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kosovo-s-war-wing-and-vetevendosje-celebrate-election-outcome-06-12-2017 12 Jun 17 Kosovo’s ‘War Wing’ and Vetevendosje Celebrate Election Outcome

As vote counting continued into the early hours of Monday morning following Sunday’s snap elections in Kosovo, celebrations were already underway in central Pristina by the broad coalition between former KLA fighters, which came first in the polls, and Vetevendosje, which came a surprising second.

sofia-pride-celebrates-10th-anniversary-06-11-2017 11 Jun 17 Sofia Pride Celebrates 10th Anniversary

The Sofia Pride Parade in support of LGBTI rights celebrated its 10th anniversary on Saturday with thousands of people taking to the streets of Bulgaria’s capital for the event under the slogan of “Let’s Chase the Prejudice Away”. Despite threats from nationalist groups, who had organised a parallel event, pledging to “clean Sofia from the trash”, Sofia Pride went ahead peacefully and the organisers reported that a record number of people – over 3,000 – joined the march.

thousands-march-for-gay-rights-at-zagreb-pride-06-11-2017 11 Jun 17 Thousands March for Gay Rights at Zagreb Pride

Around 10,000 people gathered for the 16th Zagreb Pride parade on Saturday in the Croatian capital, according to estimates from the organisers, with foreign diplomats, MPs and government officials among the crowd showing support for the LGBT community.

croat-nationalists-rally-for-concert-in-bosnia-s-mostar-06-09-2017 09 Jun 17 Croat Nationalists Rally for Concert in Bosnia’s Mostar

Eight thousand people chanted fascist slogans as Croatian nationalist singer Marko Perkovic ‘Thompson’ played a concert in Bosnia’s ethnically-divided town of Mostar on Thursday to support former Bosnian Croat officials on trial for war crimes.

montenegro-s-flag-raised-at-nato-s-headquarters-06-07-2017 07 Jun 17 Montenegro's Flag Raised at NATO's Headquarters

Montenegro's flag has been raised at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday after the tiny Adriatic country officially became the 29th member of the Western military alliance

macedonia-govt-hq-opens-doors-after-revamp-06-06-2017 06 Jun 17 Macedonia Govt HQ Opens Doors After Revamp

Following the change in power in Macedonia, reporters were able to see for the first time the luxurious, faux-baroque revamp of the interior of the government headquarters commissioned by former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski. The overall revamp of the originally modern building, completed in 2014, has cost over 20 million euros, drawing a lot of flak for the chosen artistic style and alleged irrational spending by the former regime.

macedonia-celebrates-handball-champions-league-triumph-06-05-2017 05 Jun 17 Macedonia Celebrates Handball Champions League Triumph

Thousands of fans celebrated on Sunday night in the capital Skopje after Macedonian male handball team Vardar became European title-winners by defeating Paris Saint-Germain in the nail-biting final of the EHF Champions League.

20-000-call-for-education-reform-at-zagreb-protest-06-02-2017 02 Jun 17 20,000 Call for Education Reform at Zagreb Protest

Some 20,000 people gathered in the centre of Croatia’s capital, Zagreb, on Thursday for a mass protest against the stalled comprehensive national curriculum reform, which they claim the government has stopped the implementation of.

vucic-sworn-in-as-serbia-s-next-president-05-31-2017 31 May 17 Vucic Sworn In as Serbia’s Next President

Serbia’s former Prime Minister, Aleksandar Vucic, was sworn in as the country’s next president on May 31, taking the oath at the parliament building in central Belgrade over the constitution and a replica of the Miroslav Gospel, a 12th century document in Old Church Slavonic that is registered on UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register.

belgrade-celebrates-ascension-day-05-25-2017 25 May 17 Belgrade Celebrates Ascension Day

Christians around the world celebrated the Feast of Ascension on Thursday, which marks the day that they believe Jesus ascended to heaven, with Serbian Orthodox worshippers attending a special liturgy at the Church of Ascension in the capital, Belgrade, for the occasion.

bulgarians-dance-on-fire-in-downtown-sofia-05-22-2017 24 May 17 Bulgarians Dance on Fire in Downtown Sofia

Bulgaria’s first ever Festival of Fire, featuring “Nestinarstvo” – аn ancient pagan ritual in which people dance on burning coals, took place in front of the Soviet Army monument in the capital, Sofia, on Saturday evening. Hundreds gathered to watch the dances - popular in some areas of the Strandzha mountain region in south-east Bulgaria and the north-east Greece - performed to the sounds of Bulgarian folk singing and bagpipes.

deluge-of-rain-leaves-novi-sad-streets-underwater-05-24-2017 24 May 17 Deluge of Rain Leaves Novi Sad Streets Underwater

A torrential downpour and blustering winds hit the northern Serbian city of Novi Sad on Tuesday evening, turning urban streets into rivers as drains were unable to cope with the deluge of rain. Some residents were forced to abandon their cars and run to dry land after the water level on the roads started rising.

adventurers-descend-on-prizren-for-annual-tube-race-05-22-2017 22 May 17 Adventurers Descend on Prizren for Annual Tube Race

Prizren in southern Kosovo held its 13th BunarFest on May 20, an annual event where the main attraction is an amateur race on inflatable tubes down the Pec Bistrica river. Despite the cool temperature and drizzly weather, dozens of adventure lovers from Kosovo, the region and even Western Europe, jumped into the water to take part. 

serbian-town-takes-in-refugees-evicted-from-belgrade-05-17-2017 17 May 17 Serbian Town Takes in Refugees Evicted from Belgrade

A centre for asylum seekers in the western Serbian town of Sjenica, which initially housed around 300 refugees, has adapted a former textile manufacturing building to make space for an extra 250 migrants after hundreds were forced out of Belgrade last week.

thousands-attend-croatian-wwii-commemoration-at-bleiburg-05-15-2017 15 May 17 Thousands Attend Croatian WWII Commemoration at Bleiburg

Some 15,000 people, including the chair of the Croatian Parliament, Gordan Jandrokovic, and several Croatian ministers, attended Saturday’s commemoration in the Austrian town of Bleiburg to mark the 72nd anniversary of the killing of Croatian collaboration forces and civilians who were captured at the end of WWII.

albanian-lgbt-activists-cycle-for-family-rights-05-13-2017 13 May 17 Albanian LGBT Activists Cycle for Family Rights

Albania's LGBT community, joined by the Albanian Ombudsman, Igli Totozani, cycled through Tirana on Saturday, the sixth annual such Pride event in the Albanian capital. This year, the main message of the event was the need for all families - no matter their makeup - to be legally recognised by the state.