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balkan-insight-s-week-in-pictures-12-15-2017 15 Dec 17 Balkan Insight's Week in Pictures

A round-up of Balkan Insight's favourite photographs of the week.

dozens-of-football-hooligans-arrested-in-serbia-12-14-2017 14 Dec 17 Dozens of Football Hooligans Arrested in Serbia

Serbian police announced on Thursday that they have arrested 26 football hooligans after a derby in Belgrade between longtime rivals, Serbia’s Red Star and Partizan teams, turned violent, leaving at least 20 people injured. A brawl between opposing fans erupted in the stands at the stadium minutes before the game started on Wednesday evening, but the match went ahead and ended in a 1-1 draw.

balkan-insight-s-week-in-pictures-12-08-2017 08 Dec 17 Balkan Insight's Week in Pictures

A round-up of Balkan Insight's favourite photographs of the week.

first-snow-of-season-turns-belgrade-into-winter-wonderland-12-04-2017 04 Dec 17 First Snow of Season Turns Belgrade into Winter Wonderland

Belgrade experienced its first snowfall of the season on Sunday night, covering the Serbian capital in a blanket of white.

romania-marks-national-day-with-military-parade-12-01-2017 01 Dec 17 Romania Marks National Day with Military Parade

Romania’s government celebrated the country’s national day on Friday with a military parade involving over 3,500 Romanian and NATO troops.

albania-celebrates-105th-anniversary-of-independence-11-28-2017 28 Nov 17 Albania Celebrates 105th Anniversary of Independence

Albania is celebrating 105 years since it declared independence from the Ottoman Empire on November 28, 1912, with a large ceremony held in the southern city of Vlora – where the declaration was officially made – and in the capital, Tirana. In Vlora, politicians and high representatives from Kosovo institutions were invited to participate in the historic event.

sarajevo-blanketed-in-snow-after-temperatures-drop-11-28-2017 28 Nov 17 Sarajevo Blanketed in Snow After Temperatures Drop

Sarajevans awoke this morning to see their city covered in glistening powder after temperatures dropped in Bosnia’s capital, bringing the first significant snowfall of the season.

kosovo-students-protest-courts-church-land-rights-11-22-2017 22 Nov 17 Kosovo Students Protest Courts’ Church Land Rights

Kosovo’s Student Democracy Organisation staged a protest at the University of Pristina on Wednesday over the Appeals Court’s decision to grant the Serbian Orthodox Church land ownership rights to a church built in the 1990s within the university campus.
“We will not allow this land to remain to Serbs; this land should belong to the University. This facility symbolizes [Serbian strongman] Slobodan Milosevic’s regime,” said the protest organizer, Mexhit Ramusa.

mladic-genocide-verdict-leaves-some-victims-feeling-justice-unserved-11-22-2017 22 Nov 17 Mladic Genocide Verdict Leaves Some Victims Feeling Justice Unserved

After former Bosnian Serb Army commander Ratko Mladic was convicted on Wednesday of genocide in Srebrenica in 1995, the survivors expressed their satisfaction with the outcome of the trial. However, the victims of massacres in six other municipalities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, for which Mladic was not found guilty of genocide for, were left feeling justice had not been served.

christmas-fair-lights-up-romania-s-sibiu-11-20-2017 20 Nov 17 Christmas Fair Lights Up Romania’s Sibiu

Thousands of tourists flocked to the Romanian city of Sibiu in Transylvania over the weekend for the opening of the country’s most-loved Christmas market, which has been held annually since 2007. The Sibiu Christmas Fair will be open until January 3 and will see 90 participants bringing festive cheer to the crowds at this year’s edition.

balkan-insight-s-week-in-pictures-11-17-2017 17 Nov 17 Balkan Insight's Week in Pictures

A round-up of Balkan Insight's favourite photographs of the week.

postal-workers-stage-protest-over-wages-11-13-2017 13 Nov 17 Serbian Postal Workers Stage Protest Over Wages

Thousands of employees of Serbia’s public postal service company, Posta Srbije, staged a protest walk on Sunday in the capital, Belgrade, starting from the main post office in the city centre and ending in front of the Serbian Government Building. The workers are demanding that their wages be increased, and to be reimbursed the deduction in their wages that was introduced in November 2014. They have also commenced collecting signatures of employees who would support the termination of work in all post offices until their demands are met.

serbia-names-park-in-honor-of-alexandrov-choir-11-10-2017 10 Nov 17 Serbia Names Park in Honor of Alexandrov Choir

Serbia named a central Belgrade park in honor of Alexandrov ensemble, also known as Red Army Choir, whose 64 members were killed in a plane crash in 2016.

The conductors of Alexandrov Choir and Serbian Army ensemble „Stanislav Binicki“ unveiled the plaque with the park’s new name, after which the Russian choir performed in the park.

Serbia’s Minister of Culture Vladan Vukosavljevic said at the ceremony that Serbia and Russia are „not sitting on two chairs but together, on the throne of Slavic culture“.


the-first-autumn-rainfall-in-mostar-caused-floods-and-traffic-collapse-11-08-2017 08 Nov 17 Floods in Bosnia’s Mostar Highlight Infrastructure Woes

The first autumn rainfall in the Bosnian city of Mostar caused flooding overnight in several locations and numerous traffic pileups, highlighting the longstanding problems the city has with its infrastructure, which was unable to cope with the deluge.

construction-of-serb-refugee-settlement-in-kosovo-restarts-11-06-2017 06 Nov 17 Construction of Serb Refugee Settlement in Kosovo Restarts

Despite objections from Kosovo central authorities, a project funded by the Serbian government to build a settlement for 300 Serb returnees in the northern Kosovo town of Zvecan is going ahead after it was halted in July 2016 following protests from residents.  When the project was announced, it caused anger among Kosovo officials who claim it is an attempt to extend Belgrade’s political influence in Kosovo.

balkan-insight-s-week-in-pictures-11-03-2017 03 Nov 17 Balkan Insight's Week in Pictures

A round-up of Balkan Insight's favourite photographs of the week.