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19 Nov 14

Belgrade’s Last Shoe-shiners Face Oblivion

Thousands of shoe-shiners used to ply their trade in Belgrade in years gone by – but today only a handful of old-timers remain, remembering the good old days.

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19 Nov 14

Serbia Helpless to Arrest Dinar’s Steady Slide

The National Bank has little chance of halting the steady slide in the value of the dinar without economic growth, stronger exports and higher investment.

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14 Nov 14

Seselj Homecoming Promises to Shake Up Serbia

The homecoming of the ultra-nationalist leader - who is on trial for war crimes in The Hague - will add a new element of drama to the political scene.

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13 Nov 14

Seselj Revives the Rhetoric of the 1990s

Nationalist songs, anti-Western slogans and roasted pork: the return of war crimes suspect Vojislav Seselj from the Hague Tribunal looked like an attempt to return to Serbia’s recent past.

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07 Nov 14

Serbia’s Bosniaks Face More Years With No Council

With the two blocs representing Bosniaks in Sandzak at odds over the National Council election results, the community faces another four years without a body representing its interests in Serbia.

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06 Nov 14

Lawyers and Notaries at War in Macedonia, Serbia

Conflicts over jurisdiction and profit have put lawyers and notaries in Macedonia and Serbia at each other’s throats – though the battlelines in the two countries are drawn differently.

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31 Oct 14

Improving Justice System is Vital for Serbia

The Council of Europe Office’s new head in Belgrade, Tim Cartwright, says strengthening the rule of law will not only improve the justice system but stimulate investment, uphold a free media and help Serbia on its way to Europe.

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31 Oct 14

Austerity is Bringing Serbia No Benefits

The revised budget reveals that the effects of the government’s ‘austerity’ policies are practically nonexistent - and will only result in a yet higher budget deficit.

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31 Oct 14

Lawyers War with Ministry Paralyses Serbian Judiciary

While Serbia’s justice ministry and striking lawyers trade bitter accusations, experts say resolution must urgently be found to the conflict.

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28 Oct 14

Vucic Sells Reformist Image to London Audience

The Serbian leader’s speech to the LSE confirms that ‘the Balkan peacemaker’ wants to rebrand himself as the region’s great economic reformer.

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27 Oct 14

Kosovo Mountain Village Faces Educational Identity Crisis

In the village of Restelica, home to an unusual minority language-speaking community, parents must decide whether their children’s future is better served by a Kosovo education or a Serbian one.

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24 Oct 14

UN Drafts a Plan to Help Serbia’s Further Development

Irena Vojackova-Sollorano, UN Resident Coordinator in Serbia, tells BIRN about the UN’s programme aimed at helping Serbia with its reform plans.

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22 Oct 14

New Recession Tests Serbia’s Resolve on Austerity

As Serbia heads again into negative growth, the challenge is to find ways to stimulate growth and production while cutting public spending.

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22 Oct 14

Kosovars' Destructive Obsession with Serbia

For the sake of our own future, we Kosovo Albanians need to liberate ourselves from a destructive obsession with Serbia.

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18 Oct 14

Own Goals All Round in Abandoned Match Blame Game

The reaction to the Serbia-Albania football fiasco revealed a more serious problem than hooliganism -- lack of real political leadership.