Widespread reports of voter intimidation have emerged in Kosovo, where local elections on Sunday have been closely watched as a barometer of ethnic sentiment in the divided country.
The Catalan referendum has been closely followed in the successor states of the former Yugoslavia. Separatist movements are still active here – and their voices are growing louder.
Turkey's President Recep Erdogan is on his way to Serbia – along with a phalanx of welcomed investors. It is more than an economic visit: Ankara is looking for political inroads to the EU's backyard.
Serbia has withdrawn diplomats from neighboring Macedonia – apparently for reasons of security. Observers suspect a political game involving Kosovo, NATO and the retention of power.
Critics have hailed the decision to remove a barricade separating the town's Kosovar Albanian and ethnic Serb populations. The move comes after heightened tension between Belgrade and Pristina.
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