Tuesday, July 29, 2014


News and Features on the Balkans

Photogallery World War I Anniversary: Five Historians, Two Questions

One hundred years after the beginning of World War I, historians are still wondering how it started. Meanwhile many of the rest of us wonder if the global situation today is as perilous as it was on the eve of that cataclysm.
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Four Kosovars Undertake Epic Trek To Campaign Against EU Visas

Four men who set off on a 2,500 kilometer trek from the town of Gjilan in eastern Kosovo finally reached their destination in Brussels on July 17 after 78 grueling days on the road.
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Court Says Dutch Liable For 300 Srebrenica Deaths

A Dutch court has ruled that the Netherlands is liable for 300 of the some 8,000 Bosnian Muslims killed in the Srebrenica massacre in 1995.
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EU Hosting Donors Conference After Floods Hit Serbia, Bosnia

The European Commission, together with Slovenia and France, is hosting an international donors conference in Brussels on July 16 to support Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia after devastating floods in May.
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Balkan Leaders In Dubrovnik

A summit of eight leaders from Southeastern Europe will take place on July 15 in Dubrovnik, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in attendance to discuss the region's further approach to the European Union.
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Police Helicopter Crashes In Macedonia, Killing Four

A Macedonian police helicopter crashed overnight during a training flight near the southern town of Strumica, killing all four people on board.
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Photogallery Bosnia Remembers Srebrenica

Several thousand people have gathered in Srebrenica for the 19th anniversary of the massacre of some 8,000 Muslim men and boys by Bosnian Serb forces during the country's 1992-95 war.
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Ethnic Albanian Protest Ends Peacefully In Skopje

Several thousand ethnic Albanians have staged a peaceful protest in the Macedonian capital Skopje against the jailing of six ethnic Albanians on murder and terrorism charges.
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Sarajevo Pays Respect To 175 Srebrenica Victims

Hundreds of people lined the main street of Sarajevo on July 9 to pay respects as coffins carrying the remains of 175 victims of the Srebrenica massacre were transported by.
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Serbia Signs $2.9 Billion Contract On Building South Stream

Serbia has signed a 2.1 billion euro ($2.9 billion) contract with a Gazprom subsidiary to construct the South Stream pipeline across its territory.
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Russia Follows 'Different Strategy' As Serbia Courts EU

As traditional Russian ally Serbia pushes ahead with its bid to join the European Union, Moscow's reaction has been muted. Does the Kremlin see strategic advantages in having such a reliable friend inside the Western bloc?
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Gazprom To Build South Stream In Serbia

Russia's state-controlled Gazprom energy company says that its subsidiary, Tsentrgaz, has won a tender to build the Serbian stretch of the South Stream pipeline.
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Bulgarian FM Says South Stream 'Very Important' for Bulgaria

Bulgarian Foreign Minister Kristian Vigenin told Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on July 7 that the South Stream pipeline "is very important for Bulgaria and Southeastern Europe."
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Macedonian Police Clash With Albanians

Police in Macedonia have clashed with protesters demonstrating against the jailing of six ethnic Albanians for murder and terrorism.
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Russian Gas: How Much Is That?

A study of data on Russian gas sales shows wide variance in prices between countries.
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Video Bosnia Marks 1914 Assassination

On June 28, 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, and his wife, Sophie, were shot dead in Sarajevo by Gavrilo Princip, a Bosnian Serb.
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Bosnian Serbs Honor Assassin Who Started World War I

Bosnian Serb leaders have countered the country’s official commemoration of the act that triggered World War I one century ago -- the killing of Archduke Franz Ferdinand -- by unveiling a statue honoring the assassin.
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Interview: Historian Christopher Clark On World War I's Lessons For Today

Christopher Clark's book on the outbreak of World War I, "The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914," has been called a masterpiece" by "The New York Times" and become a best-seller in several European countries. RFE/RL interviewed the Australian-born academic about parallels with the current situation.
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Kosovo Vote Results Confirmed

Election officials in Kosovo on June 26 confirmed the results of recent parliamentary elections, setting a deadline for a new government to be formed.
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Why Bernard-Henri Levy Wants His New Play To Help Bosnia

French intellectual Bernard-Henri Levy has high hopes as he opens a new play in Sarajevo this week that reflects on Bosnia's place in Europe.
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