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Croatian Police Found 9 Migrants in a Van

Croatian police have found nine migrants crammed into a closed box in the back of a van, the Associated Press reported.

Police say the migrants were found early this morning in eastern Croatia after police officers stopped a van with Polish registration. 

Kosovo’s Kurti Faces Serb Policy Reality Check

The likely leader of Kosovo's next government has made pledges on Serbia and the Kosovo Serbs that he may find hard to keep, experts say.

Serbia becomes tourist paradise for Turks

Serbia attracts millions of tourists every year despite being beset by political and economic difficulties due to its turbulent past of the 90s.

Croatia Faces ‘Long-Term Stagnation’ of Demographic Decline

This is the latest in a series of articles about the demographic crisis facing Central and Southeast Europe.

See also: Bye-Bye, Balkans: A Region in Critical Demographic Decline

According to Bosnjak, emigration from the country peaked last year and an increased number of births in 2018 heralded some really good news.

Serbia Vows to Adopt New NATO Plan Soon

The head of the Serbian delegation to the NATO assembly, Dragan Sormaz, has denied reports that adoption of a new Individual Partnership Action Plan, IPAP, with the Atlantic alliance has been delayed due to a lack of political will - and said the new plan involves cooperation at a higher level.

Protesters Rally in New York for Balkan War Rape Victims

Several dozen people joined the protest entitled 'Rally for Her Justice', organised by the Albanian American Woman's Organisation with backing from US Bosnian and Croat groups, on Tuesday near the Serbian consulate in New York.

The organisers said they were calling on the Serbian authorities "to punish and prosecute the war criminals that may still be living in their country".

Serbia’s Attitude to Kosovo ‘is Damaging Kosovo Serbs’

The Serbian authorities' negative attitude towards Kosovo "makes Kosovo Serbs be perceived as anti-state elements" inside the country, Agon Maliqi, a political analyst from Pristina, told BIRN in an interview.

Until relations between Belgrade and Pristina are normalised, this situation will continue, warned Maliqi, the editor of S-Bunker, a political analysis and opinion website.

America has influence, America has priority - the problem of Serbia and Kosovo

US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and US Special Representative for the Western Balkans, Matthew Palmer, said in a testimony before the US Senate Foreign Affairs and Subcommittee on Europe and Co-operation on Regional Security that while the negotiations are blocked, the two sides are at risk of missing the best chance.

‘Too Late’ to Halt Serbia’s Demographic Disaster

This is the latest in a series of articles about the demographic crisis facing Central and Southeast Europe.

See also: Bye-Bye, Balkans: A Region in Critical Demographic Decline

Nikitovic has been going over the demographic figures for Serbia and they make for grim reading.

For 45% of Serbs, the EU's Мost Аcceptable Foreign Policy Priority

According to a study by Belgrade's Bureau of Social Research (BIRODI), 45.5 percent of Serbian citizens consider Serbia's EU membership the most acceptable foreign policy priority, while 17.6 percent believe Serbia should be a member of The Eurasian Union. Just over one-third of those surveyed said Serbia should not be a member of either the EU, NATO, or the Eurasian Union.

Bye-Bye, Balkans: A Region in Critical Demographic Decline

This is the latest in a series of articles about the demographic crisis facing Central and Southeast Europe. See more.

But serious analysis of the region's demographic decline, depopulation and the hollowing out of the labour force is harder to find. Possibly this is because governments have neither credible answers nor the resources available to change things.

Storm over Serbia Whistleblower Arrest in State Arms Scam

A lawyer for Obradovic has appealed against the decision to keep him in custody and some Serbs, including activists involved in months of anti-government demonstrations, have begun protesting in front of the prison in Belgrade.

"There is absolutely no reason to impose custody. Not one," the lawyer, Ljubisav Radosavljevic, told BIRN.

IPU gathered 2.000 participants from 150 countries

The opening ceremony of the 141st Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) began with the intonation of the Serbian anthem at the Belgrade Sava Center. The IPU will run until October 17, gathering 2,000 participants from around 150 countries.

Can Europe Help the Balkans Keep its Young Emigrants?

A big question, however, is whether opening EU accession talks, or even eventual membership, will actually persuade young and skilled women and men to stay in the region.

The answer gets more complicated when the Western Balkan six — Albania, Bosnia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Serbia — are compared with neighbouring Croatia.

Sarajevo-Belgrade Highway to connect people: Minister

The Sarajevo-Belgrade Highway Project will not only connect countries in the region but also people, Serbia's Minister of Construction, Transportation and Infrastructure said.

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