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16 Aug 17

Balkan Religious Minorities Still Feel Excluded, US Says

Religious minorities in the Balkans still struggle with a degree of discrimination and with a lack of official cooperation in regaining assets confiscated by the communist regimes, a US State Department report says. 

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15 Aug 17

Kosovo Ex-Guerrilla’s Torture Sentence Reduced

Kosovo Liberation Army ex-fighter Xhemshit Krasniqi, who was convicted of abuse and torture at detention camps in Kosovo and Albania, had his prison sentence reduced on appeal to seven years.

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15 Aug 17

Albanian PM Rama Praises Vucic’s Kosovo Initiative

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama said he was "moved" by Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic’s resolve to launch an 'internal dialogue' in Serbia about Kosovo.

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15 Aug 17

EU Urges Kosovo to End Political Deadlock

The European Union said Kosovo MPs should end the political deadlock preventing the formation of a new government because the country has “no time to lose” to press ahead with vital reforms.

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14 Aug 17

Balkan Mining Tycoon Arrested for Alleged Graft

Billionaire Benjamin Steinmetz, the owner of two iron and gold mining companies in the Balkans, who is wanted by anti-graft prosecutors in Romania, has been arrested in Israel for alleged money laundering.

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14 Aug 17

Belgrade to Name Street After Kosovo War Dead

A new boulevard in Belgrade will be named in honour of Yugoslav Army soldiers killed in a Kosovo Liberation Army ambush in 1998, which Serbia considers a war crime.

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14 Aug 17

New Elections 'Risk Damaging Kosovo's Economy'

If Kosovo fails to form a government and has to hold another snap election, it risks damaging its economic outlook by stalling progress and spending unnecessary funds on new polls, experts warned.

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11 Aug 17

Serbia’s Vucic Sparks Intrigue over Constitution Changes

Serbia must amend its constitution to allow judicial reform, but President Vucic’s comment that there is no “courage” for this caused rumours that constitutional changes in Belgrade’s Kosovo policy might be under consideration too.

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11 Aug 17

Kosovo Albanian Detained for War Crimes Against Albanians

A Kosovo court remanded Agim Sahitaj in custody after prosecutors accused him of operating alongside Serbian forces to attack, kill, rob and expel Kosovo Albanian villagers during the war in 1999.

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11 Aug 17

Kosovo Albanians, Serbs Fear for Trepca Mine’s Future

Kosovo Albanian and Serb workers at the giant Trepca mining complex have a pessimistic outlook about the future of the mine because of its financial troubles and disputes between Pristina and Belgrade.

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10 Aug 17

Kosovo MPs Angered by Latest Parliament Boycott

Kosovo's parliament failed to vote for a new speaker for a fourth time because MPs from the PAN coalition, which won most seats at the last election, declined to attend the session again.

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10 Aug 17

Croatia to Revoke Disputed Import Fees

The Croatian government decided to revoke its decision to raise fees on imports of fruit and vegetables after being threatened with counter-measures by other countries in the region.

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09 Aug 17

Kosovo Readies to Deport Arrested Russians, Serbs

A prosecutor told BIRN that 11 Russian and Serbian citizens arrested on Tuesday for illegally crossing the Kosovo border are likely to be deported soon.

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08 Aug 17

Kosovo Serb MPs to Support PAN Coalition Candidate

Ethnic Serb MPs will support the PAN coalition’s candidate for Kosovo parliament speaker, but that does not mean they will join the coalition led by the party of President Hashim Thaci.

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07 Aug 17

Croatia’s Neighbours Issue Ultimatum Over Import Fees

Four Balkan countries have threatened to relatiate with counter-measures if Croatia does not revoke its decision within a week to raise fees on imports of fruit and vegetables.

Premium

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03 Aug 17

Clock Starts Ticking for Kosovo’s Next Government

The countdown to the deadline for Kosovo to form a new government will begin the moment the new parliament starts work, but political parties are still struggling to secure a ruling majority.

27 Jul 17

Eight Signs of Hope From Kosovo’s Election

Business

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14 Aug 17

Balkan Mining Tycoon Arrested for Alleged Graft

Billionaire Benjamin Steinmetz, the owner of two iron and gold mining companies in the Balkans, who is wanted by anti-graft prosecutors in Romania, has been arrested in Israel for alleged money laundering.

03 Aug 17

Kosovo Delays Action to Avert Coal Shortage

02 Aug 17

Croatia's Raised Import Tax Angers Neighbours

21 Jul 17

Kosovars Warned About Using First Bitcoin ATM

Culture and Lifestyle

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01 Aug 17

Best Balkan Films to Watch This Summer

From light-hearted comedies to horrors and dramas that reveal the still visible legacy of the wars of the 1990s, Balkan cinematography has something for everyone this summer.

14 Jun 17

Kosovo Film Ignites Controversy in Serbia

06 Jun 17

Inside Guide to the Balkans’ Secret Wonders