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12 Dec 14

Democrat Chief Calls Graft Arrests ‘Persecution’

Party leader’s claim - that high-profile arrests of Democrats for corruption are often politically driven - leaves experts divided.

11 Dec 14

Balkan States Face Questions on CIA Report

Officials in several Balkan states have questions to answer about their countries’ involvement with CIA detention and rendition programs in the ‘war on terror’.

05 Dec 14

Serbia’s Pipeline Dreams Go up in Smoke

Russia’s decision to abandon the South Stream pipeline project left Serbia wondering about its future energy security and economic losses.

04 Dec 14

Romania Braces for Leadership Change

While the ruling coalition has so far hung on to power, Ponta’s presidential election failure makes a change of government in the near future increasingly likely.

01 Dec 14

Serbia Braces for Tough Economic Test

A deal with the International Monetary Fund means the Serbian government must make more cutbacks – but does it have the political will to swing the axe? 

28 Nov 14

Belgrade Faces Pressure over West-Russia Balancing Act

Military cooperation between Belgrade and Moscow remains limited but experts warn Serbia’s neutral stance over West-Russia tensions following the Ukraine crisis could prove untenable.

25 Nov 14

Serbia NGOs Demand Action on Violence Against Women

With as many as 30 women killed each year by relatives or spouses, NGOs say it’s time Serbia stopped averting its gaze from violence against women and dealt with this scourge head on.

24 Nov 14

Why Serbia’s Leader Keeps on Producing Enemies

Manufacturing plots and enemies is tempting tactic for any government seeking to divert public attention from poverty and difficult policies – but it comes at a cost.

20 Nov 14

Rivals Hatch Deal to Govern Kosovo

The leader of the LDK has announced that his party will lead the next government in coalition with Hashim Thaci’s PDK.

19 Nov 14

Romania’s Net Generation Forces Change in Romania

Young, motivated urban voters - and Romanians living abroad - seem to have tipped the balance for presidential winner Klaus Iohannis.

19 Nov 14

Serbia Helpless to Arrest Dinar’s Steady Slide

The National Bank has little chance of halting the steady slide in the value of the dinar without economic growth, stronger exports and higher investment.

18 Nov 14

Fighting for Their Fair Share

Women across the Balkans face a battle to overcome discrimination and exercise their legal rights to inherit.

14 Nov 14

Seselj Homecoming Promises to Shake Up Serbia

The homecoming of the ultra-nationalist leader - who is on trial for war crimes in The Hague - will add a new element of drama to the political scene.

11 Nov 14

Borisov Faces Challenge, Ending Bulgaria’s Turmoil

The new-old Prime Minister, sworn in last Friday, was credited with stabilizing Bulgaria once in the past - but can he repeat this performance again?

11 Nov 14

Albania PM’s Homily on Kosovo Infuriates Serbia

Serbian leaders accuse Edi Rama of ‘humiliating’ their country by declaring Kosovo’s independence a ‘reality’ that they must accept.