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06 May 16

Frenchwoman Runs for Mayor in Bucharest District

A French engineer who has taken Romanian citizenship is running for the mayor’s position in the richest district of the capital Bucharest, promising better management of public services.

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06 May 16

Croatia’s Ruling Coalition Experiment Turns Dysfunctional

The Croatian government, a diverse coalition with a non-party technocrat prime minister, is struggling to function properly, with parties tussling for power and threatening early elections.

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06 May 16

Serbian Opposition Maintains Pressure over Election Flaws

Four Serbian opposition coalitions are continuing to demand that the authorities investigate all alleged irregularities at the recent parliamentary polls and plan to ask for an overhaul of election law.

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05 May 16

Kosovo Citizens 'Reluctant to Cooperate with Police'

People in Kosovo have little trust in the police and are reluctant to cooperate with them, suggests a new survey by the Kosovar Centre for Security Studies.

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05 May 16

Clashes at Anti-Roma Rally in Radnevo, Bulgaria

Several policemen and protesters have been injured during clashes at an anti-Roma rally in the southern town of Radnevo that was held after an alleged assault by Roma men on ethnic Bulgarians.

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05 May 16

BIRN’s Kosovo War Crimes Film Debuts in Belgrade

BIRN’s film The Unidentified, investigating the commanders responsible for some of the most brutal attacks of the Kosovo war, will screen at the upcoming BELDOCS international documentary festival.

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05 May 16

Germany Appoints Special Envoy for Macedonia Crisis

Germany has appointed an experienced diplomat, its current ambassador to Vienna, Johannes Haindl, as its new special envoy for the Macedonian political crisis.

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05 May 16

Serbian Right-Wingers Win Seats in Poll Re-Run

After re-run polls in several constituencies, the right-wing coalition of the Democratic Party of Serbia and Dveri has passed the threshold to win seats in parliament, after previously falling one vote short.

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05 May 16

US, EU Warn Albania Against Judicial Reform Delay

In strongly-worded remarks, the US and EU ambassadors to Tirana said constitutional changes to reform Albania's flawed justice system must be adopted quickly and a failure to act would have consequences.

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05 May 16

Tycoon Accused of Plundering Bulgaria’s CCB Bank

A report on the bankruptcy of Bulgaria's Corporate Commercial Bank accused its former owner Tsvetan Vasilev of acquiring over 1.2 billion euros of the bank’s assets through firms connected to him.

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05 May 16

Romania Probes Alleged Hospital Disinfectant Scam

A criminal investigation is being conducted into allegedly substandard disinfectants used in public hospitals after journalists reported that some products were too weak to be effective.

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05 May 16

Canadian Tycoon Sells Montenegrin Superyacht Marina

In an unexpected move, Canadian billionaire Peter Munk is selling his stake in the Porto Montenegro resort to the state investment fund of Dubai.

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05 May 16

President Provokes Protests in Macedonian Prisons

Prisoners across Macedonia are launching protests to demand sentence reductions amid anger sparked by President Gjorge Ivanov’s decision to halt criminal investigations against top politicians.

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04 May 16

Thousands Mark Tito’s Death Anniversary in Serbia

Thirty-six years after Yugoslav President Josip Broz Tito died, several thousand of his admirers paid tribute to him in Belgrade and remembered what they believe were better times.

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04 May 16

Balkan Governments Urged to Boost Business Cooperation

Governments from the Balkans need to improve their cooperation if they want to increase foreign investments, said participants at the Sarajevo Business Forum.

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04 May 16

EU Visa Liberalisation Recommended for Kosovo

The European Commission said that visa requirements should be eased but Kosovo must step up its fight against organised crime and corruption and ratify a controversial border deal with Montenegro.

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04 May 16

Switzerland Mulls KLA Ex-Guerrillas’ Extradition to Serbia

The decision whether to extradite two Kosovo Albanians accused of war crimes who were arrested in Switzerland on Serbian arrest warrants could take more than a month, Swiss authorities said.

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04 May 16

Albania Jails Nine Jihadi Recruiters

Nine Albanians were convicted of inciting terrorism and recruiting people to fight in Syria and sentenced to a total of 126 years in prison.

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06 May 16

Surrounded by Rising Waters, Villagers Protest “Ridiculous” Compensation

The Banja Hydro-Power plant is almost finished, but some villagers forced to abandon their homes in the project’s wake lament unfair treatment and meager compensation for their property.

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06 May 16

Croatia’s Ruling Coalition Experiment Turns Dysfunctional

The Croatian government, a diverse coalition with a non-party technocrat prime minister, is struggling to function properly, with parties tussling for power and threatening early elections.

04 May 16

De Biasi Makes Albania’s Dreams Come True

03 May 16

Bosnia Moves to Push Banks to Release Reserves