Thursday, April 24, 2014


News and Features on the Balkans

Kosovo Lawmakers Approve War Crimes Court

Kosovo's parliament on April 23 approved the establishment of an international court to deal with alleged crimes committed by ethnic Albanian guerrillas during the 1998-1999 war with Serbia.
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Kosovo Serbs Halt Cooperation With EU

Serbs in northern Kosovo say the European Union's Rule of Law Mission, known as EULEX, is no longer welcome to work in their communities.
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UN Court Upholds Mladic Charges

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia have rejected arguments for dropping any charges against former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic.
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Ethnic Albanians Boycott Macedonia Poll

Macedonia's presidential election on April 13 was largely boycotted by ethnic Albanian voters.
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Chinese To Remake Cult Yugoslav War Movie

Chinese and Balkan filmmakers have announced that they are planning a remake of a cult Yugoslav wartime movie which is hugely popular in China.
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Tribunal Would Boost Kosovo's Credibility

The U.S. ambassador to Kosovo has told RFE/RL that the proposed establishment of a special tribunal to deal with allegations of organ trafficking by former Kosovo Albanian rebels would help Kosovo build up its "international credibility."
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Srebrenica Relatives Sue Dutch Gov't

Relatives of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre victims have opened a civil suit against the Dutch government, saying Dutch peacekeepers failed to prevent the killings.
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Kosovo Airspace Open To Civilian Overflights

NATO has reopened the upper airspace over Kosovo, allowing civilian planes to fly high over the region for the first time since the Kosovo war 15 years ago.
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Bosnian War Crimes Suspect Arrested

French police have arrested a Bosnian Serb man accused of massacring Muslims during Bosnia-Herzegovina’s 1992-1995 war.
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Two Jailed In Croatian-Editor Case

In Serbia, a court has sentenced two men to jail terms for a bombing that killed a Croatian newspaper editor known for his coverage of organized crime in the Balkans.
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Gunmen Injure Kosovo Border Policemen

Three Kosovar border officers are wounded when gunmen open fire on their vehicle.
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Crimea Dispute Tests Serbian Government's Middle Course

Serbia has traditionally been Russia's staunchest ally in the Balkans, but in recent years Belgrade has pursued a European-integration policy. RFE/RL takes a look at how tensions between Moscow and Brussels are playing out in the Balkans as Serbia gets ready to install a new government.
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NATO Concerned About Russian Military Buildup Near Ukraine Border

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has expressed concern about a large increase in Russian troops and armaments along Ukraine's eastern frontier following its annexation of Crimea.
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Is Serbia Headed For 'Orbanization?'

Serbia's parliamentary elections have concentrated great power in the hands of the Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) and its leader, Aleksandar Vucic.
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Suspected Balkan Drug Lord Arrested

Serbian authorities say a suspected international drug smuggler has been arrested in a joint operation by Serbian and Montenegrin police.
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Serbian Progressives Pledge Reforms

Serbia's likely next prime minister has vowed to reform labor laws, bankruptcy laws, and privatization legislation no later than July after his center-right party won a clear parliamentary majority in snap elections.
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Serbians Go To Polls

Sluggish turnout in snap elections called by Serbia's ruling parties, who look to gain in the vote.
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Kosovo-Crimea Parallel Is 'Completely False'

Former U.S. diplomat Louis Sell, author of the book "Slobodan Milosevic and The Destruction of Yugoslavia,” spoke with RFE/RL about Kosovo's recent history and whether the Kremlin's parallels with the situation in Crimea hold true.
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Ashton: EU Ready To Help Bosnia Reform

The EU's foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton says the European Union is ready to expand its engagement in Bosnia to help it speed up economic and social reforms after mass protests last month.
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What's The Difference Between Putin And Milosevic? About 22 Years

As I watch the news and images from Crimea, I can’t help but feel a sense of deja vu. It's as if am reliving the 1992 break-up of Yugoslavia and the beginning of the Bosnian war.
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