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balkan-jihadis-return-disillusioned-with-isis-caliphate--08-10-2017
11 Aug 17

Balkan Jihadis Return, Disillusioned with ISIS ‘Caliphate’

Some jihadis from the Balkans who travelled to the Syrian conflict zone to support Islamic State told BIRN that they returned home because they became disenchanted with the brutality, poverty and oppression.

bye-bye-baby-boxes-06-08-2017
10 Aug 17

Balkan Parents Dream of Finnish Baby Boxes

Finland famously hands out ‘baby boxes’ packed with useful products for infants, but the ones given to new mothers in the Balkans tend to be be less generous, if they exist at all.

pence-s-montenegro-visit-timely-and-important--08-07-2017
08 Aug 17

Pence’s Montenegro Visit ‘Timely and Important’

Vice-President Pence’s visit to Montenegro not only underlined US support for NATO and regional democracy, it also highlighted concerns over Russia’s growing influence in the Balkans.

belgrade-rapper-defends-montenegro-s-embattled-opposition-leader-07-13-2017
14 Jul 17

Belgrade Rapper Backs Montenegro’s Embattled Opposition Leader

Serbian rapper Fedja Dimovic explains why he has joined the defence team of Montenegro opposition leader Nebojsa Medojevic - who faces serious charges in his home country.

balkan-imams-take-counter-extremism-struggle-online-07-04-2017
10 Jul 17

Balkan Imams Take Counter-Extremism Struggle Online

After dozens of self-proclaimed imams were prosecuted for recruiting fighters for Middle East wars, state-backed religious organisations have joined the online fight for the hearts and minds of Muslims in the Balkans.

russian-rhetoric-steps-up-intimidation-of-montenegro-06-28-2017
28 Jun 17

Russian Rhetoric Steps Up Intimidation of Montenegro

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin has intensified the Kremlin’s threatening rhetoric against Montenegro over its NATO membership – but was he attempting to scare Serbia too?

us-balkan-policy-will-eventually-catch-up-with-reality-06-07-2017
08 Jun 17

US Balkan Policy Will Eventually Catch Up With Reality

At some point, Washington will be forced to re-engage with the Balkans and work out a new policy that is in tune with political reality.

russians-flock-to-montenegro-despite-travel-advisory-06-06-2017
07 Jun 17

Russians ‘Flock to Montenegro’ Despite Travel Advisory

It seems few Russians have been put off from holidaying in Montenegro, despite Moscow issuing advisories against travel to NATO’s newest member.

inside-guide-to-the-balkans-secret-wonders-06-06-2017
06 Jun 17

Inside Guide to the Balkans’ Secret Wonders

Scattered across the Balkans are stunning little gems of nature or human history that are well worth making a detour to visit.

montenegrin-fm-joining-nato-is-not-anti-russian-06-05-2017
06 Jun 17

Montenegrin FM: Joining NATO is Not Anti-Russian

Montenegro on Monday formally became the 29th NATO member, but Foreign Minister Srdjan Darmanovic told BIRN that it should not be seen as a 'poke in the eye for Russia'.

montenegro-s-boka-region-seeks-more-autonomy-05-31-2017
01 Jun 17

Montenegro’s Boka Region Seeks More Autonomy

Politicians in the beautiful Boka Bay area on the Montenegrin coast want to take more matters into their own hands.

trump-s-presidency-keeps-us-balkan-policy-unchanged-05-30-2017
30 May 17

Trump’s Presidency Keeps US Balkan Policy Unchanged

While many expected US foreign policy to undergo some U-turns under Trump, his lack of engagement in international affairs – with a few exceptions – seems to mean Washington’s role in the Balkans is tantamount to “leading from behind”.

balkan-states-struggle-to-meet-nato-benchmark-05-26-2017
26 May 17

Balkan States Struggle to Meet NATO Benchmark

While NATO states have all confirmed their commitment to boosting defence spending to 2 per cent of GDP, for most Balkan countries, that represents a challenge.

mogherini-must-build-on-west-s-balkan-breakthroughs-05-24-2017
24 May 17

Mogherini Must Build on West’s Balkan Breakthroughs

The EU and US must follow up their recent successes in knocking heads together in Macedonia and Albania – or the region’s descent into a dangerous crisis will continue.

comic-coup-only-helped-montenegro-pm-mandic-says-05-15-2017
17 May 17

‘Comic Coup’ Only Helped Montenegro PM, Mandic Says

One of the opposition leaders accused of being involved in last year’s alleged plot tells BIRN that the charges against him are politically motivated and casts doubts on the prosecution’s independence.