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04 Jan 18

Serbia’s Information Commissioner Seeks to Cement Legacy

As he enters the last year of his term, Serbia’s combative information commissioner, Rodoljub Sabic, says he wishes to leave a proper legal structure in place behind him when he goes.

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14 Nov 17

Ratko Mladic: Europe’s Most Wanted Faces Judgment

He was a devoted Yugoslav soldier, then a war crimes suspect on the run - now former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic awaits his verdict for the worst atrocities in Europe since WWII.

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26 Sep 17

Captain Dragan: Notorious Commander Loses Courtroom Battle

After leading rebel fighters in Croatia and starring in his own TV show in Serbia, Dragan Vasiljkovic eventually lost his bitter struggle against extradition from his adopted homeland Australia and was convicted of war crimes.

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26 Jun 17

Serbia’s New PM Likely to Stay in Vucic’s Shadow

While Ana Brnabic awaits confirmation in parliament as Serbia’s new Prime Minister, experts say the real decisions will continue to be taken by her patron, President Aleksandar Vucic.

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08 May 17

Balkan Rulers Who Just Won’t Say Goodbye

Kings may have departed from the Balkan stage but many of the region’s current leaders weild power in monarchical style - clinging to office for decades. Here is the selection of ten politicans who think it is never the right time to bow out.

ivica-todoric-croatia-s-tycoon-who-wanted-too-much-04-25-2017
27 Apr 17

Ivica Todoric: Croatia's Tycoon Who Wanted Too Much

Ivica Todoric, the man who transformed his flower company into one of the Balkans' biggest business empires, Agrokor, now faces the possibility of seeing the debt-ridden firm go under.

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24 Apr 17

Belgrade’s ‘Indestructible’ Mayor Faces Uncertain Future

The political future of Mayor Sinisa Mali remains cloudy as protesters in Belgrade on Tuesday showed they were not about to forget his role in the notorious Savamala affair.

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12 Apr 17

Serbia’s Anti-Vucic Protests: Key Facts

Thousands of people are hitting the streets nightly across Serbia, protesting against the rule of Serbia’s Prime Minister and President-elect, Aleksandar Vucic. BIRN has prepared a guide containing the main facts about the protest movement.

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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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21 Oct 16

Bratislav Dikic: Alleged Mastermind of Montenegro's ‘Coup’

Controversial retired Serbian general Bratislav Dikic is at the centre of a mass of conflicting theories over the background - and reality - of the alleged coup attempt in Montenegro.

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19 Oct 16

Serb Party Pushes Belgrade’s Agenda in Kosovo

The main Kosovo Serb party’s boycott of parliament shows that its decisions are guided by Belgrade, while also highlighting Pristina political leaders’ inability to integrate the country’s Serb minority.

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14 Oct 16

Vladimir Rajcic, Serbian Actor Who Shook Trump

A naturalized American of Serbian origin, Vladimir Rajcic finds himself in the middle of a row about an allegedly fake interview with US presidential candidate Donald Trump.

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20 Sep 16

Serb Paramilitary Captain Dragan’s Long Road to Court

Former Serbian paramilitary commander Dragan Vasiljkovic was working as a golf instructor in Australia, but after a decade battling extradition, he has gone on trial for war crimes in Croatia.

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10 Aug 16

New Serbian Cabinet is Mix of Old and New

Balkan Insight presents a summary of the personalities who will be in charge of the key ministries in Aleksandar Vucic’s new administration.

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18 Apr 16

Bojan Pajtic, Embattled Leader of a Declining Force

The head of the weakened and divided Democratic Party faces a struggle for political survival, unless he can restore its fortunes.