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18 Jan 18

EU Funds Bring Hope for Bosnia's Neglected Farmers

A last-minute political breakthrough means that Bosnian farmers may finally be able to access badly needed EU funds for agriculture.

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17 Jan 18

How Rich Are the Balkans’ Top Politicians?

Senior politicians in the region may earn far more than the average citizen – but the biggest earners are rarely those occupying the highest state posts. 

balkan-terror-trials-reveal-links-to-western-europe-01-08-2018
09 Jan 18

Balkan Terror Trials Reveal Links to Western Europe

Terrorism trials involving Balkan Islamists show that many of these individuals were either indoctrinated by – or had close links to – radicalised communities in Germany, Austria and Italy. 

turkish-ruling-party-s-balkan-branches-plan-causes-concern-01-08-2018
09 Jan 18

Turkish Party’s Balkan Branches Plan Causes Concern

After Turkey’s ruling party announced that it plans to open representative branches in some Balkan capitals – and elsewhere – experts have been pondering the party’s motives and agenda.

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03 Jan 18

Bosnia in 2018: Country Braces for Logjams and Turbulence

From general elections threatened by a faulty election law to the deepening political crisis and a blocked path to the EU path, Bosnia is facing both old as well as some new challenges.   

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03 Jan 18

Commission Sees 2018 As Balkans’ Year of Opportunity

In a regional review for BIRN, the European Commission says it is working on a new strategy for the Balkans and urges the countries to embrace the chance to further their European perspectives.

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27 Dec 17

Facebook Reveals Serbian Fighters’ Role in Ukraine War

Social media posts from the Ukrainian battlefields have been invaluable in enabling prosecutors in Serbia and Montenegro to prove the illegal military action of their nationals in Ukraine.

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26 Dec 17

Balkans in 2017: Two Cheers for the Economy

Balkan economies made real progress in 2017 but media freedom ebbed in some countries, and the region remained hostage to East-West rivalry for influence.

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05 Dec 17

Bosnian, Serbian Leaders Meet to Ease Friction

Members of Bosnia’s Presidency are due in Serbia this week for talks at a time when border issues, Kosovo and landmark war crimes verdicts have all raised the political temperature.

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28 Nov 17

Bosnian Croats Face Judgment on ‘Greater Croatia’ Charges

The Hague Tribunal will rule this week on an appeal from six wartime Bosnian Croat officials who were convicted of involvement in a joint criminal enterprise aimed at establishing a ‘Greater Croatia’.

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24 Nov 17

Trial Shows Croatian Money Fuelled Bosnian Croats’ War

The Hague Tribunal delivers its verdict on six Bosnian Croat ex-officials next week - but the trial has already revealed how Croatia funded the self-proclaimed Herzeg-Bosnia statelet’s forces while they fought the Bosnian Army.

ratko-mladic-genocidal-killer-or-innocent-protector--11-20-2017
21 Nov 17

Ratko Mladic: Genocidal Criminal or Innocent Protector?

During a four-year trial, the Hague Tribunal has heard powerful and strongly-contested arguments about whether Ratko Mladic is guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity or whether he simply defended Bosnia’s Serbs.

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20 Nov 17

Religious and Ethnic Hate Crimes Still Rattle Bosnia

Twenty-one years after its bloody war ended, hate crimes linked to religious or ethnic tension are still unsettling the country.

hague-tribunal-and-serbs-spend-2m-on-mladic-trial-11-15-2017
17 Nov 17

Hague Tribunal and Serbs Spent €2m on Mladic Trial

Former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic’s defence team, plus his relatives’ visits to the detention unit and financial aid to him personally, have cost the Hague Tribunal, the Bosnian Serbs and Serbia over two million euros.

serbia-s-border-demands-add-to-bosnia-s-headaches-11-14-2017
15 Nov 17

Serbia’s Border Demands Add to Bosnia’s Headaches

Serbian and Bosnian Serb leaders say the border issues between the two states will be solved by the end of the year, but some experts say it won’t be nearly so simple.