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02 Dec 16

Hungarian Snub to Romania Holiday Revives Tension

A Hungarian ministerial decision that the country's diplomats should ignore Romania’s National Day celebrations on December 1 - because they mark Hungary's loss of Transylvania - has breathed new life into an old dispute.

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02 Dec 16

Bosniaks in Disarray Over Role in Srebrenica

Finding themselves in a minority for the first time since the 1995 massacre on the assembly of the town in eastern Bosnia, the main Bosnian Muslim party, the SDA, has failed to select a vice-president of the assembly.

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02 Dec 16

Kosovo Tax Officials Admit Ties to Politicians

Top former and current officials in the Kosovo Tax Administration have admitted the extent of political influences on their work to BIRN Kosovo's TV show.

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02 Dec 16

Turmoil in Montenegrin TV Sparks 'Plot' Claims

Pro-government media outlets in Montenegro have accused the opposition - which lost the October general election - of hatching a plot to take over the national broadcaster, RTCG.

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02 Dec 16

Macedonian Parties Fuel Dreams of Pay Hikes

Campaign promises of drastic rises in pay for Macedonia's impoverished workers are far-fetched without a sharp economic upturn, experts warn.

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02 Dec 16

Croatia Urged to Fine Tune Foreign Policy Goals

A top adviser to Croatia’s former president says Zagreb has a right to pursue its own foreign policy goals - but it should learn lessons from its clumsy attempt to get involved in the conflict in Ukraine.

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02 Dec 16

Germany to Back EU-Albania Talks, After Reform

A German Foreign Office official source told BIRN that Berlin supports the European Commission's recommendation that Albania can move towards accession talks once key judicial reforms are in place.

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01 Dec 16

Serbian Minister Admits 'Mistake' Quitting Warsaw Summit

Ivica Dacic, Serbian foreign minister, said he ‘might have made a mistake’ when he walked out of a joint meeting of Visegrad Group and Western Balkan countries in Warsaw.

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01 Dec 16

EU-Funded Border Projects in Bulgaria at Risk

Bulgaria’s absorption of 160 million euros of EU funds for management of the refugee crisis is endangered by the country's political instability and by issues to do with public procurements, a deputy minister warned.

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01 Dec 16

Montenegro Journalist Rejects Drugs Smuggling Charge

Montenegrin crime reporter Jovo Martinovic has pleaded not guilty to drugs smuggling charges, calling the indictment against him contradictory and unclear.

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01 Dec 16

Croatia Ruling Party Plans to Oust Zagreb Mayor

The ruling Croatian Democratic Union, HDZ, reportedly plans to reject the 2017 city budget proposed by Zagreb Mayor Milan Bandic - and so start the process of removing him from his post.

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01 Dec 16

Srebrenica Mayor Invited to Prayer Breakfast with Trump

The new Serb mayor of Srebrenica, the town notorious for the 1995 massacres of Bosniaks, said he has been invited to the 65th National Prayer Breakfast hosted by the US Congress and attended by Donald Trump.

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01 Dec 16

GERB Stymies 'Patriots'' Hopes of Ruling Bulgaria

GERB’s sudden withdrawal of support from its former coalition partner has dampened the hopes of the nationalist Patriotic Front of forming the next government.

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01 Dec 16

Croatia Shrugs off Slump in Trade With Russia

Sharp falls in Croatian imports from Russia worry few experts in Zagreb - who in any case blame falling energy prices and changes in currency exchange rates as well as tit-for-tat sanctions and political feuds.

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01 Dec 16

Closed Trials 'Undermining Faith in Kosovo Justice'

Experts and journalists say the decision of another Kosovo court to hold a high-profile corruption trial behind closed doors will further damage people's trust in the judiciary.

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01 Dec 16

Old Doubts Cling to Montenegro’s New Cabinet

Despite a host of fresh faces in the cabinet, not everyone is persuaded that Montenegro's new government under Dusko Markovic will be that different from the old one.

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30 Nov 16

Attacks on Balkan Media Unchecked, HRW Says

Journalists across the Western Balkans face a hostile environment that impedes their ability to report in a critical fashion, Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday.

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30 Nov 16

Power Struggle Shakes Bosnia's Biggest Party

Bakir Izetbegovic, leader of the Party of Democratic Action, SDA, and chair of the Bosnian Presidency, is facing a growing challenge from restive dissenters in the ranks.

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02 Dec 16

Ratko Mladic’s Trial Moves Closer to Final Judgment

After accusations of genocide, ethnic cleansing, brutal detentions and a punishing siege, lawyers in the four-year trial of Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic begin to present their closing arguments next week.

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01 Dec 16

Sarajevo Siege Novel Celebrates Decency Under Fire

Wartime Sarajevo-based correspondent Kevin Sullivan’s new novel The Longest Winter tries to reflect the humanity and courage of people living in the Bosnian capital during the 1992-95 siege.

30 Nov 16

Kosovo Town Feels Pre-Election Tensions

30 Nov 16

Abortion Rights Under Fire in Croatia

29 Nov 16

War Tourism Flourishes in Bosnian Capital