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19 Sep 14

Hope Rises for Parents of Serbia's Missing Babies

As a government working group readies to publishing its long-awaited report on missing babies, thousands of parents hope to discover what happened to their lost children.

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18 Sep 14

EU Enlargement Pause Leaves Balkans in Limbo

The announced pause in the European Union enlargement process has obvious consequences for the Balkan region, where several countries are anxiously knocking at the door.

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17 Sep 14

Romanian Election Raises Kosovo’s Hope of Recognition

If Victor Ponta wins the presidential poll in Romania, Kosovo will be waiting to see if he acts on his pledge to rethink Romania’s opposition to Kosovo’s independence.

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12 Sep 14

Court Rulings Deepen Kosovo’s Political Crisis

Two Constitutional Court decisions have worsened Kosovo’s post-elections stalemate, and there’s no end in sight.

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05 Sep 14

Ukraine Conflict Escalation Threatens Serbia’s Neutrality

Serbia’s attempts to maintain friendly relations with Russia while moving towards EU membership could come to an end if the fighting in Ukraine intensifies.

 

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03 Sep 14

Serbia Teaching Unions Raise Strike Threat Over Pay Cuts

Serbian Education unions are threatening strikes if they are not exempted from planned public sector pay cuts - but few expect them to force the government’s hand.

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02 Sep 14

Macedonians Still Split Over Ohrid Deal’s Success

Thirteen years after the Ohrid Accord ended the fighting between Macedonians and ethnic Albanians, they remain far apart on whether it has worked or not.

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28 Aug 14

Balkans’ Democratic Decline Leaves Europe Unperturbed

Growing authoritarianism in some Western Balkan countries is not likely to feature high on the agenda of this week’s Berlin summit.

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27 Aug 14

Court Rulings Leave Kosovo in Political Deadlock

The Constitutional Court ruling on the speaker'e election has failed to resolve the political deadlock that has left Kosovo without a government for nearly three months.

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22 Aug 14

Ponta Defies Recession to Woo Romanian Voters

With an eye on winning November’s presidential elections, Prime Minister Victor Ponta is in a give-away mood – although Romania has slid back into recession in the meantime.

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14 Aug 14

Suspicion Lingers Over Albania Bank Theft

Former bank employees have told BIRN that they question the official claim that the recently discovered Central Bank theft was the work of one rogue employee.  

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13 Aug 14

Serbia’s Flood Relief Program Worries Experts

As millions of euros pour into Serbia to help flood relief, experts say the public must keep an eye on the potential misuse of such large sums.

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08 Aug 14

Bosnia’s Flood Bill Will Fall Mainly on Citizens

It is only now sinking in that most of the foreign money pledged for post-flood reconstruction is coming in the form of loans - which Bosnia will have to repay.

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06 Aug 14

Albania Bank Chief Faces Public Anger Over Theft

Pressure is growing on Albania’s bank chief, Ardian Fullani, to quit following a record heist – but, for now, politicians are looking the other way.

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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.