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16 Aug 17

Vassilev Pushes for US Sanctions Against Bulgaria

Exiled Bulgarian ex-banker Tsvetan Vassilev is seeking US sanctions against Bulgaria under the Global Magnitsky Act – while his family complains of increased pressure from the authorities. 

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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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16 Aug 17

US Blames Serbian WWII Regime for Jews’ Deaths

The US State Department said the Nazi-backed Serbian government of Milan Nedic, whose descendants are seeking his legal rehabilitation, was responsible for most of the WWII-era deaths of Serbia’s Jews.

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16 Aug 17

Belgrade Beer Fest Offers Musical Refreshment

Belgrade Beer Fest, one of the largest beer events in south-east Europe, offers five days of free live shows by Serbian and foreign bands as well as dozens of different brews.

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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

Serbia’s Plan for Post-WWII Restitution ‘Flawed’

The Serbian government is to decide on a formula to calculate compensation for property seized after World War II, but the Network for Restitution argues the authorities have no real idea of the cost.

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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

Serbian FM Suggests ‘Compromise’ Solution for Kosovo

Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said he had a compromise proposal for dividing up what belongs to Serbs and Albanians in Kosovo in order to normalise relations and avoid conflict.

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14 Aug 17

Farmers Raise Concerns about Serbian Agriculture Law

Amendments to Serbia’s agriculture law will restrict farmland sales to foreigners, as farmers have demanded - but they complained that they have not been consulted on the details of the legislation itself.

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14 Aug 17

Serbian Opposition Fails to Attract Disaffected Voters

Many Serbians who don't vote for President Aleksandar Vucic find little appeal in the opposition, which they say lacks ideas and still has leaders who have compromised themselves in the past.

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11 Aug 17

Montenegrin Serbs Back Vucic’s ‘Serb Survival’ Initiative

Serb political leaders in Montenegro said they will join Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic’s initiative to draft a declaration aimed at ensuring the ‘survival’ of Serb cultural identity across the former Yugoslavia.

vucic-raises-questions-on-serbian-constitutional-amendments-08-10-2017
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 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

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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10 Aug 17

VIDEO: Migrant ‘Child Prodigy’ Exhibits Artworks in Belgrade

Farhad Noory, a 10-year-old migrant from Afghanistan living in a Serbian refugee camp, who media have dubbed ‘Little Picasso’, exhibited his paintings and photographs at a charity exhibition in Belgrade.

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10 Aug 17

Balkan Parents Dream of Finnish Baby Boxes

Finland famously hands out ‘baby boxes’ packed with useful products for infants, but the ones given to new mothers in the Balkans tend to be be less generous, if they exist at all.

27 Jul 17

Busting Myths About Russia’s Balkan Designs

Business

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16 Aug 17

Belgrade’s Landscape Changes for Ladies of Public Transport

It’s increasingly likely you’ll see women in the driver’s seat of Belgrade’s streetcars – but they still face the odd challenge.

02 Aug 17

Croatia's Raised Import Tax Angers Neighbours

02 Aug 17

Serbia’s Govt to Cash in on Sound of Music

Culture and Lifestyle

video-migrant-child-prodigy-exhibits-artworks-in-belgrade-08-10-2017
10 Aug 17

VIDEO: Migrant ‘Child Prodigy’ Exhibits Artworks in Belgrade

Farhad Noory, a 10-year-old migrant from Afghanistan living in a Serbian refugee camp, who media have dubbed ‘Little Picasso’, exhibited his paintings and photographs at a charity exhibition in Belgrade.

08 Aug 17

Belgrade Raw Strips City to Bare Bones

02 Aug 17

Serbia’s Govt to Cash in on Sound of Music

01 Aug 17

Best Balkan Films to Watch This Summer