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29 Mar 15

Violent Football Fans Wreck Montenegro-Russia Qualifier

UEFA Sanctions on Montenegro expected after thuggish fans wreak havoc at Euro 2016 match with Russia.

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27 Mar 15

Montenegro Protests Over Croatia's Adriatic Oil Probes

Montenegro has accused Croatia of jeopardizing an earlier border agreement between the two countries by allowing oil and gas exploration in the disputed border area near Prevlaka.

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27 Mar 15

Bidders Snap Up Ceausescu Trophies in Romania

Brisk sales of Ceasescu family memorabilia underline Romania’s continuing fascination with its communist dictator.

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27 Mar 15

Detained Albanian MPs Challenge Arraignment

Lawyers for two Albanian MPs, detained on charges of giving false testimonies, have condemned their arraignment on the General Prosecutor’s order as illegal.

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27 Mar 15

Gruevski: Opposition Goal ‘to Destabilize Macedonia’

Prime Minister casts doubt on the authenticity of the taped conversations and says opposition’s only goal is to seize power by fomenting a crisis.

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27 Mar 15

EU's Mogherini Tells Serbia to Hasten Reforms

Ahead of her first visit to Belgrade, the EU foreign policy chief, Frederica Mogherini, said Serbia must achieve results internally and on Kosovo before it can open EU accession talks.

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27 Mar 15

Balkan Media Freedom in ‘Sharp Decline’, Report

A new report says media freedom and integrity in Bosnia, Macedonia and Serbia have deteriorated over the past months, blaming it on the countries’ governments - and on the EU.

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27 Mar 15

Photo: Lady Justice Unveiled in Macedonia Amid Judicial Row

A gold-painted sculpture of Lady Justice adorns the new classical look of Macedonia's Justice Ministry - but the unveiling comes at a time when Macedonia's judicial system is rocked by claims of political interference.

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27 Mar 15

Croatia Promises to Slash Cost of State Bodies

Croatia's centre-left government on Thursday anounced cuts to state bodies, designed to save the budget around 130 million euro a year.

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26 Mar 15

New Tapes Show Macedonian PM Fixing Cuts

The opposition says its latest tapes show the Macedonian Prime Minister solicited millions of euros from companies as sweeteners while fixing tendering procedures.

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26 Mar 15

Albania Parliament Backs Arrest of Two MPs

Parliament voted on Thursday to approve a request from the general prosecutor’s office for the arrest of two MPs accused of making false testimonies and intimidating witnesses.

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26 Mar 15

Kosovo PM Says He Has Hotline to Belgrade

Prime Minister Isa Mustafa on Thursday said that he and the Serbian Prime Minister had agreed to discuss certain problems directly - and not rely solely on meetings in Brussels.

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26 Mar 15

Montenegro Fines 'Informer' Editor For Hate Speech

The editor of the Montenegrin edition of the newspaper Informer, Novak Uskokovic, has been found guilty of publishing racist comments about Albanians in articles about last year's controversial Serbia-Albania football match.

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26 Mar 15

Serbia Schools Minister Downplays Teachers Strike

As teachings unions threaten to up their strike action, Srdjan Verbic, Serbia’s education minister, vows that the long-running strike will not jeopardise the end of the school year.

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26 Mar 15

Croatia’s Satirical ‘Feral Tribune’ Celebrated in Print

A new book explores the history of Feral Tribune, a provocative anti-establishment magazine that investigated and satirised the authorities in Croatia for more than two decades.

Premium

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27 Mar 15

The Ghost of Greater Albania Won’t go Away

If Albanian nationalism is still disturbing the Balkans, it is because the historic errors that brought it into being have not yet been fully addressed.

Culture and Lifestyle

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‘Naked Island’ Film Revisits Yugoslav Prison Colony

Director Tiha K. Gudac’s documentary was inspired by her grandfather’s experience of being imprisoned at the notorious Communist-era Goli Otok jail camp on a Croatian island.

Business

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Croatian PM Vows to Keep Big Loss-Maker Going

Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic said the country must not let one of the biggest state-owned employers in the continental part of the country go under in spite of its losses.