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23 Jun 17

Romanian Top Filmmakers Fight for Reform

Hopes of comprehensive change to the film industry – deemed vital for this flourishing field - have suffered another blow after Romania’s parliament withdraw the reform legislation.

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20 Jun 17

Bosnia Ponders Terror Threat as Interpol Seeks Suspects

The number of Bosnian citizens wanted by Interpol on terrorism-related charges has risen to 13, but locals and analysts are divided about whether the country itself is in danger of attacks.

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20 Jun 17

Romania’s Political Turbulence Threatens Economic Growth

By the end of this year, Romania is set to become the largest economy in the Balkans - but experts warn that if political instability continues, it will struggle to maintain the current momentum.

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16 Jun 17

Delays in Forming Kosovo Govt Alarm Experts

Further delays in forming a new government and parliament will hurt both the European integration process and economic development, experts say.

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15 Jun 17

Top Romanian Politicians Facing Justice

Former President Ion Iliescu and former Prime Minister Petre Roman -both charged with crimes against humanity – are just the latest top politicians to be hauled before the courts in Romania.

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14 Jun 17

Romania’s Ruling Party Pushes Own Govt to Quit

In a highly unusual development, Romania’s governing Social Democratic Party is trying to oust its own government - as a feud between the party chief and the PM worsens.

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14 Jun 17

HDZ Embraces Opponents to Remain In Croatia Govt

After a month of twists and turns, the Croatian Democratic Union, HDZ, entered a coalition government with former opponents – a novelty in Croatian politics.

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13 Jun 17

Albania’s Big Parties Turn On LSI ‘Kingmakers’

Resentful of its privileged role in coalitions, Albania’s Socialists and Democrats are training their hostile fire on the LSI, hoping to restore the old two-party duopoly. 

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13 Jun 17

Modric, Lovren Testimonies Highlight Croatia Football’s Woes

Testimonies by Real Madrid and Liverpool FC stars on Tuesday at the Osijek trial of Zdravko Mamic may cast more light on the corruption scandals surrounding Croatian football.

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12 Jun 17

Russian Meddling in Balkans ‘a Matter of Supply and Demand’

The findings of a media investigation detailing the extent of Russian involvement in Macedonia’s political crisis – direct and via Belgrade and Sofia - have been supported by regional analysts but downplayed by local politicians.

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12 Jun 17

Drop in Electricity Production May Stifle Serbia's Economic Growth

The decline in electricity production in early 2017 will likely impact economic growth, according to experts who warn Serbian state energy company is in urgent need of reform.

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12 Jun 17

Romania ‘Must Confront Hungarian Nationalist Demands’

Budapest is taking an increasingly aggressive line over the rights of ethnic Hungarians living in Romania, yet Bucharest seems unwilling to tackle the issue head on.

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09 Jun 17

Political Ambition Trumps Party Rivalries in Kosovo

The Kosovo Constitutional Court’s controversial interpretation of coalitions and parliamentary groups has forced the main parties to form pre-electoral coalitions, resulting in the most improbable political marriages.

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07 Jun 17

Bulgaria Strives to Rebuild Its Weak, Underfunded Defence

Under pressure from NATO, Bulgaria’s leaders have agreed to restore the country’s defence capacities as fast as possible, but their plans – and how to fund them – have yet to be worked out. 

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07 Jun 17

Serbia Accused of ‘Political’ Public Sector Appointments

A sacked former minister’s appointment as head of the Serbian Security Agency has raised eyebrows, while concerns over alleged political cronyism in the public sector have resurfaced.