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Kosovo Serb Minister: Learning Albanian is Necessary

Kosovo government minister Dalibor Jevtic says Serbs and Albanians need to build trust - and that Kosovo Serb children should learn the Albanian language to ensure better communication for the future.

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Disabled Bosnians Face Uphill Battle For Jobs

The case of Ana Kotur Erkic, a young lawyer from Brcko, shows that people with disabilities still face stigma and discrimination in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

serbia-fostered-culture-of-denial-by-hiding-mladic-11-16-2017

Serbia ‘Fostered Culture of Denial’ by Hiding Mladic

Author and journalist Julian Borger argues that because Serbia was not penalised for shielding Ratko Mladic while he was on the run, it helped foster a culture of denial of war crimes and genocide.

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Defending Croatia’s Vukovar: ‘Real War is No Movie’

Twenty-six years after the Croatian town of Vukovar fell, Predrag Matic, who fought to defend it, was captured and imprisoned, and later became a government minister, recalls how the reality of war was a horrific surprise.

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Moldova ‘Stands at a Crossroads’ – Maia Sandu

Ahead of next year’s general elections, the defeated pro-Western candidate in last year’s presidential election says voters must choose between ‘responsible government’ or life in an uncertain ‘buffer zone’.

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Romania Media ‘Must Defend its Independence’, Union Says

MediaSind president Cristi Godinac tells BIRN in an interview that journalists must unite to defeat the ruling party’s plans to clip the wings of the public news agency Agerpres. 

russia-using-serbia-to-destroy-europe-ukraine-ambassador-10-31-2017

Russia ‘Using Serbia to Destroy Europe’, Ukraine Ambassador

Serbia is doing nothing to stop its citizens from fighting in East Ukraine while Moscow is ‘using Serbia’ for its battles elsewhere, Ukraine’s ambassador, Oleksandr Aleksandrovych, told BIRN in an interview.

world-jewish-congress-urges-croatia-to-debate-holocaust-10-29-2017

World Jewish Congress Urges Croatia to Debate Holocaust

The World Jewish Congress wants to trigger a debate about Holocaust revisionism in Croatia, to encourage acknowledgement of the crimes committed at the WWII Jasenovac concentration camp, activist Menachem Rosensaft told BIRN.

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‘Louder than Guns’: Croatia’s Patriotic Wartime Singers

A new documentary about huge number of Croatian patriotic songs recorded during the 1990s conflict shows how musicians volunteered their talents to support the ‘Homeland War’ for independence.

agrokor-crisis-may-give-russia-balkan-breakthrough--09-29-2017

Agrokor Crisis May Give Russia ‘Balkan Breakthrough’

Russia may try to its use the huge debts that the failing Croatian giant owes it to mightily strengthen its presence in the Balkans, a Slovenian expert, Borut Suklje, told BIRN.

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Bosnian State Court President Condemns ‘Unfair Criticism’

The Bosnian state court deserves praise for completing hundreds of war crimes cases, but it still has a “long road ahead” to clear its huge backlog, its president Ranko Debevec told BIRN.

albin-kurti-kosovo-serbia-dialogue-is-dead--08-29-2017

Albin Kurti: Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue is ‘Dead’

The opposition Vetevendosje candidate for Kosovo prime minister, Albin Kurti, told BIRN that EU-sponsored talks between Pristina and Belgrade have ‘failed’ and should not continue.

briton-puts-bulgaria-s-communist-monuments-back-into-perspective-08-27-2017

Briton Puts Bulgaria’s Communist Monuments Back Into Perspective

British travel writer Darmon Richter – who moved to Bulgaria in 2011 and soon after started to explore its mostly forgotten Socialist-era monuments – has made it his mission to remind people of their significance.

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Albania's Xhixha Strikes Gold With Steel Sculptures

Durres-born sculptor Helidon Xhixha - who has achieved international acclaim for his abstract steel art - tells BIRN in an interview that while he remains proud to be an Albanian, true art transcends national barriers.

how-a-bosnian-boy-survived-a-firing-squad-08-10-2017

How a Bosnian Boy Survived a Firing Squad

Jasmin Causevic was 13 when he found himself in front of a Bosnian Serb firing squad - and despite being seriously wounded, he survived by hiding out in a basement for days.