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08 Oct 13

Romanian Deputy PM Faces Vote Fraud Trial

Deputy prime minister Liviu Dragnea is to go on trial over alleged fraud during last year’s referendum to decide whether to impeach the country’s president.

 
 

Latest News from the Balkans

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18 Apr 14

Accused Serbian Tycoon Asks to Travel Abroad

At his trial in Belgrade for fraud, accused Delta Group owner Miroslav Miskovic asked to be allowed to travel abroad, as his business was suffering because he was 'sitting in Serbia'.

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18 Apr 14

Kosovo Catholics Prepare for Easter Celebration

Although only a small minority in Kosovo, the Catholic community is getting ready to participate in full in ceremonies celebrating Easter.

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17 Apr 14

PM Bribe Claim Electrifies Macedonian Election

After the Macedonian opposition on Thursday released a phone recording - on which it claims Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski can be heard discussing the illegal sale of a bank to a Serbian businessman for a bribe - the ruling party dismissed the tape, saying the voice was clearly not Gruevski's.

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17 Apr 14

Belgrade Campaigns for Kosovo Serb Politician’s Release

The Serbian government and the political party of detained Kosovo Serb leader Oliver Ivanovic, who is accused of war crimes, have launched a petition demanding his release.

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17 Apr 14

Kosovo Appoints Diplomatic Chief For Montenegro

Four years after official Pristina and Podgorica established diplomatic relations, Kosovo has finally appointed a diplomatic representative in Montenegro.

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17 Apr 14

Croatia President: All War Crimes Must Be Punished

President Ivo Josipovic said that many war crimes still remain unprosecuted, sending the wrong message to Croatian society and to future generations.

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17 Apr 14

Macedonia PM Accused of Bribery Over Bank Sale

Amid a tense election campaign in Macedonia, the main opposition party has claimed that the Prime Minister expedited the sale of bank to a shady Serbian businessman for a hefty bribe.

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17 Apr 14

Pro-Russian Separatists in Moldova Alarm Romania

After Moldova’s breakaway Transnistria region on Wednesday sought to join Russia, Romania's President repeated that Romania firmly upholds Moldova's territorial integrity.

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17 Apr 14

Bob Dylan Hate Charge against Croats Dismissed

A Paris court has dismissed a case against the US musician, which accused him of incitement to hatred over a 2012 interview in which he was quoted comparing Croats to Nazis.

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17 Apr 14

Former Yugoslav Royals Demand Montenegro Property Return

The Karadjordjevic family, descendants of Yugoslavia’s former royals, hopes that Montenegro will follow the example of Serbia and return property confiscated by the communists after WWII.

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16 Apr 14

Kosovo and Albania Mark Anniversary of 1999 Exodus

Pristina and Tirana commemorated the 15th anniversary of the Kosovo exodus when thousands of ethnic Albanians fled their homes seeking refuge from the conflict with Serbian forces.

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16 Apr 14

Jacobson Deflects Query Over Dell’s Bechtel Post

The US ambassador in Kosovo, on Twitter, sidestepped questions about the former ambassador’s employment by the company that constructed the so-called Patriotic Highway, saying former diplomats were not forbidden private sector work.

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16 Apr 14

Kosovo Serb Arrested for Post-War Murder

The EU rule-of-law mission has arrested a Serb for an alleged murder linked to violent unrest that rocked northern Kosovo in 2000 after the war with Belgrade’s forces ended.

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16 Apr 14

Serbia’s EU Progress ‘Not Dependent on Djindjic Case’

Revealing the background to PM Zoran Djindjic’s murder would help Serbia’s progress towards membership but is not a direct condition for successful negotiations, the European Commission told BIRN.

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16 Apr 14

Political Clash Mars Macedonia Election Campaign

Police said they would press charges against six people for instigating a politically-charged clash on Tuesday in Skopje amid the campaign for presidential and early general elections.

Culture and Lifestyle

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Bosnia Museum Defies Pressure to Re-open

Bosnia's National Museum and the Federation entity government are in a stand-off over whether the ancient cultural institution should re-open its doors this summer.

Business

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Austerity Threatens Serbia With Worse Recession

Slashing public sector wages will hit consumption and reduce growth, and the savings effect could be less than expected, the leading economist Vladimir Gligorov warns.