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macedonia-appeals-court-to-decide-on-gruevski-s-detention-07-21-2017
21 Jul 17

Macedonia Court To Rule on Gruevski’s Detention

Macedonia’s Appeal Court is to decide within the next two days whether to detain former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski and top officials of his VMRO DPMNE party on election fraud charges.

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21 Jul 17

Bronze Age Tomb Finds Thrill Romanian Historians

Romanian archaeologists say nine Bronze Age tombs discovered recently in the east may shed new light on the trade conducted in ancient times between Eastern and Western Europe. 

infighting-brings-down-bosnia-s-ruling-coalition-07-21-2017
21 Jul 17

Infighting Brings Down Bosnia's Ruling Coalition

After months of bickering and blockades, the coalition ruling at Bosnia's state level and in the Federation entity has broken up.

moldovan-parliament-asks-russian-troops-to-leave-transnistria-07-21-2017
21 Jul 17

Moldova Asks Russian Troops to Quit Transnistria

Moldova's parliament has passed a declaration asking Russian troops to leave Transnistria, a day before Russian Deputy PM Dmitry Rogozin’s planned visit to the breakaway region.  

croatia-quashes-wwii-pro-fascist-intellectual-verdict-07-21-2017
21 Jul 17

Croatia Quashes WWII Pro-Fascist Academic’s Conviction

A Zagreb court overturned the 1945 verdict that convicted academic Filip Lukas of supporting Nazi occupation forces because of his connections with Croatia’s WWII-era fascist government

montenegro-activist-demand-action-over-monument-in-croatia-07-21-2017
21 Jul 17

Montenegro Urged to Challenge Killer’s Statue in Croatia

Activists in Montenegro accused the government of not doing enough to pressurise Croatia to remove a monument to a Croat who killed a Montenegrin ambassador in 1971.

uefa-fines-croatian-hajduk-for-kill-serb-chants-07-21-2017
21 Jul 17

UEFA Fines Croatia's Hajduk for 'Kill Serb' Chants

UEFA has fined and penalised the Croatian football club Hajduk after its fans chanted anti-Serbian slogans at a match against Levski of Bulgaria.

serbia-mulls-archaic-policy-to-revive-rural-areas-07-20-2017
21 Jul 17

Serbia May Give Youngsters Land To Revive Countryside

Serbia is considering giving away land to young couples to counter the rural depopulation afflicting most Balkan countries - which a Serbian minister has called 'a threat to national security'.

bitcoin-atm-challenges-law-on-its-use-07-19-2017
21 Jul 17

Kosovars Warned About Using First Bitcoin ATM

Kosovo is about to get the first virtual currency ATM in the Balkans - but the central bank has warned potential users that they cannot expect much protection from the law.

russian-official-visit-to-moldova-sparks-controversy-07-20-2017
21 Jul 17

Russian Planned Visit to Transnistria Angers Moldova

A planned visit to Moldova - and to the breakway region of Transnistria - by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin planned for later July is causes more tension between Chisinau and Moscow. 

macedonia-s-former-officials-exuberant-culinary-expenses-revealed-07-20-2017
21 Jul 17

Macedonia Lifts Lid on Ex-Officials' Lavish Tastes

Former top officials in Macedonia enjoyed fine wine and dining at the public's expense, according to restaurant bills and invoices that BIRN has obtained.

edgar-degas-ballerinas-strike-a-pose-at-sanu-07-18-2017
21 Jul 17

Edgar Degas’ Ballerinas Strike a Pose at Belgrade

One of the biggest art scene events in Belgrade this summer will undoubtedly be the exhibition of renowned French impressionist, Edgar Degas. 

us-lawmakers-say-vucic-named-bytyqi-murder-suspect-07-20-2017
20 Jul 17

Vucic Named Bytyqi Murder Suspect, Alleges Family

Three sources told BIRN that Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said that former high-ranking police officer Goran ‘Guri’ Radosavljevic was responsible for the killings of the Albanian-American Bytyqi brothers in 1999.

bosnian-war-convicts-free-for-months-before-jail--07-20-2017
20 Jul 17

Bosnian War Convicts ‘Free for Months Before Jail’

People convicted of committing crimes during the Bosnian war spend months at liberty because of procedural delays before going to prison - a situation which has angered victims’ groups.

political-ties-seen-behind-bulgarian-tycoon-s-exile-to-serbia-07-20-2017
20 Jul 17

Bulgaria to Try Exiled Tycoon Over Bank Collapse

Bulgaria’s special prosecution has pressed charges for the plunder of the Corporate Commercial Bank in 2014, listing suggestions about why the main defendant – the bank’s owner, Tsvetan Vasilev – is now in exile in Serbia.

serbian-govt-soon-to-define-russian-centre-s-status-07-20-2017
20 Jul 17

Serbia Will Clarify Russian Centre’s Status, Dacic Vows

After President Vucic’s visit to Washington, where Serbia’s relations with Russia were on the agenda, Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said the status of a controversial Russian centre - whose staff seek diplomatic rights - would soon be clarified.

balkan-states-need-more-resources-to-fight-terror-report-warns-07-20-2017
20 Jul 17

US Report: Balkans Need Resources to Fight Terror

US State Department report say that while most Balkan states cooperate well with international partners to improve counterterrorism policies, they still have problems in terms of cooperation between institutions and in terms of limited resources. 

macedonia-mulls-easing-smoking-ban-07-19-2017
20 Jul 17

Macedonia Moves to Make Smokers' Lives Easier

MPs from the ruling majority have submitted a bill that aims to ease the current strict ban on public smoking, which they say is damaging the hospitality industry and infringing on smokers' individual rights.

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serbia-in-two-minds-over-new-imf-deal-07-17-2017
20 Jul 17

Serbia in Two Minds Over New IMF Deal

With the economy in relatively good shape, a question mark hangs over whether Serbia needs a fresh arrangement with the Fund.

kosovo-war-court-president-promises-impartial-justice-07-19-2017
20 Jul 17

Kosovo War Court President Promises Impartial Justice

The president of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers, Ekaterina Trendafilova, told BIRN the new court has no ethnic bias, will protect its witnesses from intimidation and deliver justice impartially and independently.

19 Jul 17

New Migrants Face Old Terrors on Balkan Route