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08 Dec 16

Kosovo Bans Building of Serb Wall in Mitrovica

The building of a concrete wall by the Serb authorities near their side of the bridge that ethnically divides the Kosovo town of Mitrovica was ordered to stop after strong criticism by Kosovo Albanian officials.

07 Dec 16

Belgium Arrests Kosovar, Serbian 'ISIS Supporters'

Three people from Kosovo and Serbia are among a group of eight people arrested in Belgium and suspected of links to the outlawed terror group ISIS.

02 Dec 16

Kosovo Tax Officials Admit Ties to Politicians

Top former and current officials in the Kosovo Tax Administration have admitted the extent of political influences on their work to BIRN Kosovo's TV show.

01 Dec 16

Serbian Minister Admits 'Mistake' Quitting Warsaw Summit

Ivica Dacic, Serbian foreign minister, said he ‘might have made a mistake’ when he walked out of a joint meeting of Visegrad Group and Western Balkan countries in Warsaw.

01 Dec 16

Closed Trials 'Undermining Faith in Kosovo Justice'

Experts and journalists say the decision of another Kosovo court to hold a high-profile corruption trial behind closed doors will further damage people's trust in the judiciary.

30 Nov 16

Attacks on Balkan Media Unchecked, HRW Says

Journalists across the Western Balkans face a hostile environment that impedes their ability to report in a critical fashion, Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday.

29 Nov 16

Kosovo Mayor Challenges War Crimes Conviction

The lawyer for Sami Lushtaku, a former guerrilla commander who is now mayor of Skenderaj/Srbica, filed a complaint to Kosovo’s Supreme Court against his conviction for war crimes.

25 Nov 16

Kosovo Prosecutor Defends Inaction on Tax Scam

Ali Rexha, Kosovo Special Prosecutor, said the prosecution merely followed the law when it decided not to prosecute all the companies involved in a massive tax scam revealed by BIRN with the help of a whistleblower.

24 Nov 16

Kosovo Dissident’s Serbian Assassins Given Life Sentences

A Belgian court has given life sentences to a former Yugoslav secret police official and two Serbian hitmen for the assassination of Kosovo Albanian dissident Enver Hadri in Brussels in 1990.

24 Nov 16

Kosovo Activists Plan New Rally Over Dehari Death

Kosovo activists, journalist, artists and NGOs called another rally on Thursday, demanding an international investigation into the death of jailed Vetevendosje activist Astrit Dehari.

23 Nov 16

Yugoslav Spy Chief Convicted of Kosovo Dissident’s Murder

A former Yugoslav secret police official and two Serbian hitmen were convicted of the assassination of Kosovo Albanian dissident Enver Hadri in Brussels in 1990.

23 Nov 16

Kosovo Budget Held up by Row Over Veteran Benefits

As the Kosovo parliament readies to discuss the 2017 budget, relations within the ruling coalition have reached a new low over the size of funds allocated for veterans of the independence war.

22 Nov 16

Kosovo Serb Leader Ivanovic Claims Trial was Unlawful

Kosovo Serb political party leader Oliver Ivanovic, jailed for nine years for war crimes, told Pristina’s appeals court that his trial was unlawful because he had already been investigated over the same offence.

21 Nov 16

Victim’s Family Speaks Out in KLA Execution Case

Relatives of one of two men killed for being ‘traitors’ by the Kosovo Liberation Army offered what they said was new evidence after guerrilla commander turned MP Fatmir Limaj was indicted over the murders.

21 Nov 16

Kosovo Stalls on Serbian Municipal Association

Kosovo officials are dampening down expectations that the agreement on setting up an autonomous Association of Serbian municipalities will happen this year.


07 Dec 16

Balkan War Crime Suspects Maintain Political Influence

Years after the Balkan conflicts, voters in former Yugoslav countries are still electing people who have been convicted of or charged with war crimes, showing how nationalism still distorts the political environment.

30 Nov 16

Kosovo Town Feels Pre-Election Tensions

11 Nov 16

Kosovo, Serbia: Brezovica Case Conundrum


02 Nov 16

World Bank Still Mulling Support for Kosovo Power Plant

While Kosovo officials claim the World Bank has pledged to support construction of the new Kosova e Re power plant, the bank has told BIRN no such decision has been made.

13 Oct 16

Kosovo Auditor Highlights Procurement Failures

29 Sep 16

World Bank Upbeat About Western Balkans

Culture and Lifestyle

04 Nov 16

Kosovo's Reconciliation Councils Struggle to End Blood Feuds

The remnants of Kosovo's medieval code of justice still burden Kosovo's local communities, pitting families against families in an endless circle of death.

15 Sep 16

Rapper Wounded in Albania-Kosovo Hip Hop Feud

15 Aug 16

Insiders’ Guide: Hidden Gems of the Balkans

10 Aug 16

Kosovo’s Dua Lipa Set to Sing in Albania