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29 Nov 17

Serbian Army Law Changes ‘Boost Minister’s Power’

Experts expressed concern about the Defence Ministry’s planned amendments to legislation governing the armed forces, which could give the minister more power over recruitment to the Serbian Army and weapons purchases.

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29 Nov 17

Romania Rejects US Warning on Rule of Law

Romania’s parliament has rejected a warning from the US State Department urging it to halt a controversial bill that allegedly threatens judicial independence, accusing Washington of interfering in domestic policy.

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28 Nov 17

Bosnian Croats Face Judgment on ‘Greater Croatia’ Charges

The Hague Tribunal will rule this week on an appeal from six wartime Bosnian Croat officials who were convicted of involvement in a joint criminal enterprise aimed at establishing a ‘Greater Croatia’.

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24 Nov 17

Trial Shows Croatian Money Fuelled Bosnian Croats’ War

The Hague Tribunal delivers its verdict on six Bosnian Croat ex-officials next week - but the trial has already revealed how Croatia funded the self-proclaimed Herzeg-Bosnia statelet’s forces while they fought the Bosnian Army.

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21 Nov 17

Ratko Mladic: Genocidal Criminal or Innocent Protector?

During a four-year trial, the Hague Tribunal has heard powerful and strongly-contested arguments about whether Ratko Mladic is guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity or whether he simply defended Bosnia’s Serbs.

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21 Nov 17

Failed Referendum Deals Blow to Moldova Socialists

The no-show by voters in the capital in a referendum against the city’s pro-EU mayor has revealed the limits of support for the pro-Russian Socialists.

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20 Nov 17

Serbia’s IMF Arrangement Ends on High Note

Belgrade’s 1.2 billion euro Stand-By Arrangement with the IMF is slowly coming to its end on a positive note, though experts warn that some serious challenges for the economy still lie ahead.

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20 Nov 17

Turkey’s ‘Iron Lady’ Poses Challenge to Erdogan Regime

A new party led by Meral Aksener, a determined woman from a Balkan background, promises to shake up Turkey’s politics and give President Erdogan a run for his money.

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20 Nov 17

Religious and Ethnic Hate Crimes Still Rattle Bosnia

Twenty-one years after its bloody war ended, hate crimes linked to religious or ethnic tension are still unsettling the country.

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17 Nov 17

Russia Lures Turkey From NATO With Missile Deal

Turkey’s plans to buy Russian S-400 missile systems alarm its Western allies but form part of an ever-closer partnership with Russia that will have an obvious impact on the Balkans.

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17 Nov 17

Hague Tribunal and Serbs Spent €2m on Mladic Trial

Former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic’s defence team, plus his relatives’ visits to the detention unit and financial aid to him personally, have cost the Hague Tribunal, the Bosnian Serbs and Serbia over two million euros.

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17 Nov 17

Justice Hopes Fade for Victims of Devastated Vukovar

Lack of political will, inefficient prosecutors and poor cooperation between Belgrade and Zagreb means some families of people killed in and around the Croatian town of Vukovar in 1991 may never get justice.

serbia-s-border-demands-add-to-bosnia-s-headaches-11-14-2017
15 Nov 17

Serbia’s Border Demands Add to Bosnia’s Headaches

Serbian and Bosnian Serb leaders say the border issues between the two states will be solved by the end of the year, but some experts say it won’t be nearly so simple.

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15 Nov 17

Serbian Authorities ‘Obstructing’ Free Media, Journalists Say

Serbia’s independent investigative journalists share their experiences of the routine intimidation people in the media face in their work.

kosovo-with-the-largest-govt-of-its-post-war-history-yet-not-efficient-11-09-2017
13 Nov 17

Kosovo's Huge New Govt Scorned as 'Chaotic'

With over 50 deputy ministers already and more, apparently, to come, Ramush Haradinaj's government is the largest in Kosovo’s post-war history, which analysts say will greatly complicate its work.