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27 Sep 16

Fresh Macedonia Wiretaps Target DUI Party

Macedonia’s junior ruling party demanded an investigation into a leak of wiretapped conversations between its senior members, which some claim may be intended to blackmail the party ahead of December's polls.

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27 Sep 16

Milorad Dodik: I Won’t Be Safe in Sarajevo

Milorad Dodik, the president of Bosnia’s Serb-dominated entity Republika Srpska, said his security has been jeopardised by a Bosniak political leader who compared him to slain Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

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27 Sep 16

Russia’s Sculpture Donation Sparks Derision in Romania

Moscow has been criticised for donating 100 euros to help Bucharest buy back a sculpture by Romanian artist Constantin Brancusi while not returning gold that has been held in Russia since WWII.

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27 Sep 16

Pop Star Zdravko Colic Angers Montenegrins by Backing PM

Popular Balkan singer Zdravko Colic angered many Montenegrins after he publicly supported the party of veteran PM Milo Djukanovic for the upcoming elections in the country.

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27 Sep 16

Bosnian Serb Leader ‘Unafraid’ of Arrest over Referendum

Milorad Dodik, the president of Bosnia’s Serb-dominated entity Republika Srpska, shrugged off the possibility of arrest after state prosecutors called him for questioning over a banned ‘statehood day’ referendum.

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27 Sep 16

Serbian PM’s Assassin Testifies over Journalist’s Killing

Milorad Ulemek, alias Legija, the former special police commander convicted of PM Zoran Djindjic’s assassination, made his first appearance as a witness in the trial of four state security officers for an opposition journalist’s murder.

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27 Sep 16

Centre-Right Coalition Appears Only Option in Croatia

As consultations on a new prime minister-designate start, a new centre-right coalition between the Croatian Democratic Union, HDZ, and the Bridge of Independent Lists looks like the only viable option.

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27 Sep 16

War Memorial's Demolition in Macedonia Outrages Bulgaria

Bulgarian politicians and experts have reacted with indignation after a Macedonian journalist smashed a memorial to their wartime dead to smithereens. 

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26 Sep 16

Bosnian Serb Referendum Results Questioned

After the final results of the controversial referendum showed an overwhelming majority had voted to keep the date of the entity’s ‘statehood day’, some experts have queried the reliability of the results.

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26 Sep 16

Macedonians Urged to Rally in Defence of Special Prosecution

Activists from the 'Colourful Revolution' movement summoned their supporters to a new protest in Skopje on Monday in defence of the Special Prosecution, SJO - which they say is again under attack.

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26 Sep 16

Albania Greens Brace For New Showdown Over Waste

Environmentalists are mobilising their supporters after parliament on Thursday passed a draft law that would re-start the controversial industry of importing and recycling waste.

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25 Sep 16

Bosnian Serbs Defy State with Referendum Landslide

People in Bosnia’s Serb-dominated Republika Srpska voted overwhelmingly in a referendum to defy a ruling by the state-level Constitutional Court that banned the entity’s ‘statehood day’, initial results suggested.

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25 Sep 16

Serbia's Bitef Shows no Signs of Slowing in 50th Year

Belgrade's most important theatre festival, Bitef, is celebrating its golden anniversary this year, and offers a strong programme that doesn’t compromise the seriousness and enthusiasm on which the festival was built.

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25 Sep 16

Bosnian Serbs Vote in Disputed Referendum

Despite growing concerns over the controversial vote on Republika Srpska’s public holiday, polling stations opened in Bosnia’s Serb-dominated entity regardless.

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23 Sep 16

Bosnian Army Soldier Jailed for Croat Civilians’ Murders

Former Bosnian Army soldier Jasmin Coloman was sentenced to three years in prison for his involvement in the murder of detained Croat civilians in the Vitez area in 1993.

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23 Sep 16

Assassin's Bullet Claims Jailed Montenegrin Gangster

A jailed boss of one the rival drugs clans in the resort of Kotor was shot dead in prison on Thursday while serving a two-year sentence for extortion.

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23 Sep 16

Ricardo Gutierrez: State of Macedonia Media ‘Worst in Balkans’

The General Secretary of the European Federation of Journalists, EFJ, says the outlook for press freedom in Macedonia is depressing, condemning the incarceration of the journalist Zoran Bozinovski.

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23 Sep 16

Putin Meets Dodik On Eve of Bosnia Referendum

Russian President Vladimir Putin met Milorad Dodik just ahead of the controversial Bosnian Serb referendum, but the substance of their talks could not be judged from terse statements.

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27 Sep 16

Serbia’s War Crimes Prosecution at a Crossroads

Serbia’s next chief war crimes prosecutor faces tough challenges - improving a deteriorating case record, dealing with political pressures and satisfying EU demands that are crucial for the country’s accession negotiations.

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27 Sep 16

Media Purge Will Damage Turkey For Good, CPJ Warns

Nina Ognianova, from the Committee to Protect Journalists, told BIRN in an interview that the ongoing purge of the media in Turkey would have negative long-term repercussions for Turkish society.

23 Sep 16

War Talk Grips Balkans Ahead of Bosnia Vote