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montenegrin-army-joins-firefighters-in-battle-against-blazes-08-16-2017 16 Aug 17 Montenegrin Army Joins Firefighters in Battle Against Blazes

Large fires burning in Lovcen National Park in southwestern Montenegro continue to blaze, with the Montenegrin Army called in to help firefighters who have been deployed from the capital Podgorica and resort town of Budva.

wildfires-rage-across-albania-08-14-2017 14 Aug 17 Wildfires Rage Across Albania

Nineteen fires raging around Albania are threatening cities and towns across the country, including the capital Tirana, with three buildings destroyed over the weekend in the southwestern region of Mallakastra. Armed forces have been called in to help battle the blazes, with Greece also sending over two airplanes to assist.

serbia-s-guca-trumpet-festival-in-full-swing-08-11-2017 11 Aug 17 Serbia’s Guca Trumpet Festival in Full Swing

With an official flag raising ceremony, the 56th annual brass band festival in the western Serbian city of Guca opened on August 9. Over the five-day turbocharged festival, 18 orchestras will compete to be crowned champions, with the prestigious ‘Golden Trumpet’ award to be handed out to the best trumpeter among them.

ikea-opens-its-doors-in-serbia-08-10-2017 10 Aug 17 IKEA Opens Its Doors in Serbia

After years of waiting, IKEA has arrived in Serbia, with the new store in the capital, Belgrade, opening at 10am on August 10. The 30,000-square-metre store will also feature a restaurant, bistro, Swedish food store and a children’s playroom.

real-beat-man-united-in-skopje-uefa-showdown-08-09-2017 09 Aug 17 Real Beat Man United in Skopje UEFA Showdown

Real Madrid beat Manchester United 2-1 in the 2017 UEFA European Super Cup in Skopje on Tuesday, with the biggest-ever sporting event hosted by Macedonia bringing a festive atmosphere to the capital.

tropical-heat-wave-hits-balkans-08-04-2017 04 Aug 17 Tropical Heat Wave Hits Balkans

The Meteoalarm alert service has warned of dangerously high temperatures after a powerful heat wave hit the Balkans on Friday, bringing some of the hottest weather in Europe, over 40 degrees Celcius.

dramatic-scenes-and-underground-delights-in-serbia-s-sjenica-08-02-2017 02 Aug 17 Dramatic Scenes and Underground Delights in Serbia’s Sjenica

With the Uvac river twisting dramatically through a picturesque canyon, deep caves, rich flora and birdlife, it’s easy to see why Sjenica in western Serbia was named a ‘European Destination of Excellence’ in an EU-backed sustainable tourism initiative.

mostar-bridge-jumpers-stage-451st-annual-tournament-07-31-2017 31 Jul 17 Mostar Bridge-Jumpers Stage 451st Annual Tournament

Watched by thousands of locals and tourists, the 451st annual bridge-jumping competition saw 41 people taking the 28-metre leap from the arch of Mostar’s Old Bridge into the Neretva River on Sunday.

new-albanian-president-ilir-meta-sworn-in-07-26-2017 26 Jul 17 New Albanian President Ilir Meta Sworn In

Ilir Meta underwent his swearing-in ceremony on Monday and will be Albania’s president for the next five years; he was previously the country’s parliamentary speaker, and set up the Socialist Movement for Integration party, which he led for 13 years.

serbia-s-sjenica-stages-open-air-pie-feast-07-24-2017 24 Jul 17 Serbia’s Sjenica Stages Open-Air Pie Feast

During the ‘Days of the Sjenica Pie’ festival, this small town in western Serbia was turned into a huge open-air dining hall where hundreds of pies of various sizes with different fillings could be tasted.

forest-fires-threaten-croatian-montenegrin-towns-and-cities-07-19-2017 19 Jul 17 Forest Fires Threaten Croatian, Montenegrin Towns and Cities

As the forest fires continue to rage along the Croatian coast, the flames have reached the outskirts of Split, with a cloud of smoke covering the entire city. In Montenegro, the fire at the Lustica peninsula at the entrance to the Bay of Kotor has the Ministry of Internal Affairs considering evacuating villages as a precaution.

bosnian-river-vital-for-both-drinking-water-and-tourism-07-17-2017 17 Jul 17 Bosnian River Vital for Both Drinking Water and Tourism

Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Pliva river may only be 33 kilometres long, but it is one of Europe’s largest sources of drinking water - and a major tourist attraction for the central municipality of Sipovo, which it passes through on its way to the town of Jajce.

albania-marks-27-years-since-first-exodus-to-west-07-13-2017 13 Jul 17 Albania Marks 27 Years Since First Exodus to West

Twenty-seven years ago, on July 13, 1990, around 5,000 Albanians started the first exodus to the West, after having broken into Western embassies in the Albanian capital, Tirana, earlier that month, desperate to escape the country’s brutal communist regime. The events of that month not only shook the establishment, but marked the beginning of what has become an ongoing exodus since then, as many Albanians continue go in search of a better life elsewhere. These photos were taken by Lothar Parzeller, a German diplomat who was working at the embassy in Tirana at the time.

trieste-set-to-host-western-balkans-leaders-07-12-2017 12 Jul 17 Trieste Set to Host Western Balkans Leaders

The fourth Western Balkans Summit will take place in Trieste, Italy, on July 14, with the heads of government, foreign and economy ministers of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia and Austria in attendance. The Summit is held within the framework of the Berlin Process, initiated by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in order to improve relations between countries in the region and accelerate EU integration of those that are not yet members.

20-000-attend-commemoration-on-22nd-srebrenica-anniversary-07-11-2017 11 Jul 17 20,000 Attend Commemoration on 22nd Srebrenica Anniversary

At the Srebrenica memorial site at Potocari in Bosnia and Herzegovina, more than 20,000 people attended today’s commemoration service to mark the 22nd anniversary of the mass killings of Bosniaks in the region, with 71 more victims finally laid to rest, Anadolu Agency reported on Tuesday, July 11 - Srebrenica Memorial Day.
Numerous delegations from Bosnia and abroad laid flowers at the memorial site to commemorate today’s anniversary of the genocide, in which more than 8,000 Muslim men and boys were systemically killed after the Bosnian Serb Army overran the UN-protected ‘safe area’ of Srebrenica in 1995.

serbian-peace-women-mark-anniversary-of-srebrenica-genocide-07-11-2017 11 Jul 17 Serbian Peace Women Mark Anniversary of Srebrenica Genocide

To mark the 22nd anniversary of the 1995 Srebrenica genocide, peace campaign group Women in Black held a vigil called “Srebrenica 8372” – named after the known number of Bosniaks who were massacred by Bosnian Serb forces at that time - in the Serbian capital of Belgrade on Monday, a day before the official July 11 memorial day.