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23 Feb 18

Memorial to Slain Kosovo Serb Leader Ivanovic Unveiled

Relatives and political allies of the Kosovo Serb leader Oliver Ivanovic, assassinated outside his party office last month, gathered at the site in north Mitrovica to unveil a memorial plaque.

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23 Feb 18

Rights Commissioner: Serbia Mustn’t Glorify War Criminals

The Council of Europe’s Human Rights Commissioner Nils Muiznieks told BIRN that it was unacceptable for Serbia and other Balkan countries to give a public platform to convicted war criminals.

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22 Feb 18

Serbia Thanks Russia For Support Over Kosovo

Serbian leaders heaped praise on Russia during Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov's visit to Belgrade – while Lavrov in turn said Russia would not relent in its opposition to Kosovo's independence.

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22 Feb 18

'Beli' Finds Way to Run in Serbian Capital Elections

The spoof political character 'Ljubisa Preletacevic Beli' has found an inventive way round legal difficulties to compete in the Belgrade local elections in March.

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22 Feb 18

Amnesty Highlights Continued Rights Failings In Balkans

New report by Amnesty International records human rights violations in all Balkan countries, and points to a lack of progress in prosecuting war crimes suspects.

watchdog-warns-captured-political-systems-haunt-the-balkans-02-21-2018
21 Feb 18

Balkan Progress on Corruption "Stagnating', Transparency Expert Says

Ahead of the publication of Transparency International's latest corruption index, Southeast Europe expert Cornelia Abel says Balkan countries have barely shifted on the scale, as 'state capture' and weak courts impede progress.

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21 Feb 18

UN Prosecutors Object to Ratko Mladic’s Release Request

The Hague Tribunal prosecution urged the UN court to reject Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic’s request to be released to Serbia to undergo medical treatment while his appeal against his conviction is being considered.

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21 Feb 18

Russian Diplomat’s Visit Highlights Serbia’s Dilemma

As Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov visits Serbia, pro-Western and pro-Moscow analysts trade opinions about whether Belgrade should prioritise EU membership or uphold its ties with its Slavic ally.

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20 Feb 18

Vucic: Slain Ivanovic ‘Feuded with Kosovo Serb Businessman’

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic claimed the murdered Kosovo Serb politician Oliver Ivanovic had a long-standing conflict with a businessman who is allegedly powerful in Mitrovica, where the killing happened.

ovcara-massacre-convict-seeks-parole-from-serbian-court-02-19-2018
19 Feb 18

Croatia Massacre Convict Asks Serbian Court for Parole

Petar Ciric, a former Serb Territorial Defence force member in Croatia convicted of involvement in the 1991 Ovcara Farm massacre, asked a Belgrade court to parole him after serving two-thirds of his sentence.

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19 Feb 18

Rama Criticised for Albania-Kosovo ‘Joint President’ Idea

Albanian premier Edi Rama’s suggestion that Albania and Kosovo could share the same joint president was described as impractical by analysts in Pristina and strongly condemned by officials in Belgrade.

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19 Feb 18

Belgian Journalist Allowed to Stay in Serbia after Protest

After a protest by media rights organisation Reporters Without Borders, Serbia has granted a temporary residence permit to Belgian journalist Philippe Bertinchamps - a permit that he was previously denied.

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17 Feb 18

Journalists Recall Events from Kosovo’s Independence in Pristina, Belgrade

Two journalists who were reporting from Pristina and Belgrade when Kosovo declared independence recall vastly different stories of how events unfolded in each city.

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16 Feb 18

In Profile: Key Figures in Kosovo’s Independence Struggle

As Kosovo marks the 10th anniversary of its declaration of independence, BIRN highlights some of the key people who led, supported or opposed Kosovo Albanians' fight for their own state.

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15 Feb 18

Hague Court Says Serbia Must Agree to Try Radicals

The UN war crimes tribunal said Belgrade must declare its willingness to take over the case against two Serbian Radical Party members who are wanted for interfering with witnesses at their leader’s trial.

Premium

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22 Feb 18

Centralised or Decentralised, Balkan States Get it Wrong

Some Balkan countries have centralised political systems while others are decentralised – but both approaches have been taken to their extreme in the region and do not properly serve their purpose.

16 Feb 18

Recognising the Realities of Kosovo

Business

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09 Feb 18

Leaked: Twelve Air Serbia Pilots Flew Unvetted in 2017

Air Serbia’s fleet could be grounded after it used pilots who flew internationally despite not completing mandatory security checks by the Ministry of the Interior or security services.

27 Dec 17

Bosnian Serb Inspectors Halt Delta's Huge Mall

Culture and Lifestyle

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13 Feb 18

Balkan Music Fans Cling to Homegrown Stars

A map of last December's YouTube hits shows that music fans in several Balkan countries still prefer their local bands to top international songs – though audiences in Croatia, Macedonia and Romania are now part of the global mainstream.

01 Jan 18

Gallery: New Year’s Eve, the Balkan Way