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26 Mar 17

Bulgaria Enters Knife-Edge Parliamentary Contest

The likely outcome of the general election in Bulgaria remains unclear with only a few percentage points separating the main centre-right and centre-left parties. 

kosovo-witnesses-claimed-to-be-expelled-from-home-03-24-2017
25 Mar 17

Kosovo Witnesses Recall Expulsions by Serbian Forces

Two survivors of a massacre by Serbian forces in the Kosovo village of Cuska in May 1999 told a Belgrade court how they were forcibly evicted from their homes.

bosnian-croat-military-police-chief-challenges-conviction-03-24-2017
24 Mar 17

Bosnian Croat Military Police Chief Challenges Conviction

The wartime commander of the Bosniak Croat military police force, Valentin Coric, jailed by the Hague Tribunal for 16 years for war crimes against Bosniaks, appealed against his conviction.

prosecution-proposes-new-witnesses-on-ivanovic-retrial-03-24-2017
24 Mar 17

Kosovo Serb Leader Asserts Innocence as Retrial Begins

The retrial of Kosovo Serb political party leader Oliver Ivanovic began with the defendant again insisting he is not guilty of ordering the killings of nine ethnic Albanians in 1999.

serbia-marks-18th-anniversary-of-nato-bombing-03-24-2017
24 Mar 17

Serbia Mourns 1999 Bombing Victims; Kosovo Thanks NATO

Serbia marked the 18th anniversary of NATO bombing of Yugoslavia with a ceremony in Grdelica, where a passenger train was hit - but Kosovo officials gave thanks for the Western military intervention.

bosnia-indicts-sixteen-people-for-banking-scam-03-24-2017
24 Mar 17

Bosnia Court Indicts 16 for RS Banking Scam

A court has confirmed an indictment against 16 people accused of issuing illegal loans and guarantees on behalf of a defunct bank in the mainly Serbian entity, Republika Srpska.

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24 Mar 17

US Holocaust Envoy Warns Croatia About Fascist Symbols

On a visit to Croatia, the US State Department envoy for Holocaust issues warned the authorities that symbols of the WWII fascist Ustasa movement are offensive to victims and their families.

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24 Mar 17

Popular Support for EU Holds Firm, Survey Shows

New survey by Bertelmann’s Stiftung shows two-thirds of people in EU back the European project, though far fewer support integration or think matters are going well.

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24 Mar 17

Timeline: Bulgaria Readies for Tight Parliamentary Race

As Bulgaria heads for snap general elections on March 26, polls suggest it will be neck and neck between former ruling centre-right Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria, GERB, and the main opposition left-oriented Bulgarian Socialist Party, BSP.

dance-festival-brings-russian-ballet-legend-to-belgrade-03-23-2017
24 Mar 17

Dance Festival Brings Russian Ballet Legend to Belgrade

The 14th installment of Belgrade’s prestigious and popular Dance Festival is already slated to be the biggest and most widely-attended iteration to date.

croatian-minister-potentially-investigated-for-agrokor-ties-03-23-2017
24 Mar 17

Croatian Minister Could Face Probe for Agrokor Ties

Croatia’s Commission for Conflict of Interest Prevention could investigate the country’s finance minister over a potential conflict of interest due to his links with the troubled Agrokor company.

bosnian-croat-deputy-commander-denies-ethnic-cleansing-03-23-2017
23 Mar 17

Bosnian Croat Deputy Commander Denies Ethnic Cleansing

Former Croatian Defence Council deputy commander Milivoje Petkovic appealed at the Hague Tribunal against his 20-year prison sentence for wartime crimes against Bosniaks.

bosnia-dismisses-deputy-defense-minister-over-serb-celebration-03-23-2017
23 Mar 17

Bosnian Defence Official Fired Over Serb Troop Display

Bosnia’s parliament dismissed a deputy defence minister who agreed to allow an army regiment to attend a Bosnian Serb ‘statehood day’ celebration that had been banned by the Constitutional Court.

serbian-military-museum-commemorates-victims-of-nato-bombing-03-23-2017
23 Mar 17

Serbia Exhibits Weapon That Downed US Stealth Bomber

Commemorating the victims of the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia, the anti-aircraft rocket launcher that shot down a US F-117A aircraft stealth bomber in 1999 went on display at Belgrade’s Military Museum.

macedonia-s-prosecution-starts-four-new-inquiries-03-23-2017
23 Mar 17

Macedonia Prosecutors Launch Four New Graft Probes

Macedonia's Special Prosecution launched four new investigations into suspected financial crimes, with alleged perpetrators including a former assistant minister and two pro-government news editors.

albania-tries-to-reconnect-ties-in-washington-03-22-2017
23 Mar 17

Albania Reforms Senate Caucus to Boost US Ties

After years of allowing its old association in the US Congress to lapse, the Senate Caucus has been reactivated to support the aspirations of Albanians and their influence in Washington.

bosnia-to-discuss-dissmisal-of-defense-minister-over-army-presence-at-day-of-republika-srpska-03-22-2017
23 Mar 17

Bosnia Mulls Sacking Defence Minister Over Serb Celebration

Parliament is to discuss whether to oust the defence minister and her deputies over Bosnian Army troops’ controversial presence at a banned Bosnian Serb ‘statehood day’ celebration in January.

proposal-to-cut-prison-sentences-in-kosovo-faces-strong-opposition-03-22-2017
23 Mar 17

Kosovo MP's Move to Cut Jail Terms Slated

An amendment by a ruling party MP cut prison terms by a third has drawn a good deal of adverse comment from politicians, experts and international representatives in Pristina.

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turkey-s-anti-gulen-campaign-leaves-bosniaks-in-dilemma-03-24-2017
24 Mar 17

Turkey’s anti-Gulen Campaign Leaves Bosniaks in Dilemma

The failure of Bosnia’s Bosniak leaders to meet Turkish demands to close down organisations allegedly linked to Fethullah Gulen could cost them Ankara’s support.

bosnia-s-pyramids-get-celebrated-from-unusual-perspective-03-23-2017
23 Mar 17

Bosnia’s 'Pyramids' Get Celebrated from Unusual Perspective

Brussels-based photographer Thomas Nolf embraces Visoko’s famous so-called pyramids for offering a divided country a positive ‘ground-up’ version of history.

22 Mar 17

Vanished Mural Sparks Protests in Novi Sad

22 Mar 17

Belgrade Tween Conquers World of Music