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In Turkey, continuing forest fires are destroying livelihoods

This story by Doga Celik and Arzu Geybullayeva originally appeared on Global Voices on August 2, 2021. It is republished under a Creative Commons Attribution-Only license.   Since July 28, a total of 125 forest fires have raged through 21 provinces of Turkey with 8 still raging as of...

Community support is vital to women athletes: Kosovo alpinist Uta Ibrahimi

This interview by Violeta Jonchevska originally appeared on Global Voices on July 28, 2021. It is republished under a Creative Commons Attribution-Only license.   Uta Ibrahimi, an alpinist from Kosovo, is the first ethnic Albanian woman to climb Mount Everest, which she did on 22 May 2017. Afterwards, she climbed Manaslu, Cho-Oyu, Lhotse and Gasherbrum, making...

Macedonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs reacts tо inappropriate election campaign videos in Bulgaria

The Macedonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) issued a press release as a reaction on the occasion of screening inappropriate election campaign videos in the Republic of Bulgaria, where explicit territorial claims toward Macedonia were expressed. "In the attempts of increasing dialogue and strengthening trust,...

North Macedonia will receive additional 119,000 Pfizer vaccines from Austria through the EU’s mechanism

As part of the European Union's mechanism for providing aid for the neighboring countries and Africa, Austria announced today that by the end of August it will deliver 651,000 doses of Pfizer/BioNTech-produced vaccines. It is planned for North Macedonia to receive 119,000 doses of...

Slovenian non-paper on dissolution of Bosnia and Herzegovina published, does not envision breakup of North Macedonia

The Slovenian web site "Necenzurisano.si" published yesterday (15th of April 2021) the unofficial diplomatic document, i.e. non-paper, titled "Western Balkans - the Road Ahead", being the subject of speculations that the Slovenian Prime Minister has sent it to Brussels. The non-paper predicts dissolution of...

Slander campaign threatens Serbian civil society organizations and independent media

During recent weeks, politicians and pro-government media have been conducing a slander campaign against leading civil society organizations and independent media in Serbia. Organizations targeted with high profile slander campaign include CRTA (Center for Research, Transparency and Accountability), which runs the oversight initiative Open Parliament...

After actress Štajndeld’s claims, Serbian journalist Hristina Stoiljković also accuses Lečić of sexual harassment

After actress Danijela Štajnfeld's claim announced that she was a victim of sexual harassment by her colleague actor, director, and former minister of culture of Serbia, Branislav Lečić, the journalist Hristina Stoiljković went forward with similar claim. Stoiljković claims that she has met Lečić...

Actress Danijela Štajnfeld accuses Serbian politician and actor Branislav Lečić of rape

Serbian actress Danijela Štajnfeld testified at the High Public Prosecution in Belgrade that the actor, politician, former minister and member of the Democratic party Branislav Lećić had raped her. As nova.rs published, the actress had previously revealed in the documentary film "Heal Me" that she...

The POINT Conference starts with a discussion about the elections in the Balkans during the pandemic

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the leading regional annual conference about political responsibility and new technologies - POINT is returning with a new, online format: POINT Talks. Today, the 5th of February 2021,, starting at 15h, the first of series of events will take...

Mirth reigns after Balkan Facebook Flat Earthers group takes a hit by trolling journalist

Bosnian journalist and blogger Mustafa Sejdinović caused a minor good will sensation in the post-Yugoslav part of the Balkans after he confessed to busting a Facebook group for Flat Earthers from the region. Sejdinović, who goes by the nickname Musa, explained how he infiltrated the...

Polish Legacy, Balkan Heritage: the Perspective of North Macedonia – online panel

An online public debate organized by two Polish universities will present the legacy of cultural exchange between Poland and North Macedonia and the current context of EU enlargement towards the Western Balkans and its cultural and identity dimension, paying a special attention to Poland’s...

Epidemy of Lies in the Balkans – online panel discussion organized by Istinomer on December 14

On the occasion of its 11th birthday, the first fact-checking media outlet in the Balkans region Istinomer will organize the online panel discussion “Epidemy of Lies on the Balkans” which will be held on Monday, December 14, 2020 at 16:00 CET on Zoom. Istinomer, based...

The Macedonian journey towards complete agreement with Bulgaria much like firewalking

Bulgaria's refusal to approve EU's negotiating framework for North Macedonia at the meeting of the Foreign Affairs Ministers of EU's member countries i.e. the EU's General Affairs Council (GAC) on the 17th of November 2020 was expected, as it was announced and has been...

Top songs about Amsterdam by musicians from the region of former Yugoslavia

Since the 1970s musicians from former Yugoslavia (which at the time was one country) have been making songs about Amsterdam. The capital of the Netherlands had gained almost mythical status in the pop culture of the region due to the opportunities for activities...

Nikolay Krstev: Bulgaria leads the anti-Bulgarian campaign in Macedonia

Nikolay Krstev, an experienced journalist, a former correspondent of the Bulgarian National Radio (BNR) from Moscow and Belgrade, but also a renowned analyst and someone who is well acquainted with the situation in the Western Balkans for offnews.bg said that it is a problem...

North Macedonia, Serbia and Albania sign free travel agreements without mandatory COVID-19 tests

North Macedonia, Serbia and Albania agreed to re-initiate free border crossing of their citizens without mandatory COVID-19 PCR tests, as well as free medical treatment of patients in the respective countries that are part of the Berlin Process. North Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, accompanied...

Bishop’s funeral in Montenegro leads to wider spread of COVID19

The sight of thousands of people waiting to kiss the mortal remains of the Serbian Orthodox Christian bishop Amfilohije Radović in Montenegro caused outrage in the Balkans. Several days later, reported infections of top Serbian religious figures, including Partiarch Irinej, indicate that the lavish...

Keith Brown: Critical thinking demands recognition of one’s own blinkers, prejudices and areas of ignorance

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“Balkan history has been shaped by the territorial ambitions and disputes of the last century, and so has become a zero-sum game; it also has quasi-religious aspects, insofar as current debates reveal an implicit concern with purity and pollution underlying accusations around loyalty and...

Eruption of COVID-19 cases in the Balkans, the countries in the region are imposing restrictions again (Infographic)

Europe is again the hotspot of the infections with COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. The Balkan peninsula is especially affected by the new outbreak of infections. The curves of the graphics in all countries in the region move upwards, something that...

CDT suggests abandoning the practice of collecting data on ethnic, religious or linguistical affiliation during Montenegro’s census

The Centre for Democratic Transition (CDT) from Podgorica, the leading civil society organization fostering development of democracy in Montenegro, on October 20 published an initiative not to collect data on nation, religion and language in the upcoming census. CTD proposed the initiative with an aim...