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How Croatia’s Last WWII Camp Commander was Extradited

Balkaninsight.com - 10 hours 44 min ago
In the first of a two-part series, BIRN reports on how Dinko Sakic, the last living commander of Croatia’s World War II concentration camp Jasenovac, was tracked down in Argentina and extradited 20 years ago.
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Looming Strike Underlines Croatia Airline’s Precarious Future

Balkaninsight.com - 10 hours 44 min ago
The future of Croatia Airlines hangs in the balance as the government seeks a new strategic partner, finances remain fragile – while unions demand more respect for workers’ rights.
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Montenegro Seeks Frontex's Help Over Migrant Wave

Balkaninsight.com - 10 hours 45 min ago
Although not an EU member state, Montenegro wants a status agreement with the EU border control agency Frontex, to held curb migration, as the issue climbs again up the agenda.
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Macedonia Deal Heightens Pressure on Serbia, Kosovo - Experts

Balkaninsight.com - 10 hours 45 min ago
Balkan watchers say Serbia and Kosovo will be under more pressure to resolve their dispute now that Greece and Macedonia have terminated their own decades-long disagreement.
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Macedonia, Greece Sign 'Historic' Name Deal

Balkaninsight.com - Sun, 06/17/2018 - 11:21
Macedonian and Greek ministers on Sunday signed a landmark agreement aimed at finally resolving their decades-long dispute - which Macedonia's PM said had 'turned an enemy into a friend'.
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Missing Serbian Journalist Found ’Alive and Well’

Balkaninsight.com - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 16:02
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic announced that journalist Stefan Cvetkovic, who went missing earlier this week, has been found "alive and well", and appeared not to have been kidnapped.
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Balkan Media Vibrant But Polarised, Report Says

Balkaninsight.com - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 14:26
Media in Croatia, Romania and Bulgaria are highly diverse but suffer from polarisation, financial dependence on oligarchs and and high levels of public mistrust, a survey by the Reuters Institute says.
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Romania Ruling Party Split Over Suspending President

Balkaninsight.com - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 13:42
Many members of the ruling Social Democratic Party are itching to suspend Romania's President over his refusal to fire the country's anti-graft chief prosecutor – but some advise caution.
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Kosovo Tries Serbian Reservist for War Crimes

Balkaninsight.com - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 12:45
Former Serbian reservist Darko Tasic is accused of robbery and destruction of property in the Kosovo village of Krusha e Vogel/Mala Krusa in March 1999, and of burning victims’ bodies and throwing them in a river.
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Mamic Refuses to Face Justice in Croatia

Balkaninsight.com - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 12:19
Zdravko Mamic, the former chief of Dinamo Zagreb, who was convicted of fraud by a Croatian court, has refused to extradite himself voluntarily from Bosnia.
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Serbia ‘Used Yugoslav Army for War Goals’: Report

Balkaninsight.com - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 12:12
The Yugoslav People’s Army was used to achieve the Serbian leadership’s nationalist goals during the 1990s wars in Bosnia and Croatia, according to a report from the Humanitarian Law Centre watchdog group.
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Calls to Reform Pensions Cause Controversy in Croatia

Balkaninsight.com - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 07:35
While the European Commission says ageing Croatia must make tough decisions about its current pension system, unions representing pensioners oppose the recommended reforms as harmful.
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Montenegro Opposition Ends Boycott With Call for Elections

Balkaninsight.com - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 07:34
In a move seen as marking an end to its two-year boycott of parliament, the country’s strongest opposition alliance has presented a plan to deal with the country’s crisis – which it is taking to Brussels.
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Kosovo Workers Threaten Strikes Over PM's Pay Hike

Balkaninsight.com - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 07:34
Public-sector workers in Kosovo have threatened strikes after the Constitutional Court ruled that a government decision, hiking cabinet members' salaries, did not violate the law.
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Macedonia to Rename Divisive Statues That Irked Greece

Balkaninsight.com - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 07:33
Monuments erected in the Macedonian capital under the Skopje 2014 project – often depicting figures from Classical Antiquity that angered Greece – are to get new inscriptions honouring Greek-Macedonian friendship.
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History in the Making

Balkaninsight.com - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 22:37
The Balkans caught a rare moment in the international limelight this week as Greece and Macedonia announced a resolution to their nearly three-decade long dispute over the latter’s name. 
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Charlie Hebdo Cartoon Riles Romanian Tennis Fans

Balkaninsight.com - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 16:43
A cartoon published by the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo depicting Roland Garros winner Simona Halep has left many Romanians unamused. 
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Serbia Restarts Lovas War Crimes Trial from Beginning

Balkaninsight.com - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 16:08
A Serbian court restarted the trial for the killing of 70 Croatian civilians in the village of Lovas in 1991 on a technicality because the war crimes prosecutor's office did not have a chief prosecutor for a year-and-a-half.
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Serbian Security Chief Challenges Journalist’s War Testimony

Balkaninsight.com - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 15:45
Former Serbian security service chief Jovica Stanisic’s defence denied journalist Dejan Anastasijevic’s claim at the UN court that the Red Berets unit and Arkan’s paramilitaries were used by the service in the Bosnian and Croatian wars.
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Bosnian Wartime Detention Camp Guard’s Sentence Reduced

Balkaninsight.com - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 14:14
The Bosnian state court reduced former Dretelj detention camp guard Ivan Medic’s prison sentence for crimes against Serb civilian prisoners from 14 to 12 years on appeal.
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