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31 May 16

Bosnia Urged to Limit Price of Medicines

Bosnia is now the only country in the Balkans without laws limiting the price of medicines - which as a consequence are far higher than in the rest of the region, experts say.

nato-discusses-in-tirana-a-growing-presence-in-the-western-balkans-05-30-2016
31 May 16

NATO Urged to Strengthen Presence in Balkans

NATO leaders in Tirana welcomed Montenegro's membership, spoke of the need to bring Macedonia closer to the alliance - and called for a robust response to an assertive Russia.

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31 May 16

Romania Red-Faced Over Olympic Doping Scandal

Minister demands investigation after 13 athletes - and one entire team -  risk losing their right to compete in the Rio Olympics having failed drug tests.

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31 May 16

Montenegro Under Pressure to Open Secret Files

Opposition parties say if their joint candidate is made inspector of the country's intelligence service, the agency will be depoliticised and sealed Communist-era files can be opened up.

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31 May 16

Balkans Warned of Challenge of Integrating Migrants

Council of Europe’s Rights Commissioner says Balkan countries face major challenge as they change from transit routes to destination countries.

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30 May 16

Serbian Parties Row Over Monument to Djindjic

Members of the Democratic Party have denounced the Serbian Prime Minister's plan to erect a monument to the former Prime Minister assassinated in 2003.

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30 May 16

Bosnian Serb Ex-Official Accused of War Crimes

The Belgrade-based Humanitarian Law Centre and a Bosnian war victims’ association filed a complaint against a former Bosnian Serb official, accusing him of responsibility for murders, looting and illegal detentions.

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30 May 16

NATO Meeting in Albania Focuses on Macedonia

At the NATO meeting in Tirana, the alliance's special rapporteur on the Balkans, Ulla Schmidt, told BIRN that the situation in Macedonia remained critical. 

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30 May 16

Romania Journalist Sued For Calling Judges 'Villains'

A Romanian journalist is being sued by the Constitutional Court for calling its judges “villains” in a column.

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30 May 16

Macedonian President Likely to Ride Out Impeachment

Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov is likely to survive the opposition initiative to impeach him for his recent conduct - as the opposition and its allies lack the necessary support in parliament.

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30 May 16

Major Chinese Business Summit Opens in Croatia

More than 50 companies from the Chinese region of Zhejiang are to meet with around 60 Croatian companies in Zagreb to 'explore new business activities'.

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27 May 16

Macedonia President Part-Withdraws Pardons

President Gjorge Ivanov on Friday said he had partially retracted his controversial pardons of 56 persons, which has sparked mass protests and worsened Macedonia's political crisis.

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27 May 16

Bosnia War Victims Slate Call to Release Karadzic

Representatives of Bosnian victims' associations have condemned reports that the Hague tribunal is considering temporarily releasing the former Bosnian Serb leader.

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27 May 16

Croatia's MOST Backs Vice-PM's Impeachment

The Bridge of the Independent Lists, MOST, said it will vote to impeach Vice-Prime Minister Tomislav Karamarko, bringing the prospect of early elections nearer.

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27 May 16

Belgrade Manifest Returns to Kalemegdan

Organizers expect 100,000 to attend festival of Serbian events and destinations.

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27 May 16

Romanian Film Festival Honours Sophia Loren

Italian film legend Sophia Loren will be the special guest at the largest international feature film festival in Cluj, Romania, to pick up the festival's Lifetime Achievement Award.

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27 May 16

Clock Ticks For Albania to Pass EU Reforms

June is the last month when Albania's squabbling parties can pass judicial reforms needed to open the way for EU accession talks - and fears are growing that the deadline will be missed.

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27 May 16

Macedonia PM Mocked For Calling Foes 'Brainwashed Sect'

Macedonia’s ruling party leader has been ridiculed on social media after accusing his critics of performing “sect-like” rituals that involved group chanting and stamping on his party logo.

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rising-debt-fails-to-deter-investors-in-serbian-bonds-05-29-2016
31 May 16

Rising Debt Fails to Deter Investors in Serbian Bonds

Foreign investors will remain interested in lending to Serbia as long as economic reforms stay on track.

balkans-warned-of-challenge-of-integrating-migrants-05-31-2016-1
31 May 16

Balkans Warned of Challenge of Integrating Migrants

Council of Europe’s Rights Commissioner says Balkan countries face major challenge as they change from transit routes to destination countries.

30 May 16

Serbian Army Inches Closer to NATO