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Balkan hoteliers hope for 'survival' as borders reopen

Jun 18, 2020 - 5:00 PM

In Greece's Halkidiki peninsula, most of the resorts lie empty. Operators are hoping travelers from neighboring Balkan countries can help lift business.

An employee wearing a visor walks at a beach bar near Paliouri on Halkidiki Peninsula, Greece, on June 20, 2020. - One of Greece's most popular tourism destinations, the Halkidiki peninsula provides hotels and apartments with around 100,000 rooms. Nearly 60 percent of business activity relies on the travel sector. Last year, some 1.5 million travellers visited the area, mainly from neighbouring Balkan countries. But for now, most of the resorts lie empty. And many operators dread an outbreak that would kill off their season for good. (Photo by Sakis MITROLIDIS / AFP)

Croatia reports 1st confirmed coronavirus case in Balkans

Feb 25, 2020 - 9:52 PM

There are fears northern Croatia could be hit by the virus as many locals go to Italy for work

FIRST IN THE BALKANS. In this file photo, Croatia's Minister of Health Vili Beros speaks during a press conference on sidelines of the Ministers of Health meeting on the coronavirus COVID-19, at the EU headquarters in Brussels on February 13, 2020. File photo by John Thys/AFP

Painful gynecology stories unleash #MeToo tide in the Balkans

Jan 02, 2019 - 9:10 PM

Croatian MP Ivana Nincevic-Lesandric's emotional account of an agonizing treatment she received after a miscarriage leads other women to speak up, too

WOMEN'S RIGHTS. Daniela Drandic is a member of the parents advocacy group RODA (Parents in Action), which launched an action to warn against painful gyaecological procedures and abusive comments from medical staff provoking a tide of #MeToo testimonies across the Balkans, Photo by Stringer/AFP

PROFILE: Who is Ratko Mladic, the 'Butcher of Bosnia'?

Nov 22, 2017 - 8:23 PM

To the families of the victims of the Bosnian War, Ratko Mladic will forever be associated with the bloody 44-month siege of Sarajevo and the 1995 massacre of 8,000 Muslims in Srebrenica

EVIL, THEN AND NOW. This combination of pictures shows (L) Ratko Mladic then Bosnian Serb General looking on in Sarajevo on on February 15, 1994 and (R) Mladic smiling as he enters the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on November 22, 2017, to hear the verdict in his genocide trial. 1994 photo by Pascal Guyot/AFP; 2017 photo by Peter Dejong/Pool/AFP

Ratko Mladic, 'Butcher of Bosnia,' found guilty of genocide

Nov 22, 2017 - 7:25 PM

(UPDATED) The court finds him guilty on 10 counts including genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the 1992-1995 war that killed 100,000 people and displaced 2.2 million

CONVICTED MASS MURDERER. Former Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic enters the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on November 22, 2017, to hear the verdict in his genocide trial. Peter Dejong/Pool/AFP

Bulgarian pilots refuse to fly MiG-29s over safety concerns

Oct 24, 2017 - 10:20 PM

Out of a fleet of 16, Bulgaria's air force currently has just seven aging MiG-29 aircraft in good flying order

Outrage at UN court's 'rewriting' of Balkans wars

Apr 01, 2016 - 10:39 PM

Seselj once a firebrand paramilitary leader had been charged with murder persecution and torture of non Serb civilians

ACQUITTED. Vojislav Seselj speaks during a press conference in Belgrade, Serbia, March 31, 2016 The UN war crimes tribunal for former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on 31 March 2016 acquitted Seselj of nine counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed between 1991 and 1993 during the Balkan wars. Photo by Koca Sulejmanovic/EPA

Greece says up to 70,000 migrants may be 'trapped' next month

Feb 28, 2016 - 8:45 AM

UPDATED The bottleneck is expected to get worse after EU members Slovenia and Croatia as well as Serbia and Macedonia impose a limit of 580 migrants entering their borders each day

epa05182244 Refugees and migrants walk to the refugee camp at the buffer zone of the Greek-FYROM border, near the border village of Idomeni, northern Greece, 26 February 2016. The Greek government will proceed with a temporary plan to limit the refugee flow from the islands for the weekend. The aim is to give the necessary time in order to develop new temporary hosting facilities for refugees and migrants in Attica and other regions of the country. EPA/NIKOS ARVANITIDIS

Balkan nations cap migrant numbers as EU warns of 'disaster'

Feb 27, 2016 - 9:33 AM

UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon voices concern over the rising wave of border restrictions in the Balkans saying they ran contrary to the international refugee convention

MIGRANT CRISIS. Some hundred of migrants from Iran and Afghanistan, returned from Slovenia, arrive at the border line between Macedonia and Greece, near Gevgelija, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, February 23, 2016. File photo by Georgi Licovski/EPA

EU and Balkans leaders hold crisis refugee summit

Oct 25, 2015 - 9:39 AM

The emergency talks come amid threats from three frontline states to close their borders if northern European Union countries stop accepting migrants

A refugee cries as he arrives at the main station in Dortmund, western Germany, on September 6, 2015. AFP PHOTO / DPA / MAJA HITIJ GERMANY OUT

30 charged with 'terrorism' over deadly Macedonia shooting

May 12, 2015 - 12:21 PM

The clashes in Kumanovo at the weekend were the worst in Macedonia for 14 years and raised fears of fresh unrest similar to the country s 2001 ethnic conflict

Macedonian police officers stand guard in front of the government building as people light candles to pay respect to police officers killed in Kumanovo during a protest in Skopje, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, May 11, 2015. Georgi Licovski/EPA

NATO, EU urge 'restraint' as Macedonia clashes leave 22 dead

May 11, 2015 - 8:18 AM

Clashes between police and an armed group leave at least 22 people dead raising concerns about presumed ethnic Albanian unrest in the Balkan region

ON GUARD. Police officers secure a street in Kumanovo, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, May 10, 2015. Valdrin Xhemaj/EPA

Balkan states have 'clear prospect' of joining EU

Jun 07, 2014 - 10:03 PM

Aspiring European Union entrants must meet key democratic benchmarks before being considered candidates to join a process which then takes many years as the nations bring their legislation in line with the bloc

Djokovic targets Grand Slam record as floods devastate his homeland

May 24, 2014 - 2:33 AM

Novak Djokovic is in a confident mood as he begins his bid to win the French Open for the first time but says he is still greatly concerned by the devastating floods back home in the Balkans

Novak Djokovic has every Grand Slam except for the French Open. Photo by EPA/Gerry Penny.

Balkan braces for fresh floods as thousands left homeless

May 19, 2014 - 9:34 PM

More than 60 000 people are evacuated while 47 are dead as dozens of towns and villages have been completely cut off

MASSIVE FLOODING. A man looks at the flooded street from the roof of a house in Pozega. Serbia is under a state of emergency due to floods from over 48 hours of rain. Photo by Dragan Karadarevic/EPA