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76th-anniversary-commemorations-held-for-wwii-novi-sad-massacre-01-23-2018 23 Jan 18 76th Anniversary Commemorations Held for WWII Novi Sad Massacre

The city of Novi Sad in Serbia’s northern province of Vojvodina held a commemoration on Tuesday to mark the 76th anniversary of the notorious WWII massacre in which Hungarian forces killed around 1,300 Serbs, Jews and Roma in 1942 and threw them under the ice of the Danube river. The commemoration was also organised by the diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church and the Jewish community.

orthodox-christians-mark-epiphany-in-balkans-01-19-2018 19 Jan 18 Orthodox Christians Mark Epiphany in Balkans

To mark the Orthodox Epiphany, believers in Balkan countries have braced the winter temperatures to take part in traditional swimming event in which participants – mostly young men - strip down and race for a religious cross.

thousands-attend-kosovo-serb-leader-ivanovic-s-funeral-in-belgrade-01-18-2018 18 Jan 18 Thousands Attend Kosovo Serb Leader Ivanovic’s Funeral in Belgrade

In the presence of several thousand mourners, assassinated Kosovo Serb leader Oliver Ivanovic was buried on Thursday in the Alley of Distinguished Citizens at the New Cemetery in Belgrade. The leader of the civic initiative called "Freedom, Democracy, Justice" was shot dead two days prior in the northern Kosovo town of Mitrovica.

thousands-mourn-kosovo-serb-leader-ivanovic-in-mitrovica-01-17-2018 17 Jan 18 Thousands Mourn Kosovo Serb Leader Ivanovic in Mitrovica

As the casket carrying Kosovo Serb leader Oliver Ivanovic started its journey to Belgrade on Wednesday, thousands of citizens took part in a procession through the streets of the northern Kosovo town of Mitrovica, where he was shot dead the day prior, in honour of the late politician. Ivanovic’s funeral will be held in the Serbian capital on Thursday.

kosovo-serb-leader-ivanovic-gunned-down-in-northern-mitrovica-01-16-2018 16 Jan 18 Kosovo Serb Leader Ivanovic Gunned Down in Northern Mitrovica

Prominent Kosovo Serb politician Oliver Ivanovic, leader of the Freedom, Democracy, Justice political party, was killed after being shot four times in an attack outside his party’s headquarters in the northern Kosovo town of Mitrovica on Tuesday morning.

balkan-insight-s-week-in-pictures-01-12-2018 12 Jan 18 Balkan Insight's Week in Pictures

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

the-stars-of-sarajevo-s-old-bazaar-01-08-2018 09 Jan 18 The Stars of Sarajevo’s Old Bazaar

In a small strip of shops in the heart of Sarajevo’s old bazaar, Bascarsija, five local faces have been attracting the attention of tourists with their charming and quirky small businesses, which range from coffeehouses to a metalworkers and a cupping expert. Meet Reshad Strik, Hussein Girlo, Nermina Alic, Sulejman Hrgic and Haris Lagumdzija, who are keeping the charm of Sarajevo alive.

orthodox-christmas-celebrated-around-the-balkans-01-08-2018 08 Jan 18 Orthodox Christmas Celebrated Around the Balkans

Orthodox Christians celebrated Christmas on January 7, marked according to the Julian calendar, with liturgies held in churches around the Balkans.

legendary-sarajevo-band-crvena-jabuka-plays-new-year-s-concert-01-04-2018 04 Jan 18 Legendary Sarajevo Band Crvena Jabuka Plays New Year’s Concert

Cult Sarajevo-based band Crvena Jabuka (Red Apple) played an open-air concert to thousands of their fans on January 1 in front of the Eternal Fire in Bosnia’s capital, closing out the city’s three-day NYE programme. The legendary band gained regional fame and a devoted following in the late 80s and early 90s.

new-year-s-eve-the-balkan-way-01-03-2018 03 Jan 18 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.

kosovo-pm-s-tie-statement-inspires-unusual-protest-12-26-2017 26 Dec 17 Kosovo PM’s ‘Tie’ Statement Inspires Unusual Protest

A group of Kosovo citizens tied some 300 ties to the fence of the government building in Pristina today in protest of Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj’s decision to double his and other high government officials’ salaries, which he claimed was justified because his previous monthly income of 1,300 euros was not enough to cover the costs of his wardrobe expenses.

After the salary increase was announced, Haradinaj told Kosovo’s public broadcaster on Saturday “I have to buy a tie, I have to buy a shirt…I have to be on the level of responsibility” - a statement which went viral over the weekend and had Kosovo citizens donating ties, shirts, pens, socks and coins to the Prime Minister in mockery. Meanwhile, the head of the Prime Minister’s Office, Halil Matoshi, handed out “Happy Holidays” postcards signed by the premier to protesters.

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.