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Hungary Building Migrant Fence

Hungarian soldiers have begun building a fence on the border with Serbia meant to stop the rising flow of migrants trying to enter the European Union. More

Serbian Lottery In Fraud Probe

Police in Serbia have opened an investigation into the management of the Serbian State Lottery after a graphic shown during the live television drawing of the winning numbers showed one number several seconds before the number was drawn. More

Kosovo Lobbies For War Crimes Court

Kosovo’s government on July 31 asked the parliament in Pristina to reconsider its rejection of an ad hoc court to put ethnic Albanian former guerrilla fighters on trial for alleged war crimes – including organ harvesting. More

WATCH: Sarajevo Workers Protest Labor Bill

Video Bosnians Protest Labor Law Reforms

​Several thousand people protested in the Bosnian capital, Sarajevo, on July 30 against a new labor law as a part of reforms required by the EU. More

Afghan National Killed In Serbia

Serbian police say an Afghan national was killed on July 27 in a fight involving migrants near the border with Hungary. More

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Latest Blog Posts

Fighting The Long War

Welcome to the new normal. After more than a year of conflict in Ukraine, the standoff between Russia and the West has become routine -- and it is becoming institutionalized. More

No, Nikola Tesla's Remains Aren't Sparking Devil Worship In Belgrade

The late Serbian-American inventor Nikola Tesla just can't catch a break in Belgrade, with bizarre comments by a city councilor reigniting a devilish debate over the final resting place of his ashes. More
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Features & Commentary

B92: The Voice Of Serbia's Postcommunist Aspirations Falls Silent

Since 1989, Serbia's B92 radio has provided the antiestablishment soundtrack for Serbia's postcommunist development, winning international plaudits along the way for its uncompromising journalism and democratic commitment. But now it's gone off the air.

Women, War, And Reflections On Srebrenica

For the Srebrenica women, those few horrific days in July 1995 have affected all aspects of their lives every day since. This anniversary is an opportunity to repay their courage, determination, and humanity with renewed commitment to better addressing the full range of issues affecting women during and after war.

Mother Seeks Journalist Son's Remains From Srebrenica

Nihad Catic was a reporter broadcasting from Srebrenica when the town fell into the hands of Bosnian Serb forces in July 1995. He is one of the more than 8,000 Muslim men and boys killed in Europe's worst massacre since World War II.

Migrants Undeterred In March To EU

An RFE/RL correspondent recently rode on a Belgrade bus packed with Afghans and other refugees heading to the EU. What she saw on the trip shocked her.

Mixed Feelings In Macedonia As A Russian Orthodox Church Rises

A Russian Orthodox church under construction in Macedonia is one of several that have been built or planned in Europe in recent years. Beneath talk of spiritual ties, there is concern that Moscow could use such churches to advance its temporal interests.

Desperate Migrants Take To Two Wheels

People fleeing conflict zones across the Mediterranean and desperately hoping to build new lives in Europe are said to be taking to two wheels for the Macedonian leg of their journey.

Audio Slide Show Not All Fun And Games

The first European Games kick off in Azerbaijan this week. Backers claim the event will showcase the rise of the oil-rich nation, while detractors say it's all a public-relations ploy to whitewash the country's poor rights record.
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