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18 Jan 17

Serbia Urged to Build on Results of 2016

Serbia’s economy outperformed most predictions last year – but experts say the government must not fritter away the gains in pay and pension rises, or it risks ending up where it started.

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17 Jan 17

Balkan States ‘Could Emulate Slovenian Law Curbing Refugees’

Nils Muiznieks, the Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights, warns that Slovenia’s proposed new Aliens Act will likely cause an unwelcome 'domino effect' along the Balkan refugee route.

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16 Jan 17

Multi-ethnic States Have Failed in the Balkans

In response to Jasmin Mujanovic’s comment article, ‘New Partitions are the Last Thing the Balkans Need,’ Timothy Less maintains that the Balkan countries lack even the most basic elements needed to make multi-ethnicity work, so it is time to consider a new territorial settlement.

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16 Jan 17

Serbian Opposition Challenged to Agree on Presidential Candidate

Opposition parties in Serbia can only win the upcoming presidential election if they unite behind a joint candidate, experts say – but whether they can agree on one candidate to be seen.

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13 Jan 17

Serbia in 2017: Yet Another Year of Election Campaigns

With more elections on the horizon – possibly yet another parliamentary election – 2017 could be eerily similar to 2016 in Serbian politics.

kosovo-and-serbia-non-cooperation-perpetuates-injustice-01-10-2017
11 Jan 17

Kosovo and Serbia: Non-Cooperation Perpetuates Injustice

The arrest in France of Kosovo’s ex-PM Ramush Haradinaj on a Serbian warrant highlighted how continuing enmity and lack of cooperation between Belgrade and Pristina means war criminals are not facing trial.

serbia-s-jabs-at-neighbours-shake-balkan-stability-01-09-2017
09 Jan 17

Serbia’s Jabs at Neighbours Shake Balkan Stability

Following a series of verbal attacks on its neighbours by Belgrade, Serbia’s hopes of becoming a ‘factor of stability’ in the region are fast fading.

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09 Jan 17

Balkans 2017: Economies Will Grow Despite Political Tensions

Most Balkan states will be slightly better off at the end of this year than they were at the beginning - despite the best efforts of the political class to keep tensions on the boil.

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08 Jan 17

Bosnian Serb ‘Statehood Day’ Celebration Divides Country

Defying Bosnia’s state authorities, the EU and US, the Serb-dominated entity of Republika Srpska is staging a lavish celebration of its disputed ‘statehood’ holiday, despite a ban by the Constitutional Court.

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04 Jan 17

Hague Tribunal Prepares for Shutdown in 2017

The UN war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia will shut down in 2017 after more than two decades, but a handful of unfinished cases will continue, including the landmark case of Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic.

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30 Dec 16

Controversial Tycoon Boguljub Karic Returns to Serbia

After a decade dodging arrest for alleged fraud, media and telecoms tycoon Bogoljub Karic returned from self-imposed exile in Russia as the investigation was cancelled, bringing promises of major investments in Serbia.

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29 Dec 16

British Author Set to Reignite Stepinac Debate

An important new book on Archbishop Stepinac will delight some and anger others with its staunch defence of Croatia’s most controversial cleric.

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28 Dec 16

Balkan Schoolbooks Offer Conflicting Versions of Kosovo’s History

Shkelzen Gashi tells BIRN that his new report reveals how differently the history of Kosovo is taught all over the Western Balkans - with worrying implications for relations between neighbouring countries.

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28 Dec 16

Serbia 2016: Ruling Progressives Tighten Control

Early elections consolidated the grip of Aleksandar Vucic’s ruling party, protests continued over the Waterfront project - and mysterious arms finds heightened nerves. 

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27 Dec 16

Crafty Ideas for Holidays Around the Region

These days, Christmas markets with wooden stalls selling the usual fare of hot drinks, gifts, cards, clothes and souvenirs can be found across the region.