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F****** Drivers

16 September 2010 | By Simon Cottrell

Simon Cottrell There are situations in this country, I admit, where faced with overbearing bureaucracy, a pig headed doorman or one of Serbia's peculiarly unhelpful band of shop assistants when I am driven to offer up a muttered “t***” and at times I even squeeze out a curt “b******” under my breath as I turn away and consider my next move.



Ashton: 'Kosovo-Serbia Talks Must Start Now'
23 September 2010 | Lawrence Marzouk

The EU’s top foreign affairs diplomat has told Balkan Insight that a deal between Kosovo and Serbia is essential in removing obstacles on the countries’ path towards membership of the union.


Local Justice - Bihac: Hospitalized after Wounding
12 April 2013 |

Testifying in his defence, indictee Redzep Beganovic says that he was on sick leave in December 1993, when the crime charged upon him was committed.



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The New Balkan Insight: We are changing

| 27 September 2010
The New Balkan Insight
The New Balkan Insight 

Balkan Insight is moving to a new platform with an all-new look and feel.




Macedonian 'Spy' Row Judge Demands Public Hearing

Skopje | 27 September 2010

A judge from Macedonia’s Constitutional Court accused of being an informant for the former Yugoslav secret services has demanded the right to protest his innocence at a public hearing.

Half of Romanians 'Yearn for Communist Past'

| 24 September 2010

Nearly half of Romanians believe their life was better during the communist era, a new poll indicates.


Analysis

Uncertain Future for Pristina Landmark

| 25 September 2010 | Dana Landau

At one end of Prishtina’s pedestrian Mother Teresa Boulevard stands a burned out building covered in scaffolding. Known as Union Hotel, it is one of the few examples of Austro-Hungarian style architecture in Kosovo.

Art funding bolsters Bosnia’s ethnic divisions

| 28 September 2010 | Sabina Arslanagic and Masha Durkalic

Seeking state arts and culture funding in Bosnia? Best make sure your project has a distinct Serb, Croat or Bosniak flavour first.

Romanians Protest Over ‘Unsustainable’ Pensions Reforms locked

Bucharest | 24 September 2010 | By Marian Chiriac
Bucharest, Romania
Bucharest, Romania

While thousands demonstrate against harsh cuts, government says failure to change system will jeopardise vital IMF deal.

New Books Help Reconcile Balkan History Quarrels locked

Belgrade | 23 September 2010 | By Bojana Barlovac

The region is moving on when it comes to perceptions of the past, with new history texts trying to broaden people’s understanding of bitter controversies.

Bulgarian Organic Food Whets Europe's Appetite locked

Sofia | 23 September 2010 | By Boryana Dzhambazova

Producers spy profitable opportunity in Western Europe’s expanding appetite for goods for foods grown without chemicals.

Bias Claims over Bosnian Election Coverage locked

Sarajevo | 22 September 2010 | By Sabina Arslanagic
Sarajevo
Sarajevo

Just ten days before Bosnia’s general election, two of the country’s public broadcasters stand accused of political bias and favouritism.

 

Kosovo and Serbia rarely see eye to eye with each other, but the battle between the two countries has now entered a new phase – whose leader looks most like Hollywood’s official silver- haired fox, George Clooney?


Bulgaria’s tourist industry is expected to gain 6.5 billion lev (€3.25 billion) this year, the chairman of the Bulgarian Tourist Chamber has said.


At one end of Prishtina’s pedestrian Mother Teresa Boulevard stands a burned out building covered in scaffolding. Known as Union Hotel, it is one of the few examples of Austro-Hungarian style architecture in Kosovo.



Bosnia's first attempt to woo ballet stars and their followers to the nation's capital has got under way with the launch of 'Balletfest Sarajevo'.


Set in wartime Thessaloniki and centring on a Greek police officer’s complicated dilemmas and intrigues, this is a fast-paced, gripping story of secrets and betrayal.


Jim Morrison, John Densmore, Robby Krieger and Ray Manzarek, collectively The Doors, carved out an LSD fuelled niche in late 60s American Pop Culture. Director Tom DiCillo explores the mysteries, big and small, that walk hand in hand with the most notorious rock band in American history.