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23 Jan 17

Serbian Activists Accuse Official of Making Threats

A member of the Let’s not Drown Belgrade movement said a newly-employed staffer in the government’s Kosovo office was one of many people to have threatened them on social networks.

jews-boycott-croatia-holocaust-commemoration-due-to-govt--01-23-2017
23 Jan 17

Croatian Jews Boycott State-Run Holocaust Commemoration

The Croatian Jewish community will boycott the state commemoration of the Holocaust, claiming that the government is not tackling attempts by right-wingers to distort the country’s WWII history.

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21 Jan 17

Businessman Bonded Croatia President to Trump Team

US businessman Jeffory Blackard says fruitful meetings he arranged in the US for Croatia's President gave her a head start on most world leaders when it comes to Team Trump.

balkan-capitals-join-the-women-s-march-on-washington-01-20-2017
21 Jan 17

Balkan Feminists Rally in Solidarity With US Women

Activists in Belgrade, Pristina and Sofia will hold rallies in solidarity with the huge women's march planned for Washington, one day after Donald Trump's inauguration.

fudge-over-bosnian-serbs-visits-to-trump-official-inauguration--01-20-2017
20 Jan 17

Bosnian Serb Invites to Trump Gala Disputed

Although the Republika Srpska's government website claimed the Prime Minister of the Bosnian entity was attending Donald Trump's inauguration, a US embassy statement suggested she was not the official invitee.

nationalist-train-stuns-serbian-rail-passengers-01-20-2017
20 Jan 17

‘Nationalist’ Train Stuns Serbian Rail Passengers

The train that sparked tensions with Kosovo with its nationalist slogans and pictures surprised passengers commuting from Kraljevo to Pozega when it turned up instead of their standard carrier.

bosnian-serb-students-send-trump-inaugural-gift-01-20-2017
20 Jan 17

Bosnian Serb Students Send Trump Inaugural Gift

Reflecting Serb enthusiasm about the Trump era, Bosnian Serb students have sent an inaugural gift to the new US President and his Slovenian-born wife, Melania, wishing them success.

croatian-school-shocks-by-cancelling-anne-frank-exhibition-01-20-2017
20 Jan 17

Croatian School Removes Anne Frank Exhibition

An exhibition on Anne Frank was removed from a school in the town of Sibenik over claims the Croatian WWII fascist Ustasa fighters were depicted as villains and anti-fascist Partisans as innocents.

ngo-accuses-croatia-of-forcing-refugees-to-serbia-01-20-2017-1
20 Jan 17

Croatia Accused of Forcing Asylum-Seekers Out

Campaign group Human Rights Watch claimed Croatian police have been forcing asylum-seekers across the border to Serbia, sometimes using violence, without allowing them to make asylum claims.

bulgaria-serbia-put-high-hopes-on-joint-pipeline-01-19-2017-2
20 Jan 17

Bulgaria, Serbia Voice High Hopes About Gas Pipeline

Ministers of Bulgaria and Serbia have agreed a gas interconnector should become fully operational by 2020, helping both countries reduce their dependency on Russian energy.

serbian-president-s-war-talk-startles-veterans-01-19-2017
20 Jan 17

Serbian President’s War Talk Startles Veterans

After the Serbian President claimed he and his sons were ready to fight in Kosovo, veterans associations and the army union say its questionable how many would follow them.

macedonia-drops-coup-charges-against-opposition-leader-01-19-2017
19 Jan 17

Macedonia Prosecution Drops Charges Against Zaev

Macedonia's main parties have given contrasting reactions to the decision of the SJO to drop all charges against the leader of the opposition Social Democrats, SDSM, Zoran Zaev.

bosnian-minister-urges-prosecutors-to-quiz-warmongers--01-19-2017
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.

bosnian-police-appeal-for-help-identifying-vucic-attackers-01-19-2017
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.

russia-may-recognise-kosovo-uk-expert-says-01-19-2017
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.

citizens-help-animals-survive-cold-in-balkans-01-18-2017
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.

putin-s-old-moldova-map-alarms-romania-01-18-2017
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.

dodik-unrepentant-after-us-sanctions-announced-01-18-2017
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.

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investment-in-macedonia-falls-short-of-govt-hype-01-23-2017
23 Jan 17

Investment in Macedonia Falls Short of Govt Hype

BIRN database shows foreign firms invested only a small fraction of money in Macedonian that officials said was in the pipeline.

capturing-the-image-of-ethnic-cleansing-in-bosnia-01-19-2017
23 Jan 17

Capturing the Image of Ethnic Cleansing in Bosnia

Photojournalist Ron Haviv’s shocking image of a Serbian paramilitary kicking a woman’s corpse during the Bosnian war is one of the subjects of a forthcoming documentary about his most significant pictures.

20 Jan 17

Birth of Trump Era Divides Balkan Countries

18 Jan 17

Serbia Urged to Build on Results of 2016

17 Jan 17

Dodik’s Secession Talk Keeps Bosnia on Edge