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23 Jun 16

Croatia's Ex-PM Was Doomed From Start, Experts Say

The position of Croatia's now former Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic, a non-party candidate for the post, was highly problematic from the moment he took office.

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22 Jun 16

Balkan Countries Brace for British Vote on EU

Experts and people across the Balkans are following the upcoming referendum in the UK on the EU, weighing its likely impact on their countries’ already troubled EU accession plans.

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21 Jun 16

Report Hailing Economic Growth Questioned

A recent state agency report says Serbian businesses recorded significantly higher profits in 2015, but experts warn the figures could be misleading.

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16 Jun 16

Romania’s Economic Recovery Comes at a Cost

It is forecast to have one of the fastest-growing economies in Europe this year - but underlying weaknesses continue, and the average Romanian has yet to see real benefits.

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14 Jun 16

EULEX Mandate in Limbo as EU Snubs Kosovo Proposal

While the Kosovo parliament will vote tonight for the extension of the EU rule of law in Kosovo for two more years, its scope of work is yet to be agreed upon.

serbia-s-ties-with-eurasian-union-threats-eu-relations-06-13-2016
14 Jun 16

Serbian Trade Deal With Eurasian Union Worries Experts

Free-trade deal with Russian-dominated economic bloc offers Serbia little - and could damage Belgrade's relations with the EU, experts warn.

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10 Jun 16

Albanian Judicial Reform Veers Towards a Showdown

Albania’s ruling majority, under intense international pressure, is mulling alternatives for passing a judicial reform package, even though the opposition still objects to the current draft.

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08 Jun 16

Safety Fears Drive Balkan Tourists from Turkey

A spate of bombings by Islamic State and Kurdistan Workers’ Party is wreaking havoc with Turkey’s tourist sector, prompting holidaymakers to look elsewhere.

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08 Jun 16

Germany-Turkey Row Could Revive Refugee ‘Balkan Route’

Turkey’s row with Germany over its Armenian genocide resolution could result in more refugees being allowed by Ankara to take the ‘Balkan route’ to Europe, experts claim.

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08 Jun 16

New Splits Among Muslims in Serbia

The divided Islamic community in Serbia is at a crossroads which could lead either to further divisions or to unification.

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06 Jun 16

Croatian Govt Threatened as Ruling Coalition Withers

Croatia plunged into its biggest political crisis in decades after squabbling leaders of the two former coalition partners refused to resign from their ministerial positions as requested by the prime minister.

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01 Jun 16

Bosnia’s Elites Get the Cars They Desire

Officials in Bosnia have found a neat way to get round public procurement laws and get the exact official limos they want.

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01 Jun 16

Albanians Await Real Results From Joint Meetings

Ahead of the third joint meeting of the governments of Kosovo and Albania, people on both sides of the border want to see more than just warm words.

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31 May 16

Legija: Killer Kingpin in Serbia’s Courtroom Dramas

Milorad Ulemek, alias Legija, the former special police commander convicted of PM Zoran Djindjic’s assassination, is being resurrected as a potential star witness in high-profile cases that could boost the government’s credibility.

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31 May 16

Rising Debt Fails to Deter Investors in Serbian Bonds

Foreign investors will remain interested in lending to Serbia as long as economic reforms stay on track.