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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.

Ethnic Intolerance, Hate Speech Persists in Croatia: Report

Human Rights House Zagreb said in its annual report published on Friday that "as in previous years, war crimes prosecutions were stagnant" in Croatia in 2019, while hate speech and intolerance toward minorities persisted in the public arena and the digital environment.

Hungary’s Medical Aid Reopens Bosnia’s Wounds

Amid a row in Bosnia over whether aid was being sent to the country on a selective basis, Hungary on Thursday sent a plane load of 200,000 masks and 10,000 protective suits.

Balkan Economies Expected to Contract in Pandemic, IMF warns

The "World Economic Outlook", the latest report of the IMF about the global economic situation, predicts sharp contractions in most Balkan economies as a result of the pandemic in line with the severe downturn expected in the rest of the European and world economies.

Croatia Charges Right-Wingers for Pro-Priest Protest

Charges have been pressed against 13 people who rallied in front of a Catholic church in Sirobuja, a suburb of the coastal city of Split, flouting a ban on public gatherings during the coronavirus epidemic, Croatian media reported on Tuesday.

As Corona spreads, Refugees Hit the End of the Road on the Balkan Route

Stray dogs walk the dirt road to the migrant camp in Velika Kladuša, Bosnia, on the border with Croatia. Passed a precarious bridge, a canine shelter is visible first. Puppies cover the trail, obstructing cars as they trot along obliviously. There are ten kennels with roofs and space to roam, but dozens of dogs lie around outside.

Bosnia May Seek Arbitration on Croatia Nuclear Waste Dispute

Bosnia may request international arbitration if Croatia proceeds with a plan to create a nuclear waste disposal site just across the border from Novi Grad in north-west Bosnia, Foreign Trade and Economic Relations Minister Stasa Kosarac was reported as saying.