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23 Nov 17

Defections Dent Jankovic Movement's Prospects in Serbia

Turbulence within the political movement launched by former Ombusdman and presidential candidate Sasa Jankovic is likely to damage its chances in the upcoming Belgrade elections.

22 Nov 17

Mladic Verdict Highlights Bosnia’s Ethnic Divisions

In a sign of continuing post-war divisions, Bosniak survivors of the conflict welcomed Ratko Mladic’s life sentence for genocide and crimes against humanity, but Bosnian Serbs accused the Hague Tribunal of anti-Serb bias.

22 Nov 17

Ratko Mladic Verdict: Live Blog

Follow us live for all the latest developments as the Hague Tribunal delivers its verdict in the trial of former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic.

22 Nov 17

Venice Commission to Insist on Serbian Constitution Changes

The Council of Europe's Venice Commission is set to take a firm stance on Belgrade's failure to adopt all the constitutional changes it recommended 10 years ago.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.


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?


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

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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