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06 Oct 15

Serbian Fears About Kosovo’s ‘Army’ Are Myth

The Serbian elites are busy hyping the dangers of a Kosovo army – but a glance at Kosovo’s recent security review reveals them as fantasies.

02 Oct 15

Opposition Campaign Risks Destabilizing Kosovo

The opposition’s latest move to block the work of parliament could foment dangerous tensions in the unstable country, experts fear.

17 Sep 15

Kosovo, Serbia Begin Diplomatic Battle over UNESCO

Pristina and Belgrade are set for another diplomatic battle over Kosovo’s bid to join United Nations cultural body UNESCO which could further damage relations between Serbia and its former province.

16 Sep 15

Kosovo and Serbia Offer Havens for Jail-Dodgers

Convicted criminals from Kosovo and Serbia only have to cross each other’s borders in order to escape serving jail sentences for the crimes that they committed.

10 Sep 15

Brussels Package Leaves Kosovo Full of Foreboding

While most Kosovo Serbs show skeptical optimism on governance deal, many Kosovo Albanians fear they have signed away some of their country’s sovereignty.

04 Sep 15

Kosovo Organ-Trafficking: How the Claims were Exposed

A memo written in 1999 by journalist Michael Montgomery, who investigated alleged organ-trafficking by Kosovo guerrillas after the war, ultimately led to the establishment of a new war crimes court.

27 Aug 15

Egypt Named as Source of Balkan Islamic Extremism

Kosovo researcher says imams promoting ISIS in Balkans studied together in Egypt before bring their militant ideas back home.

20 Aug 15

Restoring Trust in a Divided Kosovo Town

After the Kosovo war, activist Valdete Idrizi realised that reconciliation would only be possible if Serbs and Albanians in her ethnically-divided town of Mitrovica started talking to each other again.

19 Aug 15

Balkan Countries Must Take ISIS Seriously

Even if they are mostly just propaganda, Balkan governments must not dismiss any threats coming from ISIS, Middle East expert Janko Scepanovic tells BIRN.

13 Aug 15

Belgrade Roma Families Living in Fear of Eviction

Roma families who fled the Kosovo war in 1999 are waiting nervously for a European Court of Human Rights ruling on whether the Belgrade authorities can legally evict them from their informal settlements.

12 Aug 15

Kosovo’s New War Court: Major Challenges Ahead

MPs in Pristina finally voted to set up the court to try Kosovo Liberation Army guerrillas, but protecting witnesses and assembling strong enough evidence to convict suspects could be formidable challenges.

06 Aug 15

Kosovo’s New War Court: How Will it Work?

After MPs in Pristina voted to set up a new court to try Kosovo Liberation Army ex-guerrillas, BIRN examines how it will operate, who it can prosecute and for which offences.

22 Jul 15

Migrant Surge Through Balkans Bypasses Kosovo

While waves of migrants course through Macedonia and Serbia, a handful trickle into Kosovo, often by mistake.

20 Jul 15

Serbia’s Broken Promises Over US Albanians’ Murders

Officials again promised to solve the killings of the Bytyqi brothers at a Serbian police centre in 1999 - but their words just echo similar unfulfilled promises over the past decade.

17 Jul 15

Kosovo MPs to Vote ‘Soon’ on Special Court

As pressure mounts on Kosovo to establish a war crimes court, the government is pushing for a new vote in parliament on the issue.