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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.

07 Dec 16

Dehari Death Puts Spotlight on Kosovo’s Grim Prisons

The death of Astrit Dehari, the opposition activist who died in prison in November, has highlighted longstanding problems in Kosovo’s prison service, including poor healthcare, unequal treatment of prisoners and low levels of security.

06 Dec 16

Drenas Setback Signals Trouble for Kosovo’s PDK

The failure of the Democratic Party of Kosovo, PDK, to win mayoral elections outright in its traditional stronghold of Drenas could result in problems for the ruling party across the country.

30 Nov 16

Kosovo Town Feels Pre-Election Tensions

Tensions are growing ahead of local elections in Drenica, the birthplace of Kosovo’s revolution, as the ruling Democratic Party fights to keep power in its stronghold.

28 Nov 16

Battle Over Trepca Strains Kosovo-Serbia Relations

The dispute over the Trepca complex is becoming one of the biggest stumbling blocks in Kosovo-Serbia relations - but the issue has been smouldering for decades.

15 Nov 16

Schwendiman: New Kosovo War Court ‘Not Anti-Albanian’

In his first interview since being appointed chief prosecutor of the new Kosovo special court, David Schwendiman told BIRN that suspected criminals are his target, not the Kosovo Liberation Army itself.

11 Nov 16

Kosovo, Serbia: Brezovica Case Conundrum

The failed privatisation of Brezovica ski complex reveals the density of legal and political battles between Belgrade and Pristina over assets in Kosovo.

09 Nov 16

Trump Triumph Celebrated and Mourned in Balkans

While many Serbs, Macedonians and Montenegrins hailed the victory of Donald Trump, many Albanians and Bosniaks are lamenting the defeat of Hillary Clinton.

09 Nov 16

Don’t Expect Balkan U-Turns From Trump Presidency

Serbs may be rejoicing over the Republican candidate’s win, but substantial changes in US relations with the region are unlikely.

07 Nov 16

Kosovo Director Focuses Lens on Post-War Trauma

When director Gazmend Bajri met the subject of his latest film, he found an outlet for his feelings about how he himself suffered during the Kosovo war - and how he dealt with the trauma afterwards.

07 Nov 16

Kosovo and Serbia Tussle Over Yugoslav Assets

Kosovo’s privatisation process remains dogged by disputes with Serbia over who holds the right over companies established during the Yugoslav era.

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.

02 Nov 16

New War Court Could Disrupt Kosovo’s Politics

If the new Hague-based Special Court indicts senior politicians for war crimes and political killings, it could bring down Kosovo’s governing coalition and undermine the major parties, experts suggest.

28 Oct 16

For Serbia’s PM, Kosovo is Just a Campaign Tool

The recent dramas in Serbia over Kosovo should not fool anyone; for Vucic, the ‘southern province’ issue is just a tool in a non-stop election campaign.

24 Oct 16

Syria Returnee Wants to Help Kosovo’s Would-be Warriors

Albert Berisha, who returned to Kosovo after briefly joining fighters in Syria, has set up an NGO to help other returnees - and those mulling following the path that he once took.