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12 Jan 18

Bosnian Politicians Start Campaigning for Autumn Election

Months before the campaign is due to start for autumn elections in Bosnia, Zeljko Komsic is already throwing his hat into the ring for a seat on Bosnia's state presidency.

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12 Jan 18

Serbian Judge and Defendant Clash at Lovas Trial

The judge and a defendant argued after the trial of Serbian fighters accused of killing 70 Croatian civilians in the village of Lovas in 1991 was again delayed on Friday.

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12 Jan 18

Romania Probes Anti-Graft Chief for Misconduct

Romania’s Judicial Inspectorate has launched an investigation into the country's anti-corruption chief prosecutor, Laura Codruta Kovesi, who is accused of misconduct. 

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12 Jan 18

Croatian War Widows Slate HRT 'Insulting' Comedy Film

Widows of war veterans have condemned Croatia's national broadcaster for showing a comedy film about investigations intp their pensions – although it was moved to a late-night slot.

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12 Jan 18

In Pictures: Protests Mark the Opening of Bulgaria’s EU Presidency

As Bulgarian and European officials were making speeches at the opening ceremony for Bulgaria’s first EU Presidency, thousands of people took to the streets to protest.

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12 Jan 18

Macedonia Opposition Chief Struggles to Unite Party

Faced with internal discord, and with some partner parties leaving the opposition alliance, Macedonia’s new opposition leader, Hristijan Mickoski, is having hard time getting his MPs behind him.

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11 Jan 18

Romania Under Pressure to Recognise Same-Sex Spouses

The European Court of Justice is to rule on whether Romania should grant equal rights to same-sex couples that have married abroad, despite its own non-recognition of same-sex marriage.

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11 Jan 18

Croatian Pupils Voice Mixed Views on 'Balkan' Identity

A new study has revealed young Croats' very mixed ideas about whether they feel 'European' or 'Balkan' - and what those perceived identities mean to them.

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11 Jan 18

Macedonia Passes Albanian Language Law

Macedonian MPs on Thursday adopted an eagerly anticipated law that extends the official use of the Albanian language across the country.

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11 Jan 18

Bosnia Confirms Indictment for Crimes Near Donji Vakuf

Bosnia's state court has confirmed an indictment against four former Bosnian Serb fighters accused of killing 28 Croat and Bosniak civilians in a village near Donji Vakuf in 1995.

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11 Jan 18

Georgia Protests to Bosnia Over Ossetian Leader's Visit

The presence of the South Ossetia President at the Republika Srpska statehood day celebrations has caused some diplomatic embarrassment to Bosnia after Georgia protested.

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11 Jan 18

Russia To Open Polling Stations in Transnistria

Russia will open 24 polling stations for its citizens in Moldova’s breakaway region of Transnistria, where Vladimir Putin is expected to triumph in the Russian presidential elections.

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11 Jan 18

Franco-German Envoys Press Kosovo on Special Court

German and French envoys are adding to diplomatic pressure on Kosovo not to try to stop the new Specialist Chambers – which will try former Kosovo guerrillas – from coming into operation.

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11 Jan 18

US Democrats Accuse Russia of 'Targeting' Balkans

New Congressional report claims Russia is aggressively targeting countries in Central and Eastern Europe that want to join the EU and NATO – and urges the US to re-engage with the region.

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11 Jan 18

Slobodan Milosevic Revived in Kosovo Serbs’ Musical

A musical staged by a Serb theatre ensemble from Kosovo about the 1999 war and Serb-Albanian relations will feature late Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic as the “tragic protagonist”.

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10 Jan 18

Macedonia Hires Drones to Spot Worst Polluters

As Macedonian cities endure another smoggy winter, environmental inspectors say they intend to get help from flying drones, which will search urban areas for secretive polluters.

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10 Jan 18

Dodon Response to Suspension Puzzles Moldova’s Socialists

The Moldova's pro-Russian President's calm response to his suspension from office has put him at odds with the Socialist Party’s calls for street demonstrations.

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10 Jan 18

Paedophile Police Case Exposes Tensions in Romania's Govt

The arrest of policeman suspected of having sexually assaulted children has shaken Romania’s police and exposed rifts inside the country’s Social Democrat-led government. 

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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.

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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

How Rich Are the Balkans’ Top Politicians?