Home Page
 
 
 

Latest News from the Balkans

ivanovic-gets-plaque-in-north-mitrovica-02-23-2018
23 Feb 18

Memorial to Slain Kosovo Serb Leader Ivanovic Unveiled

Relatives and political allies of the Kosovo Serb leader Oliver Ivanovic, assassinated outside his party office last month, gathered at the site in north Mitrovica to unveil a memorial plaque.

bulgarian-energy-minister-resigns-over-suspicious-cez-deal-02-23-2018
23 Feb 18

Bulgarian Minister Resigns over Controversial Energy Deal

Temenuzhka Petkova said she will quit her ministerial post after a small business whose owners she knows was announced as the buyer of the largest Bulgarian private energy company.

moldova-mulls-lawsuit-against-russia-over-transnistria-02-23-2018
23 Feb 18

Moldova Mulls Lawsuit Against Russia over Transnistria Troops

Chisinau is seeking an international law firm to work on a law suit against Moscow, demanding compensation for the deployment of Russian troops in the breakaway region of Transnistria.

bosnia-hopes-to-complete-war-crimes-cases-in-2023-02-23-2018
23 Feb 18

Bosnia Hopes to Complete War Crimes Cases in 2023

Bosnia’s judicial overseer, the High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council, has backed proposed changes to the national war crimes strategy to tackle delays in processing hundreds of cases and ensure they are completed within five years.

us-embassy-bomb-was-not-terrorism-montenegro-police-02-23-2018
23 Feb 18

US Embassy Attack Wasn’t Terrorism: Montenegro Police

Police said the Montenegrin man who threw a grenade into the US embassy compound in Podgorica and then blew himself up had no criminal record, and that the attack was not terrorism.

muiznieks-criticizes-serbia-for-giving-war-criminals-platform-02-22-2018
23 Feb 18

Rights Commissioner: Serbia Mustn’t Glorify War Criminals

The Council of Europe’s Human Rights Commissioner Nils Muiznieks told BIRN that it was unacceptable for Serbia and other Balkan countries to give a public platform to convicted war criminals.

romanian-govt-demands-dismissal-of-anti-graft-chief-02-22-2018
22 Feb 18

Romania Minister Seeks Anti-Graft Chief's Dismissal

Romanian Justice Minister Tudorel Toader on Thursday said he had filed a request to dismiss anti-graft prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi – whose probes have angered the ruling party. 

bosnian-war-crimes-convict-flees-to-evade-prison-02-22-2018
22 Feb 18

Bosnian War Crimes Convict Flees to Evade Prison

Miroslav Duka, a former member of the Bosnian Serb police force, did not report to prison to start his 12-year prison sentence for committing war crimes against Bosniaks and Croats in Bileca in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

kosovo-journalist-forced-to-leave-the-parliament-building-02-22-2018
22 Feb 18

Kallxo Condemns Journalist's Expulsion From Kosovo Parliament

BIRN Kosovo's Kallxo website has protested after police expelled its reporter, Taulant Osmani, from the Kosovo parliament while he was following the stalled vote on the demarcation agreement with Montenegro.

russian-foreign-minister-support-independent-course-of-serbia--02-22-2018
22 Feb 18

Serbia Thanks Russia For Support Over Kosovo

Serbian leaders heaped praise on Russia during Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov's visit to Belgrade – while Lavrov in turn said Russia would not relent in its opposition to Kosovo's independence.

kosovo-postpones-voting-of-demarcation-with-montenegro-02-22-2018
22 Feb 18

Kosovo Stalls Again on Montenegro Border Vote

Hopes that Kosovo MPs would finally take a vote on the controversial border agreement with Montenegro foundered on Thursday – following disagreements over a decision to attach other documents to the bill.

zagreb-s-naming-of-street-upon-croatian-general-postponed-02-22-2018
22 Feb 18

Zagreb Postpones Naming Street After Wartime General

Zlatko Hasanbegovic, head of Zagreb’s committee for naming streets, said that a proposal to honour 1990s general Janko Bobetko had been withdrawn, but denied any connection to a protest by rights activists.

macedonia-removes-divisive-court-statue-02-22-2018
22 Feb 18

Divisive Revolutionary's Statue Vanishes from Macedonian Capital

Macedonia has removed a divisive statue of an Ottoman-era revolutionary and assassin from the entrance to the Supreme Court in Skopje – as part of moves to distance itself from the legacy of the former government.

spoof-politician-tricks-system-ahead-of-belgrade-elections-02-22-2018
22 Feb 18

'Beli' Finds Way to Run in Serbian Capital Elections

The spoof political character 'Ljubisa Preletacevic Beli' has found an inventive way round legal difficulties to compete in the Belgrade local elections in March.

montenegro-police-work-hard-to-identify-us-embassy-attacker-02-22-2018
22 Feb 18

Montenegro Police Seek to Identify US Embassy Attacker

Montenegrin media reported that a 42-year-old war veteran from the capital Podgorica carried out Wednesday’s grenade attack on the US embassy, although police have yet to confirm this.

Premium

macedonia-may-wrap-up-name-dispute-by-march-zaev-02-23-2018
23 Feb 18

Zaev: Macedonia ‘May Wrap up Name Dispute by March’

Expressing a wish to put a speedy end to the ‘name’ dispute with Greece, possibly by spring, Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev tells BIRN that he is satisfied with his country’s general direction.

20 Feb 18

The Russian Threat in Bosnia is Real

Business

bulgarian-energy-minister-resigns-over-suspicious-cez-deal-02-23-2018

Bulgarian Minister Resigns over Controversial Energy Deal

Temenuzhka Petkova said she will quit her ministerial post after a small business whose owners she knows was announced as the buyer of the largest Bulgarian private energy company.