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06 Jan 18

Cyprus Arrests Kosovo Organ-Trafficking Suspect

Moshe Harel, an Israeli citizen accused of being involved in organ-trafficking from Kosovo’s Medicus clinic in 2008, was arrested in Cyprus after years of being listed as wanted by Interpol.

kosovo-albanians-warn-protest-against-serb-pilgrims-in-gjakova-01-05-2018
05 Jan 18

Serbs Cancel Kosovo Christmas Trip to Avoid Protest

Serbs who visit a church in the western Kosovo town of Gjakova/Djakovica for Orthodox Christmas each year have cancelled their trip after local Kosovo Albanians said they would stage a protest.

albania-mps-loose-mandate-over-criminal-past-01-05-2018
05 Jan 18

Albania Removes MPs Who Hid Criminal Pasts

Two MPs have lost their right to sit in Albania's parliament after prosecutors said they had failed to declare criminal offences they committed in Italy several years ago.

albania-nationalists-destroy-turkish-flag-on-turkish-owned-hydropower-plant-01-05-2018
05 Jan 18

Albania Probes Protesters Who Tore Down Turkish Flag

Albanian police say they are investigating several dozen protesters who removed a Turkish flag from a Turkish-owned power plant in the north of the country.

moldova-president-suspended-again-by-constitutional-court-01-05-2018
05 Jan 18

Moldova President Defiant After Fresh Court Suspension

Moldova's Constitutional Courts of Moldova has approved the third temporary suspension from office in three months of the country's pro-Russian president, Igor Dodon.

greece-grants-extradition-for-macedonia-wiretapping-scandal-suspects-01-05-2018
05 Jan 18

Greece Agrees to Extradite Macedonian Wiretap Suspects

A court in Thessaloniki on Friday granted a Macedonian request for the extradition of two former secret police employees sought in relation to Macedonia's illegal wiretapping affair.

west-warns-kosovo-against-undermining-war-court-01-05-2018
05 Jan 18

West Warns Kosovo Against Undermining War Court

The US, Britain, France, Germany and Italy condemned ongoing attempts by MPs in Pristina to revoke the law that allows the new Hague-based Specialist Chambers to try former Kosovo Liberation Army fighters.

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05 Jan 18

Serbia's Ruling Party to Ponder Spring Election

The pro-government newspaper Informer has reported that the ruling Serbian Progressive Party will hold a meeting next week to discuss early parliamentary elections in the spring.

macedonian-movie-finds-secret-ingredient-to-success-01-04-2018
05 Jan 18

Macedonian Comedy Film Finds Secret to Success

A black comedy debut, Gjorce Stavreski’s 'Secret Ingredient', is on the way to becoming one of the most critically acclaimed films from Macedonia in years.

bosnia-s-new-national-football-coach-robert-prosinecki-01-04-2018
05 Jan 18

Bosnian Football Pins Hopes on New Coach Prosinecki

After more than three months of tension and different expectations in Bosnia and Herzegovina, a new national football coach has been selected.

thousands-bulgarians-protest-against-development-plans-in-protected-site-01-04-2018
04 Jan 18

Thousands in Bulgaria Protest Against Mountain Construction Plans

Thousands of people are protesting across Bulgaria against recent government decision to allow ski resort expansion at the UNESCO-designated Pirin National Park.

croatian-fishers-furious-over-piran-gulf-dispute-01-04-2018
04 Jan 18

Croatia Vows to Shield Fishermen in Piran Gulf

Croatian police say they will protect Croatian fishing boats, if the Slovenian police try issuing them with penalties for crossing the disputed maritime border in the Piran Gulf.

russian-investors-in-moldova-overcome-by-eu-s-state-members-01-04-2018
04 Jan 18

Russia Loses Top Place Among Investors in Moldova

National bank data show Moldova's principal foreign investors are now from EU countries – while Russia has dropped from first place to sixth in the investment league table.

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04 Jan 18

Convention on Gender Violence Draws Backlash in Bulgaria

Moves to ratify the so-called Istanbul Convention of the Council of Europe are encountering strong opposition both from parties in the Bulgarian government and the opposition.

kosovos-pm-expensive-holidays-in-st-mortiz-anger-citizens-01-04-2018
04 Jan 18

PM's Pricey Swiss Break Causes Anger in Kosovo

Social media in Kosovo are buzzing with outrage after it was reported that Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj took a winter break in star-studded St Moritz, days after he doubled his salary.

bosnian-serbs-united-over-banned-holiday-01-03-2018
04 Jan 18

Bosnian Serbs to Name Streets after Banned Holiday

Mayors in Bosnia’s Serb-dominated Republika Srpska vowed to heed President Milorad Dodik’s call for streets to be named in honour of the January 9 ‘statehood day’ holiday banned by the Constitutional Court.

kosovo-mps-found-guilty-of-using-tear-gas-in-parliament-01-03-2018
03 Jan 18

Kosovo Court Finds Four Opposition MPs Guilty

A Kosovo court has handed down conditional jail terms for four opposition Vetevendosje MPs, found guilty of using offensive weapons when they let off tear gas in parliament in 2015.

montenegrin-crime-gangs-wage-war-in-serbia-01-03-2018
03 Jan 18

Montenegrin Gangs Blamed for Killing in Serbia

The killing of a reported member of a Montenegrin organised crime gang in Belgrade shows that Serbia is allowing its capital to become a 'safe house' for warring clans, one analyst says.

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leader-of-eu-greens-slams-bulgaria-over-ski-resort-expansion-01-18-2018
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.

vucic-visits-kosovo-to-benefit-politically-experts-say-01-18-2018
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?