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20 Sep 17

Refugee Experts Downplay Romania’s Migrant ‘Crisis’

Despite reports of a new migration route opening up on the Black Sea, Romanian authorities and international organizations say scare stories have no basis in reality.

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18 Sep 17

Wine Lovers’ Paradise in Vibrant Zupa Region

Wine fountains, grape-stomping and open air concerts bring Serbia’s main wine-producing region to life every September. 

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16 Sep 17

World’s Top Cliff Divers Take On Old Bosnian Tradition

Red Bull has been organizing cliff-diving competitions since 2009, but when it included Mostar on its list of venues two years ago, it came to a place with its own, centuries-old, tradition of diving.

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15 Sep 17

Croatia Mourns Slavko Goldstein – a Moral Giant

A survivor of the fascist terrors of the 1940s, Slavko Goldstein had a rich publishing career – but perhaps made a greater contribution to society through his stalwart defence of liberal, humane values.

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12 Sep 17

Belgrade's Nikola Tesla Museum Faces Uncertain Future

The Nikola Tesla Museum’s building must be handed over to the heirs of its pre-war owners, but it’s unclear when plans to rehouse it in a derelict power plant will be realised.

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11 Sep 17

Mystery Fires Rob Bulgaria’s Capital of its Heritage

Landmark buildings in Sofia seem doomed to disappear one by one from the city as a result of neglect – and curiously frequent fires. 

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08 Sep 17

Reports of Migrant ‘Exodus’ Mystify Kosovo Police

Despite reports of packed migrant buses, Kosovo police say they are unaware of any fresh mass movement of asylum-seekers to Western Europe.

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07 Sep 17

Bosnia Yearns for Return of Its ‘Birth Certificate’

Historians and officials in Bosnia are battling to recover the 12th-century Charter of Ban Kulin – the ‘birth certificate of the Bosnian state’ – the oldest copy of which is in Russia.

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04 Sep 17

Macedonians Split Over New Skenderbeg Square

A new square in the Macednian capital named after the Albanian hero, Skenderbeg, is beginning to take its final shape - but not everyone is happy about its look or its cost.

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01 Sep 17

The Everyday Desperation of Bosnia’s Protesting Veterans

War veterans in Bosnia’s Bosniak-Croat Federation entity have been protesting all summer for better conditions - but officials say there isn’t enough money in the budget to pay for the benefits they want.

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01 Sep 17

Scandals Force Romania’s Powerful Church to Change

Recent corruption and sexual scandals involving clergy in Romania’s powerful Orthodox Church are forcing its leaders to be more accountable.

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30 Aug 17

Bosnian Women Show Business is not a ‘Man’s World’

More and more of women in Bosnia are breaking traditional patriarchal stereotypes in the Balkans with their entrepreneurial successes.

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30 Aug 17

The Croats and Serbs Who Swapped Homes

During the 1990s war, people from villages in Croatia and Serbia swapped houses to escape the violence - a forced population exchange that was labelled ‘humane relocation’, as a new BIRN documentary shows.

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29 Aug 17

Turkish TV Series on Bosniak Leader Vexes Serbs

A series celebrating the life of wartime Bosniak leader Alija Izetbegovic, now being filmed by Turkish state broadcaster TRT, caused Bosnian Serb leaders to suggest a retaliatory film praising Radovan Karadzic.

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21 Aug 17

VIDEO: Croatia to Refurbish Tito’s Neglected Yacht

After being allowed to decay for decades, a yacht that was one of the symbols of Yugoslav socialist leader Josip Broz Tito will be refurbished and opened as a museum in the Croatian city of Rijeka.