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20 Oct 17

‘Political War’ in Moldova Threatens Army

Moldova's military forces could be the next collateral damage from the country’s growing internal political crisis, experts warn.

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19 Oct 17

EU Mulls Lower Roaming Charges for Balkans

The European Commission is considering cutting roaming charges for the Western Balkans, following calls from EU candidate countries to abolish the fees. 

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18 Oct 17

Croatia President May Face Tough Questions in Russia

When President Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic meets Vladimir Putin in Sochi on Wednesday, she may face a grilling over past statements seen as hostile to Russia.

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17 Oct 17

Referendum Pledge Haunts Bosnian Serb Supremo

Milorad Dodik’s controversial vow to hold a referendum on the powers of Bosnia’s state courts is likely to loom large as the Bosnian Serb assembly reconvenes in a fractious mood.

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11 Oct 17

EU’s Catalan Response Leaves Serbia Feeling Aggrieved

Europe’s contrasting stances towards Catalan and Kosovo independence have added to Serbia’s increasingly aggrieved attitude to Brussels.

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05 Oct 17

Scandals Shake Confidence of Bulgaria’s Ruling Party

Corruption allegations at local level are exposing conflicts within Bulgaria's ruling GERB party – but they are unlikely to threaten its rule for now, as the country held an election only recently, in March.

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05 Oct 17

Catalonia’s Independence Push Echoes Across Balkans

The Spanish region’s bid for independence has reverberated across the Balkans, which has a history of separatism and where some regions harbour similar ambitions.

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29 Sep 17

Serbia’s Hasty Security Service Reforms Alarm Watchdogs

The government’s rushed attempt to change the rules governing Serbia’s Security and Information Agency, BIA, worry experts and opposition politicians alike.

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26 Sep 17

UN Speeches Underscore Balkans States’ Disunity

Balkan leaders’ speeches to the 72nd UN General Assembly underlined their countries’ different - and often opposing - agendas.

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25 Sep 17

Serbia's Economic Slowdown Alarms Experts

Serbia’s economic growth has slowed down this year, statistics show – and independent experts dispute official claims that this is mainly due to recent bad weather. 

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19 Sep 17

Albanians Query Wisdom of Slimmed-Down Government

Edi Rama has honoured pledges to cut bureaucracy by radically trimming the size of the cabinet – but some fear the new ‘super-ministries are taking on more than they can handle.

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15 Sep 17

Discord Over Russia Widens Cracks in Eastern Europe

Experts say the Visegrad Group and Balkan countries need to put aside their growing differences on Russia – or migrants – and focus on pragmatic projects that benefit them all.

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07 Sep 17

Moldova Feels Squeezed in Russia’s Information War

Corruption and weak legislation have turned Moldova into a media battleground – in which Russia seems to have the upper hand.

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06 Sep 17

Staying Power of Kosovo’s New Government Doubted

As a disparate group of parties finally form a coalition government in Kosovo, opposition leaders and experts question its strength and durability.

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05 Sep 17

German-Turkish Feud Threatens EU Role in Balkans

If the dispute between Germany and Turkey worsens, President Erdogan will be tempted to try to undermine the EU in the Balkans, experts warn.