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Tamara Gocmanac

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4 October 2013

New Romanian Law Takes Aim at Bucharest's 65,000 Stray Dogs

A deadly dog attack on a four-year-old boy last month spurred Romanian legislators to pass a law legalizing euthanasia after stray animals spend 14 days in public shelter.

20 September 2013

Floods in Romania Take Nine Lives, Thousands Evacuated

Torrential downpours caused the water level to rise rapidly on September 12th. Among those who died was an eight-year-old girl swept away from her father's arms.

16 September 2013

EU Prepared to Impose Sanctions on New Member State Croatia

"I think we just broke the speed record in having sanctions introduced," one Twitter user observed.

Hungary's Justice System Slow in Fighting Racial Crime

After 5 years a Budapest court sentenced four men to life in prison for the murders of several Hungarian Roma. Hungarian government under pressure to prevent and fight racially motivated...

15 September 2013

Croats in Vukovar Protest Use of Serbian Cyrillic on Government Buildings

A part of the ethnically Croat population of Vukovar has staged violent protests this week in Vukovar due to the posting of signs in Serbian Cyrillic on state buildings.

4 September 2013

Croatia's EU Membership Off to Rocky Start Over Extradition Law

Croatia agrees to fully apply EU extradition law after Brussels raises possibility of sanctions against the new EU member state.

Belgrade Philharmonic's Quirky Director is Serbia's New Minister of Culture

Pianist and conductor Ivan Tasovac's vibrant personality and sharp wit have made him popular in Serbia and on Twitter.

29 August 2013

Serbian National Parachuter Ejected from Team for Disgruntled Facebook Comments

Aleksandar Cvetković described on his Facebook how the Serbian parachuting team traveled to Russia to participate in the European championships only to find that Serbian officials hadn't paid for anything.

17 August 2013

Romania to Open Communist Leader Ceausescu's Execution Site to Tourists

Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife were killed by firing squad on Christmas Day in 1989 on a former military base.

16 August 2013

Accused Nazi Concentration Camp Leader Dies Before Trial in Hungary

László Csizsik-Csatáry was the head of an internment camp for Jews in the city of Kosice, where he allegedly beat inmates with his bare hands.

8 August 2013

PHOTOS: Rediscovering Slovenia, Treasured Vacation Spot of the Balkans

From its beautiful lakes and green Mediterranean coast to its health resorts and natural spas, more and more tourists are flocking to Slovenia.

26 July 2013

Anti-Gay Protesters Violently Disrupt Montenegro's First Pride Parade

About 500 people along the parade route tried to stop the historic event, according to police.

13 July 2013

Tragedy Ignites Online Friendship Between Romanians and Montenegrins

In one of the most tragic road accidents ever seen in Montenegro, 18 Romanian nationals lost their lives and 29 were injured on June 23, 2013 when a Romanian bus...

9 July 2013

Bosnian Lawmakers Fail to Meet ‘Babylution’ Protest Demands

Bosnia-Herzegovina's parliament has missed the July 1 deadline set by angry protesters demanding members fix a lapse in the country's law that is preventing newborns from being given an identity...

1 July 2013

Croatia Joins European Union Amid Cheers, Skepticism, Apathy

After nine years of waiting, Croatia has joined the European Union as its 28th member state. But response to the Balkan state's entry on July 1, 2013 appeared to be...

28 June 2013

PHOTOS: Budapest's Unique Brand of Urban Art

The capital city of Hungary, already famous for its history, art and architecture, seems to be breeding its own brand of urban art these days. Photos and commentary under hashtags...

20 June 2013

Thousands Are Joining Bosnia's ‘Babylution’

The death of a baby girl has people in Bosnia-Herzegovina crossing the country's deep ethnic divides by the thousands to protest together against the government's failure to remedy a lapse...

25 May 2013

“When a Burglar Enters Your Home”: Debating Serbia's Self-Defense Law

Saško Bogeski killed a burglar in his home in Belgrade on Tuesday and was immediately arrested. The authorities believe this to be the case of excessive self-defense. Serbian netizens have...

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