Serbian newspaper censors obituary for political reasons
The debate about media suppression in Serbia was renewed when "Politika" removed part of an obituary saying its art director designed the cover of a book about censorship under Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić.
16 Mar 2018
Grassroots initiative showcases women's achievements in Croatia
How many Croatian schoolchildren could name five female scientists? Too few, but there could soon be more thanks to a crowdfunded card game featuring exceptional women from science, culture, politics and arts.
13 Mar 2018
What March 8 says about the perception of women in the Balkans
Discounted hair dryers, cheap perfumes and "women only" dinners are still the most common way to mark International Women's Day in the Balkans, and this says a lot about the status of women in the area.
8 Mar 2018
The curious case of Bosnian "Me Too"
"I can 'milk' some of 'it' into a coffee cup and freeze it for you if you want to get pregnant“ wrote a Bosnian writer and businessman to a woman blogger. Some activists reacted to the harassment but the general public sided with the perpetrator.
2 Mar 2018
Serbia drops request for expulsion of Belgian reporter
A Belgian journalist who had been denied a residence permit in Serbia was finally allowed to remain after international organizations intervened. The fact that he was initially denied a permit on political grounds did not escape notice.
28 Feb 2018
Macedonia's child abuse scandal reveals flaws in aid work
The head of a center for troubled minors resigned due to sexual abuse allegations of underage Roma girls. The scandal has uncovered serious problems with Macedonia's child protection system.
28 Feb 2018
Can the problems of a church be solved with a mobile app?
Crkva.net is social media site run by Serbian Orthodox Church. The platform, which looks similar to Facebook, is still quite small but with its new Android phone version, the Church hopes to attract more believers.
21 Feb 2018
Serbia tells women: "Give birth, don't delay"
Instead of introducing financial incentives to support new mothers, Serbia is trying to boost birth rates through stale slogans.
20 Feb 2018
Serbia and Montenegro might enter the EU by 2025
A new strategy for the Western Balkans to join the European Union might fulfill the dream of Serbian Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dačić.
19 Feb 2018
Macedonia considers changing its name
The longstanding and dogged diplomatic dispute over the name "Macedonia" between Greece and the Republic of Macedonia may finally come to an end. "New Macedonia" is one of the options on the table.
12 Feb 2018
When in doubt, lash out
5-9 Feb 2018
When in doubt, lash out
Saturday, an Italian extremist shot migrants in a racially motivated attack. Sunday, the participants of a children’s carnival in Croatia burned posters featuring same-sex couples. Even if they seem unrelated, the two incidents are part of a pattern.
Željezara Zenica, one of ex Yugoslav's steel industry giants, is bankrupt, leaving its workers without jobs or the right to retire. But, as PM of Federation of B&H Fadil Novalić told media, they can go ahead and buy the factory, if they like.
6 Feb 2018
Serbia organizes ribbon-cutting ceremony for cesspit
The local authorities of a village near Leskovac in southern Serbia organized a ceremonial opening for a school cesspit. Media didn't show up, thinking it's fake news.
5 Feb 2018
Most Macedonian professors want to emigrate
The Macedonian Institute for Strategic Studies and Education revealed in a recent study that around two-thirds of higher education teachers in Macedonia would consider moving abroad for better opportunities.
1 Feb 2018
Freedom House: Balkans are still "partly free"
The Balkan countries suffer from corruption, weak institutions and a lack of media freedom, according to a recent report from a U.S. watchdog group.
29 Jan 2018
Sexist toy promotes misogyny in Croatia
A paddle promoted as a gift toy -- with instructions to use it for disciplining women -- is stirring up controversy in Croatia, causing one chain store to take it off the shelf.
25 Jan 2018
Bosnian coal mine bids farewell to women
In communist Yugoslavia, women were encouraged to work in coal mines with men. The few women remaining are about to retire.
23 Jan 2018
Press freedom suppressed in the Balkans
Despite calls for better protection, threats to journalists across the Western Balkans occur often, and governments in those countries are failing to address the issue.
18 Jan 2018
What a children's book can teach you about homophobia in Croatia
This Thursday, the Croatian association of “Rainbow families“ will publish a picture book for children about same-sex families. As expected, a Catholic group criticized the initiative.
16 Jan 2018
Are the Balkans the capital of fake news?
The epidemic of pseudo-news sites that has spread across the region makes it difficult even for journalists to tell facts and fakes apart. A small Macedonian town played a surprising role in the process, when it became known as “Trump’s Veles.”
9 Jan 2018