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21 Jan 18

Greek Rightists Protest Against Macedonia ‘Name’ Deal

Tens of thousands of people on Sunday rallied in northern Greece's biggest city, Thessaloniki, against a ‘name’ compromise with neighboring Macedonia which they say would hurt their national interests.

20 Jan 18

Romanians Resume Anti-Corruption Protests

Thousands take to the streets again on Saturday to protest against the ruling party’s justice reforms that local and international observers warn will threaten judicial independence. 

20 Jan 18

Vucic: Serbia, Kosovo to Share Intelligence on Ivanovic Murder

The Serbian president says Serbia and Kosovo will exchange information on the killing of ethnic Serb politician, despite Pristina rejecting Belgrade’s request to take part in the investigation.

19 Jan 18

European Court Quizzes Croatia On Kurd's Extradition

The European Court of Human Rights has told Croatia to report back on the case of Kurd who risks deportation to Turkey, despite having obtained political asylum status in Switzerland.

19 Jan 18

Russia Slaps New Ban on Bosnian Apples

Russia has again suspended imports of apples from Bosnia Herzegovina, suspecting a consignment of ‘Bosnian’ apples originated in Poland.

19 Jan 18

Duma Slates Moldova's Ban on Russian TV Shows

Russia's parliament has accused Moldova of anti-Russian discrimination, over the new 'anti-propaganda' law that effectively bans Russian broadcasts in the country.

19 Jan 18

Serbian Progressive Donor to Head Corruption Agency

Dragan Sikimic, new director of the Serbia's Anti-Corruption Agency, was a donor to the ruling Serbian Progressive Party and a candidate in the local elections in 2016, BIRN can reveal. 

19 Jan 18

Montenegro Calls Presidential Elections For April

The speaker of the Montenegrin Parliament, Ivan Brajovic, has set a date for the next presidential elections on April 15.

19 Jan 18

Djukic Trial for Tuzla Massacre Delayed Again

The trial of former Bosnian Serb general Novak Djukic was again postponed, despite an expert confirming he can stand trial, after his lawyer said Djukic’s health had deteriorated.

19 Jan 18

US Seeks to Revoke Bosnian's Citizenship

The US has filed a civil denaturalization complaint in Iowa against a 51-year-old from Bosnia, Eso Razic – who allegedly obtained US citizenship by fraud by failing to declare his former membership of paramilitary organisations.

19 Jan 18

Albania Ruling Party Moves to Toughen MPs' Immunity

Albania’s ruling Socialist Party is being criticised for its attempts to make issuing arrest warrants for MPs facing criminal charges much harder.

19 Jan 18

Croatian Plan to Fund Costly Children's Drugs 'Failing'

Parents of very sick children say the Croatian government's plan to raise money for expensive innovative drugs through private donations is a non-starter.

18 Jan 18

Kosovo Leads World in Cheering for Trump, Poll Shows

While support for US leadership has slumped in most parts of the world, the latest Gallup poll shows that Kosovars and Albanians remain America's most steadfast fans.

18 Jan 18

Bosnia MPs Challenge Excise Law in Court

A group of Bosnian MPs is challenging the controversial new excise law that will increase road tolls and biofuel prices before the country's constitutional court.

18 Jan 18

Blizzards Cause Turmoil in Romania and Moldova

Blizzards have left Romania and Moldova struggling with heavy snow, closed schools and roads, stranded motorists, power outages and delayed or cancelled flights. 

18 Jan 18

Thousands Attend Slain Kosovo Serb Politician’s Funeral

Thousands of citizens attended the funeral of Oliver Ivanovic, who was shot dead on Tuesday, as he was laid to rest in the Alley of the Greats at the New Cemetary in Belgrade, Serbia.

18 Jan 18

Council of Europe Slates Romania's Corruption Record

The Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption said in a report released on Thursday that Romania has made little progress in fighting corruption. 

18 Jan 18

Bulgaria MPs Approve Friendship Treaty With Macedonia

Bulgaria's parliament voted in favour of the ratification of a landmark friendship treaty with neighbouring Macedonia on Thursday.

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19 Jan 18

EU Green Leader Condemns Threat to Bulgarian National Park

The European Greens co-president Ska Keller tells BIRN of her grave concerns for the future of the UNESCO-protected Pirin National Park, after Bulgaria's government approved plans to expand the ski resort there.

19 Jan 18

Vucic Visiting Kosovo to Profit Politically, Experts Say

Saturday's planned visit to Kosovo by Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic – following the assassination of Kosovo Serb leader Oliver Ivanovic – is being seen as a point-scoring exercise.

18 Jan 18

Murder Puts Serbia-Kosovo Dialogue in Doubt

17 Jan 18

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