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30 Apr 16

Serbian Opposition Rally Claims Election was Rigged

Thousands of Serbian opposition supporters demonstrated in Belgrade on Saturday, accusing the main ruling party of rigging the election and demanding resignations.

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30 Apr 16

Serbia Opposition Takes to Streets Claiming Election Fraud

The right-wing coalition uniting Dveri and the Democratic Party of Serbia will take to the streets on Saturday after the Election Commission declares they did not meet the 5-per-cent threshold needed to enter parliament.

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29 Apr 16

Kosovo MP Facilitated Land Scam, EU Mission Says

Azem Syla, an MP from the ruling party in Kosovo, facilitated an alleged land scam that cost the state 30 million Euros, chief EULEX investigator said in an interview for BIRN.

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29 Apr 16

Albania Confirms Fugitive's Arrest in Netherlands

After nine months on the run from his life jail sentence, Albanian police have confirmed at Arben Frroku is under arrest in Holland.

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29 Apr 16

MP Facing Corruption Charges Surrenders to Kosovo Police

Azem Syla, an MP from the ruling party in Kosovo, handed himself into the police at the Vermice crossing border on Friday to face corruption charges. 

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29 Apr 16

"Missing" Man's Return Causes Shock in Kosovo

The return to Kosovo of Sejdi Thaci, a man listed as a "missing person" from the 1990s war - after 17 years and in unclear circumstances - has caused consternation in his home country.

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29 Apr 16

Romanian Prosecutors Train Sights on Media Moguls

Romania’s anti-corruption drive is hitting more and more of the country's media moguls - a large number of whom are now already in jail or facing major coruption charges.

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29 Apr 16

Suicide Threat Jolts Bosnian Canton into Saving Firm

After workers at the Tuzla Kvarc company staged a dramatic suicide threat, the cantonal authorities reached a new agreement with the firm that will allow it to restart production.

montenegro-presiden-urged-to-step-down-over-pardon-scandal-04-28-2016
29 Apr 16

Montenegro President Accused of Abusing Pardons

Rights organizations have spotted a dramatic spike in the number of pardons issued by Montenegrin President Filip Vujanovic every time general elections are scheduled - and some have demanded his resignation.

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29 Apr 16

Croatia Unveils Reforms to Boost Economy

Croatian is raising the retirement age from 65 to 67, introducing rewards for public officials and a real estate tax - and adopting other reforms designed to boost growth and lure investors.

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29 Apr 16

Kumanovo Detainees Say Macedonia Police Tortured Them

Families of detainees in the 'Kumanovo case' say their menfolk have been routinely tortured in jail awaiting trial for the shootout a year ago in northern Macedonia.

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28 Apr 16

Special Prosecution Witness Death Shocks Macedonia

The unexplained death by gunshot of a Macedonian Special Prosecution witness has sparked debate about whether he was killed - or committed suicide - in relation to a criminal investigation.

serbian-authorities-quiet-on-masked-demolition-team-04-28-2016
28 Apr 16

Belgrade Officials Deny Green-Lighting Nocturnal Demolition

Belgrade city authorities deny all knowledge about 30 masked men who demolished several buildings in the proposed Belgrade Waterfront area and allegedly mistreated locals.

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28 Apr 16

Alleged Crime Boss Snubs Kosovo Police Demands

Azem Syla, a ruling party MP accused of running a crime syndicate, has snubbed police demands to submit to questioning in Kosovo, telling them he is at the seaside in Albania.

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28 Apr 16

Leftist Media Claim Croatia Slashed Their Funds

Publishers of left-wing media outlets say Croatia's Culture Minister Zlatko Hasanbegovic has deliberately cut state funds for left-wing and non-profit media outlets.

Premium

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28 Apr 16

Civil Society Must Play Role in Macedonia’s Crisis

An EU-led ‘citizens’ summit’ involving the big parties and the civil movement could revive a much-needed dialogue – whose absence has brought Macedonia to the brink of conflict.

Business

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Bosnian Serb Power Rules Dismay Investors

Businesspeople in Bosnia's Serb-dominated entity say it is not surprising that investors remain wary of the entity when even power supplies are so difficult and pricey to get.