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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

23 Sep 14

Millions Earmarked For Kosovo Serbs 'Wasted'

Hundreds of millions of euros from the Serbian budget that is supposed to help the Serbs in Kosovo have been misspent, a new TV investigation claims.


23 Sep 14

Croatia Police Arrest Anti-Cyrillic Activists in Vukovar

Five people were arrested after war veterans tore down bilingual signs in Croatian Latin and Serbian Cyrillic script in the latest unrest over the language issue in the wartime flashpoint town.

23 Sep 14

TV Star's Spying Confession Rocks Romania

Top journalist's admission that he worked for years as a senior officer in military intelligence has startled his colleagues and raised questions about the role of the media in society.

23 Sep 14

Croatia Joins Balkan Anti-IS Coalition

Alongside the other Balkan states, Croatia has joined the US-led coalition against the Islamic State militants, although its obligations remain unclear.

23 Sep 14

NATO Aspirant Montenegro Launches Intelligence Reforms

To meet one of the key conditions for obtaining an invitation to join NATO, Montenegro plans to reform its intelligence agency to meet the Western military alliance's standards.

23 Sep 14

Anti-Fascist Victims of WWII Honoured in Zagreb

A new temporary memorial was unveiled in a park in the Croatian capital to honour thousands of people who were executed there by Zagreb’s wartime Ustasa pro-Nazi regime.

23 Sep 14

Balkan Greens Push for New Energy and Climate Targets

In a joint statement, green NGOs in the Balkans have called for the expansion of the environmental and climate component of the Energy Community Treaty and new measures to ensure that existing obligations are better enforced.

22 Sep 14

Bosnian Serbs Erect Huge Cross Above Sarajevo

The unauthorised installation of the cross on a hill above the Muslim-majority city besieged by Serb forces in wartime caused outrage, with reports that some people tried to pull it down.

22 Sep 14

Macedonia Criticises New US Ambassador

Macedonia is sending a protest note to the United States after the newly-appointed American ambassador to Skopje called Macedonians “Slavs” during a hearing at the US Senate.

22 Sep 14

Genocide Trial Archive Opens at Srebrenica Memorial

The Sense news agency, which covers war crimes trials, opened the new archive of case documents, witness testimonies and forensic evidence at the Srebrenica genocide memorial centre in Potocari.

22 Sep 14

Croatia Campaigners Urge Church Funding Cut

Secularist NGOs demonstrated for the state to give less money to the Catholic Church and terminate agreements with the Vatican guaranteeing the church an important role in social affairs.

22 Sep 14

Pope Francis Praises Albania’s Religious Tolerance

Once the world’s first atheist country, Albania is now a model of religious coexistence that the whole world should follow, Pope Francis said during his landmark visit on Sunday.

22 Sep 14

Romania Responds Coolly to Hungarian Autonomy Plan

Romania's main governing party has said it will not back a proposal by the ethnic Hungarian minority to establish an autonomous region in Transylvania.

19 Sep 14

Albanians Declare 'Republic' in Macedonia

A small crowd of ethnic Albanians gathered on Thursday in Skope to hear an ex-politician proclaim the 'Republic of Ilirida' - but few Macedonians are taking it that seriously, so far.

19 Sep 14

Bulgaria Accused of Expelling Syrian Refugees

Bulgarian border police have in the past month forced Syrian asylum seekers back to Turkey and beaten some of them, Human Rights Watch said.  


23 Sep 14

Skopje Landfill Tender Winner: No Experience, No Investment

The firm charged with modernising one of Europe’s biggest landfills has no experience in the business, has not yet invested in the site and is already offering it up as a destination for Italy’s waste mountain, BIRN has learned.

Culture and Lifestyle


Tito’s Private Books Opened to Public

The Museum of Yugoslav History will allow public access to parts of Josip Broz Tito’s private library this month, as well as showing off the paintings he collected.



Air Serbia Launches Flights to Albania

Tirana International Airport, TIA, inaugurated a new route between Tirana and Belgrade on Tuesday through Serbia’s national carrier, Air Serbia, which will operate the route three times a week.