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bosnia-croats-keep-old-tattoo-tradition-alive-08-11-2015
25 Aug 15

Bosnia Croats Keep Old Tattoo Tradition Alive

A Balkan tradition that dates backs millennia - which seemed close to dying out after World War Two - has inspired a new generation of fans, keen to keep up a connection to their ancestors.

balkan-countries-must-take-isis-seriously-08-18-2015
19 Aug 15

Balkan Countries Must Take ISIS Seriously

Even if they are mostly just propaganda, Balkan governments must not dismiss any threats coming from ISIS, Middle East expert Janko Scepanovic tells BIRN.

promoting-peace-in-a-country-at-war-08-14-2015
18 Aug 15

Promoting Peace in a Country at War

Croatian activist Vesna Terselic started campaigning for peace when the majority was clamouring for war - and is still doing so, more than 20 years later.

nationalist-commemorations-threaten-balkan-reconciliation-08-07-2015
07 Aug 15

Nationalist Commemorations Threaten Balkan Reconciliation

Recent events commemorating the region’s violent past have pitched several former Yugoslav countries into a nationalist frenzy, casting a shadow over hopes for reconciliation.

children-s-killers-in-refugee-bombing-go-unpunished-08-06-2015
07 Aug 15

Children’s Killers in Refugee Bombing Go Unpunished

Twenty years after Croatian planes bombed a column of Serb refugees, killing four children and five adults near Bosanski Petrovac in Bosnia during military Operation Storm, no one has been prosecuted.

yugoslavia-s-cherished-pen-maker-faces-shutdown-08-04-2015
04 Aug 15

Yugoslavia’s Cherished Pen-Maker Faces Shutdown

Named after a pioneering Croatian inventor, TOZ Penkala once supplied pens and pencils to the entire former Yugoslavia, but is going out of business because it can’t pay its debts.

operation-storm-childhood-memories-of-a-refugee-exodus-08-02-2015
04 Aug 15

Operation Storm: Childhood Memories of a Refugee Exodus

Twenty years after he fled the Croatian Army’s Operation Storm with his mother, two bags and a single toy, images of refugee convoys and burned-out houses remain vivid in 24-year-old Milos Ivanisevic’s memory.

operation-storm-croatia-s-triumph-serbia-s-grief-07-31-2015
03 Aug 15

Operation Storm: Croatia’s Triumph, Serbia’s Grief

Croatia this week celebrates its defeat of Serb rebels during Operation Storm 20 years ago, but Serbia will mourn the hundreds killed and the 200,000 who became refugees.

dinamo-arrests-revive-croatia-s-lost-faith-in-football
15 Jul 15

Dinamo Arrests Revive Croatia’s Lost Faith in Football

After years of declining interest in the sport, the arrests of the Mamic brothers have given fans and spectators hope that a new dawn is beginning.

tudjman-takes-zagreb-15-years-after-death
13 Jul 15

Tudjman Takes Zagreb, 15 Years After Death

The first democratically-elected Croatian president, Franjo Tudjman, is to become more prominent in the capital than he ever was when he was alive.

western-balkans-on-alert-over-isis-threat
10 Jul 15

Western Balkans on Alert Over ISIS Threat

Countries in the region have raised security levels and introduced new precautions to counter the threat of terrorist attacks by Islamic State.

croatia-marks-eu-anniversary-in-downbeat-mood
06 Jul 15

Croatia Marks EU Anniversary in Downbeat Mood

Two years after joining the EU, although the economy is starting to recover, the country feels divided and stuck in the doldrums.

balkan-economies-brace-for-impact-of-grexit
25 Jun 15

Balkan Economies Brace for Impact of Grexit

Balkan countries are weighing up the likely impact on trade, banks, currencies and investment if Greece is forced out of the eurozone.

alarm-bells-for-media-freedom-in-croatia
23 Jun 15

Alarm Bells for Media Freedom in Croatia

The recent sacking of prominent Croatian journalist highlights renewed threats to media freedom and suggests that the country could be returning to the harsher atmosphere of the 1990s.

croatian-ww2-veterans-reminiscences-on-antifascist-struggle
22 Jun 15

Croatian WWII Veterans Remember Fight Against Fascism

As Croatia marks Anti-Fascist Struggle Day, two men who fought alongside Partisan forces against Nazi-allied troops during World War II recalled how they risked their lives for freedom.