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30 Nov 17

Bosnian Court To Rule on Police Beards

Bosnia’s top court was due to decide on Wednesday whether regulations obliging state border police to shave violate their right to openly practice their religion.

29 Nov 17

Croatia PM: Bosnian Croats’ Convictions were ‘Moral Injustice’

Croatia’s prime minister rejected the Hague Tribunal verdict’s insistence that Zagreb was involved in the Bosnian war, but Bosniak war victims’ groups welcomed the Bosnian Croat officials’ convictions.

29 Nov 17

Bosnian Croat Disrupts Hague Verdict by ‘Taking Poison’

The UN court dramatically interrupted its verdict convicting six former Bosnian Croat officials of wartime crimes against Bosniaks when defendant Slobodan Praljak declared that he had taken poison.

29 Nov 17

Bosnian Croats Await Hague Tribunal’s Final Verdict

The UN court hands down its final verdict on Wednesday on the appeal by six former officials from the unrecognised wartime Bosnian Croat statelet of Herzeg-Bosnia against convictions for crimes against humanity.

28 Nov 17

Minister Denies Croatia’s Role in Bosnian War

Croatia’s interior minister said he expects the Hague Tribunal will acquit six former Bosnian Croat officials because Zagreb wasn’t involved in the Bosnian war - contrary to the UN court’s previous findings.

28 Nov 17

Report Urges Permanent US Military Presence in Balkans

A permanent US military presence in south-east Europe is necessary to stabilise the region, argues a report by Washington-based think-tank the Atlantic Council, which also warns of increased Russian attempts to exert influence.

28 Nov 17

Ratko Mladic Tribute Plaque to Remain Near Sarajevo

A plaque honouring former Bosnian Serb Army commander Ratko Mladic, installed by war veterans in East Sarajevo in Serb-dominated Republika Srpska, will not be removed despite his conviction last week.

28 Nov 17

Prayers for Bosnian Croat War Crimes Defendants Criticised

Controversy has erupted over a prayer meeting in support of six Bosnian Croat wartime officials whose final verdicts for crimes against humanity will be handed down by the Hague Tribunal this week. 

27 Nov 17

Serbian Football Fans Show Support for Ratko Mladic

Hundreds of fans of Red Star Belgrade chanted support for recently-convicted Bosnian Serb Army commander Ratko Mladic, while players at a small provincial Serbian club wore shirts featuring his picture.

24 Nov 17

Ex-UN Peacekeeper Accuses Croatia of Harbouring Criminals

A former soldier with international peacekeeping forces in Bosnia and Herzegovina has appealed for Croats accused of committing wartime crimes in Stolac and Capljina to be sent from Croatia to Bosnia to face trial.

24 Nov 17

Balkan Countries Downplay Worry About Radioactive Cloud

Several Balkan countries say they detected nuclear pollution in their atmosphere in September and October – but have reassured concerned citizens that it is not dangerous. 

23 Nov 17

Srebrenica Survivors ‘Unlikely to Win’ Case Against Serbs

After Ratko Mladic was convicted of genocide, Srebrenica survivors announced a lawsuit against Serbia and Republika Srpska - but legal experts said they have little chance of winning compensation.

22 Nov 17

Mladic Verdict Highlights Bosnia’s Ethnic Divisions

In a sign of continuing post-war divisions, Bosniak survivors of the conflict welcomed Ratko Mladic’s life sentence for genocide and crimes against humanity, but Bosnian Serbs accused the Hague Tribunal of anti-Serb bias.

22 Nov 17

Ratko Mladic Convicted of Genocide, Jailed for Life

The UN court in The Hague convicted former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic of the genocide of Bosniaks from Srebrenica, war crimes and crimes against humanity, and sentenced him to life imprisonment.

22 Nov 17

Ratko Mladic Verdict: Live Blog

Follow us live for all the latest developments as the Hague Tribunal delivers its verdict in the trial of former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic.


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


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

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