He was a devoted Yugoslav soldier, then a war crimes suspect on the run - now former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic awaits his final court verdict for the worst atrocities in Europe since World War II.
Twenty-one years after a massacre by Yugoslav Army soldiers in Kosovo, the trial of the alleged perpetrators is still ongoing and a Serbian court has ruled that senior commanders cannot be held legally responsible for crimes committed by their subordinates.
Recently-resigned President Hashim Thaci pleaded not guilty at the Kosovo Specialist Chambers in The Hague to allegations that he committed crimes against humanity and war crimes in Kosovo and Albania in 1998 and 1999.
The Western Balkans Director at the German Federal Foreign Office says the region will be high on the agenda during Berlin’s EU Council Presidency – but countries seeking integration must do their part.
An improvised bomb found last week strapped to a teddy bear in the Libyan capital featured a mortar shell produced last year in Serbia. Despite an arms embargo, Serbian weapons are still finding their way to the North African country.
In his first interview since being appointed chief prosecutor of the new Kosovo special court, David Schwendiman told BIRN that suspected criminals are his target, not the Kosovo Liberation Army itself.
Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic evaded capture for over a decade because international forces and the Serbian authorities were unwilling and then unable to arrest him, says British author Julian Borger.