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07 Dec 17

Serbian Trial for Croatia Massacre Blighted by Delays

The trial in Belgrade of Serbian fighters accused of killing 70 Croatian civilians in the village of Lovas in 1991 will soon enter its tenth year, after closing statements were delayed for a third time in a row.

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07 Dec 17

Hague Tribunal Declares ‘Mission Accomplished’

The president of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, which closes this month, told the UN Security Council that the court had “forever changed the landscape of international justice”.

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06 Dec 17

Ratko Mladic Posters Appear on Belgrade Streets

On the day that Bosnia's presidency members visited Serbia, posters with the image of war crimes convict Ratko Mladic and the logo of a banned far-right group were pasted on walls in Belgrade.

serbian-police-arrests-king-of-synthetic-drugs--12-01-2017
01 Dec 17

Serbian Police Arrest Alleged 'Synthetic Drugs King'

Serbian police on Friday arrested Milan Zarubica, dubbed a 'king of synthetic drugs', in a joint police action with police in Macedonia.

scorpions-ex-fighter-says-belgrade-controlled-paramilitaries-12-01-2017
01 Dec 17

‘Scorpions’ Ex-Fighter Says Belgrade Controlled Paramilitaries

An ex-member of the ‘Scorpions’ paramilitaries told the Hague Tribunal that his unit and the ‘Tigers’ led by Zeljko Raznatovic, alias Arkan, were under the control of the Serbian security service in the Bosnian and Croatian wars.

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01 Dec 17

Serbian Street Named After Nazi Collaborator Revealed

Anti-fascist activists have identified a previously little-known street named after Milan Nedic, head of Serbia’s World War II Nazi collaborationist government, in the town of Arandjelovac.

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30 Nov 17

Saric Trial Delays Prompt Suspicions of Obstruction

As the conclusion of the trial of alleged crime boss Darko Saric is put back yet again, a Serbian journalist monitoring the case says suspicions of deliberate obstruction of the case are growing.

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28 Nov 17

Report Urges Permanent US Military Presence in Balkans

A permanent US military presence in south-east Europe is necessary to stabilise the region, argues a report by Washington-based think-tank the Atlantic Council, which also warns of increased Russian attempts to exert influence.

kosovo-deputy-pm-slams-serbia-s-false-recognition-claims-11-27-2017
27 Nov 17

Kosovo Slams Serbia’s 'False Recognition' Claims

Kosovo’s Deputy Prime Minister Enver Hoxhaj has condemned Serbia's Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic for claiming that Kosovo 'made up' receiving diplomatic recognitions from seven or eight countries.

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27 Nov 17

Serbian Football Fans Show Support for Ratko Mladic

Hundreds of fans of Red Star Belgrade chanted support for recently-convicted Bosnian Serb Army commander Ratko Mladic, while players at a small provincial Serbian club wore shirts featuring his picture.

serbia-drops-investigation-against-army-general-for-kosovo-atrocities-11-24-2017
27 Nov 17

Serbia Ends Probe of Army General for Kosovo Atrocities

The Serbian war crimes prosecution has ended its investigation into retired Yugoslav Army general Dragan Zivanovic, shutting down the only known probe of a top official in Serbia for Kosovo war crimes.

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24 Nov 17

Balkan Countries Downplay Worry About Radioactive Cloud

Several Balkan countries say they detected nuclear pollution in their atmosphere in September and October – but have reassured concerned citizens that it is not dangerous. 

experts-lawsuit-against-serbia-republika-srpska-not-likely-11-23-2017
23 Nov 17

Srebrenica Survivors ‘Unlikely to Win’ Case Against Serbs

After Ratko Mladic was convicted of genocide, Srebrenica survivors announced a lawsuit against Serbia and Republika Srpska - but legal experts said they have little chance of winning compensation.

serbian-journalists-request-urgent-meeting-with-prosecutor-11-23-2017
23 Nov 17

Serbian Journalists Dismayed After Prosecutors Reject Assault Charges

Serbian media associations have requested an urgent meeting with the state prosecutor, after prosecutors rejected charges brought by journalists attacked at President Aleksandar Vucic’s inauguration.

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23 Nov 17

Migrant Child Reported Killed on Croatia-Serbia Border

MSF has expressed outrage over the reported death this week of a refugee child, aged six, apparently hit by a passing train on the border between Serbia and Croatia.

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

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