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serbia-mulls-archaic-policy-to-revive-rural-areas-07-20-2017
21 Jul 17

Serbia May Give Youngsters Land To Revive Countryside

Serbia is considering giving away land to young couples to counter the rural depopulation afflicting most Balkan countries - which a Serbian minister has called 'a threat to national security'.

us-lawmakers-say-vucic-named-bytyqi-murder-suspect-07-20-2017
20 Jul 17

Vucic Named Bytyqi Murder Suspect, Alleges Family

Three sources told BIRN that Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said that former high-ranking police officer Goran ‘Guri’ Radosavljevic was responsible for the killings of the Albanian-American Bytyqi brothers in 1999.

political-ties-seen-behind-bulgarian-tycoon-s-exile-to-serbia-07-20-2017
20 Jul 17

Bulgaria to Try Exiled Tycoon Over Bank Collapse

Bulgaria’s special prosecution has pressed charges for the plunder of the Corporate Commercial Bank in 2014, listing suggestions about why the main defendant – the bank’s owner, Tsvetan Vasilev – is now in exile in Serbia.

serbian-govt-soon-to-define-russian-centre-s-status-07-20-2017
20 Jul 17

Serbia Will Clarify Russian Centre’s Status, Dacic Vows

After President Vucic’s visit to Washington, where Serbia’s relations with Russia were on the agenda, Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said the status of a controversial Russian centre - whose staff seek diplomatic rights - would soon be clarified.

balkan-states-need-more-resources-to-fight-terror-report-warns-07-20-2017
20 Jul 17

US Report: Balkans Need Resources to Fight Terror

US State Department report say that while most Balkan states cooperate well with international partners to improve counterterrorism policies, they still have problems in terms of cooperation between institutions and in terms of limited resources. 

vucic-s-visit-to-usa-under-shadow-by-congressmen-criticism-07-17-2017
19 Jul 17

Congresswoman's Protest Casts Shadow over Vucic US Visit

On the eve of the Serbian President's US visit, a congresswoman wrote to Vice President Mike Pence, urging him not to meet Aleksandar Vucic, citing Belgrade’s ties to Russia and Iran among other matters.

serbian-daily-accused-of-spreading-misogyny-with-made-up-commentators-07-19-2017
19 Jul 17

Serbian Daily Faces Questions Over Anti-Feminist Rants

The venerable Serbian daily faces questions about its ethics after it was revealed that an op-ed attacking feminism - supposedly authored by scientist - was illustrated with the photograph of a German actor.

negotiations-start-between-fiat-and-workers-in-serbia-07-19-2017
19 Jul 17

Serbian PM Takes Charge of Fiat Strike Talks

As mediated negotiations between Fiat and striking workers at Kragujevac began on Wednesday, an expert said rumours of the car giant relocating to Poland were unlikely - given the high price that Belgrade is paying to keep Fiat in Serbia.

isis-threatens-to-kill-bosnian-musim-leaders-07-14-2017
17 Jul 17

Bosnia Urged To Protect Clerics From ISIS Threats

Bosnian presidency member Bakir Izetbegovic has called on Bosnian institutions to protect the country's Muslim clerics - after ISIS recently issued bloodcurdling new threats to them.

serbian-company-cancels-gypsy-tour-over-controversy-07-17-2017
17 Jul 17

Serbian Tour Company Scraps 'Gypsy Tour' After Racism Row

A Serbian tour guide company has called off its ’Gypsy Tour’ of Belgrade after being accused of promoting racism.

croatian-serb-rebels-armed-by-yugoslav-army--07-13-2017
13 Jul 17

Croatian Serb Rebels ‘Armed by Yugoslav Army’

The defence lawyer for former Serbian State Security Service chief Jovica Stanisic told the UN war crimes tribunal that rebel Serbs in Croatia mostly got weapons from the Yugoslav People’s Army, not the security service.

serbia-delivered-srebrenica-refugees-to-mladic-report-07-13-2017
13 Jul 17

Serbia Delivered Srebrenica Refugees to Mladic: Report

The Humanitarian Law Centre NGO said it will file criminal complaints against Serbian officials involved in handing over Bosniak refugees from Srebrenica who fled to Serbia to Ratko Mladic’s forces.

first-serbian-srebrenica-trial-stopped-by-belgrade-court-07-13-2017
13 Jul 17

Serbia’s First Srebrenica Trial Halted as Charges Dismissed

The charges in the trial of eight former Bosnian Serb policemen for the Srebrenica massacres were thrown out by the Belgrade appeals court because they were not filed by the correct prosecutor.

us-should-pressure-vucic-over-bytyqi-murders-family-says-07-12-2017
13 Jul 17

US Urged to Pressure Vucic Over Bytyqi Murders

The family of three Albanian-American brothers killed in Serbia in 1999 want US officials to put pressure on President Aleksandar Vucic during his upcoming visit to Washington to resolve the case.

serbian-security-official-sent-guns-to-croatian-serbs--07-12-2017
12 Jul 17

Serbian Security Official ‘Sent Guns to Croatian Serbs’

A prosecution witness at UN war crimes court accused former Serbian State Security official Franko Simatovic of delivering weapons to rebel Serbs in the Krajina area of Croatia in 1991.

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kosovo-war-court-president-promises-impartial-justice-07-19-2017
20 Jul 17

Kosovo War Court President Promises Impartial Justice

The president of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers, Ekaterina Trendafilova, told BIRN the new court has no ethnic bias, will protect its witnesses from intimidation and deliver justice impartially and independently.

19 Jul 17

New Migrants Face Old Terrors on Balkan Route

03 Jul 17

Tito Tourism Turns Yugonostalgia into Business

Business

serbia-in-two-minds-over-new-imf-deal-07-17-2017
20 Jul 17

Serbia in Two Minds Over New IMF Deal

With the economy in relatively good shape, a question mark hangs over whether Serbia needs a fresh arrangement with the Fund.

07 Jul 17

Serbia Seeks to Boost Digital Start-Ups

27 Jun 17

No Action on Tax Cut for Serbia's Lowest Paid

Culture and Lifestyle

edgar-degas-ballerinas-strike-a-pose-at-sanu-07-18-2017
21 Jul 17

Edgar Degas’ Ballerinas Strike a Pose at Belgrade

One of the biggest art scene events in Belgrade this summer will undoubtedly be the exhibition of renowned French impressionist, Edgar Degas. 

18 Jul 17

Serbia's Regattas Offer Fun on the Water

05 Jul 17

Exit Festival Smashes Sales Records for 2017

30 Jun 17

Sun, Sand and Scenery: Serbia's Summer Escapes

27 Jun 17

The Many Lives of Belgrade’s Old Synagogue