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serbian-president-rejects-annexation-of-bosnia-s-territories-11-21-2017
21 Nov 17

Serbian Presidency Rejects Any Takeover of Bosnian Serb Land

Serbian officials have delivered another political blow to Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik, explicitly rejecting his "dreams" that Serbia could one day annexe Republika Srpska, Bosnia's Serb-dominated entity.

serbian-ngo-files-charges-for-croatian-village-attack-11-21-2017
21 Nov 17

Yugoslav Troops Accused of Killing Croatian Villagers

Serbia’s Humanitarian Law Centre filed a criminal complaint against Yugoslav People’s Army troops and Serb Territorial Defence fighters for allegedly killing 48 Croatian civilians in the villages of Skabrnja and Nadin in 1991.

macedonian-church-asks-bulgarian-brethren-for-backing-11-20-2017
20 Nov 17

Macedonia's Lonely Church Seeks Bulgarian 'Parent'

The Bulgarian Orthodox Church, BPC, faces a dilemma over whether to accept an unusual appeal from the unrecognised Macedonian Orthodox Church to assume parental authority over it.

bohemian-quarter-s-renovation-draws-sharp-reactions-from-serbians-11-20-2017
20 Nov 17

Ancient Street's New Cobbles Leave Serbs Stony-Faced

Rows over the restoration of Belgrade’s much-loved Skadarlija street – which forms the main axis in the city's 'Bohomian Quarter' – show how the political temperature in the city is rising ahead of local elections in 2018.

serbian-president-met-alexander-soros-amidst-anti-soros-campaign-11-20-2017
20 Nov 17

Serbia President Holds Cordial Meeting With Soros' Son

Despite a continuing campaign in Serbia against rights groups linked to George Soros, Serbia's President held an apparently friendly meeting on Monday with his son, Alexander.

chinese-serbian-companies-association-would-not-benefit-serbia-analysts-11-17-2017
20 Nov 17

Experts Scorn Value of China-Serbia Trade Association

Given the hopelessly one-sided nature of China-Serbia trade, analysts doubt the proposed joint association of Serbian and Chinese companies will bring Serbia any real benefit.

serbia-spent-millions-of-euros-on-early-elections-ngo-says-11-16-2017
17 Nov 17

Serbia Wasting Millions on Early Elections, NGO Says

Ahead of a meeting of Serbia's ruling party, when a decision on potential new early elections is to be announced, a watchdog has warned that the country has already spent millions of euros unnecessarily on early polls.

serb-general-s-defense-blames-terrorists-for-massacring-bosniaks-11-16-2017
17 Nov 17

Serb General Blames ‘Terrorists’ for Massacring Bosniaks

The defence team for Bosnian Serb general Novak Djukic, who was convicted of the 1995 Tuzla massacre, have blamed the attack on unknown “terrorists” - a claim that was sharply criticised by human rights campaigners.

serbian-security-service-deployed-arkan-s-paramilitaries--11-17-2017
17 Nov 17

Serbian Security Service ‘Deployed Arkan’s Paramilitaries’

An expert witness told the Hague trial of Jovica Stanisic and Franko Simatovic that the Serbian State Security Service, which they ran, was able to deploy paramilitary boss Arkan’s forces - a claim rejected by the defence.

romania-expels-serbian-nationalist-for-spying-11-15-2017
15 Nov 17

Romania Expels Serb for 'Spying for Russia'

Romania has expelled a pro-Russian Serbian nationalist, Bratislav Zivkovic, and has banned him for 15 years after counter-intelligence said he had been spying for Russia. 

orthodox-losing-race-with-other-christians-pew-center-11-15-2017
15 Nov 17

Orthodox Losing Race With Other Christians – Pew Center

New report shows that the Orthodox share of the world’s Christian population has fallen by almost half in the last century.

landmark-srebrenica-trial-starts-over-in-serbia-11-14-2017
14 Nov 17

Landmark Srebrenica Trial Starts Over in Serbia

A Serbian court decided to restart a landmark Srebrenica war crimes trial from the beginning, instead of continuing where the process left off before it was temporarily halted by a higher court.

four-serbian-men-convicted-of-torching-us-embassy-11-14-2017
14 Nov 17

Four Serbian Men Convicted of Torching US Embassy

Four men were given suspended sentences for setting fire to the US embassy in Belgrade at a protest that broke out in 2008 after Kosovo declared independence from Serbia.

birn-publishes-ratko-mladic-trial-e-book-11-13-2017
14 Nov 17

BIRN Publishes Ratko Mladic Trial E-Book

Ahead of former Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic’s war crimes verdict next week, BIRN has compiled all its reports on the landmark case into a free, downloadable e-book.

serbian-media-and-ngo-representatives-to-meet-pm-11-13-2017
14 Nov 17

Serbia's Free Media Advocates Submit Requests to PM

Members of 'For Media Freedom' – an informal group comprising journalists, editors and activists – are to meet Serbia's Prime Minister on Tuesday to discuss what they say is the free media's worsening plight.

Premium

ratko-mladic-genocidal-killer-or-innocent-protector--11-20-2017
21 Nov 17

Ratko Mladic: Genocidal Criminal or Innocent Protector?

During a four-year trial, the Hague Tribunal has heard powerful and strongly-contested arguments about whether Ratko Mladic is guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity or whether he simply defended Bosnia’s Serbs.

Business

balkan-states-score-high-in-the-world-bank-s-doing-business-ranking-11-01-2017
01 Nov 17

Balkan States Score Well in Doing Business Ranking

World Bank's latest global business ranking holds cheering news for some Western Balkan countries, such as Macedonia and Kosovo, but not for Bosnia, Croatia and Albania, which did not make it into the top 50.

19 Oct 17

EU Mulls Lower Roaming Charges for Balkans

Culture and Lifestyle

museum-of-contemporary-art-to-reopen-10-06-2017
20 Oct 17

Belgrade Museum of Contemporary Art to Reopen

Belgrade’s Museum of Contemporary Art is reopening its doors after a controversial ten-year closure for renovation work. 

18 Sep 17

Wine Lovers’ Paradise in Vibrant Zupa Region