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bulgarian-romanian-migration-to-uk-hits-a-record-despite-brexit-02-23-2017
23 Feb 17

Bulgarian, Romanian Migration to UK Hits Record High

While immigration overall to the UK dropped to its lowest for the past two years in 2016, the number of Romanians and Bulgarian migrants to Britain reached an all-time high of 74,000 people. 

kosovo-mulls-second-unesco-bid-02-23-2017
23 Feb 17

Kosovo Mulls Renewed Bid to Join UNESCO

Following its failure to get enough votes from members of the UN cultural body in order to join in 2015, the Kosovo government is making preparations for a possible second bid this year.

albanian-opposition-continue-the-protest-amid-eu-disapproval-02-23-2017
23 Feb 17

Albania Opposition Ignores EU Call to End Protests

The opposition Democratic Party is continuing its street protests despite appeals from top EU officials to end its boycott of parliament and work with the government on completion of key judicial reforms. 

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23 Feb 17

Macedonia Opposition Looks Closer to Forming Govt

Macedonia's Social Democrats look closer to forming a government after the key ethnic Albanian party hinted that it would reveal its decision on whether to support it by Friday.

fest-remains-serbia-s-most-vital-and-provocative-film-festival-02-15-2017
23 Feb 17

FEST Remains Serbia's Most Vital and Provocative Film Festival

Easily the most popular and substantial Serbian festival for many years running, the 45th instalment of FEST will surely not disappoint its fans this year either.

croatia-risks-losing-funds-due-to-anti-discrimination-plan-02-22-2017
23 Feb 17

Croatia Risks Losing EU Cash For Anti-Discrimination Plan

Croatia risks losing possible access to 6.8 billion euros in EU funds because the government is behind schedule in passing its national plan for fighting discrimination.

putin-honorary-citizen-in-a-dozen-serbian-cities-02-22-2017
23 Feb 17

Serbian Towns Queue to Make Putin Honorary Citizen

While the popularity of Russian President Vladimir Putin seems to be growing in a number of countries, in Serbia he has long been a hero - with dozens of towns declaring him an honorary citizen.

croatia-s-saudi-arms-sales-fresh-new-scrutiny-02-22-2017
22 Feb 17

Croatian Agency Backs BIRN’s Arms Investigation

Croatia’s statistics bureau has confirmed data showing that 2016 was a record year for arms exports to Saudi Arabia, despite claims by a ministry to the contrary.

serbian-top-officials-speak-out-over-bosnian-genocide-lawsuit-02-22-2017
22 Feb 17

Serbian Officials Slam ‘Illegal’ Bosnian Genocide Lawsuit

Top officials from Serbia and Bosnia’s Serb-led entity Republika Srpska said an attempt to revive Bosnia’s genocide lawsuit against Belgrade at the International Court of Justice was an attack on all Serbs.

nato-black-sea-region-plans-cause-roar-in-bulgaria-02-22-2017
22 Feb 17

NATO Black Sea Plans Cause Dissent in Bulgaria

NATO’s commitment to increasing its presence in the Black Sea region has sparked bitter quarrels between Bulgaria’s main parties as they gear up for general elections in March. 

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22 Feb 17

Demoted Macedonia Judges Blame Purge on Politics

The sudden reassignment of a number of reputable judges from Skopje's Criminal Court is a politically motivated blow directed at the Special Prosecution, judges and legal experts say.

house-arrest-for-kosovo-serb-leader-ivanovic-02-22-2017-1
22 Feb 17

Kosovo Serb Leader Ivanovic Put Under House Arrest

Kosovo Serb political party leader Oliver Ivanovic, who is awaiting retrial for alleged war crimes, was released from detention but placed under house arrest for two months.

serbian-president-s-staff-proposed-as-anti-corruption-officials-02-22-2017
22 Feb 17

Serbian President’s Staff Proposed as Anti-Corruption Officials

Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic’s suggested new candidates for senior positions at Serbia’s Anti-Corruption Agency have been criticised because they are both members of his own staff.

amnesty-report-raps-balkans-countries-for-rights-abuses-02-22-2017
22 Feb 17

Amnesty Report Raps Balkans Countries for Rights Abuses

Amnesty International's new global report takes Balkan countries to task mainly for disrespecting the rights of minorities, migrants and journalists.

macedonia-croatia-risk-trade-war-over-wine-02-21-2017
22 Feb 17

Macedonia, Croatia Risk Trade War Over Wine

Skopje may make it harder to import Croatian products if Zagreb continues imposing additional non-tariff restrictions on Macedonian wine and delaying imports with lengthy inspections.

inappropriate-media-attacks-on-croatian-university-condemned-02-21-2017
22 Feb 17

Far-Right Attacks on Croatian University Condemned

Far-right claims that Serbs are 'taking over' an important university in Croatia have met widespread condemnation and derision.

experts-warn-against-rumours-for-spread-of-suicide-game-in-bulgaria-02-21-2017
22 Feb 17

Bulgarians Warned Against Believing ‘Suicide Game’ Stories

Stories about a Russian online game called ‘Blue Whale’, which unsubstantiated rumours have claimed coerces teenagers into suicide, have flooded Bulgarian social networks, causing hysteria among parents.

montenegro-govt-on-alert-over-new-cyber-attacks-02-21-2017
22 Feb 17

Montenegro on Alert Over New Cyber Attacks

The government in Podgorica has vowed to take action after a series of large-scale, sophisticated and coordinated hacker attacks on the websites of state institutions and pro-government media.

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bosnia-s-two-entities-are-racing-to-the-bottom-02-23-2017
23 Feb 17

Bosnia’s Two Entities Are Racing to the Bottom

With high unemployment rates, little investment, a culture of excessive spending, high debts and blocked IMF program, Bosnia's two entities seem to be engaged in race to complete bankruptcy.

croatia-s-lgbt-community-spooked-by-nightclub-attack-02-21-2017
22 Feb 17

Croatia’s LGBT Community Spooked by Nightclub Attack

A recent attack on an LGBT club night in Zagreb rekindled fears of persecution and raised concerns that Croatia has not made as much progress on gay rights as some had hoped.

21 Feb 17

Croatia Profits from Syria’s Gruesome War