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18 Apr 15

Kosovo Opposition Stage Anti-Government Protest

Supporters of Kosovo’s three main opposition parties marched through Pristina on Saturday in a largely peaceful protest of the policies of the government of Prime Minister Isa Mustafa.

18 Apr 15

Kosovo Opposition Parties Plan Anti-Government Protest

Kosovo opposition parties have united to call a joint protest against the governing coalition's policies, accusing it of taking over judicial and media institutions.

17 Apr 15

Serbian Editor’s Sacking Raises Media Freedom Concerns

The sacking of Antonela Riha, a well-known Serbian journalist, has raised new concerns about pressure on the media in the country.

17 Apr 15

US Urges Macedonia to Probe Wiretap Claims

A US State Department official said the Macedonian government must address accusations of wrongdoing raised by secretly-recorded tapes of top officials’ conversations released by the opposition.

17 Apr 15

Albania Parties Prepare for Local Poll Showdown

Albanian political parties announced key candidates for major municipalities for the June 21 local polls – the first important test of their popularity since the Socialists came to power in 2013.

17 Apr 15

Montenegro Raises Petrol Price to Pay Highway Loan

The Montenegrin government is to introduce a new fuel tax in order to cut the budget deficit and pay off a huge loan it took to build a highway.

17 Apr 15

US Warns Kosovo: Approve New War Court Quickly

The US ambassador to Pristina said Washington wouldn’t continue blocking Russia’s attempts to set up a Kosovo war crimes tribunal if Kosovo’s parliament doesn’t approve a new EU-backed court soon.

17 Apr 15

Croatia to Charge Tourists for Mountain Rescues

The Croatian Mountain Rescue Service plans to start charging tourists for saving them when they are stranded on mountains or in other remote places.

17 Apr 15

Bosnian Serb Leader Pays ‘Historic’ Visit to Srebrenica

Milorad Dodik, the president of Bosnia’s Serb-dominated entity Republika Srpska, paid tribute to the victims of the 1995 massacres by Serb forces during an unusually reconciliatory visit.

17 Apr 15

IMF Slightly Raises Montenegro’s Growth Forecast

Montenegro's GDP is projected to grow by 4.7 per cent in 2015 and 3.5 per cent in 2016, the International Monetary Fund said in its latest report.

17 Apr 15

Romanian Films Selected for Cannes Festival

Two Romanian movies have been selected this year for the ‘Un Certain Regard’ section of the Cannes film festival dedicated to innovative work.

16 Apr 15

Bosnia’s ‘Most Dangerous’ Crime Gang Jailed

Violent gang boss Zijad Turkovic and four of his associates were sentenced to a total of 95 years in prison in the single largest Bosnian criminal case since the war.

16 Apr 15

Kosovo’s Thaci Given Serbia Arrest Warning

Kosovo foreign minister Hashim Thaci could attend an NGO conference in Belgrade later this month although a warrant for his arrest for alleged war crimes is still active in Serbia.

16 Apr 15

NATO Begins Military Exercise in Romania

Some 2,200 troops with military equipment are taking part in a NATO military exercise on Romania’s eastern border with Ukraine as the crisis in the neighbouring country continues.

16 Apr 15

NATO Victims’ Families to Sue Montenegro in Europe

The families of those killed in a NATO air strike plan further legal action after the Montenegrin supreme court rejected their bid for compensation for the deaths in 1999.

16 Apr 15

Croatia Raises Tax on Tobacco and Petrol

In order to cut the budget deficit and avoid punitive measures being imposed by Brussels, the Croatian government is introducing higher taxes on tobacco, petrol and diesel.

16 Apr 15

Belgrade Paper Blic Closes Its Montenegrin Edition

The Montenegrin edition of the Serbian daily Blic published its last issue on Wednesday as dozens of employees lost their jobs due to financial problems.

16 Apr 15

NATO Chief Praises Montenegro Reform Progress

NATO welcomed Montenegro’s military reforms and its support for the Western alliance's mission in Afghanistan - a boost for the country's hopes for a membership invitation this year.

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17 Apr 15

Bosnian Serbs Challenge Constitutional Court Over Holiday

Bosnian Serb ruling and opposition blocs have joined forces to challenge the right of Bosnia’s constitutional court to rule on Republika Srpska’s annual holiday - a move that could spark a crisis.