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01 Sep 16

Macedonian Election Set for December

The leaders of Macedonia’s four main political parties agree to hold the twice-postponed general election on December 11, after reaching a deal on forming an interim government.

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31 Aug 16

Bosnia and Europol Sign Landmark Cooperation Deal

Agreement with Europol, which involves sharing data and joint planning of operations to tackle terrorism and organized crime, has been widely welcomed.

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31 Aug 16

Divided West Leaves Bosnia's ‘Governor’ Exposed

The Office of the High Representative has suffered a major blow after the international community declined to support it against the Bosnian Serb referendum - which may have dire implications.

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31 Aug 16

Kosovo Urged to Send Border Deal to Arbitration

Haki Abazi, from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, believes the best solution to the Kosovo- Montenegro border demarcation issue could lie in international arbitration.

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31 Aug 16

Montenegro Minister Accuses Police of 'Coup Attempt'

In the latest dispute between the opposition interior minister and the police, the minister has accused of the police chief of concealing information from him and of an 'attempted coup'.

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31 Aug 16

Serbian City Plans Monument to Partisans’ WWII Victims

The northern city of Novi Sad is to build a monument commemorating people killed by Josip Broz Tito’s Partisan forces at the end of World War II.

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31 Aug 16

Tourism in Bulgaria Set For Record Summer

After 4.5 million tourists visited Bulgaria between January and July, which is 16.9 per cent more than in the same period in 2015, minister predicts best tourism year ever.

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31 Aug 16

Serbia Leaders to Discuss Referendum With Bosnian Serbs

Serbia's president and prime minister are to meet Bosnian Serb leaders to discuss the controversial referendum - due in September - as international opposition to it mounts.

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31 Aug 16

Albania MPs Back Vetting Judges and Prosecutors

Albania's parliament has adopted a law on introducing vetting for judges and prosecutors, despite opposition claims that it will result in a 'witch hunt'.

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31 Aug 16

Serbian Army Trains More With NATO Than Russia

Although little-reported in local media, Serbia conducted 206 joint military activities with US and NATO in 2016 but only 17 with Russia, the defence ministry told BIRN.

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30 Aug 16

BIRN Director Shortlisted for Vaclav Havel Prize

The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network’s regional director Gordana Igric has been nominated as one of three candidates for the prestigious Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize 2016.

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30 Aug 16

Vetevendosje Members Arrested for Kosovo Assembly Blast

Six members of the Vetevendosje (Self-Determination) opposition party were arrested on suspicion of terrorism after an explosive device was thrown at the Kosovo Assembly building earlier this month.

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30 Aug 16

Over 10,000 Still Missing from Yugoslav Wars

There are still 10,653 missing persons in the former Yugoslavia but the process of finding them is being hampered by divisions between countries in the region, the Serbian authorities warned.

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30 Aug 16

Bosnian Reporter Threatened for Criticising Burka

After reporter Lejla Colak compared the wearing of the burka and niqab with the public display of sex toys, she received threats of murder and rape. 

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30 Aug 16

Eight Bosnian Serb Soldiers Cleared of Rogatica Crimes

Eight former Bosnian Serb Army troops were acquitted of crimes against humanity including expulsions and murders in the Rogatica area in September 1992.

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30 Aug 16

Hague Prosecution Challenges Vojislav Seselj Acquittal

The prosecution at the UN court in The Hague has filed an appeal against the verdict acquitting the leader of the Serbian Radical Party, Vojislav Seselj, of crimes against humanity in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia.

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30 Aug 16

Montenegro Mulls Sending More Police to Kosovo Border

Montenegro does not expect clashes as Kosovo prepares to vote on a controversial border demarcation agreement between the two countries, but police are ready to tighten up security if needed.

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30 Aug 16

Serbia’s Jeremic Third in Poll for UN Top Job

Former Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic came in joint third place in Monday evening’s third round of informal voting for the new Secretary-General of the United Nations.

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31 Aug 16

Divided West Leaves Bosnia's ‘Governor’ Exposed

The Office of the High Representative has suffered a major blow after the international community declined to support it against the Bosnian Serb referendum - which may have dire implications.

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31 Aug 16

Zagreb Mayor Plays for Premiership Prize

Zagreb’s longstanding mayor Milan Bandic is conducting a vigorous campaign to win the prime minister’s post at Croatia’s elections - even though his own political party is tiny.

31 Aug 16

Pro-Govt Media Keeps Right-Wing Serbs Onside

29 Aug 16

Hidden Treasures of Belgrade’s Kalemegdan

26 Aug 16

Belgrade’s Ancient Crafts Guardians