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06 Mar 15

Anne Frank's Story Revisited in Zagreb

The premiere of a new Croatian version of the play based on the world famous story of the Jewish Dutch girl who died in a Nazi death camp is scheduled for Friday at the children’s theatre in Zagreb.

06 Mar 15

Montenegro Shrugs off French Veto on NATO Enlargement

Prime Minister remains optimistic that Montenegro will receive an invitation to join NATO by the end of 2015 despite French President's stated opposition to enlargement.

06 Mar 15

Rule of Law Worries US Firms in Montenegro

American businesses operating in Montenegro do not believe the state of the rule of law is improving, although they still see the country as an attractive destination for investment overall, a new survey suggests.

05 Mar 15

Oxford Report Demands New Approach to Bosnia

The international community must take a tougher approach towards the dangerous political and economic backsliding in Bosnia, a new report based on a workshop in Oxford concludes.

05 Mar 15

Kosovo Liberation Army Honoured in Pristina

A military parade in Pristina opened three days of events to honour the Kosovo Liberation Army which fought against Serbian forces during the 1998-99 conflict.

05 Mar 15

Croatia Press Review – March 5, 2015

Branimir Glavas waits for the police to come for him. Read alarm for Dalmatia: north-eastern wind breaking electric poles and trees in Zadar and Makarska regions. Deputy mayor Sandra Svaljek shook Zagreb Mayor Milan Bandic’s position, while he still has big chances on the Zagreb’s elections.

05 Mar 15

Serbia ‘Has No Evidence’ Against Wanted MP

The Serbian prosecution said it had no evidence against ruling party lawmaker Momir Stojanovic after Interpol issued a call for his arrest for alleged war crimes during the Kosovo conflict.

05 Mar 15

Croatia Detains Wartime General Branimir Glavas

Police detained Glavas after the Croatian supreme court ruled that the former general must be transferred to remand prison until the final verdict in his war crimes trial.

05 Mar 15

Romania Jails Media Mogul For Blackmail

Dan Diaconescu, a controversial media figure with political ambitions, was jailed on Wednesday for blackmail - and banned from running for public office.

05 Mar 15

Serbia Press Council Backs BIRN Against ‘Informer’

The Complaints Commission unanimously agreed to issue a public reprimand to the Informer newspaper following its reports on BIRN’s investigation into the Tamnava mine.

05 Mar 15

EU Offers to Mediate in Macedonia's Wiretaps Row

Top European Union officials say Brussels is ready to mediate between feuding parties in Macedonia, voicing fears about the country's instability.

04 Mar 15

Kosovo Honour for Serbian Campaigner Sparks Row

A Kosovo mayor’s plan to honour Serbian human rights campaigner Natasa Kandic for her work exposing war crimes has run into opposition from representatives of war victims.

04 Mar 15

Croatia Promises Referendum on Adriatic Oil Drilling

In response to a growing chorus of environmental protests, Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic on Tuesday pledged to the put the issue of drilling for oil and gas in the Adriatic to a referendum.

04 Mar 15

UK Firm's Aid Fails to Boost Albania's Customs

The Albanian government has admitted in a letter to the IMF that its contract with a British adviser, Crown Agents, has not yet resulted in the expected rise in customs revenues.

04 Mar 15

Portuguese Join NATO Aerial Mission in Romania

Romania’s defence council has approved the stationing of Portuguese troops and planes in the country ahead of a NATO mission.

04 Mar 15

US Pushes Montenegro to Punish Fighting Abroad

The US embassy has expressed disappointment after Montenegro's parliament failed to back  plans to jail Montenegrins who go off to fight in foreign wars.

04 Mar 15

Bosnia Police Arrest Suspect For Attorney's Murder

Police have detained a man they believe was responsible for the murder of Bihac attorney Jasmina Koricic - whose killing in the northwestern town shocked the public.

04 Mar 15

Romanian Property Restitution Chiefs Throw in Towel

The heads of Romania’s property restitution department have resigned, saying they cannot cope with the delays, logjams and financial headaches tied to the business of compensating owners of assets seized by the Communists.