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23 Jan 17

Kosovo Shoppers Find it Hard to Shun Serbian Goods

The latest friction with Serbia over a train has revived calls in Kosovo for a boycott of Serbian products - but shops that do not stock Serbian goods remain few and far between.

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20 Jan 17

Birth of Trump Era Divides Balkan Countries

Right-wing Serbs are euphoric while Romanians and Bosniaks are worried. All over the Balkans, governments and people are watching to see what a new era in US diplomacy brings.

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20 Jan 17

Balkan States Eye Their Prospects in Trump Era

Countries in the region are pondering whether they will lose or gain from a Trump presidency – but the end results of this new era are hard to call.

kosovo-s-serbs-feel-frightened-insecure-and-misused-01-19-2017
19 Jan 17

Kosovo’s Serbs Feel Frightened, Insecure and Misused

Serbs in Kosovo say that the recent ‘propaganda train’ dispute between Belgrade and Pristina left them worried about their security and fearful that they are being used as political pawns.

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19 Jan 17

Serbia’s Agenda With ‘Train to Nowhere’ Remains Mysterious

Belgrade clearly banked on eliciting a stormy reaction from Kosovo by dispatching a train to Mitrovica; whether this drama was a designed to put Kosovo in the wrong - or was a simple miscalculation - is less clear.

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16 Jan 17

Multi-ethnic States Have Failed in the Balkans

In response to Jasmin Mujanovic’s comment article, ‘New Partitions are the Last Thing the Balkans Need,’ Timothy Less maintains that the Balkan countries lack even the most basic elements needed to make multi-ethnicity work, so it is time to consider a new territorial settlement.

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11 Jan 17

Kosovo and Serbia: Non-Cooperation Perpetuates Injustice

The arrest in France of Kosovo’s ex-PM Ramush Haradinaj on a Serbian warrant highlighted how continuing enmity and lack of cooperation between Belgrade and Pristina means war criminals are not facing trial.

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09 Jan 17

Balkans 2017: Economies Will Grow Despite Political Tensions

Most Balkan states will be slightly better off at the end of this year than they were at the beginning - despite the best efforts of the political class to keep tensions on the boil.

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06 Jan 17

Kosovo 2016: Protests Fail to Dislodge Mustafa Govt

A troubled year saw relentless opposition attempts to bring down the government, fresh tensions with Kosovo Serbs and Serbia and controversy over an activist’s death in jail.

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04 Jan 17

Hague Tribunal Prepares for Shutdown in 2017

The UN war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia will shut down in 2017 after more than two decades, but a handful of unfinished cases will continue, including the landmark case of Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic.

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28 Dec 16

Balkan Schoolbooks Offer Conflicting Versions of Kosovo’s History

Shkelzen Gashi tells BIRN that his new report reveals how differently the history of Kosovo is taught all over the Western Balkans - with worrying implications for relations between neighbouring countries.

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26 Dec 16

Kosovo: New War Court Approved Despite Opposition

Pristina in 2016 approved the establishment of a new Hague-based court to try former Kosovo Liberation Army fighters, while war crimes trials at home attracted controversy and sparked protests.

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20 Dec 16

Ante Markovic: PM Who Tried to Rescue Yugoslavia

Twenty-five years after his resignation, the last Yugoslav Prime Minister, Ante Markovic, is still seen as someone who tried to keep the country from collapsing, although his mission ended in failure.

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19 Dec 16

Flu Epidemic Reveals Sickness in Kosovo’s Health System

The latest flu epidemic in Kosovo exposed all the well-known problems in the country’s healthcare, from drug shortages to delays and corruption.

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13 Dec 16

EU Integration Won’t Stop Authoritarianism in Balkans

European integration will not stop Balkan governments from cracking down on independent voices unless societies have built up strong means of resistance, Kiril Koroteev, of the Moscow-based human rights centre Memorial told BIRN.