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Latest Balkan News

OSCE Condemns Death Threats Against Kosovar Journalist

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe has condemned a series of death threats against Artan Haraqija, an RFE/RL journalist who has been reporting on radical Islamic groups in Kosovo. More

Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) meets with Milorad Dodik, the president of Republika Srpska, in Moscow.

Putin Praises Bosnian Serb Leader

Russian President Vladimir Putin met in the Kremlin with Milorad Dodik, president of Bosnia's Republika Srpska, and praised him ahead of elections in the Bosnian Serb entity. More

EBRD Lowers Forecasts Due To Ukraine

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) says the Ukraine crisis is weighing heavily on economies where the bank operates, including Central and Southeastern Europe and the former Soviet republics. More

The site where Serbia started the construction in November 2013 of their section of Russia's South Stream pipeline, near the village of Sajkas

South Stream Must Comply With EU Law

The European Union says it won’t block the construction of the South Stream pipeline in Serbia, but says the pipeline can only start shipping Russian natural gas into EU countries when it complies with EU laws. More

Among those arrested was Shefqet Krasniqi, the imam of the Grand Mosque of Pristina.

Kosovo Imams Held Over Militant Recruiting

Fifteen influential Muslim leaders have been arrested across Kosovo in a crackdown targeting what authorities say is a recruiting network for Islamic State militants and Al-Qaeda’s branch in Syria, the Al-Nusra Front. More

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Latest Blog Posts

A Bosnian Man's Lonely Stand To Find The Bones Of His Son

Djemail Hasanovic has set up a bed on the side of the road leading from Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina, to Podravanje. He says he is on a hunger strike until the bones of his missing son are found and returned to him. More

Slobodan's Ghost

Comparisons of Vladimir Putin to Slobodan Milosevic are all the rage. But what does the Milosevic experience tell us about where Russia may be headed? More
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Features & Commentary

Photogallery After An Era Of New Horizons, EU Turns Its Gaze Inward

The incoming European Commission has indicated that further enlargement will no longer be a priority for the 28-member bloc. What does that mean for EU hopefuls to the east and south?
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A Kosovo Mother's Plea: 'Bring My Boy Back' -- From Syria

Pranvera Abazi's husband said he was taking their son for the weekend to a popular outdoor spot. Three days later, he sent her a text message saying they were in Syria.
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Mercenaries, Extremists Become Major Balkans Export

Bosnia, Serbia, and Kosovo are all struggling to come to grips with a significant outflow of mercenaries and extremists to conflict zones in Syria, Iraq, and Ukraine. Why do young men from these countries seek out conflicts abroad and are the governments really serious about stopping them?
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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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