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religion-remains-powerful-in-balkans-survey-shows-01-15-2018
15 Jan 18

Religion Remains Powerful in Balkans, Survey Shows

People in the Balkans remain far more religious than those in Central and Western Europe, a survey suggests.

serbian-judge-and-defendant-clash-at-lovas-trial-01-12-2018
12 Jan 18

Serbian Judge and Defendant Clash at Lovas Trial

The judge and a defendant argued after the trial of Serbian fighters accused of killing 70 Croatian civilians in the village of Lovas in 1991 was again delayed on Friday.

us-democrats-worried-about-russian-interference-in-balkans-01-10-2018
11 Jan 18

US Democrats Accuse Russia of 'Targeting' Balkans

New Congressional report claims Russia is aggressively targeting countries in Central and Eastern Europe that want to join the EU and NATO – and urges the US to re-engage with the region.

slobodan-milosevic-comes-alive-in-kosovo-serbs-musical-01-10-2018
11 Jan 18

Slobodan Milosevic Revived in Kosovo Serbs’ Musical

A musical staged by a Serb theatre ensemble from Kosovo about the 1999 war and Serb-Albanian relations will feature late Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic as the “tragic protagonist”.

victims-and-activists-against-kosovo-special-court-repeal-01-09-2018
10 Jan 18

Kosovo War Victims Slam MPs’ Bid to Stop Court

Survivors of the 1999 Kosovo war and rights campaigners criticised attempts by MPs in Pristina to stop the new Specialist Chambers, which will try former Kosovo Liberation Army fighters.

western-balkans-countries-turn-to-authoritarian-leadership-report-01-09-2018
10 Jan 18

Balkan States ‘Embracing Authoritarian Leadership’: Report

A new report from the British House of Lords highlights concerns that countries in the Western Balkans are turning to authoritarian leaderships and nationalistic politics.

kosovo-albanians-warn-protest-against-serb-pilgrims-in-gjakova-01-05-2018
05 Jan 18

Serbs Cancel Kosovo Christmas Trip to Avoid Protest

Serbs who visit a church in the western Kosovo town of Gjakova/Djakovica for Orthodox Christmas each year have cancelled their trip after local Kosovo Albanians said they would stage a protest.

serbian-ruling-progressives-mull-snap-elections-01-05-2018
05 Jan 18

Serbia's Ruling Party to Ponder Spring Election

The pro-government newspaper Informer has reported that the ruling Serbian Progressive Party will hold a meeting next week to discuss early parliamentary elections in the spring.

montenegrin-crime-gangs-wage-war-in-serbia-01-03-2018
03 Jan 18

Montenegrin Gangs Blamed for Killing in Serbia

The killing of a reported member of a Montenegrin organised crime gang in Belgrade shows that Serbia is allowing its capital to become a 'safe house' for warring clans, one analyst says.

balkans-journalist-expect-continuation-of-antics-in-2018-12-29-2017
01 Jan 18

More Political Antics Predicted in Balkans in 2018

Journalists expect more of the same old antics when it comes to the deeds, words (and songs) of Balkan politicians next year.

serbia-ignoring-human-rights-body-s-decisions-12-27-2017
28 Dec 17

Serbia Routinely Ignoring Human Rights Rulings, Experts Say

Decision to extradite Kurdish activist to Turkey despite UN committee's advice marks continuation of worrying trend towards disrespect for human rights rulings, experts say.

measles-claim-first-unvaccinated-casualty-in-serbia-12-27-2017
27 Dec 17

Measles Epidemic in Serbia Claims First Fatality

A 30-year-old Belgrade man is the first person in Serbia to die from complications caused by measles, highlighting a crisis blamed on the relatively low number of vaccinations.

serbian-progressives-suspected-of-illegal-vucic-campaign-donations-12-26-2017
27 Dec 17

Probe Sought Into Serbian Ruling Party's Donations

Serbia’s Anti-Corruption Agency has called for a check on transactions made by President Aleksandar Vucic's Progressive Party during his presidential bid, suspecting illegal donations.

refugees-protesting-at-serbian-croatian-border-12-26-2017
26 Dec 17

Refugees Demand to be Allowed Into Croatia

Dozens of refugees are protesting near the border between Serbia and Croatia, demanding that Croatia let them in - while Serbia's refugee commissariat had said it fears they have been 'manipulated' by NGOs

usa-to-analyse-western-balkans-russia-cooperation-12-26-2017
26 Dec 17

US to Analyse Russia's Links to Balkan States

Amid concerns about expanding Russian influence, the US says it intends to compile a report analysing security cooperation between each Western Balkan country and Russia.

Premium

ivanovic-killing-shows-serbia-and-kosovo-must-cooperate-01-23-2018
23 Jan 18

Ivanovic Killing Shows Serbia and Kosovo Must Cooperate

The EU must use the momentum generated by the joint probe into Kosovo Serb leader Oliver Ivanovic’s recent assassination to insist that Serbia and Kosovo’s prosecutors continue to work together to tackle serious crimes.

23 Jan 18

Challenges Facing Serbia in 2018

18 Jan 18

Murder Puts Serbia-Kosovo Dialogue in Doubt

17 Jan 18

How Rich Are the Balkans’ Top Politicians?

Business

china-s-stealthy-advance-in-balkans-should-worry-eu-01-11-2018
11 Jan 18

China’s Stealthy Advance in Balkans Should Worry EU

While Europe focuses on the threat of Russian penetration in Eastern Europe, it is neglecting the subtler dangers than come from China’s growing influence in the region.

27 Dec 17

Bosnian Serb Inspectors Halt Delta's Huge Mall

Culture and Lifestyle

slobodan-milosevic-comes-alive-in-kosovo-serbs-musical-01-10-2018
11 Jan 18

Slobodan Milosevic Revived in Kosovo Serbs’ Musical

A musical staged by a Serb theatre ensemble from Kosovo about the 1999 war and Serb-Albanian relations will feature late Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic as the “tragic protagonist”.

01 Jan 18

Gallery: New Year’s Eve, the Balkan Way

27 Dec 17

Balkan Cities to Party Their Way Into 2018

20 Oct 17

Belgrade Museum of Contemporary Art to Reopen