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Tuesday 31 January 2023 Dublin: 8°C

# Balkans

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2022
# Western Balkans
Tension soars as Kosovo shuts main border crossing with Serbia
The EU and the US have called on both countries to “refrain from provocations, threats, or intimidation”.
# Explainer
From candidate to Council: the long road ahead of Ukraine in the EU
Vote to make Ukraine an official candidate for the EU hailed as “defining moment” – but the journey has just begun.
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# Storms
Heavy snowfall engulfs parts of Europe with several deaths and widespread disruption
Snow in parts of Austria and southern Germany has been causing widespread issues in recent days.
# balkan ballot
Macedonians have voted to change the name of their country
The country will be called North Macedonia if the plan passes through parliament.
# bear dancing
Traumatised bears and wolves find solace at Greek sanctuary
Bear dancing — forcibly taught to the animals by making them walk on hot coals — is a practice that still survives in the Balkans.
# Balkans
Nato is worried about the situation in Macedonia
A shoot-out left 22 people dead today.
# Explainer
Serbia did not commit genocide in Croatia
The case was heard at the International Court of Justice.
# crisis
If a humanitarian disaster happened in Ireland tomorrow, how ready would we be?
Not very.
# flood relief
Ireland to send supplies including tents and blankets to flood victims in the Balkans
Over 600,000 people could be affected by the floods after the heaviest rains the region has witnessed in over a hundred years.
# flood relief
Ireland provides €50k to Balkans after worst flooding in living memory
The funding will be used solely in Bosnia and Herzegovina for vaccines and psychological support.
# Sava river
"This is Armageddon": Thousands flee Balkans floods in Bosnia's worst exodus since war
Fears are growing of dislodged landmines causing injury and animal carcasses spreading disease.
# Rainfall
More flooding expected in the Balkans as rivers reach new peaks
Some 50,000 people have been evacuated in Bosnia and Serbia, with an additional 15,000 in Croatia.
# Balkans
Belgrade braced for massive "flooding wave" as disaster death toll tops 44
The flooding disaster has claimed at least 44 lives and forced thousands of people from their homes in Serbia and neighbouring Bosnia.
# Balkans
Worst flooding in 100 years kills 30 across Bosnia and Serbia
16,000 people have been evacuated from their villages amid rising waters…
# Evacuation
Heaviest rainfall in a century leads to flooding and deaths across Balkans
Six bodies were found in one town alone, while one victim drowned after falling from the stairs.
# Serbia
Commission recommends that talks start on Serbian entry to EU
An accord to normalise relations with Kosovo is seen as the final step to beginning negotiations on Serbia becoming the 29th EU member state after Croatia joins later this year.
# Balkans
Croatia and Serbia meet for the first time since Balkans war tonight
There’s lots at stake tonight in Zagreb.
# Balkans
Dinamo v Red Star - the match that heralded war
Croatia play Serbia for the first time as independent nations in a World Cup qualifying tie tomorrow
# The Hague
Former Prime Minister of Kosovo acquitted of war crimes
The former prime minister Ramush Haradinaj had been accused of murder and torture during the Kosovo war – but has been found not guilty.
# UN
Joy in Croatia as UN war crimes tribunal overturns convictions
Tribunal overturned the convictions of two Croatian generals for murdering and expelling Serb civilians during a 1995 military blitz.
# European Union
Croatia votes in favour of joining the EU
Two-thirds of voters voted in favour of joining the EU. However turnout was much lower than expected.
# Croatia
Croatia votes on whether to join the EU
Opinion polls suggest the referendum will probably pass – but it could be close.
# Serbia
LIVE: Paddy Ashdown addresses the Oireachtas EU Affairs committee
Lord Ashdown briefs the committees on EU and Foreign Affairs on issues facing the Western Balkan region.
# Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie sued in plagiarism claim over upcoming movie
A Croatian journalist is suing the star, claiming that she took the plot of her directorial debut from his book.
# Serbia
Serbia captures last war crimes suspect Goran Hadzic
Hadzic has been on the run for eight years and is sought for atrocities stemming from the Balkan’s War in the 90s.
# EU
Croatia given green light to join EU
After almost six years of negotiations, Croatia has passed an important milestone on the road to EU membership – accession could happen as early as 2013.
# Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bosnian Serbs given ultimatum to call off referendum
Bosnian Serbs have been given a week to call off a referendum on whether to reject the jurisdiction of the federal court – with many fearing it will throw an already volatile country into further turmoil.
LIVE
UN court convicts Croatian hero General Gotovina of war crimes
Croatian war veterans and politicians denounce outcome of trial investigating atrocities perpetrated during the Balkan conflict of the early 90s.
# Kosovo
Kosovo's independence ruled 'lawful'
But not everyone’s pleased with the UN’s decision.