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28 Mar 17

Croatian Dam ‘Repeatedly Attacked’ During 1990s War

At the war crimes trial of former Yugoslav general Borislav Djukic, the ex-director of a hydroelectric plant on Lake Peruca in Croatia recalled how it came under repeated attack during the conflict.

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28 Mar 17

Pristina Allows Serbian PM Vucic to Visit Kosovo

The Kosovo government is allowing Serbian Prime Minister and presidential candidate Aleksandar Vucic to visit the northern part of country for three hours on Wednesday.

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28 Mar 17

Kosovo Special War Crimes Court Adopts Rulebook

The Hague-based Kosovo Specialist Chambers, set up to try former Kosovo Liberation Army members for wartime and post-war crimes, could now be judicially operational in May.

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28 Mar 17

Few Foreign Observers to Monitor Serbian Elections

At least 17 foreign organisations will monitor Serbia’s presidential elections, but with the OSCE only sending a limited mission, domestic NGOs will carry the greater burden of reporting irregularities.

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28 Mar 17

Serbian PM Mulls Kosovo Visit amid Election Uncertainty

Serbia’s Prime Minister and presidential candidate Aleksandar Vucic is set to visit northern Kosovo, where locals hope for a chance to vote fairly.

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27 Mar 17

Putin Wishes Vucic Luck in Serbian Election

Russia's President has wished Aleksandar Vucic success in the forthcoming presidential election, despite the Kremlin's claim that it would not interfere in Serbia's electoral process.

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27 Mar 17

Kosovo Serb MPs End Boycott of Parliament

Serb MPs returned to Kosovo parliament after six months to speed up the formation of an Association of Serb Municipalities but also to try to stop the formation of a Kosovo Army.

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27 Mar 17

Serbian Private Security Company Protects Vucic Posters

The high-profile security company Intersec - which guarded Paris Hilton during her Serbia visit - has been engaged to stop people removing or defacing PM Aleksandar Vucic’s presidential campaign posters.

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25 Mar 17

Kosovo Witnesses Recall Expulsions by Serbian Forces

Two survivors of a massacre by Serbian forces in the Kosovo village of Cuska in May 1999 told a Belgrade court how they were forcibly evicted from their homes.

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24 Mar 17

Serbia Mourns 1999 Bombing Victims; Kosovo Thanks NATO

Serbia marked the 18th anniversary of NATO bombing of Yugoslavia with a ceremony in Grdelica, where a passenger train was hit - but Kosovo officials gave thanks for the Western military intervention.

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23 Mar 17

Serbia Exhibits Weapon That Downed US Stealth Bomber

Commemorating the victims of the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia, the anti-aircraft rocket launcher that shot down a US F-117A aircraft stealth bomber in 1999 went on display at Belgrade’s Military Museum.

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22 Mar 17

Serbian Architects Urge Conservation of Bombed Defence HQ

Serbia’s Academy of Architecture said the government should not demolish part of the NATO-bombed Yugoslav Defence Ministry building in Belgrade because it is listed as a protected cultural monument.

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21 Mar 17

Balkan States Linked to Russian Money-Laundering Scheme

Media reports of an alleged global financial scheme to launder over $20 billion of suspect money from Russian banks have linked Bulgaria, Serbia and Croatia to some of the dubious transactions.

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21 Mar 17

Drug Claim Sparks Outrage in Serbia Poll Campaign

Journalists came to the defence of colleague Natasa Jeremic, wife of opposition presidential candidate Vuk Jeremic, after a ruling Progressive Party official accused her of being Serbia’s major drug supplier.

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20 Mar 17

Belgrade Prison Chief Acquitted of ‘Kidnapping’ Milosevic

The former warden of Belgrade Central Prison, Dragisa Blanusa, was found not guilty of kidnapping former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic by sending him to The Hague in 2001.

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29 Mar 17

EPP Cannot ‘Police’ its Balkan Members, Daul Says

As Balkan members of the same centre-right bloc in the European Parliament feud openly with other, EPP leader Joseph Daul says the bloc cannot ‘point fingers’ but does its best to find compromises.

28 Mar 17

Serbia’s New President: Who Will It Be?

22 Mar 17

Vanished Mural Sparks Protests in Novi Sad

22 Mar 17

Europe is not Going to Solve Balkan Dramas

21 Mar 17

Fiddling in Sarajevo as Europe Unravels

Business

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20 Mar 17

Call for Balkan Customs Union Draws Faint Praise

Economists have given calls for a new Balkans customs union a tepid welcome - saying the region’s political instability and poor business framework is a far bigger problem than lack of free trade.

14 Mar 17

Belgrade Makeover: Grand Revamp or Fantasy?

24 Feb 17

Balkan Retail Giant Agrokor Faces New Troubles

Culture and Lifestyle

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24 Mar 17

Dance Festival Brings Russian Ballet Legend to Belgrade

The 14th installment of Belgrade’s prestigious and popular Dance Festival is already slated to be the biggest and most widely-attended iteration to date.

22 Mar 17

Vanished Mural Sparks Protests in Novi Sad

22 Mar 17

Belgrade Tween Conquers World of Music