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Latest Balkan News

Serbia Increases Macedonian Border Control

Serbia says it will step up efforts to halt illegal immigrants crossing its border from Macedonia. More

Bosnian Muslim women mourn over a casket at the Potocari Memorial Center during the burial in 2008 of 308 Bosnian Muslims killed by Bosnian Serb forces in Srebrenica.

Russia Opposes Srebrenica Measure

Russia has slammed a draft United Nations resolution on the Srebrenica genocide as divisive and said it would present its own measure to mark 20 years since the massacre. More

Serbia Seeks Help With Migrants

Austria, Hungary, and Serbia have called on the European Union to step up efforts to fight human smuggling through the Balkans. More

Balkan Nations Brace For Greek Default With Capital Controls

The countries of southeastern Europe, where Greek lenders control large parts of the banking industry, are fortifying their defenses against contagion as Greece teeters on the brink of financial collapse. More

Hundreds of people attended the unveiling of the monument to Gavrilo Princip in Belgrade

Serbia Unveils Gavrilo Princip Monument

Serbia has unveiled a monument to Gavrilo Princip, whose assassination of the Austro-Hungarian crown prince Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo helped spark World War I. More

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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

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.

Postcommunist Kids Are No Know-It-Alls, After All

The survey's results appear to dash the widely held assumption about the former communist countries of Europe that while they performed poorly in many areas, at least students there were well educated in math and science.

Video Government's Claims About Macedonia Terrorist Group Met Skeptically

The Macedonian government is investigating the May 9 raid against an alleged ethnic Albanian terrorist group that left 22 people dead and dozens injured. But analysts and many in the public are skeptical of the government's claims in the light of recently leaked wiretaps that seem to implicate it in massive abuse of office.

Video Macedonians Seething Over Wiretap Claims

A series of recordings that appear to capture senior government figures' dodgy dealings has shaken Macedonia's political scene to its core and sparked violent protests.
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