Macedonia’s Vanished Sporting Hero

The contentious Russian businessman who flourished under the previous regime in Macedonia has terminated his role as the nation’s sporting patron now his allies are out of power.

briton-puts-bulgaria-s-communist-monuments-back-into-perspective-08-27-2017
28 Aug 17

Briton Puts Bulgaria’s Communist Monuments Back Into Perspective

British travel writer Darmon Richter – who moved to Bulgaria in 2011 and soon after started to explore its mostly forgotten Socialist-era monuments – has made it his mission to remind people of their significance.

kosovo-serbia-historic-deal-remains-stuck-years-on-08-25-2017
25 Aug 17

Kosovo-Serbia ‘Historic’ Deal Remains Stuck, Years On

Only one of the four agreements signed between Kosovo and Serbia two years ago has been implemented, while all others are blocked – as the two sides blame each other for the deadlock.

nato-s-black-sea-allies-look-divided-and-vulnerable-08-25-2017
25 Aug 17

NATO’s Black Sea Allies Look Divided and Vulnerable

NATO allies Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey cannot agree on a joint policy towards Russia’s military build-up in the region, which leaves all of them vulnerable.

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