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28 Dec 17

Croatian Fascist Commemorated with Banner in Bosnia

A banner in memory of Croatian fascist leader Ante Pavelic, who died 58 years ago, was found hanging on a kindergarten fence in the southern town of Siroki Brijeg in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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27 Dec 17

Bosnia ‘Still Struggling’ to Resolve Refugee Problem

There are still almost 100,000 war-displaced people in the country, thousands of them without homes and living in desperate poverty, says new research by a Bosnian NGO and the UN refugee agency.

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27 Dec 17

Female Bosnian Croat Fighter Jailed for War Crimes

Former Bosnian Croat fighter Azra Basic was sentenced to 14 years in prison taking part in the killings, torture and inhumane treatment of Serb civilians and prisoners of war in 1992.

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27 Dec 17

Ski Season Starts in Bosnia Despite Mild Weather

Despite the lack of much snow so far, skiiing is already underway in Bosnia's booming winter resorts – which are becoming an increasingly important part of the country's tourist offer.

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26 Dec 17

Call to Ban Term 'Herzeg-Bosna' Raises Tensions

MP's call to delete the term 'Herzeg Bosna' from the names of public companies in Bosnia's Federation entity looks set to cause fresh political conflict.

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22 Dec 17

Bosnian Serbs Defiantly Promise Lavish ‘Statehood’ Holiday

Defying Bosnia’s state authorities, the EU and US, the Serb-dominated entity of Republika Srpska is organising a lavish celebration of its disputed ‘statehood’ holiday, despite a ban by the Constitutional Court.

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22 Dec 17

UN Jerusalem Vote Reveals Split in Balkan States

Balkan countries voted in different ways on the UN resolution that criticised the US decision to recognise Jerusalam as Israel's capital, reflecting conflicts between the US and EU standpoints on this issue. 

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22 Dec 17

Serbia Likely to Seek Mladic’s Release for Treatment

Justice Minister Nela Kuburovic visited convicted former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic in custody in The Hague and said that Serbia will probably request his temporary release for medical treatment.

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21 Dec 17

Bosnian Serbs Urge Support for Trump over Jerusalem

Republika Srpska President Milorad Dodik asked the Serb member of the tripartite Bosnian presidency to oppose a UN General Assembly resolution criticising Trump for recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

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21 Dec 17

Hague Tribunal Celebrates Achievements at Closing Ceremony

At its closing event, UN Secretary-General Antonio Gutteres said the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia had shown the international community’s commitment to holding war criminals accountable.

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21 Dec 17

Bosnia Acquits Rogatica Camp Guard of Killings, Rape

Former guard Brane Planojevic was acquitted of assisting in the killings, rape and torture of civilians and prisoners of war at a detention camp in Rogatica in 1993 and 1994.

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21 Dec 17

Bosnia Vows to Pounce on Illegal Christmas Loggers

Bosnia says it will tighten controls over illegal logging ahead of the Christmas holiday, when the hunt for free yule logs and Christmas trees poses a threat to the country's woodlands.

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20 Dec 17

Bosnian Serb Ex-Soldiers Arrested on Genocide Charges

Three former Bosnian Serb Army soldiers were arrested on suspicion that they assisted and committed genocide and crimes against humanity against Bosniaks in the Vlasenica area in 1995.

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20 Dec 17

Bosnia Stalls on Answering EU Questionnaire

Bosnia promised to deliver its answers to an important EU questionnaire by December 31 - but with days to go, the deadline looks almost certain to be passed.

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19 Dec 17

Bosnian Croat Ex-Policeman Jailed for Assaulting Boy

Former Bosnian Croat policeman Miroslav Peric was sentenced to one year in prison for inhumanely treating an underage prisoner of war at the Vojno detention camp near Mostar in 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

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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