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10 Jan 18

Pressure Mounts on Bosnia to Change Electoral Law

With a general election looking in 2018, pressure is increasing once again on Bosnia's quarrelling parties to change election laws that have left the city of Mostar without a local election since 2008.

10 Jan 18

Moldovan Politicians Accused of Buying Facebook 'Likes'

Moldovan politicians are a popular bunch, according to the number of Facebook 'likes' they have on their pages - but a media probe suggests all is not as it seems.

10 Jan 18

Wolf Pack Caught on Camera in Romania

Rare footage of a wolf pack has been caught on camera by surveillance equipment of Romania’s forest administration in a national park in the Carpathians.

10 Jan 18

Kosovo Serb Killed his Wife and Himself

Following the discovery on Monday of the bodies of two dead Kosovo Serbs, police have concluded that the male victim committed suicide after first killing his wife.

10 Jan 18

Kosovo War Victims Slam MPs’ Bid to Stop Court

Survivors of the 1999 Kosovo war and rights campaigners criticised attempts by MPs in Pristina to stop the new Specialist Chambers, which will try former Kosovo Liberation Army fighters.

10 Jan 18

Balkan States ‘Embracing Authoritarian Leadership’: Report

A new report from the British House of Lords highlights concerns that countries in the Western Balkans are turning to authoritarian leaderships and nationalistic politics.

09 Jan 18

Bosnian Serbs March in ‘Statehood Day’ Parade

Around 1,800 people marched through Banja Luka to celebrate the Day of Republika Srpska, the controversial national holiday in Bosnia’s Serb-dominated entity, as its leader again pushed demands for increased autonomy.

09 Jan 18

Croatian President Seeks Erdogan's Help Over Bosnia

On a visit to Ankara, Croatian President Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic will seek Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s support for Bosnian Croats’ plan to change Bosnia’s electoral law to give them more political power.

09 Jan 18

Two Serbs Found Dead in Kosovo Village

A Kosovo Serb man and woman were found dead on Monday evening in the village of Babimost/Babin Most in the Obiliq/Obilic municipality, but the cause of their deaths is so far unknown.

09 Jan 18

Bosnian Serbs Prepare Biggest ‘Statehood Day’ Celebration

Bosnian Serb leaders will mark the disputed Day of Republika Srpska on Tuesday with their most lavish celebration yet – defying a Constitutional Court ban and objections from the country’s Bosniaks.

09 Jan 18

Hungarians in Romania Renew Call for Autonomy

As Romania gears up to celebrate its union with Transylvania in 2018, the three main ethnic Hungarian parties in the country on Monday launched a joint political agenda to renew their demand for autonomy.

08 Jan 18

Albania Opposition to 'Intensify' Protests Against Rama

Two main opposition leaders, Lulzim Basha and Monika Kryemadhi, have said they aim to join forces and escalate their protests to bring down Edi Rama's government.

08 Jan 18

Businessman Shot Dead in Bulgarian Capital

Bulgarian police are probing the murder of Petar Hristov, owner of one of the country’s biggest dairy producers, who was shot dead in Sofia on Monday morning.

08 Jan 18

Kosovo Parliament Chairman: MPs Can’t Stop Special Court

Chairman of parliament and ruling party leader Kadri Veseli described the new Hague-based Specialist Chambers which will try former Kosovo guerrillas as unjust, but said MPs’ attempts to stop it would not succeed.

08 Jan 18

Sex Scandal Bishop's Service Causes Anger in Bosnia

Some Bosnians and Serbs have expressed shock over a video showing a former Serbian Orthodox Bishop – who was forced to retire over a sex scandal – holding a Christmas liturgy in Bijeljina.

08 Jan 18

In Pictures: Historic Bulgarian Church Reopens in Istanbul

After seven years of restoration, a 120-year-old Bulgarian church in Istanbul, overlooking the Golden Horn, has reopened in the presence of Turkish and Bulgarian leaders. 

08 Jan 18

Protest Threatens to Leave Many Romanians Without Doctors

Over 4 million Romanians may have to pay for their primary medical care, or change doctor, after 2,500 general practitioners refused to sign contracts with the government. 

08 Jan 18

Macedonian, Greek Nationalists Mobilize Against 'Name' Deal

As optimism grows about a rapid solution to Macedonia's dispute with Greece over its name, nationalists on both sides of the border are rallying against a possible compromise solution.

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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

How Rich Are the Balkans’ Top Politicians?