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From TheJournal.ie Heavy snowfall engulfs parts of Europe with several deaths and widespread disruption 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.

From TheJournal.ie Macedonians have voted to change the name of their country Balkan Ballot This post contains videos

Macedonians have voted to change the name of their country

The country will be called North Macedonia if the plan passes through parliament.

From TheJournal.ie Traumatised bears and wolves find solace at Greek sanctuary 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.

From TheJournal.ie Nato is worried about the situation in Macedonia Balkans

Nato is worried about the situation in Macedonia

A shoot-out left 22 people dead today.

From TheJournal.ie Serbia did not commit genocide in Croatia Explainer

Serbia did not commit genocide in Croatia

The case was heard at the International Court of Justice.

From TheJournal.ie If a humanitarian disaster happened in Ireland tomorrow, how ready would we be? Crisis
From TheJournal.ie Ireland to send supplies including tents and blankets to flood victims in the Balkans Flood Relief This post contains images

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.

From TheJournal.ie Ireland provides €50k to Balkans after worst flooding in living memory Flood Relief This post contains images

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.

From TheJournal.ie "This is Armageddon": Thousands flee Balkans floods in Bosnia's worst exodus since war 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.

From TheJournal.ie More flooding expected in the Balkans as rivers reach new peaks 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.

From TheJournal.ie Belgrade braced for massive "flooding wave" as disaster death toll tops 44 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.

From TheJournal.ie Worst flooding in 100 years kills 30 across Bosnia and Serbia Balkans

Worst flooding in 100 years kills 30 across Bosnia and Serbia

16,000 people have been evacuated from their villages amid rising waters…

From TheJournal.ie Heaviest rainfall in a century leads to flooding and deaths across Balkans 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.

From TheJournal.ie Commission recommends that talks start on Serbian entry to EU 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.

From The42 Croatia and Serbia meet for the first time since Balkans war tonight Balkans

Croatia and Serbia meet for the first time since Balkans war tonight

There’s lots at stake tonight in Zagreb.

From The42 Dinamo v Red Star - the match that heralded war 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

From TheJournal.ie Former Prime Minister of Kosovo acquitted of war crimes 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.

From TheJournal.ie Joy in Croatia as UN war crimes tribunal overturns convictions 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.

From TheJournal.ie Croatia votes in favour of joining the EU 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.

From TheJournal.ie Croatia votes on whether to join the EU Croatia

Croatia votes on whether to join the EU

Opinion polls suggest the referendum will probably pass – but it could be close.

From TheJournal.ie LIVE: Paddy Ashdown addresses the Oireachtas EU Affairs committee Serbia This post contains videos

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 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.

From TheJournal.ie Serbia captures last war crimes suspect Goran Hadzic 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.

From TheJournal.ie Croatia given green light to join EU 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.

From TheJournal.ie Bosnian Serbs given ultimatum to call off referendum 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.

From TheJournal.ie UN court convicts Croatian hero General Gotovina of war crimes War Crimes

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.

THE UN’S INTERNATIONAL Court of Justice has ruled that Kosovo’s 2009 secession from Serbia did not violate international law. Serbia had filed a case with the ICJ in 2009, saying that Kosovo’s declaration was a “flagrant violation” of Serbia’s territorial integrity.

The court’s deliberations were being watched closely by many countries who have separatist factions seeking independent. Spain, which is home to more than one separatist movement, has not recognised Kosovo’s independent, and neither has China.

In 2008, Georgia filed a lawsuit at the ICJ against Russia, saying Russia’s incursion into South Ossetia amounted to ethnic cleansing.

The ruling may have implications for separatists around the world, and could encourage more countries to recognise Kosovo’s independence.

Kosovo’s declaration of independence was recognised by the US, Australia, Canada, and 22 EU member states. It is recognised by 69 out of 192 UN members.

Yesterday, the US pledged to support Kosovo’s independence even if the ICJ had ruled otherwise. Serbia and Russia, which is a permanent member of the UN’s Security Council, refute Kosovo’s claims. Serbia regards Kosovo as a UN-run area within its sovereign territory.

It lost control over Kosovo in 1999 after the 78-day NATO bombing campaign ended the two-year was between Serbia and Kosovar Albanians.