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28 Apr 17

Montenegro MPs Gather For Historic NATO Vote

Opposition and anti-NATO groups in Montenegro have announced mass protests on Friday, when parliament is due to meet in the old royal capital to ratify the membership protocol.

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28 Apr 17

Macedonia Shaken by Violence in Parliament

Police used flash grenades to drive protesters out of parliament and evacuate MPs trapped inside after lawmakers including opposition leader Zoran Zaev were assaulted inside the legislature.

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27 Apr 17

Thousands Welcome Freed Ex-PM Haradinaj in Kosovo

Celebrating crowds in central Pristina greeted former Kosovo Prime Minister and ex-guerrilla Ramush Haradinaj, after a French court refused to extradite him to Serbia to face war crimes charges.

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27 Apr 17

Violence Erupts as Protesters Storm Macedonia Parliament

At least four MPs were injured when supporters of the former ruling VMRO DPMNE party stormed the legislature after the former opposition elected a parliamentary speaker in a bid to form a government.

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27 Apr 17

Croatia PM Shakes Coalition With Triple Sacking

After Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic axes three ministers from the junior ruling party for disloyalty to a colleague, the future of his coalition government is looking cloudy.

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27 Apr 17

Bulgarian Bikers Join Putin’s ‘Wolves’ on Soviet Ride

Ten Bulgarian bikers will join Russian President Vladimir Putin’s favourite motorcycle club, the Night Wolves, on their ‘Victory Road’ trip, following the Soviet Red Army’s route to Berlin.

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27 Apr 17

Serbia Slams France’s Refusal to Extradite Hardinaj

Serbia will issue a diplomatic protest note and temporarily recall its ambassador from Paris over a French court’s decision to not to extradite former Kosovo guerrilla and ex-Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj to Belgrade.

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27 Apr 17

Moldova’s President Bars Military from NATO Exercise

Moldova’s pro-Russian President Igor Dodon, who wants the country to be militarily neutral, said that the participation of 50 troops in a NATO exercise in Romania was “inappropriate”.

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27 Apr 17

France Refuses to Extradite Kosovo Ex-PM to Serbia

A French court has rejected Serbia’s extradition request for former Kosovo Prime Minister and ex-guerrilla Ramush Haradinaj, who is wanted in Belgrade on war crimes charges.

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27 Apr 17

Plight of Bosnia's Public Broadcaster Causes Alarm

As Bosnia's state level broadcaster, BHRT, struggles to pay its bills, there are warnings that its disappearance would be a disaster for the country's divided media scene.

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27 Apr 17

‘War Threats’ Dominate Serbian Front Pages

Serbian tabloids have been publishing sensationalist reports about the possibility of war with Albania and Kosovo, but analysts said this simply allows the authorities to present themselves as guarantors of security.

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27 Apr 17

US Official Visits Macedonia As Deadlock Continues

US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Hoyt Yee will arrive in Macedonia on Monday as the political gridlock continues over the election of a new opposition-led government.

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26 Apr 17

Kosovo Special Court Forced to Revise Procedures

After Kosovo’s Constitutional Court said some of its procedural rules are not in in line with the constitution, the new specialist court to try Kosovo wartime fighters must make changes, again delaying prosecutions.

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26 Apr 17

Kosovo Official Pleads Innocent to Hate Speech

Asim Cenaj, a Kosovo municipal officer charged with inciting hate and ethnic intolerance by insulting Serbs at the council building in Decan/Decani, pleaded not guilty in court.

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26 Apr 17

‘Martial Law’ Rumour Fuels Unease in Macedonia

The new manager of an old Yugoslav military complex denied allegations that the authorities are preparing a bunker to serve as command post for declaring martial law in the country.

Premium

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28 Apr 17

Romania’s Slow Preparation for EU Presidency Alarms Experts

Experts are concerned by the slow pace of preparations in Bucharest for Romania’s EU Council presidency in 2019, when it will have to oversee thousands of high-profile events. 

Culture and Lifestyle

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Serbian Capital to Host Conspiracy Theorist David Icke

David Icke, the former BBC broadcaster best known for his belief that reptiles from outer space control the world, is visiting Serbia, a country much given to conspiracy theories.

Business

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Ivica Todoric: Croatia's Tycoon Who Wanted Too Much

Ivica Todoric, the man who transformed his flower company into one of the Balkans' biggest business empires, Agrokor, now faces the possibility of seeing the debt-ridden firm go under.