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23 Jan 18

Challenges Facing Serbia in 2018

In the coming year, Serbia is expected to not only complete difficult negotiations with Kosovo but also hold heated Belgrade elections and implement overdue constitutional reforms.

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18 Jan 18

Murder Puts Serbia-Kosovo Dialogue in Doubt

Following the brutal slaying of Kosovo Serb politician Oliver Ivanovic, analysts from both Serbia and Kosovo fear for the future of the EU-led dialogue, which was already in trouble.

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17 Jan 18

How Rich Are the Balkans’ Top Politicians?

Senior politicians in the region may earn far more than the average citizen – but the biggest earners are rarely those occupying the highest state posts. 

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15 Jan 18

Serbian Judiciary Fears ‘Reforms’ Will Curb Independence

As Serbia awaits changes to its constitution, experts fear that planned reforms to the judiciary may have opposite results to those intended. 

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03 Jan 18

Commission Sees 2018 As Balkans’ Year of Opportunity

In a regional review for BIRN, the European Commission says it is working on a new strategy for the Balkans and urges the countries to embrace the chance to further their European perspectives.

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27 Dec 17

Facebook Reveals Serbian Fighters’ Role in Ukraine War

Social media posts from the Ukrainian battlefields have been invaluable in enabling prosecutors in Serbia and Montenegro to prove the illegal military action of their nationals in Ukraine.

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26 Dec 17

Balkans in 2017: Two Cheers for the Economy

Balkan economies made real progress in 2017 but media freedom ebbed in some countries, and the region remained hostage to East-West rivalry for influence.

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18 Dec 17

Serbia’s Secret Police Files Closed to Scrutiny

Activists allowed to see their secret police files after Slobodan Milosevic was ousted say that because secrecy was quickly reimposed, suspicions remain that the intelligence service still plays a political role in Serbia.

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11 Dec 17

Vucic Turns His Fire on Serbian Twitter Critics

Twitter is one of the few media in Serbia that the government cannot control, which may explain why it has become an obsession for Serbia’s image-conscious President.

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07 Dec 17

Fight-Back Starts Against Balkan ‘Fake News’ Machines

It may be a long struggle against the odds, but some independent media and civic activists in the Balkans are determined to counter the tide of fake news and disinformation flooding the region. 

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05 Dec 17

Bosnian, Serbian Leaders Meet to Ease Friction

Members of Bosnia’s Presidency are due in Serbia this week for talks at a time when border issues, Kosovo and landmark war crimes verdicts have all raised the political temperature.

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29 Nov 17

Serbian Army Law Changes ‘Boost Minister’s Power’

Experts expressed concern about the Defence Ministry’s planned amendments to legislation governing the armed forces, which could give the minister more power over recruitment to the Serbian Army and weapons purchases.

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21 Nov 17

Ratko Mladic: Genocidal Criminal or Innocent Protector?

During a four-year trial, the Hague Tribunal has heard powerful and strongly-contested arguments about whether Ratko Mladic is guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity or whether he simply defended Bosnia’s Serbs.

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17 Nov 17

Hague Tribunal and Serbs Spent €2m on Mladic Trial

Former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic’s defence team, plus his relatives’ visits to the detention unit and financial aid to him personally, have cost the Hague Tribunal, the Bosnian Serbs and Serbia over two million euros.

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17 Nov 17

Justice Hopes Fade for Victims of Devastated Vukovar

Lack of political will, inefficient prosecutors and poor cooperation between Belgrade and Zagreb means some families of people killed in and around the Croatian town of Vukovar in 1991 may never get justice.