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28 Jul 14

Serbia Shells Out for Pricey Foreign Advisors

Hiring famous international ‘advisors’ might boost Serbia’s brand image - but they do not come cheap and their use is limited if the government fails to act on their words.

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25 Jul 14

Mystery Lingers Over Grand Waterfront Plan

While officials say the mega-development will transform Belgrade, questions remain about how the project will be financed, and whether such an upscale development will benefit local people.

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25 Jul 14

Bosnia Gears up For ‘Crowded’ Elections

More candidates and parties are competing for the next general and presidential elections in Bosnia than ever before – but does quantity mean quality?

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23 Jul 14

Albania Phone Register Fuels Eavesdropping Row

Opposition MPs and activists have slated a government decision to force cell phone users to register the IMEI codes as a backdoor to eavesdropping on online communications.

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18 Jul 14

EU Shrinks Kosovo Rule-of-Law Mission

The EU’s rule-of-law mission, EULEX, is cutting personnel and reducing its role in war crimes and corruption cases, but some are not sure if Kosovo can deal with sensitive prosecutions itself.

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17 Jul 14

Vetevendosje Drives Hard Bargain in Kosovo

Hardline party says it will only back Ramush Haradinaj’s coalition if it can take charge of talks with Serbia.

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14 Jul 14

Serbia-US Flights Not Ready for Takeoff

Despite official talk of direct US flights by 2015, experts say Air Serbia has a way to go before it can obtain a license to fly to America, and some doubt whether such flights will ever be profitable.

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10 Jul 14

Srebrenica Anniversary: The Netherlands on Trial

Srebrenica victims’ families are awaiting a landmark judgement in their lawsuit against the Netherlands over accusations that Dutch peacekeepers failed to prevent their relatives’ deaths in 1995.

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09 Jul 14

Djukanovic Denies Russian Moles Active in Montenegro

Prime Minister dismisses reports that NATO rebuffed the country because Russian spies are over-active in the intelligence service.

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09 Jul 14

Croatia Eyes Oil Bonanza in the Adriatic

Dream of becoming the ‘new Norway’ are driving Croatia to explore the potential oil and gas deposits in the Adriatic – but environmentalists and tourist experts are concerned about the possible effects.

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09 Jul 14

Moldova Braces for Russian Ire Over EU Pact

The former Soviet republic’s decision to sign an EU association agreement has the potential to provoke conflict on a range of fronts with Moscow.

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09 Jul 14

Bulgaria Bank Panic Blamed on Oligarchs’ Feud

The mysterious recent run on banks may be linked to a conflict between rival businessmen, boding ill for the country’s prospects of stability, experts maintain.

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08 Jul 14

Albania Muslims Shun ISIL’s World Caliphate

Alleged plans to include Albania in a newly declared global Islamic state have obtained a cool reception among Albanian Muslim leaders.

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03 Jul 14

Kosovo Opposition Lines Up Against Thaci

Hashim Thaci’s ruling Democratic Party of Kosovo is convinced it will succeed in forming a new government, but it’s unclear how it will get the votes, with the opposition united against him.

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01 Jul 14

Albania Faces Bumpy Road to EU Accession

As Tirana struggles to satisfy membership criteria, internal dynamics in EU member states add a new burden to hopes for a smooth and speedy accession.