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10 Oct 16

Serbian PM’s Visit to Nis Dismissed as PR Stunt

Ahead of Aleksandar Vucic’s planned meetings with citizens in Nis, some experts say he would be better off solving issues at national level rather than trying to resolve individual problems - and call the visit a political stunt.

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23 Jan 13

Guerrilla Monument Dispute Divides Serbia’s Albanians

After Belgrade removed a memorial to ethnic Albanian fighters in Presevo, some locals called for political dialogue but others rejected cooperation with the government.

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18 Jan 13

Albanian Guerrilla Monument Sparks Showdown in Serbia

Belgrade has promised to demolish the monument and ethnic Albanians have vowed to defend it - while its creator just wishes he'd never been asked to build it.

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15 Jun 12

Serbia Still Bent on ‘Abusing’ Kosovo Issue

Serbian politicians have long misused the Kosovo dispute in foreign and domestic policy - and a change of course by the next government looks unlikely, Jadranka Jelincic, Belgrade head of the Fund for an Open Society, says.

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07 Jun 12

South Serbia Left Reeling from Election-Time Arrests

Cynical-looking arrests of ethnic Albanians in the election campaign, on the basis of an erroneous interpretation of the amnesty law, has further undermined stability in the tense border region.

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23 Apr 12

Serbia Election Splits South Serbia Albanians

Coalition’s plan to split MP’s job between them is raising eyebrows in the region, where some believe the leaders’ main motive is financial.

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16 Feb 12

Bujanovac Remains Town Where Streets Have no Name

A plan to rename streets after Albanian heroes instead of Serbian seems futile in a town where no one knew the old street names to begin with.

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10 Jan 12

New Party Challenges South Serbia’s Tribal Politics

Nagip Arifi’s Democratic Party seeks to break tradition of elections as ethnic headcounts - but whether voters in the polarised border region are ready remains open to question.

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06 Dec 11

Students Breathe Life Into South Serbian Town

Bujanovac’s new economics faculty may have only 70 students but its opening is still seen as historic - the start of a new era for this run-down, ethnically divided community.

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07 Nov 11

Divided South Serbia Unites Over College Opening

Tense border region’s Serbs and Albanians may be at loggerheads most of the time - but the opening of the first university level faculty in Bujanovac has had everyone smiling.

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20 Apr 11

Serbia Makes Uneven Progress on Integrating Minorities

From Sandzak to Southern Serbia, Belgrade is failing to turn its verbal pledges into action when it comes to guaranteeing ethnic Albanians and Bosniaks fair levels of state sector employment

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12 Mar 11

Long-awaited Albanian Textbook for Serbia's South

The introduction of a primer in Albanian in September could be an important step in ending the chaos in the education of young ethnic Albanians in southern Serbia.

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03 Feb 11

Rival Bosniak Councils Likely in Serbia’s Sandzak

As Belgrade presses on with new elections in the tense and divided southwest region, observers fear the only outcome will be two rival national councils for Bosniaks, further polarising opinion.

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27 Jan 11

Revealed: Vukovar Croats Were Tortured in Nis, Serbia

More than 400 Croatian civilians and soldiers were imprisoned in a camp in Nis, southern Serbia, during the war in Croatia, where at least one person died.

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05 Oct 10

South Serbia Albanians Recall Decade of ‘Broken Promises’

Local leaders fear region has fallen victim to Serbia’s ongoing quarrel with Kosovo - and wonder what happened to earlier pledges about economic development and community integration.

Background

History and Politics of South Serbia

The South Serbia region, predominantly populated by ethnic Albanians, lies some 350 kilometres south of Serbia`s capital, Belgrade. In contemporary political language, the term “South Serbia” is understood to refer to the territory of three municipalities - Presevo, Bujanovac and Medvedja.

The Economy of South Serbia

A snapshot of South Serbia's business and industry

Education and Culture in South Serbia

Resources and institutions of South Serbia

South Serbia Demographics

Facts and figures on the population, ethnic composition and geography of South Serbia

Key Figures in South Serbia

Profiles of main political leaders in South Serbia

Key Political Parties in South Serbia

Profiles of main political parties in South Serbia

In Pictures

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In Pictures: The People of South Serbia

Snapshots of ordinary life in South Serbia show the people of Bujanovac and Presevo, and give a brief look at the symbols of the region.

Documentaries

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Presevo, the Internet Town on the Serbian Margins

If you meet someone who has a computer, a good car, a new house but no job, he just might be living in Presevo.

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Novi Pazar Teetering on Brink of Economic Abyss

From economic miracle to economic disaster

This is a story about Novi Pazar, a town which in the last two decades has gone from booming regional centre to the edge of poverty.