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Opposition Demands 'Fair' Local Election in Serbian Capital

Balkaninsight.com - Fri, 06/10/2017 - 11:52
The 'Free Citizens' movement led by Sasa Jankovic announced a protest in Belgrade on Friday, demanding 'free and fair' elections ahead of local polls in Belgrade due next year.
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Spain’s Balkan Echoes

Balkaninsight.com - Fri, 06/10/2017 - 09:48
As Spain’s dispute with Catalonia escalates, we offer the perspective from the Balkans, along with analysis of the latest political and economic developments from our region. 
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Naser Oric Faces Judgment over Serb Captives’ Deaths

Balkaninsight.com - Fri, 06/10/2017 - 09:00
The trial of Naser Oric, the Bosnian Army’s former commander in Srebrenica who is accused of killing Serb prisoners of war, centred on a key witness’s testimony - but was it true or false?
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High-Rise Boom Transforms Albanian Capital's Skyline

Balkaninsight.com - Fri, 06/10/2017 - 06:51
Prime Minister Edi Rama is getting closer to realising his dream of dotting the skyline of Tirana with a forest of skyscrapers - whose economic need is questionable, critics say.
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Kosovo Voters Have High Hopes of Capital's New Mayor

Balkaninsight.com - Fri, 06/10/2017 - 06:51
With less than a month to go before local elections take place in Kosovo, citizens in the capital, Pristina, say they want to see city services run better.
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High Infant Mortality Rate Puzzles Macedonia

Balkaninsight.com - Fri, 06/10/2017 - 06:50
Macedonia's infant mortality rate is almost three times the European average – and the new government is under pressure to find out what is going wrong.
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Bosnian Serb Encyclopedia Gets from A to B

Balkaninsight.com - Fri, 06/10/2017 - 06:50
The first volume of the Bosnian Serb encyclopedia is finally out – but at this rate, most people will be long dead before they finish volume five.
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Bulgaria Govt, Opposition Clash over Fighter Jets

Balkaninsight.com - Thu, 05/10/2017 - 18:17
The proposed purchase of new fighter jets for Bulgaria’s armed forces has sparked fierce debate among MPs, with members of the ruling party accusing President Rumen Radev of corruption.
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Killed Serbian Soldiers’ Families Seek Details of Probe

Balkaninsight.com - Thu, 05/10/2017 - 17:31
On the anniversary of two soldiers’ killings at a Belgrade barracks where war crimes suspect Ratko Mladic was allegedly hiding, their families asked officials to tell them if the investigation has made progress.
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Financial Report on Croatia's Agrokor Reveals Huge Losses

Balkaninsight.com - Thu, 05/10/2017 - 17:12
A revised financial report for Croatian giant Agrokor’s major subsidiaries showed that the former management’s financial accounts understated their losses by 250 million euros in 2015.
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Serbian Responsibility for Missing Croatian Civilians Contested

Balkaninsight.com - Thu, 05/10/2017 - 16:45
Defence lawyers for former Serbian security chiefs Jovica Stanisic and Franko Simatovic denied a Zagreb official’s claim that all the people who went missing during the Croatian war were civilians.
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Serbia to Host US-Russia Meeting on Ukraine

Balkaninsight.com - Thu, 05/10/2017 - 14:24
Kurt Volker, US special representative on Ukraine, will meet his Russian counterpart in the Serbian capital as disagreements continue about the possible deployment of UN peacekeepers.
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Scandals Shake Confidence of Bulgaria’s Ruling Party

Balkaninsight.com - Thu, 05/10/2017 - 11:59
Corruption allegations at local level are exposing conflicts within Bulgaria's ruling GERB party – but they are unlikely to threaten its rule for now, as the country held an election only recently, in March.
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New Media Freedom Campaign Launched in Serbia

Balkaninsight.com - Thu, 05/10/2017 - 11:05
Serbian media outlets and NGOs that recently blacked out websites or went off air in protest against what they see as assaults on media freedom are meeting in Belgrade on Thursday to chart a new campaign.
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Catalonia’s Independence Push Echoes Across Balkans

Balkaninsight.com - Thu, 05/10/2017 - 08:14
The Spanish region’s bid for independence has reverberated across the Balkans, which has a history of separatism and where some regions harbour similar ambitions.
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Exploring the ‘Accursed’ Alps of Montenegro

Balkaninsight.com - Thu, 05/10/2017 - 07:31
Violently sharp peaks, azure lakes and the odd bear make Montenegro’s wild Prokletije mountains one of the Balkans hikers’ best-kept secrets. 
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Serbia Protesters Recall Day When Milosevic Fell

Balkaninsight.com - Thu, 05/10/2017 - 07:20
Seventeen years on from October 5, 2000, when energy-packed protests overthrew the Yugoslav strongman Slobodan Milosevic, those at the heart of those stirring events recall them fondly.
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Croats Fear Agrokor Report Will Reveal New Debts

Balkaninsight.com - Thu, 05/10/2017 - 07:20
As the state management of Agrokor prepares to reveal the results of an in-depth financial study on Thursday, many fear that it will reveal new, previously hidden, company debts.
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Naser Oric: Srebrenica Commander Inspires Love and Hate

Balkaninsight.com - Thu, 05/10/2017 - 07:07
Ahead of his war crimes verdict, Naser Oric, a wartime defender of Srebrenica who once worked as Slobodan Milosevic’s bodyguard, says he is “loved” by Bosniaks - but is also despised by many Serbs.
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Croatia ‘Still Searching for War Missing from 1991’

Balkaninsight.com - Wed, 04/10/2017 - 16:51
A Croatian official told the trial of former Serbian security chiefs Jovica Stanisic and Franko Simatovic that Zagreb is still searching for people who disappeared as a result of Serb forces’ attacks in 1991.
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