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25 Oct 17

Changing CEOs will Not Fix Balkan Airlines' Troubles

Overburdened by micro-managing governments, most of the Balkan's state-owned national carriers struggle to survive in an increasingly competitive air transport industry.

ldk-is-sunday-s-winner-in-kosovo-analysts-say-10-23-2017
23 Oct 17

Kosovo’s LDK Makes Comeback in Local Polls: Analysts

Compared to June’s general elections, Sunday’s municipal elections in Kosovo showed an increase in support for the Democratic League of Kosovo and a decrease for Vetevendosje (Self-Determination).

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23 Oct 17

Croatian Top Economists Back Move to Join Euro

Two leading experts have welcomed the government’s plans to join the euro-zone, claiming the switch in currency will bring more benefits than costs.

macedonia-local-election-signals-gruevski-s-demise-10-19-2017
23 Oct 17

Macedonia Local Election Signals Gruevski's Demise

Disillusioned former supporters of VMRO DPMNE seem to have played a key role in Nikola Gruevski's catastrophic defeat on October 15, potentially terminating his career.

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20 Oct 17

‘Political War’ in Moldova Threatens Army

Moldova's military forces could be the next collateral damage from the country’s growing internal political crisis, experts warn.

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19 Oct 17

EU Mulls Lower Roaming Charges for Balkans

The European Commission is considering cutting roaming charges for the Western Balkans, following calls from EU candidate countries to abolish the fees. 

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18 Oct 17

Croatia President May Face Tough Questions in Russia

When President Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic meets Vladimir Putin in Sochi on Wednesday, she may face a grilling over past statements seen as hostile to Russia.

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17 Oct 17

Referendum Pledge Haunts Bosnian Serb Supremo

Milorad Dodik’s controversial vow to hold a referendum on the powers of Bosnia’s state courts is likely to loom large as the Bosnian Serb assembly reconvenes in a fractious mood.

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11 Oct 17

EU’s Catalan Response Leaves Serbia Feeling Aggrieved

Europe’s contrasting stances towards Catalan and Kosovo independence have added to Serbia’s increasingly aggrieved attitude to Brussels.

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05 Oct 17

Scandals Shake Confidence of Bulgaria’s Ruling Party

Corruption allegations at local level are exposing conflicts within Bulgaria's ruling GERB party – but they are unlikely to threaten its rule for now, as the country held an election only recently, in March.

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05 Oct 17

Catalonia’s Independence Push Echoes Across Balkans

The Spanish region’s bid for independence has reverberated across the Balkans, which has a history of separatism and where some regions harbour similar ambitions.

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29 Sep 17

Serbia’s Hasty Security Service Reforms Alarm Watchdogs

The government’s rushed attempt to change the rules governing Serbia’s Security and Information Agency, BIA, worry experts and opposition politicians alike.

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26 Sep 17

UN Speeches Underscore Balkans States’ Disunity

Balkan leaders’ speeches to the 72nd UN General Assembly underlined their countries’ different - and often opposing - agendas.

serbia-s-economic-slowdown-alarms-experts-09-22-2017
25 Sep 17

Serbia's Economic Slowdown Alarms Experts

Serbia’s economic growth has slowed down this year, statistics show – and independent experts dispute official claims that this is mainly due to recent bad weather. 

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19 Sep 17

Albanians Query Wisdom of Slimmed-Down Government

Edi Rama has honoured pledges to cut bureaucracy by radically trimming the size of the cabinet – but some fear the new ‘super-ministries are taking on more than they can handle.