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23 Mar 17

Bosnia, Croatia Asked to Pay Hague Defendant’s €2.8m Debt

The Hague Tribunal asked Bosnia and Croatia to help pay the 2.8 million euro defence debt of Bosnian Croat ex-military chief Slobodan Praljak, who is currently appealing against his war crimes conviction. 

22 Mar 17

Bosnian Croat Ex-Military Chief Appeals for Acquittal

Slobodan Praljak, the former chief of the Croatian Defence Council’s Main Headquarters, appealed against his conviction for war crimes against Bosniaks in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1993 and 1994.

22 Mar 17

Tillerson Boosts Montenegro’s NATO Membership Hopes

Montenegro’s government is confident that NATO is closer to admitting it after Rex Tillerson urged US senators to approve the membership treaty without further delay.

22 Mar 17

Serbian Architects Urge Conservation of Bombed Defence HQ

Serbia’s Academy of Architecture said the government should not demolish part of the NATO-bombed Yugoslav Defence Ministry building in Belgrade because it is listed as a protected cultural monument.

22 Mar 17

Montenegro Broadcaster Names New Chief

After months of political turmoil, the country’s public broadcaster has found a new head.

22 Mar 17

EU's Hahn Urges Speedy Formation of Macedonia Govt

Macedonia's leaders must respect the outcome of the December 11 elections and facilitate the formation of a new government, visiting EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn said Tuesday following his mission in Skopje aimed at resolving the political crisis.

21 Mar 17

Bosnian Croat Ex-Defence Chief Appeals Against Conviction

Bruno Stojic, former defence minister of the unrecognised Bosnian Croat wartime statelet of Herzeg-Bosna, denied involvement in a joint criminal enterprise to create a greater Croatian state in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

21 Mar 17

Ratko Mladic Asks for Hospital Treatment in Russia

Former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic has asked for temporary release from detention in The Hague to go for treatment in Russia because of a “potentially life-threatening condition”.

21 Mar 17

Bosnian Police Officials’ War Crimes Trial Opens

Dragan Vikic, the wartime commander of interior ministry police units in Sarajevo, and Jusuf Pusina, a former Bosnian interior ministry official, went on trial over the killing of eight prisoners of war in 1992.

21 Mar 17

Balkan States Linked to Russian Money-Laundering Scheme

Media reports of an alleged global financial scheme to launder over $20 billion of suspect money from Russian banks have linked Bulgaria, Serbia and Croatia to some of the dubious transactions.

21 Mar 17

Drug Claim Sparks Outrage in Serbia Poll Campaign

Journalists came to the defence of colleague Natasa Jeremic, wife of opposition presidential candidate Vuk Jeremic, after a ruling Progressive Party official accused her of being Serbia’s major drug supplier.

21 Mar 17

Macedonian President Avoids Meeting EU Commissioner Hahn

Macedonia’s President Gjorge Ivanov will not meet visiting EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn, who is flying in for a crisis-solving mission in Skopje on Tuesday.

21 Mar 17

Nationalists Block Bulgaria’s Border Checkpoints with Turkey

The nationalist United Patriots coalition blocked key checkpoints at the Bulgarian-Turkish border to prevent what it called ‘electoral tourism’ by Bulgarian Turks loyal to Ankara ahead of Sunday’s polls.

21 Mar 17

No Decision if Kosovo Serbs will Vote in Serbian Elections

The Government of Kosovo has not decided yet if Kosovo will allow the Serbian presidential elections in its territory or not, while the opposition remains against such a process considering it illegitimate.

21 Mar 17

Kosovo, Albania Give 'Common Market' Call Thumbs Down

Kosovo's Prime Minister has dismissed calls for a Western Balkan 'common market' as a pointless diversion from the goal of EU membership - while an important union in Albania has reached the same conclusion.

21 Mar 17

EU's Hahn Makes Crisis-Solving Dash to Macedonia

EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn arrives in Skopje on Tuesday for talks with Macedonia's leaders on resolving the stalemate over the formation of a government - after former PM Gruevski appealed to supporters to stop the 'push to destroy the country'.

21 Mar 17

Montenegro Probes Controversial Saudi Arms Sales

The special prosecution for organised crime is investigating the country’s main arms exporter over suspicions that arms it sold to Saudi Arabia have ended up elsewhere.

20 Mar 17

Bosnian Croat Wartime Leader Denies Criminal Enterprise

Jadranko Prlic, the former premier of the unrecognised wartime Herzeg-Bosna statelet, appealed against his war crimes conviction, denying involvement in a joint criminal enterprise with Croatian officials.

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22 Mar 17

Bosnian Authorities Ignore US Warnings on Crime

The Bosnian authorities are dismissing or failing to take serious notice of US government reports warning that the country is vulnerable to corruption, organized crime or even terrorism.

22 Mar 17

Vanished Mural Sparks Protests in Novi Sad

Artist Guillaume Alby aka Remed says Serbia’s authorities are trying to ‘keep people blind’ after his striking mural in the city of Novi Sad was suddenly painted over.

22 Mar 17

Belgrade Tween Conquers World of Music