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23 Jan 15

Mine Delays Cost Serbia Millions

A variety of options to fund the de-watering of Tamnava mine were seemingly ignored - causing major loses that a later World Bank loan will only partly cover.

23 Jan 15

Dilemma for Serbia Over Franc Borrowers’ Misery

The government is under pressure to help borrowers struggling to repay Swiss franc loans – but experts say that intervention should be minimal.

22 Jan 15

The Art of Post-War Trauma

Serbian artist Vladimir Miladinovic, whose latest project focuses on mass graves of Kosovo Albanians near Belgrade, has made the wartime past a theme of his work.

21 Jan 15

Investigative Journalism, From BIRN’s Probe to Porn Vids

When someone mentions the phrase ‘investigative journalism’, does BIRN or an irresponsible tabloid come to mind?

20 Jan 15

A Serbian Guide to Ruining Reputations

False allegations against the Serbian war crimes prosecution and the enforced retirement of the prosecutor suggest that powerful people are still trying to hide the truth about the 1990s conflicts.

19 Jan 15

Hague Tribunal Faces a Dramatic 2015

Verdicts in the high-profile war crimes trial of Radovan Karadzic and Goran Hadzic are due this year, while the controversy over the release of Vojislav Seselj looks set to continue.

16 Jan 15

Serbian Govt and Press Lead Campaign against BIRN

The attacks on BIRN, following its investigation into the tender for de-watering a mine, raise wider concerns about freedom of the media and the pressure on free speech in Serbia.

16 Jan 15

Serbia 2015: Tough Decisions Will Test Resolve

Series of challenges faces the government, from calming likely social unrest to chairing the OSCE, resuming talks with Kosovo and - hopefully - starting accession talks with the EU.

15 Jan 15

Serbia’s War Crimes Crusader Leaves the Battlefield

After Belgrade’s chief war crimes prosecutor Vladimir Vukcevic “stirred up a hornet’s nest” by going after Serb suspects, he is now being forced to step down by the authorities.

14 Jan 15

Serbia Blocks Payment to Bosnian Torture Victims

Two detainees tortured at the Sljivovica wartime detention camp in Serbia have not received compensation awarded to them because Belgrade’s public attorney’s office has demanded the case be reviewed.

13 Jan 15

Belgrade’s Last Refugee Camp Endures Another Winter

The New Year has not brought changes for the Serbs who fled the conflicts in Croatia, Bosnia and Kosovo and still live in a rundown refugee centre on the capital’s outskirts.

09 Jan 15

The Balkan Muslim ‘Threat’ has Never Materialised

Paradoxically, the Islamist danger is not coming from where once it was most expected - from among Muslims in the Balkans.

06 Jan 15

‘Captain Dragan’ Case Sparks Croatia-Serbia Tussle

Zagreb and Belgrade are competing for the right to put notorious former Serb paramilitary chief Dragan Vasiljkovic on trial for war crimes, as he seeks to avoid extradition from Australia.

06 Jan 15

Sparks Fly at Serbian Christmas

There is much more to a Serbian Christmas than a big fir tree - starting with feasts, fasts, lucky coins, a burning log and some mysterious chicken-like noises.

01 Jan 15

How Grandpa Frost was Nearly Frozen Out

Grandfather Frost – Serbia’s very own Santa - is such a fixture of life that few people realise he was almost banished in the late 1940s.