Serbia

  1. Episode 1

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    Video caption: Pairs of travellers race to reach the Far East, without flying and with no smartphone.

    Pairs of travellers are pitted against each other in a race to reach the Far East, without taking a single flight and with no smartphone in sight.

  2. Germany’s immigrants still waiting for the vote

    Aleksandar Miladinovic

    BBC Serbian, Frankfurt

    Many immigrants from the Balkans go back two generations here and not all of them have the vote.

    Their parents often came from the former Yugoslavia as “Gastarbeiter” (guest workers) and stayed for life. And yet often second-generation immigrants still don't have German citizenship so they were unable to take part in today's election.

    “You simply lose interest in politics," says Tanja Lekic, 26, who was born and raised in Frankfurt. "The longer you are not allowed to vote, the more you feel you are powerless to change.”

    Milkica Romic joined the local Social Democrats and thinks dual citizenship should be allowed: "It would help with integration and support voting in the future elections.”

    Dejan Kekic, who has Serbian origins, did get to vote today.

    Dejan Kekic was born in Germany and did get a vote
    Image caption: Dejan Kekic was born in Germany and did get a vote

    “I want to see more investment in schools here, a technological breakthrough, to get back to the times when ‘Made in Germany’ sign meant something,” he tells the BBC.

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    Video caption: 'World's oldest' alligator Muja celebrates 85th birthday at Belgrade Zoo

    From surviving World War Two to becoming a hit on TikTok, Belgrade Zoo star Muja has been through a lot.

  4. French enjoy first evening out in months: Latest across Europe

    Parisians enjoy an evening out for the first time in over six months
    Image caption: Parisians enjoy an evening out for the first time in over six months

    French police had to intervene in some cities last night as the curfew was extended to 21:00 and people enjoyed their first evening sitting outside cafes and restaurants. In Rennes police had to move in to disperse people and this was the scene in the centre of Bordeaux (below) as crowds of young people stayed out beyond 23:00.

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    Serbia has received the green light to start full production of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine. The Russian manufacturer has approved samples produced by Belgrade’s Torlak Institute. It will deliver the materials required for full production over the next two weeks.

    EU leaders are expected to back a plan tomorrow to allow fully vaccinated travellers to enter from outside the European Union. They’re also due to update a “safe list” of travellers coming from low-risk countries – and will have to decide whether the UK is one of them. On the subject of Britons,Spanish foreign minister Arancha González Laya has told the BBC her country will wait and see what the EU decides but “we would feel very confident to let in people who have been vaccinated”.

    Meanwhile, Spanish travellers from the mainland are to be allowed to travel to the Balearic islands such as Majorca from Sunday if they’ve had one vaccination. Until now they’ve had to present a negative PCR test.

    Good news for children completing their final year of school in Denmark. Traditional parties will be allowed to take place with family and friends, but with restrictions. Primary school children will be allowed to throw sweets and secondary school students will be allowed to invite friends when they throw their hats in the air after final exams. Big parties are banned.

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    Video caption: #MeToo Serbia: 'I thought I was the only one'

    Balkan women have been sharing their own stories of sexual assault after Serbian actress Milena Radovic went public with her allegations of abuse.

  6. Cash for jabs and Danish cinemas reopen – Latest across Europe

    A medical volunteer directs people to receive a second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the hall three of the Belgrade Fair, in Belgrade, Serbia, April 13, 2021
    Image caption: Serbia's well organised vaccination programme is expected to extend to shopping centres

    Serbia’s president, Aleksandar Vucic, has offered anyone who gets vaccinated by the end of May 3,000 dinars in cash (£22; €25) in an attempt to boost take-up fast. Serbia has bought in doses of Western vaccines as well as Chinese and Russian drugs and even though 1.5 million of Serbia's population of 7 million have had two doses, recently the numbers have been falling.

    Denmark is moving closer to normality this morning, with primary school children back full-time and gyms and sport centres open to anyone carrying a corona passport showing they’re virus free. Theatres and cinemas can admit up to 2,000 people.

    Two leading members of Slovakia’s ruling For The People party have resigned their posts in parliament after they were caught visiting a cafe in defiance of a 21:00 Covid curfew. Deputy parliament speaker Juraj Seliga and colleague Jana Zitnanska were meeting Bratislava’s regional governor, who hasn’t resigned.

    German Health Minister Jens Spahn wants to release the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine to anyone who wants it, whatever their age. He says he’ll talk to health ministers across Germany today. Although the seven-day incidence has fallen in Germany, case numbers in the past 24 hours are back up over 20,000.

    Greece’s health minister say authorities hope to vaccinate all adults with at least one dose by early July. Yesterday alone over 100,000 vaccinations were carried out in Greece.

    The pandemic has cost Air France-KLM €1.5bn in losses in the first three months of 2021, with turnover halved and passengers down by three quarters to 4.8 million. It hopes ng loss. It expects to run half of its capacity in the current quarter.