Southern Balkans

  • Macedonia to Scrap Alexander Signs To Appease Greece

    - Feb 16, 2018
    Macedonia said it will start replacing ‘Alexander the Great’ name signs from the busiest airport and highway – once its decision to rename them to satisfy Greece becomes official. Macedonia will soon start replacing the old...
  • Moldova’s Foreign Trade Rose Sharply in 2017

    - Feb 16, 2018
    The volume of Moldova’s imports and exports rose by almost a fifth in 2017, data show – as trade with European markets replaces that with the Russian-led Commonwealth of Independent States. The volume of Moldova’s foreign...
  • Kosovo, Montenegro to Form Joint Border Commission

    - Feb 16, 2018
    The Kosovo and Montenegro presidents have presented a joint statement on the controversial issue of border demarcation, saying they want to form a joint working body to identify remaining disagreements. The President of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci, on Friday, issued...
  • Kosovars in a Flap Over Roundabout Flag

    - Feb 14, 2018
    A decision to change the flag waving from a tall poll at  at the entrance to Pristina, at the place known as “the roundabout”, has divided the public in Kosovo. Up until Tuesday, the red and...
  • Bulgaria Mourns Hermit Famed for Generosity

    - Feb 14, 2018
    Bulgaria is grieving over the death of the urban legend, hermit and church benefactor Dobre Dobrev, who passed away on Tuesday at the amazing age of 103. Bulgarians are mourning the loss of Dobre Dobrev, known...
  • Marija Ristic Appointed as New BIRN Network Director

    - Feb 14, 2018
    The Balkan Investigative Reporting Regional Network (BIRN Hub) has appointed Marija Ristic to the positon of Regional Network Director, to replace the current director, Gordana Igric. Marija Ristic has been appointed as BIRN’s Regional Network Director,...
  • Kosovo Releases Two Police Involved in Ivanovic Case

    - Feb 13, 2018
    A Kosovo court has released two policemen who were arrested after surveillance footage allegedly showed one picking up a bullet shell from the scene of the murder of Kosovo Serb politician Oliver Ivanovic. After a six-hour...
  • Balkans Await Germany’s ‘Return’ Under New Merkel Govt

    - Feb 12, 2018
    While Angela Merkel’s political deal with the Social Democrats, the SDP, awaits final approval, experts on the Balkans predict that the new coalition will not make major changes towards the Balkans, but some countries might face...
  • Dear Vucic, What Should We Talk About?

    - Feb 12, 2018
    Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic suggested that Serbs and Croats should avoid tensions by refraining from talking about their past differences for six months – but what else could they possibly discuss? Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic seems...
  • Tension Surrounds Serbian President’s Croatian Trip

    - Feb 12, 2018
    Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic has announced that a planned two-day visit to Croatia will go ahead on Monday and Tuesday – despite contined acrimony between the two countries, and after Serbia’s Defence Minister claimed he could...