Djokovic wins record-extending ninth Australian Open

A tournament that had to contend with many uncertainties due to the COVID-19 pandemic, climaxed with Novak Djokovic remaining an unbreakable force as he thrashed Daniil Medvedev to claim a record-extending ninth Australian Open title. The world number one’s 7-5 6-2 6-2 triumph on Sunday under the lights at Rod Laver Arena secured his 18th […]

Left out by EU, Balkan nations turn to Russia, China for vaccine

Nearly two months after the European Union started its vaccination campaigns, four out of six countries in the Western Balkans have yet to begin. With climbing coronavirus cases and still no clear timeline on when vaccines from the COVAX mechanism and EU procurement scheme will be delivered, many countries are now looking towards China and […]

Israel-Kosovo diplomatic ties slammed by Serbia, Turkey

While Serbia criticises Israeli recognition of Kosovo’s statehood, Turkey says Kosovo’s plan to move embassy to Jerusalem violates international law. Serbia’s foreign minister has expressed dismay over Israel’s decision to recognise Kosovo, a former Serbian province whose statehood Belgrade denies, saying officials were “not happy” with the development. The reaction came a day after Israel […]

Thousands protest new Montenegro gov’t bid to change religion law

Government accused of being pro-Serb over its plans to amend religious property law opposed by Serbian Orthodox Church. Thousands have protested in Montenegro’s capital Podgorica against the new government’s efforts to change a controversial religion law that has stoked tensions over the country’s complex relationship with Serbia. Chanting “This is not Serbia” and “Treason”, the […]

Montenegro and Serbia expel each other’s ambassadors

Foreign ministry in Podgorica cites ‘long and continuous meddling in the internal affairs of Montenegro’ as reason for expulsion; Belgrade responds in kind. Montenegro and Serbia have expelled one another’s ambassadors in tit-for-tat moves, just before the planned inauguration of a new, pro-Serb government in Podgorica. The diplomatic spat began on Saturday when Montenegro declared Serbian […]

EU warns Serbia over Jerusalem embassy move

The EU has voiced “serious concern and regret” over Belgrade’s commitment to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, casting a shadow over the resumption of Serbia-Kosovo talks. President Aleksandar Vucic of Serbia and Kosovo Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti are to meet in Brussels for a second round of EU-brokered, face-to-face talks to resolve two […]

Bosniaks in Montenegro live in ‘fear, anxiety’ following election

Bosniak citizens of Montenegro say fear and anxiety pervades their communities after a series of attacks and vandalism targeted the minority population following the country’s parliamentary election, which ushered in a new majority government dominated by right-wing nationalists. The intense election campaign pitted President Milo Djukanovic’s pro-Western Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS) against the right-wing […]

Netanyahu says Serbia will move its embassy to Jerusalem

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said Serbia will move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, becoming the first European country to follow the United States in making the move. Most diplomatic missions in Israel have been in Tel Aviv as countries stayed neutral over the disputed city of Jerusalem until its status could be […]

Petition calls on Google to remove Bosnia ‘rape camp’ from search

There is not a room or spot in the Vilina Vlas hotel where women were not raped or people were not killed, according to Bakira Hasecic, president of Bosnia’s Women Victims of War (WVW) association and a rape survivor from Visegrad. It is estimated that Serb forces captured and raped at least 200 women and […]