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Closed Hearings at Serbian Security Chiefs’ Trial Cause Mistrust

The latest hearing in the case against Jovica Stanisic and Franko Simatovic was held at the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals in The Hague on Tuesday, when the first defence witness in their retrial for wartime crimes in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia gave testimony behind closed doors.

In Croatia’s Rijeka, Fiume Lives on

Croatia has faced criticism for its record on minority rights. But the Italians of Rijeka are perhaps the exception.

Young Croat Catholics Give Faith a Modern Look

The new generation of believers in Croatia is taking a more contemporary approach to religion - using social media, pop culture and sports to spread the word.

The President of Croatia Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic Is the 66th “Face of Democracy”

Since 2015, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović has been President of the Republic of Croatia. Prior to that, the 50-year-old NATO Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy has so far been the highest ranking woman in the history of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Furthermore, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović is the first female president of independent Croatia.

BSMEPA will Support the Association of Bulgarian Leaders and Entrepreneurs

Bulgarian Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Promotion Agency will support the most active community of young leaders and entrepreneurs in Bulgaria. Such an arrangement was reached by Executive Director of BSMEPA, Dr. Boyko Takov and Mrs. Kremena Dervenkova, Executive Director of the Association of Bulgarian Leaders and Entrepreneurs (ABLE) at a meeting today.

Balkan Insight’s Week in Pictures

A billboard ridiculing the issue of alleged corruption in Zagreb has gone viral in Croatia.

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The Agony of Choice

Croatia's presidential election is not due before the second half of December, but the field of (self-declared) candidates is already getting crowded. Aside from the obvious, incumbent Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, former Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic has also decided to throw his hat into the ring.

Belgrade Convicts Serbian Fighters of War Crime in Croatia

Belgrade High Court on Thursday found Zeljko Krnjacic, Milan Devcic, Darko Peric, Radovan Vlajkovic, Radisav Josipovic, Jovan Dimitrijevic, Sasa Stojanovic and Zoran Kosijer guilty of involvement in a war crime against civilians in Lovas in Croatia in October 1991.

Wide Variation of Consumption Per Capita Across EU Member States

Actual Individual Consumption (AIC) is a measure of material welfare of households. Based on first preliminary estimates for 2018, AIC per capita expressed in Purchasing Power Standards (PPS) varied from 56% to 132% of the European Union (EU) average across the Member States.

Croatia to Choose Between Nationalism, Populism and Mediocrity

As a result of his involvement, Croatia tried to pass a law that tried to protect former Yugoslav secret service agents from extradition to Germany to stand trial. As in many other things, he was unsuccessful.

Brussels’ Balkan Policy Resembles Bad Version of Eurovision

Many things have since changed: Eurovision has become a show in which both European and non-European countries, including Australia, compete. Yugoslavia is long gone; Croatia has joined the EU; Cutugno's Italy is meanwhile ruled by political elites who do not sing "Together" with much joy any longer, while "reunited Europe" is becoming increasingly divided.

Compensation Comes Late for Rape Survivors of Balkan Wars

June 19 is marked each year by the United Nations as the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict in an attempt to raise awareness of the need to put an end to conflict-related sexual violence, and to honour the victims.

Taxation on coffee boosts smuggling

"Such high taxation strengthens coffee smuggling and reduces the chances for investments," commented Mario Cerutti, president of the European Coffee Federation (ECF), as he described the consequences of coffee taxation in Greece.