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26 Apr 17

Moldova-Ukraine Border Plan Makes Transnistria Anxious

The separatist government in Transnistria has accused Moldova and Ukraine of trying to impose a blockade, after the two countries agreed to set up a joint checkpoint at the border.

mine-sale-sparks-bosnian-serb-israeli-diplomatic-row-04-25-2017
26 Apr 17

Mine Sale Sparks Bosnian Serb-Israeli Diplomatic Row

The possible sale of Bosnia's key iron-ore mine to an Israeli investor has sparked political infighting in Republika Srpska and a diplomatic row involving Bosnian Serb politicians and Israel.

belgrade-sarajevo-highway-sparks-battles-in-bosnia-04-21-2017
24 Apr 17

Belgrade-Sarajevo Highway Sparks Battles in Bosnia

The planned construction of an expressway connecting Belgrade and Sarajevo, intended to aid national reconciliation, has instead generated fights between towns in Bosnia over the route.

pressure-mounts-on-macedonia-opposition-to-end-stalemate-04-23-2017
24 Apr 17

Pressure Mounts on Macedonia Opposition to End Stalemate

The new parliamentary majority faces growing calls to deal with the forces that are stopping it from forming a government.

orthodox-church-starts-flexing-its-muscles-in-romania-04-19-2017
21 Apr 17

Orthodox Church Starts Flexing its Muscles in Romania

Organizations linked to Romania's powerful Orthodox Church are mobilizing with growing success against a liberal political agenda by catching the conservative mood sweeping the country.

erdogan-s-dubious-win-fails-to-end-turkey-s-crisis-04-20-2017
21 Apr 17

Erdogan’s Dubious Win Fails to End Turkey’s Crisis

The recent referendum in Turkey, intended to endow President Erdogan with greater powers, has failed to resolve this controversial issue and has only created new tensions.

albania-pours-dollars-into-us-lobby-firms-04-20-2017
21 Apr 17

Albania Pours Dollars Into US Lobby Firms

Parties in Albania are spending relatively huge sums of money on agents in the US – for what would appear dubious benefits.

bulgaria-stands-to-gain-from-eu-gazprom-deal-04-19-2017
19 Apr 17

Bulgaria Stands to Gain from EU-Gazprom Deal

Deal easing restrictions on gas sales between EU member states and offering better prices could be a big win for Bulgaria - though some fear the country will not make the most of the changes.

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19 Apr 17

Russian Media Paint Dark Picture of Montenegro

As the former Russian ally moves closer to joining NATO, the Moscow media have suddenly decided the country is riddled with decay, crime and corruption.

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18 Apr 17

Serbian Opposition Split Over Fresh Election

Aleksansdar Vucic’s announcement of possible snap elections has divided his opponents, with some welcoming a fresh contest and others saying a vote held in unfair conditions would be pointless.

political-strife-overshadows-easter-joy-in-balkans-04-13-2017
14 Apr 17

Political Strife Overshadows Easter Joy in Balkans

While millions of Christians prepare for Easter celebrations across the Balkans, political, economic and ethnic tensions are casting a dark shadow over the season of goodwill. 

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13 Apr 17

Bulgarians Urged to Unite to Preserve Endangered Ecosystems

Businesses and ordinary people need to work together if fragile Black Sea environments are not to be overwhelmed and degraded by mass tourism, experts warn

macedonia-crisis-chokes-relations-with-albania-04-12-2017
13 Apr 17

Macedonia’s Crisis Damages Relations With Albania

Good Macedonia-Albanian relations may fall victim to the internal power struggle in Macedonia, which has seen Tirana accused of plotting to subvert the country.

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13 Apr 17

New Shopping Malls Spring Up Across Belgrade

With the aid of foreign investment, new construction projects are starting to bloom in the Serbian capital.

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12 Apr 17

Turkey Braces for Vote on Boosting President’s Power

People in Turkey are about to vote in a crucial referendum on whether to grant President Recep Tayyip Erdogan more powers, which would transform the domestic political situation and have global consequences.