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13 Dec 17

Lack of Transparency Hampers Albania’s Judicial Vetting Reform

With three new institutions finally established to vet Albania’s future judges and prosecutors, judicial reform looked promising. However, observers worry a lack of transparency will erode public trust in the process. 

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11 Dec 17

Vucic Turns His Fire on Serbian Twitter Critics

Twitter is one of the few media in Serbia that the government cannot control, which may explain why it has become an obsession for Serbia’s image-conscious President.

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08 Dec 17

Threats to Journalists Expose Bulgarian Media’s Growing Ills

A series of attacks on – and threats to – independent-minded reporters highlights the perils facing investigative journalists in today’s Bulgaria. 

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07 Dec 17

Fight-Back Starts Against Balkan ‘Fake News’ Machines

It may be a long struggle against the odds, but some independent media and civic activists in the Balkans are determined to counter the tide of fake news and disinformation flooding the region. 

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05 Dec 17

Bosnian, Serbian Leaders Meet to Ease Friction

Members of Bosnia’s Presidency are due in Serbia this week for talks at a time when border issues, Kosovo and landmark war crimes verdicts have all raised the political temperature.

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29 Nov 17

Serbian Army Law Changes ‘Boost Minister’s Power’

Experts expressed concern about the Defence Ministry’s planned amendments to legislation governing the armed forces, which could give the minister more power over recruitment to the Serbian Army and weapons purchases.

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29 Nov 17

Romania Rejects US Warning on Rule of Law

Romania’s parliament has rejected a warning from the US State Department urging it to halt a controversial bill that allegedly threatens judicial independence, accusing Washington of interfering in domestic policy.

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28 Nov 17

Bosnian Croats Face Judgment on ‘Greater Croatia’ Charges

The Hague Tribunal will rule this week on an appeal from six wartime Bosnian Croat officials who were convicted of involvement in a joint criminal enterprise aimed at establishing a ‘Greater Croatia’.

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24 Nov 17

Trial Shows Croatian Money Fuelled Bosnian Croats’ War

The Hague Tribunal delivers its verdict on six Bosnian Croat ex-officials next week - but the trial has already revealed how Croatia funded the self-proclaimed Herzeg-Bosnia statelet’s forces while they fought the Bosnian Army.

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21 Nov 17

Ratko Mladic: Genocidal Criminal or Innocent Protector?

During a four-year trial, the Hague Tribunal has heard powerful and strongly-contested arguments about whether Ratko Mladic is guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity or whether he simply defended Bosnia’s Serbs.

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21 Nov 17

Failed Referendum Deals Blow to Moldova Socialists

The no-show by voters in the capital in a referendum against the city’s pro-EU mayor has revealed the limits of support for the pro-Russian Socialists.

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20 Nov 17

Serbia’s IMF Arrangement Ends on High Note

Belgrade’s 1.2 billion euro Stand-By Arrangement with the IMF is slowly coming to its end on a positive note, though experts warn that some serious challenges for the economy still lie ahead.

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20 Nov 17

Turkey’s ‘Iron Lady’ Poses Challenge to Erdogan Regime

A new party led by Meral Aksener, a determined woman from a Balkan background, promises to shake up Turkey’s politics and give President Erdogan a run for his money.

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20 Nov 17

Religious and Ethnic Hate Crimes Still Rattle Bosnia

Twenty-one years after its bloody war ended, hate crimes linked to religious or ethnic tension are still unsettling the country.

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17 Nov 17

Russia Lures Turkey From NATO With Missile Deal

Turkey’s plans to buy Russian S-400 missile systems alarm its Western allies but form part of an ever-closer partnership with Russia that will have an obvious impact on the Balkans.