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bosnian-constitutional-court-under-pressure-from-serb-referendum-08-29-2016
30 Aug 16

Bosnian Constitutional Court ‘Under Pressure’ from Serb Referendum

A Bosnian Serb referendum challenging the authority of the country’s Constitutional Court represents “direct political pressure” aimed at undermining the state-level institution, its president told BIRN.

denis-zvizdic-the-loyal-party-soldier-tipped-for-the-top-08-22-2016
26 Aug 16

Denis Zvizdic: Loyal Party Soldier Tipped for the Top

Speculation is rife that Zvizdic, chairman of Bosnia’s Council of Ministers and loyal SDA party soldier, harbours state-level presidential ambitions.

bosnian-serbs-divided-over-controversial-referendum-08-23-2016
24 Aug 16

Bosnian Serbs Divided over Controversial Referendum

Next month’s referendum in Bosnia’s Republika Srpska entity is seen by some Serbs as a move to defend their rights, but others claim it’s a waste of money staged only for political advantage.

western-failures-give-new-life-to-old-balkan-ghosts-08-19-2016
22 Aug 16

Western Failures Give New Life to Old Balkan Ghosts

The EU and US’s failure to better defend democracy and human rights in Turkey, where a government crackdown on opponents is continuing, sends a dangerous message to Balkan political elites.

sarajevo-siege-film-explores-legacy-of-trauma-08-18-2016
19 Aug 16

Sarajevo Siege Film Explores Legacy of Trauma

The crew behind ‘Sarajevo Roses’, which has just premiered in the Bosnian capital, say they hope their documentary about how people have dealt with their wartime traumas will help others.

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15 Aug 16

Insiders’ Guide: Hidden Gems of the Balkans

Visiting the Balkans this summer? Get off the beaten track and visit some of the region’s lesser-known beauty spots.

sarajevo-s-firefighters-recall-a-city-in-flames-08-11-2016
12 Aug 16

Sarajevo’s Firefighters Recall a City in Flames

During the siege of Sarajevo, the city’s firefighters battled thousands of blazes while trying to dodge sniper bullets and shells, risking their own lives to save others.

dragan-covic-warrior-for-a-third-entity-08-10-2016
11 Aug 16

Dragan Covic: Warrior for a Third Entity

The undisputed leader of the Bosnian Croats is accused by some of prioritising ethnic politics over his voters’ real needs – but he remains adamant that a third, Croatian entity in Bosnia is indispensible.

bosnian-war-crimes-convicts-pay-to-stay-free-08-09-2016
10 Aug 16

Bosnian War Crimes Convicts Pay to Stay Free

Bosnian courts have allowed five war crimes convicts to avoid serving their prison sentences by paying a fine, BIRN has found - a practice which critics claim makes a mockery of justice.

bosnian-war-memorials-become-political-battleground-08-08-2016
08 Aug 16

Bosnian War Memorials Become Political Battleground

Depending on which ethnic group is in control, local authorities allow some war victims to erect memorials but deny others - causing tensions which are exacerbated by the lack of state legislation on monuments.

mladen-bosic-dodik-s-shaky-rival-08-05-2016
08 Aug 16

Mladen Bosic: Dodik’s Shaky Rival

The head of Republika Srpska’s strongest opposition party will be left fighting for political life if he loses another election to President Dodik.

balkans-rio-flag-bearers-08-02-2016
05 Aug 16

Balkan Athletes Ready to Wave Flags in Rio

Ahead of the 2016 Olympics Parade of Nations set for August 5, Balkan athletes are getting ready for the ceremonial opening march when they will proudly carry their countries’ colours.

clinton-trump-battle-reopens-old-balkan-wounds-08-03-2016
04 Aug 16

Clinton-Trump Battle Reopens Old Balkan Wounds

Americans may be undecided as to how to vote in the US Presidential elections in November - but the preferences of many people in the Balkans were set a long time ago.

hopes-run-high-for-balkan-nations-in-rio-08-03-2016
03 Aug 16

Hopes Run High For Balkan Nations in Rio

As the region’s top sportsmen and women head for Brazil, hopes of glory are running high throughout the troubled region.

harsh-crackdown-leaves-turkey-fearful-and-divided-08-03-2016
03 Aug 16

Harsh Crackdown Leaves Turkey Fearful and Divided

As the government crackdown on alleged coup instigators develops into a broad sweep against the opposition, tens of thousands of Turks find themselves caught in the middle.