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referendum-pledge-haunts-bosnian-serb-supremo-10-16-2017
17 Oct 17

Referendum Pledge Haunts Bosnian Serb Supremo

Milorad Dodik’s controversial vow to hold a referendum on the powers of Bosnia’s state courts is likely to loom large as the Bosnian Serb assembly reconvenes in a fractious mood.

bosnian-lgbts-remain-in-closet-to-stay-safe-10-04-2017
09 Oct 17

Bosnian LGBTs Remain in Closet to Stay Safe

In this still traditional patriarchal society, gay people say discretion is more important than valour for purely safety-related reasons.

catalonia-s-independence-push-echoes-across-balkans-10-05-2017
05 Oct 17

Catalonia’s Independence Push Echoes Across Balkans

The Spanish region’s bid for independence has reverberated across the Balkans, which has a history of separatism and where some regions harbour similar ambitions.

naser-oric-srebrenica-commander-inspires-love-and-hate-10-02-2017
05 Oct 17

Naser Oric: Srebrenica Commander Inspires Love and Hate

Ahead of his war crimes verdict, Naser Oric, a wartime defender of Srebrenica who once worked as Slobodan Milosevic’s bodyguard, says he is “loved” by Bosniaks - but is also despised by many Serbs.

catalonia-won-t-get-much-help-from-the-balkans-10-03-2017
04 Oct 17

Catalonia Won’t Get Much Help From the Balkans

A number of Balkan states may have been rebellious provinces within recent memory – but don’t expect them to stick up for anyone else’s fight for self-determination.

croatia-s-spying-row-with-bosnia-is-no-coincidence-10-02-2017
03 Oct 17

Croatia’s Spying Row With Bosnia is No Coincidence

As Croatia braces for a potentially devastating war-crimes ruling in November, it is desperately trying to force Bosnia on to the defensive.

agrokor-crisis-may-give-russia-balkan-breakthrough--09-29-2017
02 Oct 17

Agrokor Crisis May Give Russia ‘Balkan Breakthrough’

Russia may try to its use the huge debts that the failing Croatian giant owes it to mightily strengthen its presence in the Balkans, a Slovenian expert, Borut Suklje, told BIRN.

bosnian-state-court-president-condemns-unfair-criticism--09-29-2017
02 Oct 17

Bosnian State Court President Condemns ‘Unfair Criticism’

The Bosnian state court deserves praise for completing hundreds of war crimes cases, but it still has a “long road ahead” to clear its huge backlog, its president Ranko Debevec told BIRN.

sarajevo-s-metalworkers-revive-their-craft-09-29-2017
29 Sep 17

Sarajevo's Metalworkers Revive their Craft

Practising traditional crafts used to be despised in Bosnia – but in times of high unemployment and stress, the contented craftsmen in Sarajevo’s Old Town feel they are the lucky ones.

un-speeches-underscore-balkans-states-disunity-09-26-2017
26 Sep 17

UN Speeches Underscore Balkans States’ Disunity

Balkan leaders’ speeches to the 72nd UN General Assembly underlined their countries’ different - and often opposing - agendas.

bosnia-croatia-feud-risks-spiralling-out-of-control-09-25-2017
25 Sep 17

Bosnia-Croatia Feud Risks Spiralling out of Control

An already ugly diplomatic war between Croatia and Bosnia could get a lot worse following an upcoming war-crimes verdict.

bosnia-s-bone-hospital-still-haunts-its-inmates-09-22-2017
25 Sep 17

Bosnia’s ‘Bone Hospital’ Still Haunts its Inmates

The destruction of a memorial to Bosniaks imprisoned at the Kostana Hospital detention camp in Stolac during wartime brought back disturbing memories of the torture they endured there.

managing-the-last-days-of-milorad-dodik-09-18-2017
19 Sep 17

Managing the Last Days of Milorad Dodik

The regime in the Bosnian Serb entity is fast imploding – but whether anyone in the West has the will to mediate this process remains unclear.

world-s-top-cliff-divers-take-on-old-bosnian-tradition-09-16-2017
16 Sep 17

World’s Top Cliff Divers Take On Old Bosnian Tradition

Red Bull has been organizing cliff-diving competitions since 2009, but when it included Mostar on its list of venues two years ago, it came to a place with its own, centuries-old, tradition of diving.

pentagon-hires-scandal-hit-brokers-for-syria-arms-buy-up-09-15-2017
15 Sep 17

Pentagon Hires Scandal-hit Brokers for Syria Arms Buy-up

The Pentagon’s battle against ISIS relies on an Eastern European arms supply-line operated, in part, by firms and executives linked to fraud, foreign bribery, Bulgarian organised crime and the death of a contractor.