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28 Aug 15

Bosnia Serb Opposition Seeks PM's Dismissal

The opposition bloc in Bosnia's Serb-dominated entity, Republika Srpska, says it has new proof that the entity premier was involved in a bribery scandal and will seek her dismissal.

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28 Aug 15

Spike in Romanians, Bulgarians, Creates Heat in UK

Britain’s right-wing government faces political storm over the sharp rising in immigration from the EU and the Balkans.

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28 Aug 15

Macedonians Haggle Over New Special Prosecutor

Having failed to agree on a candidate so far, parties in Macedonia are to resume talks at the weekend on the appointment of new special prosecutor to deal with the illegal surveillance claims.

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28 Aug 15

Vienna Summit Binds Balkan States to Broad Reforms

Summit declaration obliges Balkan countries not to misuse the EU accession process against each other, calls for civil society to play a greater role - and welcomes EU pledge to help resolving outstanding bilateral disputes.

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28 Aug 15

Bosnia and Croatia Risk Trade War Over Milk Ban

After months of preparations to start dairy exports to the EU, Bosnian milk producers have run up against an unexplained ban from Croatia.

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28 Aug 15

Renaming of Bosnian Language Sparks School Boycott

Dozens of Bosniak parents will send their children to a temporary educational establishment instead of regular schools in protest at the Bosnian Serb government’s renaming of the Bosnian language as ‘Bosniak’.

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27 Aug 15

Merkel: Summit Has Shown EU's Commitment To Balkans

Austrian and German leaders hail Vienna summit as proof of the EU's commitment to the region, announce support for infrastucture projects and pledge solidarity over refugee crisis.

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27 Aug 15

Migrant Deaths Cast Pall Over Balkan Summit

Leaders attending the Balkan summit in Vienna have been shocked by news of dozens of migrants found dead in a lorry in Austria.

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27 Aug 15

Civil Activists Seek Expanded Role in Balkans' Future

Civil sector groups from six Western Balkans countres urged their political leaders to secure freedom of expression and media independence, also calling for more of a role in their countries' EU integration processes.

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27 Aug 15

Srebrenica Commander Naser Oric Charged With War Crimes

Former Bosnian Army general Naser Oric, who led Bosniak forces in battles against Serb troops in Srebrenica, was charged with war crimes against Serb prisoners in the area in 1992. 

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27 Aug 15

Balkan Summit Urged to Tackle Bilateral Disputes

Western Balkan countries must step up their efforts to resolve bilateral disputes with EU help, civil society groups on Thursday told the Western Balkans Summit in Vienna.

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27 Aug 15

Serbian War Criminal Sainovic Returns to Belgrade

The former deputy prime minister of Yugoslavia, Nikola Sainovic, convicted of war crimes in the Kosovo conflict, was released and returned home after serving two-thirds of his 18-year prison sentence.

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27 Aug 15

Serbian Minister Bans Anti-Migrant Protests

Civil rights groups have welcomed the Serbian government's decision to ban a planned right-wing rally against migrants set for Monday.

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27 Aug 15

Macedonia Scraps Lustration, Keeps Sanctions Against ‘Spies’

Macedonia plans to keep sanctioning people deemed to be former Communist secret police collaborators even after scrapping its much-criticised Lustration Law next year.

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26 Aug 15

EU Stumps up Aid for Refugees in Balkans

Ahead of the Western Balkan summit in Vienna, which will be overshadowed by the refugee crisis, the European Commision has offered another 1.5 million euro in humanitarian aid.

Culture and Lifestyle

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Bosnia Croats Keep Old Tattoo Tradition Alive

A Balkan tradition that dates backs millennia - which seemed close to dying out after World War Two - has inspired a new generation of fans, keen to keep up a connection to their ancestors.

Business

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World Bank Analysis to Guide Serbian Layoffs

A forthcoming World Bank analysis of Serbia's public sector is likely to provide a basis for the government to determine further public-sector job cuts.