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27 Feb 15

Fugitive Bosnian Serb General’s Case in Limbo

Former Bosnian Serb general Novak Djukic fled to Serbia last year after being convicted of wartime crimes in Tuzla, but there is no indication when or if Belgrade will jail him.

27 Feb 15

Croatia's New President Faces Questions on Bosnia Visit

After selecting neighbouring Bosnia for her first official visit as the new President of Croatia, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic will face questions over her sometimes controversial views on the country's internal arrangments.

27 Feb 15

Number of Alchoholics Causes Concern in Montenegro

Health ministry data suggest about 5 per cent of the population of Montenegro have a problem with the strong stuff - far more than was suggested in a WHO report three years ago.

27 Feb 15

Commission Tightens Economic Monitoring of Croatia

Alarmed by macroeconomic imbalances in the Croatian economy, the European Commission is to place Croatia under strict economic monitoring.

26 Feb 15

Mario Blejer to Advise Albania's Central Bank

The renowned Argentinean economist is to become an adviser to the new governor of Albania’s Central Bank, Gent Sejko, the Prime Minister has announced.

26 Feb 15

DNA May Help Bosnia Solve Lawyer's Mystery Killing

DNA traces found at the crime scene may lead Bosnian police to the killer of Jasmina Koricic - who perished from a bomb planted in front of her office in the western town of Bihac.

26 Feb 15

Kosovo Serb Politician Ivanovic’s Custody Extended

Oliver Ivanovic, who is on trial for war crimes and ordering the killings of Kosovo Albanians, has been remanded for another two months despite a new plea from the Serbian president.

26 Feb 15

Bosnia Judge Arrested Over Bribery Allegations

A State Court judge has been arrested on suspicion of taking a bribe in a case against a former police official who was on trial for corruption.

26 Feb 15

Balkans Told to Curb Flow of Asylum Seekers

After the European Commission revealed that the number of false asylum seekers from the Balkans rose by 40 per cent last year, Brussels has called for more decisive action to curb the numbers heading westwards.

26 Feb 15

Talks on New Govt for Bosnia Federation Fail

The larger of Bosnia's two entities remains without a new government after the parties failed to agree on the distribution of ministerial seats.

26 Feb 15

Romania Offers Pro-EU Moldovans Helping Hand

On visit to Moldova, President Klaus Iohannis said Romania would do its best to help both Moldova and Ukraine on their path to European integration.

26 Feb 15

Romania Ex-Minister Returns to Jail

Former tourism minister Elena Udrea has been arrested again, this time on charges of abuse of office.

26 Feb 15

Croatia Plans to Raise Billion Euro From Bonds

The Croatian government is to raise around one billion euro from a fresh issue of state bonds, having unveiled the plan back in December.

26 Feb 15

War-Battered Bosnian Mosque to be Rebuilt

The 16th century Emperor’s Mosque in the town of Foca, which was badly damaged by Bosnian Serb forces during the war in 1992, is to be reconstructed.

25 Feb 15

Opposition: Journalists Tapped En Masse in Macedonia

Opposition leader Zoran Zaev says he has evidence that more than a hundred journalists were under surveillance: PM responds with fresh claims that coup was on the cards.

Culture and Lifestyle


FEST to Champion Serbian Movies

The country’s most popular film festival, FEST, will put more emphasis on domestic productions this year as well as showing the best new movies from around the world.



Uber Arrives to Mixed Fanfare in Romania

The US mobile-app-based transportation network Uber has launched its first ridesharing service in Romania - but while many potential users are delighted, taxi drivers are less happy.