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16 Nov 16

Bulgaria’s Pilot-Turned-President Faces Turbulence Ahead

Elected president because of his lack of involvement in Bulgaria’s murky politics, former air force chief Rumen Radev will quickly have to learn to navigate the country through turbulent times.

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04 Nov 16

Fahrudin Radoncic: Bosniak Tycoon of Limitless Ambition

Surrounded by controversies throughout his life, the former journalist-turned-tycoon has stirred up a regular firestorm with his incendiary words at Naser Kelmendi’s trial in Kosovo.

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31 Oct 16

Dusko Markovic: Keeper of Montenegro’s Secrets

Former intelligence chief Dusko Markovic could become Montenegro's new PM, in what looks like a manoeuvre to strengthen the shaken power of the current elite.

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24 Oct 16

Pavo Barisic, New Croatian Minister Dogged by his Past

New Croatian minister Pavo Barisic will have to hit the ground running and fend off the slew of accusations being made against him.

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21 Oct 16

Nikola Ivanovski: New Head of Macedonia’s Discredited Court

The newly elected chief judge of Macedonia’s Constitutional Court is unlikely to restore the image of an institution now widely seen as a tool of the political establishment.

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21 Oct 16

Dime Spasov, ‘Cute’ Macedonian Minister Turned Electoral Liability

The car accident that he tried to cover up has turned the young minister from a showcase into yet another headache for Macedonia’s ruling party.

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21 Oct 16

Bratislav Dikic: Alleged Mastermind of Montenegro's ‘Coup’

Controversial retired Serbian general Bratislav Dikic is at the centre of a mass of conflicting theories over the background - and reality - of the alleged coup attempt in Montenegro.

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19 Oct 16

Serb Party Pushes Belgrade’s Agenda in Kosovo

The main Kosovo Serb party’s boycott of parliament shows that its decisions are guided by Belgrade, while also highlighting Pristina political leaders’ inability to integrate the country’s Serb minority.

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14 Oct 16

Vladimir Rajcic, Serbian Actor Who Shook Trump

A naturalized American of Serbian origin, Vladimir Rajcic finds himself in the middle of a row about an allegedly fake interview with US presidential candidate Donald Trump.

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12 Oct 16

Romania’s Social Democrats Struggle to Reform

The Social Democratic Party remains the main political force in Romania, but its future hangs on party unity and attracting new members.

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11 Oct 16

Montenegro: Key Political Parties

Profiles of the main political players in Montenegro.

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11 Oct 16

Montenegro Elections 2016: Profile

Elections in Montenegro are scheduled for October 16, with 17 coalitions and parties fighting for positions in the 81-seat parliament.

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11 Oct 16

Bilall Kasami: Macedonia’s Anti-Establishment Party Leader

The leader of one of Macedonia’s new ethnic Albanian parties is hoping to ‘redefine’ the country to prevent any ethnic group from holding too much power.

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11 Oct 16

Milo Djukanovic: Montenegro’s Prime Minister for Life

A master of metamorphosis, who morphed from Serbian nationalist into NATO advocate, Montenegro’s veteran leader faces a tough challenge in the coming election to win a seventh term.

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11 Oct 16

Ziadin Sela: Champion of a ‘Binational Macedonia’

As leader of a new Albanian party and mayor of an ethnically-mixed town, Sela’s speeches, including calls for non-territorial federalism in Macedonia, have frequently sparked controversy.