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Maja Zuvela

Bosnia's sole aluminum smelter shuts, to go for bankruptcy

Jul 10 2019

SARAJEVO Bosnian aluminum smelter Aluminij will file for bankruptcy after closing on Wednesday, putting at risk some 10,000 jobs, including contractors and those at the processing firms it supplies.

EU must embrace Balkans or lose them to Russia and China- Montenegro president

May 08 2019

SARAJEVO, May 8 The EU needs to integrate the Western Balkans quickly to safeguard its own future as well as protect the buffer region from Russian and Chinese influence, Montenegro's president Milo Djukanovic said on Wednesday.

REFILE-Environmentalists seek tougher EU curbs on Balkan coal power plants

Feb 19 2019

SARAJEVO, Feb 19 Environmentalists urged EU policy makers on Tuesday to take a tougher stance on air pollution from coal power plants in the Western Balkans, blaming the fumes for 3,900 deaths across Europe each year.

ArcelorMittal's bid to buy stake in Bosnian iron ore mine rejected

Jan 30 2019

SARAJEVO ArcelorMittal's application to bid for the Bosnian government's stake in the Ljubija iron ore mine has been rejected over procedural issues, prompting the world's largest steelmaker to warn of risks to the future of mining in the area.

Syrian children in focus at Sarajevo museum on war and childhood

Jan 27 2019

SARAJEVO Toys, house keys and diaries hang suspended from the ceiling or sit on plain white pedestals at Sarajevo's War Childhood Museum in a simple tribute to the children living in the shadow of the war in Syria.

Beset by protests, Serb leader stages lavish reception for Putin

Jan 17 2019

BELGRADE Serbia's pro-Western President Aleksandar Vucic staged a lavish welcome for Vladimir Putin on Thursday - even presenting the visiting Russian leader with a puppy - in what critics called a bid to deflect attention from weeks of anti-government protests.

Public anger as air pollution in Western Balkan cities worsens

Dec 04 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

Nov 27 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

Nov 20 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

Nov 05 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.

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