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19 Jan 17

Bosnian Minister Asks Prosecutors to Quiz ‘Warmongers’

Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Security Minister Dragan Mektic called on prosecutors to question two high-profile commentators who predicted that war would break out again in the country.

19 Jan 17

Bosnians Urged to Help Identify Vucic Attackers

Bosnian police have asked the public to help identify those who attacked Serbia's Prime Minister at the 2015 memorial to the Srebrenica massacre.

19 Jan 17

Russia May Recognise Kosovo, UK Expert Says

Leading expert on Russia in UK says Moscow might recognise Kosovo as part of a grand re-set of America-Russia relations.

19 Jan 17

Balkan Locals Help Wildlife Survive Winter Freeze

All over the region, wildlife welfare organisations as well as ordinary people are doing their bit to help their furry or feathered friends survive the bone-chilling temperatures.

18 Jan 17

Putin’s Old Moldova Map Alarms Romania

Vladimir Putin has annoyed Romanians by presenting Moldova’s President Igor Dodon with an ancient map of Moldova that includes chunks of today’s Romania.

18 Jan 17

Bosnian Serb Leader Calls US Ambassador ‘Enemy’

Republika Srpska’s President Milorad Dodik responded to US sanctions imposed on him with a blistering attack on the US ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina, who he described as Bosnian Serbs’ enemy.

18 Jan 17

New 'Stop Soros' Movement Unveiled in Macedonia

Supporters of a new movement in Macedonia, SOS, have vowed to start 'de-Soros-ising' Macedonia, a process that the main ruling VMRO DPMNE party has increasingly underlined as a priority.

18 Jan 17

Ambassador Reminds Trump That Kosovo Loves America

Kosovo's ambassador to Washington, Vlora Citaku, has held a brief conversation with Donald Trump in which she reminded the new US President of her country's staunch loyalty to America.

18 Jan 17

Protest Sparks Clash at Serbian Ruling Party Event

Youth Initiative for Human Rights activists said they were attacked at a Serbian Progressive Party event in Beska when they protested about the featured speaker, war crimes convict Veselin Sljivancanin.

18 Jan 17

Political Turmoil Imperils Bulgaria’s 2018 EU Presidency

Bulgaria’s outgoing deputy prime minister sees the country’s EU presidency in 2018 as an opportunity, but experts fear that the country is falling behind with its preparations to lead the European bloc.

18 Jan 17

New Movements Emerge Ahead of Albanian Elections

Five months before general elections in Albania, several new political movements and parties have been founded, vowing to challenge the country’s political establishment.

17 Jan 17

US Sanctions Dodik for Obstructing Dayton Agreement

The US Treasury confirmed sanctions against Republika Srpska president Milorad Dodik on Tuesday after he defied rulings handed down by Bosnia's Constitutional Court.

17 Jan 17

Macedonian Secret Police ‘Obstructing Eavesdropping Trial’

At the trial of seven secret police employees charged with destroying documents to hide their involvement in large-scale illegal wiretapping, the Special Prosecution alleged the secret police were obstructing proceedings.

17 Jan 17

Kosovo Veteran’s Photographs Document Wartime Crimes

War crimes against Albanian civilians in the Gjakova/Djakovica area during the 1998-99 conflict are documented in an exhibition of pictures by Kosovo Liberation Army veteran Shkendije Hoda.

17 Jan 17

Yugoslav General Who Staged Croatia Retreat Dies

Former Yugoslav People’s Army general Vladimir Trifunovic, who was prosecuted for treason in Serbia and war crimes in Croatia, remained controversial for his dramatic withdrawal from Croatia in 1991.

17 Jan 17

Serbian Ruling Party Hosts War Crimes Convict

The ruling Serbian Progressive Party has been hosting Veselin Sljivancanin, who was convicted by the Hague Tribunal of responsibility for the 1991 Vukovar massacre, as a speaker at party events.

17 Jan 17

Croatian President Says ‘Wrong Refugees’ Arrived from Syria

President Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic said that able-bodied men, rather than women and children who really need help, had made their way to Europe from the Middle East.

17 Jan 17

Bosnian Experts Expect Little From NATO Chief's Visit

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg's visit to Bosnia in February is unlikely to result in major progress towards membership of the alliance, an expert has predicted, blaming political disarray in the country.

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19 Jan 17

Kosovo’s Serbs Feel Frightened, Insecure and Misused

Serbs in Kosovo say that the recent ‘propaganda train’ dispute between Belgrade and Pristina left them worried about their security and fearful that they are being used as political pawns.

18 Jan 17

Serbia Urged to Build on Results of 2016

Serbia’s economy outperformed most predictions last year – but experts say the government must not fritter away the gains in pay and pension rises, or it risks ending up where it started.

17 Jan 17

Dodik’s Secession Talk Keeps Bosnia on Edge

17 Jan 17

Young Albanians Strike Gold in the Emirates

13 Jan 17

NATO Ignoring Balkan Tensions, Experts Warn