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spark-fades-away-in-bosnia-s-last-match-factory-05-18-2017
19 May 17

Spark Fades Away in Bosnia’s Last Match Factory

Only a dozen workers remain in the Dolac match factory, Bosnia’s last, which has been churning out matches using a secret recipe since the days of the Emperor Franz Joseph.

bosnian-serbs-stale-politics-face-big-shakeup-05-15-2017
16 May 17

Bosnian Serbs’ Stale Politics Face Big Shakeup

The once stagnant and monotonous political scene in Bosnia’s Serb-dominated entity is now in a state of unusual turmoil, which could lead to major changes.

ruling-coalition-breakups-heighten-bosnia-s-agony-05-15-2017
15 May 17

Ruling Coalition Breakups Heighten Bosnia’s Agony

The de-facto collapse of the ruling coalitions at state level and the Federation Entity are pushing Bosnia deeper into political and economic turmoil.

serb-soldier-pays-homage-to-his-enemy-saviours-05-12-2017
15 May 17

Serb Soldier Pays Homage to His ‘Enemy’ Saviours

After Serb soldier Nikola Barisic stepped on a landmine, his life was saved by ‘enemy’ troops and medics - and he has now returned to donate thousands of euros to their hospital in gratitude.

bosnian-wartime-aid-convoy-attackers-evade-justice-05-11-2017
12 May 17

Bosnian Wartime Aid Convoy Attackers Evade Justice

Twenty-four years have passed without any prosecutions for the ambush of the ‘Tuzla Convoy of Salvation’, when seven Bosniak truck drivers and several passengers were killed by Croat forces.

bosnia-must-say-what-it-wants-from-nato-05-09-2017
09 May 17

Bosnia Must Say What it Wants from NATO

The Bosnian authorities need to explain what they want from their partnership with NATO, particularly on security issues and fighting violent extremism, the political adviser at the US Mission to NATO told BIRN.

balkan-rulers-who-just-won-t-say-goodbye-05-07-2017-1
08 May 17

Balkan Rulers Who Just Won’t Say Goodbye

Kings may have departed from the Balkan stage but many of the region’s current leaders weild power in monarchical style - clinging to office for decades. Here is the selection of ten politicans who think it is never the right time to bow out.

bosnian-savours-success-on-europe-s-catwalks-05-05-2017
05 May 17

Bosnian Savours Success on Europe's Catwalks

Some of the clothing displayed at top fashion shows in Milan, London and Stockholm and worn by the likes of Madonna comes from Halida Susa’s humble home in a remote suburb of Sarajevo.

eu-watches-idly-as-balkans-slides-into-chaos-05-05-2017
05 May 17

EU Watches Idly As Balkans Slides Into Chaos

The recent violence in Macedonia, and the various crises in and between Albania, Bosnia, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia, all suggest the Balkans may be sliding into turmoil and even conflict.

far-right-balkan-groups-flourish-on-the-net-05-03-2017
05 May 17

Far-Right Balkan Groups Flourish on the Net

Excluded from the mainstream media, whose content is more heavily policed, the purveyors of extreme ideologies are spreading their messages of fear and hatred on social networks.

soaring-debt-threatens-bosnia-s-liquidity-05-04-2017
04 May 17

Soaring Debt Threatens Bosnia’s Liquidity

With the IMF program effectively blocked, Bosnia’s governments will have to turn to more commercial loans to cover their budgets – which come at a worryingly high price.

propaganda-trip-why-franjo-tudjman-s-biographer-rebelled-04-27-2017
03 May 17

Propaganda Trip: Why Franjo Tudjman’s Biographer Rebelled

Twenty years on, US author Joe Tripician recalls his bizarre experience of trying to write a state-funded biography of 1990s Croatian President Franjo Tudjman - and how his conscience derailed the project.

mayday-in-ex-yugoslavia-turns-from-feasts-to-protests-04-30-2017
01 May 17

Mayday in Ex-Yugoslavia Turns From Feasts to Protests

Labour Day in former Yugoslavia used to be marked by feasts and state sponsored parades, but the steady erosion of workers’ rights mean that workers these days have little to celebrate.

ivica-todoric-croatia-s-tycoon-who-wanted-too-much-04-25-2017
27 Apr 17

Ivica Todoric: Croatia's Tycoon Who Wanted Too Much

Ivica Todoric, the man who transformed his flower company into one of the Balkans' biggest business empires, Agrokor, now faces the possibility of seeing the debt-ridden firm go under.

mine-sale-sparks-bosnian-serb-israeli-diplomatic-row-04-25-2017
26 Apr 17

Mine Sale Sparks Bosnian Serb-Israeli Diplomatic Row

The possible sale of Bosnia's key iron-ore mine to an Israeli investor has sparked political infighting in Republika Srpska and a diplomatic row involving Bosnian Serb politicians and Israel.