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25 Feb 17

Macedonia Opposition Nominates Zaev as PM Candidate

Macedonia's main opposition party, the Social Democratic Union of Macedonia (SDSM) formally nominated its leader, Zoran Zaev, as a prime ministerial candidate Saturday, after securing support for a parliamentary majority.

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24 Feb 17

Balkan Retail Giant Agrokor Faces New Troubles

The biggest retail company in Croatia, with a strong presence in the region, faces fresh financial trouble, as its bond prices drop again.

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24 Feb 17

Kosovo Authorities ‘Failing to Punish Journalists’ Attackers’

Representatives of journalists in Kosovo accused the authorities of failing to arrest and prosecute perpetrators of attacks on reporters, even when the victims were killed.

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24 Feb 17

Belgrade Showcases Kosovo Serb Tourism Potential

The Serbian government is promoting the tourist potential of breakaway Kosovo at the Belgrade Tourism and Wine Fair - but only the potential of Serb-run areas.

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24 Feb 17

Bosnian Serb Official Challenges Legality of Genocide Appeal

The Serb member of Bosnia’s tripartite presidency will address the International Court of Justice to protest against an appeal filed to contest a judgment clearing Serbia of responsibility for genocide.

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24 Feb 17

Croatia Experts Oppose Prioritising Jobs for Soldiers

A Croatian MP's call to give volunteer military conscripts preference when it comes to getting public sector jobs has come under fire from the experts.

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24 Feb 17

Academy's Anti-Emigration Plan Shocks Romanian Students

A proposal in Romania to compel students to work in the country after they graduate has angered the student community, reminding some of the notorious provisions of the communist era.

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24 Feb 17

VMRO-DPMNE Predicts 'Tension' if Opposition Runs Macedonia

Former governing VMRO DPMNE party warns of 'tension' in Macedonia if the opposition Social Democrats form a new administration in alliance with ethnic Albanian parties.

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24 Feb 17

Photo Show Highlights Plight of Serbia’s Trapped Migrants

New exhibition, ‘people at the gates’, records the grim experiences of refugees shut outside ‘fortress Europe’ - and forced to wait in Serbia.

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23 Feb 17

Bosnia Requests Appeal in Serbia Genocide Case

Legal representatives for Bosnia have filed a politically explosive request to appeal against the 2007 International Court of Justice verdict clearing Serbia of direct responsibility for genocide during the 1992-95 war.

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23 Feb 17

Bulgarian, Romanian Migration to UK Hits Record High

While immigration overall to the UK dropped to its lowest for the past two years in 2016, the number of Romanians and Bulgarian migrants to Britain reached an all-time high of 74,000 people. 

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23 Feb 17

Kosovo Mulls Renewed Bid to Join UNESCO

Following its failure to get enough votes from members of the UN cultural body in order to join in 2015, the Kosovo government is making preparations for a possible second bid this year.

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23 Feb 17

Albania Opposition Ignores EU Call to End Protests

The opposition Democratic Party is continuing its street protests despite appeals from top EU officials to end its boycott of parliament and work with the government on completion of key judicial reforms. 

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23 Feb 17

Macedonia Opposition Looks Closer to Forming Govt

Macedonia's Social Democrats look closer to forming a government after the key ethnic Albanian party hinted that it would reveal its decision on whether to support it by Friday.

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23 Feb 17

FEST Remains Serbia's Most Vital and Provocative Film Festival

Easily the most popular and substantial Serbian festival for many years running, the 45th instalment of FEST will surely not disappoint its fans this year either.

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23 Feb 17

Croatia Risks Losing EU Cash For Anti-Discrimination Plan

Croatia risks losing possible access to 6.8 billion euros in EU funds because the government is behind schedule in passing its national plan for fighting discrimination.

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23 Feb 17

Serbian Towns Queue to Make Putin Honorary Citizen

While the popularity of Russian President Vladimir Putin seems to be growing in a number of countries, in Serbia he has long been a hero - with dozens of towns declaring him an honorary citizen.

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22 Feb 17

Croatian Agency Backs BIRN’s Arms Investigation

Croatia’s statistics bureau has confirmed data showing that 2016 was a record year for arms exports to Saudi Arabia, despite claims by a ministry to the contrary.

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24 Feb 17

Montenegro Coup Claims Leave Russian Media Dumbfounded

The media in Russia have been following the latest dramas in Montenegro with intense interest – though most see it as little more than a slur campaign.

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24 Feb 17

Serbia Braces for Bumpy Election Ride

The pro-government media are stepping up their negative campaigns, vilifying opposition candidates standing in April’s presidential election.

21 Feb 17

Croatia Profits from Syria’s Gruesome War