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21 Oct 16

Crimea Officials Tout for Business in Serbia

A delegation from the region controversially annexed by Russia is visiting Serbia and urging businesses to invest despite EU sanctions.

21 Oct 16

Thaci: Albania 'Obliged' to Speak out on Kosovo

In an interview with BIRN, Kosovo President Hashim Thaci backs the controversial new war crimes court - and says Albanian leaders have every right to speak out on the subject of Kosovo.

21 Oct 16

Serbia Prepares for First Royal Wedding in Decades

The Serbian royal family is inviting guests from home and abroad – reportedly including British royalty – to attend the 'traditional Serbian' wedding this month of one of the late King Alexander's grandsons.

21 Oct 16

Montenegro Prosecutor's Coup Claims Fail to Resolve Doubts

Dramatic claims by the Montenegrin special prosecutor - that 'unprecedented' bloodshed was only narrowly averted on election day - have failed to resolve doubts about an alleged coup plot.

21 Oct 16

Italian Journalist Shrugs off Bosnian Probe Into Arms Film

As Bosnian authorities arrest people involved in a controversial documentary on alleged arms trading, the Italian journalist accused of 'staging' the footage has dismissed the accusations.

21 Oct 16

Serbian Court Acquits Security Officers of Attempted Murder

Three former Serbian state security officers have been acquitted of the attempted murder in 2000 of the then opposition party leader Vuk Draskovic during Slobodan Milosevic’s rule.

21 Oct 16

Croatian Activists Demand End to Church Concordats

Secular campaigners plan rally demanding end to deals with Vatican which they say are too expensive and undermine secular values.

20 Oct 16

Macedonian Prosecution Probes €2m Abuses at Ministries

Macedonia's Special Prosecution has launched two investigations into alleged abuses of office at the culture and transport ministries, which it said cost the state budget two million euros.

20 Oct 16

Erdogan Hails Late Bosnian President as Muslims' Protector

On the anniversary of his death in 2003, the Turkish President praised independent Bosnia's first president, Alija Izetbegovic, for protecting the ‘most important Islamic community’ in Europe.

20 Oct 16

Standoff Over Access to Police Data Rocks Macedonia

Interior Minister says after police officials prevented the Special Prosecution from obtaining access to evidence of secret police wiretapping, the standoff had been resolved - although the Prosecution has yet to confirm this.

20 Oct 16

Serbia Waterfront Activists Stage Protest Concert

The ‘Let's Not Drown Belgrade’ moving is organising a protest concert timed to coincide with the anniversary of the liberation of Belgrade at the end of World War II.

20 Oct 16

Albanian Asylum-Seeker Numbers in Germany Rise Again

More Albanians are again seeking aslyum in Germany, a year after Berlin listed Albania as a 'safe country of origin', though overall numbers have fallen since 2015.

20 Oct 16

Bulgaria Ex-Minister Indicted Over Belene Deal

Petar Dimitrov, a former minister of economy and energy, has been indicted in connection with the cancelled Belene nuclear power project, the State Prosecutor’s Office said on Wednesday.

19 Oct 16

Croatia Parliament Votes in Plenkovic's New Govt

Croatia's new centre-right coalition government was comfortably voted in by parliament on Wednesday.

19 Oct 16

Macedonia Prosecution Seizes 'Skopje 2014' Documents

Macedonia’s Special Prosecution, SJO, has seized documents from the Culture Ministry linked to the construction of the government-sponsored grand revamp called 'Skopje 2014' - which could lead to a criminal investigation into the whole project.

19 Oct 16

Srebrenica Victims Challenge Mayoral Election ‘Violations’

Srebrenica massacre victims’ associations have filed a criminal complaint alleging that electoral law was violated during this month’s municipal polls which gave the town its first post-war Serb mayor.

19 Oct 16

Trump Urged to Reject Vojislav Seselj’s Support

Former US diplomats, academics and activists called on presidential candidate Donald Trump to disavow support from Serbian Radical Party leader Vojislav Seselj, who is on trial for alleged war crimes.

19 Oct 16

First Witnesses Testify Against Serb Paramilitary ‘Captain Dragan’

Former Croatian prisoners of war were the first witnesses at the war crimes trial of the 1990s Serb paramilitary commander Dragan Vasiljkovic, better known as ‘Captain Dragan’.

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21 Oct 16

Nikola Ivanovski: New Head of Macedonia’s Discredited Court

The newly elected chief judge of Macedonia’s Constitutional Court is unlikely to restore the image of an institution now widely seen as a tool of the political establishment.

21 Oct 16

Bosnian Serb Opposition Party Chooses New Leader

After its recent local election debacle, the main opposition party in Bosnia's Serb-dominated entity Republika Srpska is trying to consolidate, but the process is burdened by internal power struggles and divisions.

20 Oct 16

Bosnian War Rape Victims Rue Lost Motherhood

20 Oct 16

Critical Voices Defy Fear in New Serbia