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18 Dec 14

Ivanovic Pleads Not Guilty to War Crimes

Oliver Ivanovic and four other defendants pleaded not guilty to war crimes in a trial that has opened in Mitrovica, northern Kosovo.

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18 Dec 14

Kosovo President Urges Action on Special Court

In the course of her annual speech to parliament, President Atifete Jahjaga said Kosovo should establish a Special Court on war crimes as soon as possible, to prove that the country upholds the principle of justice.

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16 Dec 14

EU Urged to Widen Kosovo Mission Graft Probe

An independent expert appointed to investigate allegations of corruption inside the EU’s rule-of-law mission in Kosovo only has a ‘limited’ role, warned Human Rights Watch.

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15 Dec 14

Kosovo Officials Vow Serb ‘Peace Park’ Removal

Kosovo Albanian officials have again promised to get rid of a ‘peace park’ created by Serbs to replace a barricade on the bridge that divides the town of Mitrovica.

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12 Dec 14

EU Kosovo Mission Graft Claim Report ‘Missing’

A vital internal report by an EU prosecutor about suspicions of corruption inside the EULEX rule-of-law mission in Kosovo has disappeared, said the European Ombudsman.

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11 Dec 14

EU Names New Kosovo Tribunal Chief Prosecutor

US lawyer David Schwendiman will be the chief prosecutor of the new special war crimes court that is expected to prosecute senior Kosovo Liberation Army figures, BIRN has learned.

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10 Dec 14

Kosovo Coalition Deal Raises Democracy Fears

After Kosovo’s two main parties joined forces to form a government, observers say they fear the opposition has been left too weak to monitor and challenge the executive effectively.

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09 Dec 14

Zubin Potok Mayor in House Arrest

The mayor of Zubin Potok, in northern Kosovo, Stevan Vulovic, has been placed in 30 days' house arrest on suspicion of organizing the escape of an arrested person.

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09 Dec 14

Kosovo Wins Right to Compete in Olympics

Athletes from Kosovo will be allowed to compete in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio after Kosovo won full membership of the International Olympic Committee.

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09 Dec 14

Kosovo Parliament Approves New Government

Former Pristina mayor Isa Mustafa became Kosovo’s new prime minister, while former PM Hashim Thaci took the posts of deputy prime minister and foreign minister.

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08 Dec 14

VIDEO: Searching for Solutions in the Balkans

Croatia made it across the finish line, but the rest of the Balkan countries seem to be far away from their European future. What kind of new approaches can be explored to ensure that the accession story ends well?

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03 Dec 14

Kosovo, Albania ‘Most Corrupt Countries in Region’

According to the 2014 Transparency International Corruption Perception Index, Kosovo and Albania continue to be the most corrupt countries in South-East Europe.

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02 Dec 14

Kosovo Ex-Mayor Quizzed Over Policeman’s Killing

The Serb former mayor of the Zubin Potok municipality, Slavisa Ristic, was questioned by EU rule-of-law mission prosecutors over the murder of a Kosovo police officer in 2011.

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28 Nov 14

Kosovo Expects to Form Army Soon

Kosovo’s new parliament will vote to transform the security forces into an army as soon as it starts work next month, a senior official said.

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26 Nov 14

New Kosovo Adminstration Expected Next Month

The Kosovo Assembly is to vote on a new government on December 8 after a coalition deal between the two major parties brought an end to almost six months of political stalemate.

Premium

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17 Dec 14

Why Arkan’s Exploits Aren’t News in Serbia

It came as no surprise that the glamorous birthday party of paramilitary chief Zeljko Raznatovic’s son got more coverage than BIRN’s report on the wartime brutality of his ‘Tigers’.

Business

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18 Dec 14

Raiffeisen Gloomy About Croatia, Serbia Economies

Regional analysis conducted by Raiffeisen bank says the economies of Serbia and Croatia saw no growth in 2014 and will not do much better in 2015 - while the outlook for other countries is somewhat brighter.

Culture and Lifestyle

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25 Jun 14

Kosovars Raise a Pint to Emerging Beer Culture

Kosovo may drink a pittance by European standards, but drinkers and brewers at annual Beerfest say thirstier days are ahead.