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19 Dec 17

New Austria Govt ‘Unlikely to Change Balkans Policy’

While some observers have raised concerns about the future political direction of Austria’s new right-wing government, analysts believe that its foreign policy in the Balkans will not change.

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18 Dec 17

Kosovo Witnesses Tell Belgrade Court of Relatives’ Murders

Two witnesses told a Belgrade court how their family members were murdered during the May 1999 massacre of Kosovo Albanian villagers from the Cuska area by Serbian forces.

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18 Dec 17

Serbia’s War Crimes Strategy ‘Failing to Deliver’

The national strategy has not addressed the problems of unreasonably long war crimes trials and the small number of new indictments issued, says a report by the Humanitarian Law Centre.

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15 Dec 17

Balkan Arms Exports ‘Diverted to ISIS’: Report

Balkan governments need to ask the US and Saudi Arabia more questions following revelations that their arms deliveries are routinely diverted to Syria and into the hands of ISIS, a report says.

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15 Dec 17

Serbian Ruling Coalition Accused of Stifling Budget Debate

The Serbian opposition accused the ruling coalition of obstructing debate in parliament by filing hundreds of meaningless amendments that prevented proper discussion of next year's state budget.

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14 Dec 17

Vojislav Seselj ‘Slept Through’ War Crimes Appeal

Serbian Radical Party leader Vojislav Seselj scorned a prosecution appeal against his war crimes acquittal at the UN court in The Hague, saying didn’t watch it because he was asleep.

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13 Dec 17

Prosecution Challenges Vojislav Seselj’s War Crimes Acquittal

The prosecution asked the UN court in The Hague to quash the acquittal of Serbian Radical Party leader Vojislav Seselj and convict him of war crimes in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia.

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13 Dec 17

Serbian Court Delays Srebrenica Massacre Trial

Belgrade Special Court delayed a hearing in its landmark Srebrenica war crimes trial, sparking an altercation between a Serb defendant and the Bosniak wife of one of the victims.

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13 Dec 17

Serbia's Djilas Vows to Recapture Belgrade Mayoralty

Former Belgrade mayor and Democratic Party ex-leader Dragan Djilas has confirmed that he will run for the mayoralty again in local elections in Serbia’s capital next March.

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13 Dec 17

US Urges Serbia to Tackle Kosovo Massacre Cover-Up

The US State Department said that those responsible for moving the bodies of Kosovo Albanian civilians killed in the 1999 war to mass graves in Serbia should be brought to justice.

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12 Dec 17

Vojislav Seselj Acquittal: UN Court to Hear Appeal

The UN court in The Hague is to hear a prosecution appeal on Wednesday against the first-instance verdict that acquitted Serbian Radical Party leader Vojislav Seselj of war crimes.

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11 Dec 17

Serbia to Open New Chapters in EU Negotiations

Serbia will open two more chapters in its negotiations to join the European Union, one of which focuses on aligning its foreign trade relationships with those of the EU.

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11 Dec 17

Website Documents Police Violence Against Refugees in Balkans

The German NGO Rigardu has launched a website gathering reports of illegal push-backs and police violence this year against refugees using the so-called Balkan Route.

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08 Dec 17

Serbian Journalist Threatened After Grilling Activist

N1 journalist Marija Antic received death threats on social networks after quizzing French-Serbian activist Arnaud Gouillon about his role in far-right movements.

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08 Dec 17

Serbian Police Who Assaulted Vucic's Brother Sentenced

A Serbian court on Friday gave suspended sentences to most of the police officers charged with assaulting the brother of the then Prime Minister, now President, during the 2014 Belgrade Pride Parade.

Premium

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22 Jan 18

Europe’s New Balkan Strategy Gets Dynamics All Wrong

The Commission’s new enlargement strategy for the Balkans is ambitious - but fundamentally misreads the serious nature of the challenges to democracy in the region.

18 Jan 18

Murder Puts Serbia-Kosovo Dialogue in Doubt

17 Jan 18

How Rich Are the Balkans’ Top Politicians?

Business

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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