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20 Jun 17

Hashim Thaci, Guerrilla Chief Who Became President

Kosovo's president has established himself as a shrewd tactician able to outmanoeuvre his opponents – but who still remains haunted by his past.

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02 Jun 17

Kadri Veseli, Kosovo Powerbroker Who Shuns the Spotlight

The former secret service chief who became head of the Democratic Party of Kosovo is a man who prefers to stay in the shadows.

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08 May 17

Balkan Rulers Who Just Won’t Say Goodbye

Kings may have departed from the Balkan stage but many of the region’s current leaders weild power in monarchical style - clinging to office for decades. Here is the selection of ten politicans who think it is never the right time to bow out.

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27 Apr 17

Ivica Todoric: Croatia's Tycoon Who Wanted Too Much

Ivica Todoric, the man who transformed his flower company into one of the Balkans' biggest business empires, Agrokor, now faces the possibility of seeing the debt-ridden firm go under.

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13 Apr 17

Crusading Journalist Defies Threatening Climate in Kosovo

‘Zeri’ editor Arbana Xharra says she won’t stop probing the dark side of Kosovo life despite the ‘public lynches that have become the new normality’ for investigative journalists in the country.

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11 Apr 17

Vetevendosje: From Troublemaker to Key Player in Kosovo

Vetevendosje has come a long way from a street movement to potentially key political actor, raising questions about whether it will change its tactics now as it gets closer to power.

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18 Nov 16

Lavdrim Muhaxheri, ISIS Warrior, Remains Threat to Kosovo

Lavdrim Muhaxheri, commander of Albanian ISIS fighters, has been named a serious threat for Kosovo once again after 19 suspected terrorists were arrested within days.

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19 Oct 16

Serb Party Pushes Belgrade’s Agenda in Kosovo

The main Kosovo Serb party’s boycott of parliament shows that its decisions are guided by Belgrade, while also highlighting Pristina political leaders’ inability to integrate the country’s Serb minority.

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11 Apr 16

Muriithi Kagai: Mixing Modesty and Millions

As head of a charitable microfinance lender, Muriithi Kagai was one of highest earners in Kosovo. He insists he was worth every penny.

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08 Apr 16

Kosovo Says Farewell to ‘Powerless’ President

Atifete Jahjaga has handed the reins to Hashim Thaci after five years as Kosovo’s first female President – but assessments of her term in office are divided.

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21 Jan 16

Oliver Ivanovic: Karate Master Defeated in Court

Kosovo Serb leader Ivanovic’s martial arts skills brought him to politics, and he was once seen as a key figure in Kosovo-Serbia dialogue - but he now faces jail for war crimes against Albanians.

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29 Apr 15

Nebojsa Minic, Serbia’s ‘Commander of Death’

Mystery still lingers over the life of Nebojsa Minic, alias ‘Mrtvi’ (‘Dead’), one of the Yugoslav Army officers allegedly involved in the most brutal massacres in Kosovo – as explored in a new BIRN documentary.

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19 Dec 14

The Improbable Rise of Isa Mustafa in Kosovo

The new Prime Minister has taken a winding path from his time as a Communist youth leader to the top office in government, where his free-market vision for Kosovo will now be tested.

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24 Jan 14

Blerim Shala, Kosovo’s Head of Dialogue

The rebel journalist who once expressed his political dissatisfaction through rock music is now of the key figures in the negotiations between Kosovo and Serbia.

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03 Nov 13

Dark Days for a Diehard Nationalist

Nebojsa Jovic and his dream of a Kosovo within Serbia have little to cling to as Belgrade disentangles itself from the north.