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Week In Review: Tinker, Tailor, Balkan Spy

Fresh Thinking

North Macedonian President Stevo Pendarovski cuts a very different figure from Gjorgje Ivanov, his predecessor. Ivanov was often jokingly referred to as a 'ficus', or house plant, due to his passivity. The same cannot be said of Pendarovski.

Pessimism Prevails among Serbs in Kosovo

Just over a decade since Kosovo declared independence from Serbia, less than 10 per cent of ethnic Serbs in the majority-Albanian country believe their lives will improve in the next three years, according to the results of a survey.

Minister of Defense Vulin: The situation is serious, Vucic gathers information

According to him, more information is expected by tomorrow about the alleged spy affair.
"Chief Commander is gathering information and I expect him to call and bring together all intelligence and counterintelligence chiefs, as well as the Chief of the General Staff of the Serbian Armed Forces, tomorrow," Vulin said.

Serbia Still Putting Children with Disabilities in Institutions: Report

More than three quarters of children living in state institutions in Serbia are children with disabilities, according to the latest United Nations Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty.

At 77 per cent, Serbia ranks joint third with Hungary behind Turkmenistan and China in a total of 57 countries analysed.

Nobel Defence of Handke Prize Angers Bosnian War Victims

Two Bosnian war victims' groups, the Association of Victims and Witnesses of Genocide and the Mothers of Srebrenica, held a small protest on Tuesday outside the Swedish embassy in Sarajevo to express anger about a letter from the Nobel Committee defending the award of this year's prestigious literature prize to Austrian author Peter Handke.

Serbian Activists Commemorate Vukovar Anniversary in Belgrade

Activists from the NGO Women in Black and the Humanitarian Law Centre staged an event on Monday evening in Belgrade's central Republic Square to mark the anniversary of the date when Vukovar fell after a devastating three-month siege in 1991.

SANU marks its 178th anniversary

With the decree of Prince Mihajlo on November 19, 1841, the Society of Serbian Literacy was formed at the proposal of two great men, Jovan Sterija Popovic and Atanasije Nikolic.

Serbia has a chance to open two more chapters

"Negotiating Chapter 4" - on free movement of capital, and "Negotiating Chapter 2" - on free movement of labor have the greatest chances of being opened in Serbia's pre-accession negotiations with the EU, announced Radio-Television of Serbia.

Balkan Coal Power Plants Failing Toxic Emissions Targets

Coal-fired power plants in the Balkans are failing to hit toxic emissions targets and many face imminent closure if they continue to operate at current rates, the Energy Community warned on Monday in its latest report.

Serbian Reporter Targeted after President Taken Ill

A Serbian journalist who publicly confronted President Aleksandar Vucic with allegations of government corruption has found himself the target of a storm of criticism by presidential aides, allies and pro-government media after Vucic was hospitalised with heart problems hours after their exchange.

It is in Russia's interest that Kosovo issue remains unresolved?

This was stated in an interview with Radio Free Europe by Maxim Samorukov, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Carnegie Moscow Center.
As he claims, when it comes to Russia's ambitions to engage in the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue, "Russia has an interest in not resolving the issue, thus the statements by Russian officials about reaching a final settlement can be seen as ambiguous".

How Holocaust Memory was Hijacked in Post-Communist States

The buildings are crumbling, some have turned into small businesses - there is a car mechanic shop, a bodega, a storage facility of some kind, an abandoned, overgrown and depressing-looking children's playground, and an office of the ruling political party. The shiny new Usce shopping centre glitters through the treetops.