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serbia-celebrates-73rd-anniversary-of-belgrade-s-wwii-liberation-10-19-2017 19 Oct 17 Serbia Celebrates 73rd Anniversary of Belgrade’s WWII Liberation

Ahead of the main event on October 20, commemorations started today in Serbia’s capital, Belgrade, for the 73rd anniversary of its WWII liberation from Nazi German occupation at the end of WWII. Crowds gathered in the city centre on the eve of the historic date to watch a march in which actors dressed in soldier’s costumes took part alongside a delegation from the Alliance of Associations of the National Liberation War Veterans of Serbia (SUBNOR), Belgrade City Manager Goran Vesic, Minister of Defence Aleksandar Vulin, and the President of the Belgrade Assembly, Nikola Nikodijevic.

macedonia-s-ruling-party-celebrates-convincing-win-at-local-polls-10-16-2017 16 Oct 17 Macedonia's Ruling Party Celebrates Convincing Win at Local Polls

Macedonia's ruling Social Democrats, SDSM, won a convincing victory Sunday night during the first round of local elections, widely regarded as a key test of the new government’s popularity.
The party won the mayoral races in 37 out of a total of 81 municipalities in the first round and have a convincing lead in another 13 municipalities. The SDSM, which won only four mayoral seats last time, is also close to clinching victory in Skopje, the main prize at these elections. The right-wing opposition VMRO DPMNE party of former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski suffered a crushing defeat. It won only in three rural areas near Skopje and has a slight lead before the second round, set for October 29, in six more municipalities.

balkan-insight-s-week-in-pictures-10-13-2017 13 Oct 17 Balkan Insight's Week in Pictures

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

thousands-greet-erdogan-in-serbia-s-novi-pazar-10-12-2017 12 Oct 17 Thousands Greet Erdogan in Serbia’s Novi Pazar

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is currently on a three-day visit to Serbia, arrived in the western city of Novi Pazar on Wednesday, where thousands of citizens turned out to welcome him.

in-the-name-of-love-kosovo-holds-first-pride-event-10-12-2017 10 Oct 17 'In the name of love': Kosovo holds first Pride event

Hundreds participated in Kosovo's first ever Pride parade in the capital, Pristina on Tuesday, despite a wave of threats and derogatory language on social media after the event was first announced. The celebration, "In the name of love", was marked by music, short speeches, and the usual exuberant waving of rainbow flags. Only a few people opposed the event aimed at promoting gay rights in the Muslim-majority country. Young people held anti-LGBT signs as supporters of the parade marched through Mother Theresa Square. The event was backed by Kosovo's president, Hashim Thaci, Minister of European Integration Dhurata Hoxha, and several other ambassadors and civil society leaders. Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj, who opened the Week of Pride, did not participate in the event.

autumn-adorns-bosnia-in-kaleidoscope-of-orange-10-09-2017 09 Oct 17 Autumn Adorns Bosnia in Kaleidoscope of Orange

The change in season has already brought a significant drop in temperatures to Bosnia and Herzegovina, but it hasn’t stopped people from heading outdoors to enjoy the natural surrounds now covered in autumn’s orange and yellow hues.

balkan-insight-s-week-in-pictures-09-29-2017 29 Sep 17 Balkan Insight's Week in Pictures

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

russian-youth-camp-teaches-serbs-military-patriotism--09-26-2017 26 Sep 17 Russian Youth Camp Teaches Serbs ‘Military Patriotism’

For at least the second time this year, a group of Serbian teens attended a Russian ‘military patriotic’ camp run by Russian war veterans, to learn Russia’s “spiritual and national history and culture” as well as weapons training. The camp was held from September 15 to 22 in Pavlovsky Posad, some 70 kilometres east of Moscow.

thousands-of-bosnian-pensioners-protest-low-pensions-10-26-2017 25 Sep 17 Thousands of Bosnian Pensioners Protest Low Pensions

Pensioners in Bosnia’s Federation entity gathered in their thousands in front of the government building in the capital, Sarajevo, on Wednesday for a mass protest on to express their dissatisfaction with low pensions and what they perceive as inadequate health and social protection.

bosnia-nato-exercise-on-helping-handle-floods-and-quakes-09-25-2017 25 Sep 17 Bosnia-NATO Exercise on Helping Handle Floods and Quakes

Bosnia’s Security Ministry and NATO’s mechanism for helping civilians on Monday started an exercise in Tuzla, northern Bosnia, training in the provision of help in situations of floods and earthquakes.

balkan-insight-s-week-in-pictures-09-25-2017 22 Sep 17 Balkan Insight's Week in Pictures

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

slovenia-nabs-gold-from-serbia-in-eurobasket-championship-09-18-2017 18 Sep 17 Slovenia Nabs Gold from Serbia in EuroBasket Championship

Slovenia has taken home the trophy as the champions of the EuroBasket 2017 final, beating Serbia 93-85 to secure themselves a fairytale end to the tournament and becoming the first team since 1995 to go undefeated in every game.

balkan-insight-s-week-in-pictures-09-15-2017 15 Sep 17 Balkan Insight's Week in Pictures

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

record-rainfall-leaves-croatian-towns-in-need-of-repair-09-14-2017 14 Sep 17 Record Rainfall Leaves Croatian Towns In Need of Repair

Flood waters have subsided in the region around the Croatian coastal town of Zadar after a deluge earlier in the week, exposing the full scale of the damage.

croatian-coastal-towns-hit-by-heavy-floods-09-12-2017 12 Sep 17 Croatian Coastal Towns Hit by Heavy Floods

Record rainfall on Monday left the region around the Croatian coastal town of Zadar under water, depriving local people of electricity, safe drinking water and transport.

balkan-insight-s-week-in-pictures-09-08-2017 08 Sep 17 Balkan Insight's Week in Pictures

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