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11 Dec 17

Website Documents Police Violence Against Refugees in Balkans

The German NGO Rigardu has launched a website gathering reports of illegal push-backs and police violence this year against refugees using the so-called Balkan Route.

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08 Dec 17

Serbian Journalist Threatened After Grilling Activist

N1 journalist Marija Antic received death threats on social networks after quizzing French-Serbian activist Arnaud Gouillon about his role in far-right movements.

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08 Dec 17

Serbian Police Who Assaulted Vucic's Brother Sentenced

A Serbian court on Friday gave suspended sentences to most of the police officers charged with assaulting the brother of the then Prime Minister, now President, during the 2014 Belgrade Pride Parade.

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07 Dec 17

Serbian Trial for Croatia Massacre Blighted by Delays

The trial in Belgrade of Serbian fighters accused of killing 70 Croatian civilians in the village of Lovas in 1991 will soon enter its tenth year, after closing statements were delayed for a third time in a row.

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07 Dec 17

Hague Tribunal Declares ‘Mission Accomplished’

The president of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, which closes this month, told the UN Security Council that the court had “forever changed the landscape of international justice”.

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06 Dec 17

Ratko Mladic Posters Appear on Belgrade Streets

On the day that Bosnia's presidency members visited Serbia, posters with the image of war crimes convict Ratko Mladic and the logo of a banned far-right group were pasted on walls in Belgrade.

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01 Dec 17

Serbian Police Arrest Alleged 'Synthetic Drugs King'

Serbian police on Friday arrested Milan Zarubica, dubbed a 'king of synthetic drugs', in a joint police action with police in Macedonia.

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01 Dec 17

‘Scorpions’ Ex-Fighter Says Belgrade Controlled Paramilitaries

An ex-member of the ‘Scorpions’ paramilitaries told the Hague Tribunal that his unit and the ‘Tigers’ led by Zeljko Raznatovic, alias Arkan, were under the control of the Serbian security service in the Bosnian and Croatian wars.

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01 Dec 17

Serbian Street Named After Nazi Collaborator Revealed

Anti-fascist activists have identified a previously little-known street named after Milan Nedic, head of Serbia’s World War II Nazi collaborationist government, in the town of Arandjelovac.

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30 Nov 17

Saric Trial Delays Prompt Suspicions of Obstruction

As the conclusion of the trial of alleged crime boss Darko Saric is put back yet again, a Serbian journalist monitoring the case says suspicions of deliberate obstruction of the case are growing.

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28 Nov 17

Report Urges Permanent US Military Presence in Balkans

A permanent US military presence in south-east Europe is necessary to stabilise the region, argues a report by Washington-based think-tank the Atlantic Council, which also warns of increased Russian attempts to exert influence.

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27 Nov 17

Kosovo Slams Serbia’s 'False Recognition' Claims

Kosovo’s Deputy Prime Minister Enver Hoxhaj has condemned Serbia's Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic for claiming that Kosovo 'made up' receiving diplomatic recognitions from seven or eight countries.

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27 Nov 17

Serbian Football Fans Show Support for Ratko Mladic

Hundreds of fans of Red Star Belgrade chanted support for recently-convicted Bosnian Serb Army commander Ratko Mladic, while players at a small provincial Serbian club wore shirts featuring his picture.

serbia-drops-investigation-against-army-general-for-kosovo-atrocities-11-24-2017
27 Nov 17

Serbia Ends Probe of Army General for Kosovo Atrocities

The Serbian war crimes prosecution has ended its investigation into retired Yugoslav Army general Dragan Zivanovic, shutting down the only known probe of a top official in Serbia for Kosovo war crimes.

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24 Nov 17

Balkan Countries Downplay Worry About Radioactive Cloud

Several Balkan countries say they detected nuclear pollution in their atmosphere in September and October – but have reassured concerned citizens that it is not dangerous. 

Premium

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11 Dec 17

Vucic Turns His Fire on Serbian Twitter Critics

Twitter is one of the few media in Serbia that the government cannot control, which may explain why it has become an obsession for Serbia’s imagine-conscious President.

05 Dec 17

Bosnian, Serbian Leaders Meet to Ease Friction

30 Nov 17

A Poisonous Week at the Hague Tribunal

Business

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01 Nov 17

Balkan States Score Well in Doing Business Ranking

World Bank's latest global business ranking holds cheering news for some Western Balkan countries, such as Macedonia and Kosovo, but not for Bosnia, Croatia and Albania, which did not make it into the top 50.

19 Oct 17

EU Mulls Lower Roaming Charges for Balkans

Culture and Lifestyle

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20 Oct 17

Belgrade Museum of Contemporary Art to Reopen

Belgrade’s Museum of Contemporary Art is reopening its doors after a controversial ten-year closure for renovation work. 

18 Sep 17

Wine Lovers’ Paradise in Vibrant Zupa Region