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Strict data protection and privacy laws are a relatively new thing to Serbia, a country where police officers posted CCTV footage showing a couple having sex in a car park on YouTube.
Macedonia recently signed two regional extradition agreements and initiated a third. The question is who will be faster - the state or the suspects who dodge justice by taking passports in countries out of the ‘crime-free’ zone?
Germany has had a long and painful journey in facing up to the crimes committed during World War Two. History books remain key to educating people about past myths and truths, finds Elira Canga.
On Wednesday, Bosnian presidency member Zeljko Komsic walked with US Ambassador Patrick Moon beneath those great triumphal Golden Arches for the VIP opening of McDonald’s.
A few days after World Refugee Day, whose slogan is ‘One Refugee without Hope is Too Many’, I am in Romania, where I met a young man who has been trying to settle in Europe for seven years.
Without a full investigation, it is impossible to establish whether there is real substance to allegations that human organs were trafficked in Albanian territory after the war in Kosovo.
“Blimey, where has everyone gone?” This was my initial reaction when faced with the fact that Kosovo has 1, 773, 872 citizens according to the Statistical Office of Kosovo (SOK).
One day at a reformatory centre for girls in Budapest demonstrates the Hungarians have made much progress in providing alternatives to jail for its young offenders. But new reforms are in the offing, and they are not encouraging.
Most of Serbia’s biggest factories, once jewels of the former Yugoslavia’s state-owned industry, have been privatised. Production has ceased at many since they were sold off, and once-bustling sites are now deserted.
Although workplace monitoring of employees appears to be widespread in Romania, few are willing to talk about it. Not least because workers don’t know their rights and the law seems poorly implemented.
In France most people don't work after 50, and there were, until recently, age limits for some professions. Giving older workers a chance is to some extent a revolution for this country.
As war crimes suspect Ratko Mladic engaged in courtroom theatrics at The Hague, most Serbians preferred to watch one of the new, acceptable faces of 21st century Serbia; tennis champion Novak Djokovic.
Dragan Paravinja, suspected of serial rapes and killings in Slovenia, Serbia and Bosnia, dodged justice for years as his Croatian passport protected him from extradition. Compare this to the EU, where nationals can be surrendered for stealing a bicycle.
A leading criminologist describes Serbia’s sentencing guidelines as “catastrophic”, as just five women came forward with rape complaints in Belgrade last year.
In the Balkans, suspects easily avoid extradition by taking dual nationality while in the EU many argue – including lawyers representing Wikileaks founder Julian Assange - the European Arrest Warrant is a clumsy and overused tool.
Donors spent hundreds of thousands of euro building a new museum in Gjirokastra - but the results were questionable and it ultimately closed over an ideological dispute.