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Families Distressed by 15-Year Probe into Bosnian War Deaths

While leading the breakaway statelet, Abdic fought against fellow Bosniaks who were loyal to the Sarajevo government. He was later convicted of war crimes, but was elected mayor of Velika Kladusa in 2016 after his release.

Eurostat: 41.6% of the Bulgarians are Living in Overcrowded Households

In the European Union (EU), 17.1% of the population were living in overcrowded households in 2018, meaning they did not have enough rooms compared to the size of the household. Although merrier, overcrowded households can feel even smaller with kids playing in the same room as parents trying to telework during the coronavirus lockdown.

Slovenia qualify for World Men's Handball Championship

Cancelling the qualifiers on Friday, the executive committee of the European Handball Federation (EHF) decided that the ten slots are awarded to the teams which finished 4-13 at the European Men's Handball Championship this January.

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Czechs Fear Autocratic Contagion

Analysts say such displays hint at a geopolitical realignment taking place in parts of Central and Southeast Europe as the pandemic prompts some governments to pivot away from Brussels and towards more authoritarian allies to the east.

Croatian President Reignites Row over Ustasa Slogan

War veterans' associations and Croatia's war veterans' minister have condemned President Zoran Milanovic for saying that a controversial plaque with the Ustasa slogan 'Za dom spremni' ('Ready for the Home(land)') should be removed.

Bulgaria Has the Second Lowest Debt in the EU

Bulgaria has entered the coronavirus pandemic crisis with the second lowest percentage of debt in the EU and the third highest percentage of budget surplus. 2019 figures have been released

Eurostat and the NSI provided data which are a good starting point for us to compare the situation in our country after the end of this crisis.

Pandemic Revives Debate over Fallen Croatian Vaccine Giant

But while Croatian media have speculated that the IMZ could play an even greater role in the fight against the pandemic, Jagarinec says it is not so simple.

The Institute, which churned out bacterial and viral vaccines, lost its production license in 2013 and its premises have fallen into disrepair.

Croatia Remembers Victims of WWII Jasenovac Camp

Croatian officials and representatives of anti-fascist groups and Croatia's Serb, Roma and Jewish communities gathered on Wednesday for the annual commemoration of the victims of Jasenovac, a World War II concentration camp run by the Croatian fascist Ustasa regime.

Croatia’s Controversial Bleiburg Commemoration Cancelled Due to Pandemic

The annual gathering in Bleiburg in Austria, which commemorates tens of thousands of Croatian Nazi-allied Ustasa troops and civilians who were killed by the Yugoslav Partisans in 1945, will not be held this year as planned on May 16, media reported on Tuesday.

Pandemic Threatens Croatia’s Strawberry Farmers With Bitter Harvest

But Croats are reluctant to do this backbreaking work and local farmers usually employ pickers from neighbouring Bosnia and Herzegovina, especially from its southern Herzegovina region - mostly Bosnian Croats with dual citizenship.

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Pandemic Wreaks Havoc With Ancient Balkan Funeral Traditions

Once huge funerals these days are mostly attended only by a small circle of close family members and friends, who have to observe social distancing measures.

The funeral processions are now done in the shortest time possible, and in some countries, police monitor the burials to make sure everyone obeys the rules.

Croatia Takes Down Cathedral Spire Damaged in Quake

The first spire was toppled during the earthquake, and the second, which was significantly damaged, on expert recommendations, was partly removed weeks ago.

A small amount of explosive was put on the spire to separate it from the cathedral building and it was then lowered to the ground by a crane.