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30 Oct 14

Rule of Law Turns Unruly in Bosnia

Almost constant battles between top judicial institutions will leave Bosnia even more exposed to crime, corruption and terrorism, experts fear.

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28 Oct 14

Vucic Sells Reformist Image to London Audience

The Serbian leader’s speech to the LSE confirms that ‘the Balkan peacemaker’ wants to rebrand himself as the region’s great economic reformer.

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28 Oct 14

Romania Expects President to Turn Page in History

Romania’s next president may not change much in day-to-day politics, but whoever it is, he will at least mark a symbolic departure from the communist era.

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28 Oct 14

Macedonia Ethnic Terrorism Verdict Motives Revealed

As six ethnic Albanians appeal against their terrorism convictions for the murders of five Macedonians, BIRN can reveal the court’s reasons for their life sentences in the ethnically-charged case.

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27 Oct 14

Kosovo Mountain Village Faces Educational Identity Crisis

In the village of Restelica, home to an unusual minority language-speaking community, parents must decide whether their children’s future is better served by a Kosovo education or a Serbian one.

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27 Oct 14

Court Challenge Threatens Kosovo President’s Position

Ombudsperson’s case against judges’ reappointments to the Constitutional Court could disable the court and result in the President’s impeachment.

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24 Oct 14

UN Drafts a Plan to Help Serbia’s Further Development

Irena Vojackova-Sollorano, UN Resident Coordinator in Serbia, tells BIRN about the UN’s programme aimed at helping Serbia with its reform plans.

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23 Oct 14

Mayor’s Arrest Holds Important Lessons for Croatia

After the arrest and trial of former prime minister Ivo Sanader, the arrest of Milan Bandic shows that no one is untouchable in the fight against corruption in Croatia.

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23 Oct 14

Albanian Telecoms Deal Cost ‘$1m to Buy Off Politicians’, Claim US Businessmen

Controversial Bosnian businessman Damir Fazlic, a fixer with powerful friends in Washington DC and the Balkans, requested $1m ‘investment’ for Albania’s Democratic Party in order to secure a lucrative telecoms contract, allege his former US-based business partners.

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22 Oct 14

No Breakthrough in Sight after Bosnia’s Elections

Weak, complex coalition governments formed after long delays are unlikely to put this fractured and decaying country back on the path to recovery.

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22 Oct 14

Exploring the Mind of Radovan Karadzic

A new biography says the former Bosnian Serb leader was no madman but a calculating killer who knew exactly what he was doing.

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22 Oct 14

New Recession Tests Serbia’s Resolve on Austerity

As Serbia heads again into negative growth, the challenge is to find ways to stimulate growth and production while cutting public spending.

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22 Oct 14

Kosovars' Destructive Obsession with Serbia

For the sake of our own future, we Kosovo Albanians need to liberate ourselves from a destructive obsession with Serbia.

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21 Oct 14

Ambassador: Macedonia Tolerates Violence to ‘Shut People up’

The outgoing Dutch Ambassador to Macedonia, Marriët Schuurman, tells BIRN of her concerns about the rule of law in the country.

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20 Oct 14

Albania Power Utility Accused of Fixing Tenders

BIRN can reveal that the competition authority is probing claims that Albania’s power utility, OSHEE, colluded with two electricity traders - EFT A.G and GSA - to rig the outcome of import tenders.

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