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Albania to Invest in Kosovo's Power

26 February 2008 Tirana _ Albanian Premier Sali Berisha says his government plans to be a major investor in the construction of thermal power plants in Kosovo.
EU Responds to Kosovo Independence

18 February 2008 Brussels_ Divisions among EU member states surfaced Monday ahead of a meeting at which the 27 foreign ministers were supposed to adopt a declaration concerning Kosovo independence.
Rasevic and Todovic: Foca Detention Camp Trial Completed

25 February 2008

The Trial Chamber says it will announce its verdict against Mitar Rasevic and Savo Todovic at the end of this week.






Balkan Christmas

Bosnia's Dodik Calms Secession Fears

20 February 2008 Sarajevo _ Milorad Dodik, the Premier of Republika Srpska, RS, said the smaller Bosnian entity will only seek independence if its status within the country is questioned.

His statement on Monday evening was aimed to settle growing demands from radical Bosnian Serb groups who have called on RS to follow the Kosovo example and declare independence.

Over the past couple of years, Dodik himself discussed the possibility of a independence referendum for RS.

Infuriated by Kosovo’s declaration of independence, many Bosnian Serb hard-liners have urged Dodik to keep true to his word.

Dodik told local media that his ruling Party of Independent Social Democrats, SNSD, “will call for a referendum only if RS is questioned, but that is not the case with Kosovo independence.”

The top international body in the country, the Office of the High Representative, OHR, has repeatedly warned against a change in Bosnia's borders.


“Republika Srpska does not have the right to secede from Bosnia, at the same time no one can unilaterally abolish Republika Srpska,” the High Representative and EU Special Representative Miroslav Lajcak said recently.





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Bujanovac _ Casting their differences over Kosovo aside, some 400 ethnic Albanian and Serb hunters teamed up to track down wolves that have been attacking their livestock in Serbia's south.


Petrovac _ The uber cool, soft crescendos of saxophones and soul will again while away Montenegro's long summer days, when it holds its second international jazz festival in August.


European and US interest in the Balkans isn’t simply political, with foreigners taking an increasing interest in property investment in the region.



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What was once called the tavern of the Adriatic now looks more like a bar that barely survived a brawl, but deep underneath, Albania’s favourite holiday destination hides some forgotten treasures.


Set in war-torn Sarajevo, The Cellist of Sarajevo by Canadian Steven Galloway weaves together the stories of three characters, each in their own way effected by the war.


Skopje _ A film by Macedonia's Oscar-nominated director Milco Mancevski, will be shown in cinemas in neighbouring Greece, despite touching on a contentious point in relations between the two countries.



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