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11 Jan 18

Georgia Protests to Bosnia Over Ossetian Leader's Visit

The presence of the South Ossetia President at the Republika Srpska statehood day celebrations has caused some diplomatic embarrassment to Bosnia after Georgia protested.

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10 Jan 18

Pressure Mounts on Bosnia to Change Electoral Law

With a general election looking in 2018, pressure is increasing once again on Bosnia's quarrelling parties to change election laws that have left the city of Mostar without a local election since 2008.

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09 Jan 18

Bosnian Serbs March in ‘Statehood Day’ Parade

Around 1,800 people marched through Banja Luka to celebrate the Day of Republika Srpska, the controversial national holiday in Bosnia’s Serb-dominated entity, as its leader again pushed demands for increased autonomy.

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09 Jan 18

Croatian President Seeks Erdogan's Help Over Bosnia

On a visit to Ankara, Croatian President Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic will seek Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s support for Bosnian Croats’ plan to change Bosnia’s electoral law to give them more political power.

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09 Jan 18

Bosnian Serbs Prepare Biggest ‘Statehood Day’ Celebration

Bosnian Serb leaders will mark the disputed Day of Republika Srpska on Tuesday with their most lavish celebration yet – defying a Constitutional Court ban and objections from the country’s Bosniaks.

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08 Jan 18

Sex Scandal Bishop's Service Causes Anger in Bosnia

Some Bosnians and Serbs have expressed shock over a video showing a former Serbian Orthodox Bishop – who was forced to retire over a sex scandal – holding a Christmas liturgy in Bijeljina.

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05 Jan 18

Bosnian Football Pins Hopes on New Coach Prosinecki

After more than three months of tension and different expectations in Bosnia and Herzegovina, a new national football coach has been selected.

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04 Jan 18

Bosnian Serbs to Name Streets after Banned Holiday

Mayors in Bosnia’s Serb-dominated Republika Srpska vowed to heed President Milorad Dodik’s call for streets to be named in honour of the January 9 ‘statehood day’ holiday banned by the Constitutional Court.

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01 Jan 18

Slobodan Praljak Suicide ‘Couldn’t be Prevented’: Inquiry

An inquiry by the Hague-based war crimes tribunal said it could not have stopped Bosnian Croat war criminal Slobodan Praljak from killing himself by taking poison in the courtroom.

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01 Jan 18

More Political Antics Predicted in Balkans in 2018

Journalists expect more of the same old antics when it comes to the deeds, words (and songs) of Balkan politicians next year.

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29 Dec 17

Bosnia Federation Enters New Year Without Budget

Bosnia's Federation entity looks likely to start 2018 without a budget as a result of chronic disputes between the ruling parties in the mainly Bosniak and Croat entity.

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29 Dec 17

Bosnian Serb Ex-Minister Charged with Srebrenica Crimes

Former Bosnian Serb Interior Minister Tomislav Kovac was charged with controlling all the police forces involved in the mass executions of Bosniaks from Srebrenica in 1995.

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29 Dec 17

Bosniaks ‘Used as Wartime Forced Labour’ by Croats

Bosniaks alleged to a Croatian news magazine that in 1993-94, they were forced to work in a Mostar-based factory that was managed by Dragan Covic, who is now the Bosnian presidency’s Croat representative.

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29 Dec 17

Bosnia Tightens Controls Over Boom in Rental Apartments

Authorities in Bosnia are determined make sure the growing number of people renting out their apartments for the day register the business and pay tax on the profits.

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28 Dec 17

14 Bosniaks Charged with Crimes Against Humanity

Fourteen Bosniak ex-fighters were charged with crimes against humanity for the killings, torture, abuse, illegal detention and inhumane treatment of Serb civilians from the Konjic area in 1992 and 1993.

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