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Maja Zuvela

Public anger as air pollution in Western Balkan cities worsens

04 Dec 2018

SARAJEVO When winter arrives in the Western Balkans, it is not unusual for dense smog to envelop its cities, making it hard to breathe and impairing visibility. But this year, pollution levels are among the highest in the world and public anger is on the rise.

Serbia plans to halt dam boom in protected areas

27 Nov 2018

SARAJEVO Serbia has drafted a new law to ban the construction of small hydro power plants in protected areas, bowing to pressure from environmentalists aiming to preserve a network of waterways that see the Balkans dubbed the "blue heart" of Europe.

Bosnia's new presidency sworn in, rivalry looms

20 Nov 2018

SARAJEVO A pro-Russian Serb nationalist who wants the Bosnian army dismantled and pro-NATO Croat and Bosniak supporters of a multi-ethnic Bosnia were sworn in on Tuesday as new members of the state presidency, with rivalry looming among them.

Bosnian musicians keep Sephardic Jews' dwindling language alive

05 Nov 2018

SARAJEVO Sephardic Jews in Bosnia have kept their language alive ever since they were expelled from Spain in the late 15th century and found a home in Sarajevo, but today it is spoken by only a handful of the city's ageing Jews.

Depleted Western Balkan rivers hit power generation, up prices

01 Nov 2018

BELGRADE A protracted drought and higher than average September-October temperatures have lowered water levels across the Western Balkans, hitting hydropower output and driving up power prices.

Nationalists win in Bosnia, including Serb who opposes 'impossible state'

08 Oct 2018

SARAJEVO A Serb nationalist who opposes Bosnia as a state won a share of its tripartite presidency, election results showed on Monday, as Serb, Croat and Muslim ethnic parties dominated their regions in voting likely to slow the country's march toward EU integration.

Nationalist Serb, Bosniak leaders win Bosnia's presidential vote

08 Oct 2018

SARAJEVO Bosnian Serb nationalist leader Milorad Dodik and Sefik Dzaferovic, the candidate of the largest Muslim Bosniak party, have won the Serb and Bosniak seats in Bosnia's triumverate presidency, the election commission said early Monday.

Nationalist Serb, Bosniak leaders claim victory in Bosnia's vote

07 Oct 2018

SARAJEVO Bosnian Serb nationalist leader Milorad Dodik proclaimed victory in Bosnia's presidential election on Sunday, as did the candidate of the largest Muslim Bosniak party.

Protests overshadow party rallies ahead of Bosnia vote

05 Oct 2018

SARAJEVO/BANJA LUKA Protests organised in Bosnia's two largest cities on Friday by a pair of fathers demanding the truth about the alleged murders of their sons overshadowed rallies for Sunday's general election.

Kayakers join protests to save Balkan rivers from 'dam tsunami'

02 Oct 2018

SARAJEVO/BANJA LUKA Kayakers from across Europe took to Bosnia's Vrbas river on Monday to protest against a boom in dam construction across the western Balkans that campaigners say threaten to cause irreparable environmental damage.

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