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25 Oct 16

Montenegro PM ‘Feels Safe’ After Alleged Coup Plot

Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic said he feels safe even though the Serbian government claimed it had intelligence showing that the Montenegrin premier had been under threat from alleged coup plotters.

25 Oct 16

Bosnian Serbs Make Concession on Disputed Holiday

MPs in Bosnia’s Serb-dominated Republika Srpska entity voted to make the entity’s annual holiday a secular event, after the state Constitutional Court ruled it unlawful, saying it discriminated against non-Orthodox Christians.

25 Oct 16

Romanian Liberals Back PM for New Term

Leaders of the National Liberal Party, the second-largest party in parliament, unanimously nominated technocratic PM Dacian Ciolos for a new term, but he insisted they must support his reform ideas.

25 Oct 16

Croatia Ex-President Warns of Plan to Break Up Bosnia

Former Croatian President Stjepan Mesic warned that Bosnian Serb and Bosnian Croat leaders are cooperating over a shared aim of breaking up Bosnia and Herzegovina, which could lead to war.

25 Oct 16

Multi-Ethnic Bosnian War Memorial Faces Removal

The newly-elected mayor of the Bosnian town of Vares wants to remove a multi-ethnic monument to all victims of the 1992-95 war, saying that its construction did not follow legal requirements.

25 Oct 16

Kosovo ‘Drenica Group’ Fighters’ Convictions Upheld

The appeals court upheld the verdict convicting ten former members of the Kosovo Liberation Army, including Sylejman Selimi, of crimes against civilians during the 1998-99 conflict.

25 Oct 16

Albania Experts Query PM's Promised Pay Hikes

Some experts and analysts have taken a dim view of Prime Minister Edi Rama's promise of lavish public-sector pay rises.

25 Oct 16

Slovenia's Border Fence Alarms Migrant Experts in Croatia

Slovenia’s decision to erect a new border fence will strengthen the people smugglers and could lead to more violence, experts on the refugee crisis in Croatia fear.

25 Oct 16

Newcomers Threaten Old Albanian Parties in Macedonia

Polls in Macedonia showing growing support among ethnic Albanians for newly formed parties could deliver surprises in December's general election, observers say.

25 Oct 16

Bosnian Serb MPs to Vote on Disputed Holiday

Following a disputed referendum on the subject in the Bosnian Serb-led entity, the Republika Srpska assembly was due to meet on Tuesday to vote to make January 9 a 'secular' holiday.

25 Oct 16

Vucic: Serbia Arrests People Involved in 'Illegal Acts' in Montenegro

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic on Monday said that Serbian authorities have arrested several people who were following the Montenegrin PM and planning illegal activities in Montenegro - but insisted they had no connection to the Serbian state.

24 Oct 16

Belgrade Jews Oppose WWII Serbian Leader’s Rehabilitation

The Jewish Community of Belgrade said it would use all legal means to prevent the rehabilitation of Milan Nedic, Serbia’s WWII-era prime minister, arguing that he participated in the Holocaust.

24 Oct 16

Kosovo Hails Sharp Drop in Middle Eastern Fighters

Kosovo's Foreign Minister told a NATO seminar that it had slashed the number of people going to fight for jihadists - pledging to open up dialogue with religious communities to combat extremism.

24 Oct 16

Serbian Interior Minister ‘Knew Who Killed Journalist’

An ex-director of Serbia’s intelligence agency told the trial of the alleged killers of an opposition journalist that former interior minister Dusan Mihajlovic said the murderer was a police special forces member.

24 Oct 16

IT Expert to Resolve Macedonia Wiretap Data Standoff

Macedonia's Special Prosecution, SJO, says a foreign IT expert will help it extract the evidence it requires from the secret police headquarters - from which the SJO is barred.


25 Oct 16

US-Russian Tensions Expose Divide Inside Bulgaria

Worsening conflict between the US and Russia is adding to confusion over Bulgaria's foreign policy, and highlighting a historic divide between fans and foes of ‘Grandfather Ivan’.



Bulgaria, Romania Still Hope Canada Lifts Visas

While a Belgian region holds up the EU’s CETA deal with Canada, Romanians and Bulgarians hope to end visa requirements with Canada regardless of the outcome.