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22 Jan 18

Bosnia Confirms CoE Probing Serb MP for Corruption

Bosnia's Foreign Ministry has confirmed that Milica Markovic, an MP in the state parliament, is being investigated by the Council of Europe over suspicions of corruption in connection with her reports from Armenia and Azerbaijan.

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19 Jan 18

Russia Slaps New Ban on Bosnian Apples

Russia has again suspended imports of apples from Bosnia Herzegovina, suspecting a consignment of ‘Bosnian’ apples originated in Poland.

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19 Jan 18

Djukic Trial for Tuzla Massacre Delayed Again

The trial of former Bosnian Serb general Novak Djukic was again postponed, despite an expert confirming he can stand trial, after his lawyer said Djukic’s health had deteriorated.

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19 Jan 18

US Seeks to Revoke Bosnian's Citizenship

The US has filed a civil denaturalization complaint in Iowa against a 51-year-old from Bosnia, Eso Razic – who allegedly obtained US citizenship by fraud by failing to declare his former membership of paramilitary organisations.

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18 Jan 18

Kosovo Leads World in Cheering for Trump, Poll Shows

While support for US leadership has slumped in most parts of the world, the latest Gallup poll shows that Kosovars and Albanians remain America's most steadfast fans.

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18 Jan 18

Bosnia MPs Challenge Excise Law in Court

A group of Bosnian MPs is challenging the controversial new excise law that will increase road tolls and biofuel prices before the country's constitutional court.

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18 Jan 18

Poor Progress for Human Rights in the Balkans, HRW Report

Attacks on journalists, discrimination against minorities, poor protection of refugees and lack of political will to prosecute war crimes remain problems in most Balkan countries in 2017, Human Rights Watch's World Report 2018 said.

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17 Jan 18

Bosnia, Slovenia, Probe Hefty Loan to Jansa Party

Bosnia and Slovenia are probing a large loan that former Slovenian prime minister Janez Jansa's party received from an obscure businesswomen in Bosnia.

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16 Jan 18

Freedom House Report Notes Serbia's Downward Trend

A new report from the US rights watchdog says lack of media freedom, corruption, and weak institutions remain issues throughout the Balkans – but singles out Serbia's growing authoritarianism as a matter of concern.

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15 Jan 18

Bosnian Serb Rightist Denies Joining 'Paramilitary Unit'

One of those named by Bosnia's security minister as an alleged member of a Bosnian Serb Russian-trained 'paramilitary unit' has denied any such involvement, saying his movement deals only in charity work.

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15 Jan 18

Bosnians Fear Knock-on Effect of Gas Price Hike

After the New Year celebrations, Bosnians expect a tough hangover in the form of a wave of prices rises – following a major rise in the price of fuel.

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15 Jan 18

Religion Remains Powerful in Balkans, Survey Shows

People in the Balkans remain far more religious than those in Central and Western Europe, a survey suggests.

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13 Jan 18

Russia, Bosnian Serbs, Scorn ‘Paramilitary Unit’ Claims

The Russian embassy and the office of the Bosnian Serb president have dismissed reports of a Russian-trained Bosnian Serb paramilitary unit as scaremongering.

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12 Jan 18

Bosnian Politicians Start Campaigning for Autumn Election

Months before the campaign is due to start for autumn elections in Bosnia, Zeljko Komsic is already throwing his hat into the ring for a seat on Bosnia's state presidency.

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11 Jan 18

Bosnia Confirms Indictment for Crimes Near Donji Vakuf

Bosnia's state court has confirmed an indictment against four former Bosnian Serb fighters accused of killing 28 Croat and Bosniak civilians in a village near Donji Vakuf in 1995.

Premium

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22 Jan 18

Europe’s New Balkan Strategy Gets Dynamics All Wrong

The Commission’s new enlargement strategy for the Balkans is ambitious - but fundamentally misreads the serious nature of the challenges to democracy in the region.

22 Jan 18

Dodik Should Beware his Toxic Friend

17 Jan 18

How Rich Are the Balkans’ Top Politicians?

10 Jan 18

Flow of Migrants Drains Bosnia of its Youth

28 Dec 17

Access Denied: Divorced Dads Fight for Kids

Business

chinese-bid-to-build-croatia-s-peljesac-bridge-challenged-01-23-2018
23 Jan 18

Chinese Bid to Build Croatia’s Peljesac Bridge Challenged

Austrian construction company Strabag AG filed a complaint against a bid made by the Chinese Road and Bridge Corporation to construct Croatia’s strategically important Peljesac Bridge.

19 Jan 18

Russia Slaps New Ban on Bosnian Apples

Culture and Lifestyle

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01 Jan 18

Gallery: New Year’s Eve, the Balkan Way

New Year’s Eve was celebrated in true Balkan style across the region, with cities from Zagreb to Tirana putting on extravagant firework displays and open-air events, which saw regional and international stars performing to the swathes of jubilant crowds that came out to mark the beginning of 2018.

27 Dec 17

Balkan Cities to Party Their Way Into 2018

29 Sep 17

Sarajevo's Metalworkers Revive their Craft