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31 Jul 15

Serbian Lottery Director Quits After Fraud Claims

Aleksandar Vulovic, the director of the State Lottery, resigned after suspicions about potential fraud during a televised draw that caused a scandal in Serbia this week.

31 Jul 15

Croatian Ex-PM's Retrial Set for September

A preparatory hearing in the corruption retrial of former Prime Minister Ivo Sanader has been set for September 7 after his conviction was revoked by the constitutional court.

31 Jul 15

Serbia’s Plan for Refugees ‘Likely to Fail’

The new Serbian national strategy on refugees and displaced people will not help them resolve their problems, a refugee association warned.

30 Jul 15

Serbia Taken to Euro Court Over Roma Evictions

The European Court of Human Rights is hearing a case against Serbia brought by campaigners seeking to stop forced evictions of Roma families who fled the Kosovo war in 1999.

30 Jul 15

Germany to Curb Mass Migration from Albania

Berlin and Tirana organised the repatriation of about 70 asylum-seekers and German police have been stationed at Albanian border posts in a bid to stop the flow of migrants.

30 Jul 15

Kosovo Govt Prepares New War Crimes Court Vote

The government will call another vote on setting up a special war crimes court to try former Kosovo Liberation Army guerrillas, indicating it now has enough support to get it approved.

30 Jul 15

Montenegro Urged to Respect Kosovo’s Yugoslav-Era Border

Kosovo MP Ramush Haradinaj said that the country has to insist on its Yugoslav-era border in demarcation negotiations with Montenegro, which has been accused of claiming more land.

30 Jul 15

Belgrade Plans 'Free Economic Zone' for Investors

The City Assembly decided to establish a 'free economic zone' which the local authorities hope will bring in foreign investors and boost the Serbian capital's economy.

30 Jul 15

Thousands Protest Against New Bosnian Labour Law

MPs in Bosnia’s Federation entity adopted the new labour law as several thousand workers rallied outside the assembly building in Sarajevo, calling the legislation an attack on their rights.

30 Jul 15

Croatia Launches New Oil and Gas Tenders

The Croatian Hydrocarbon Agency said that new tenders for gas and oil exploration and exploitation in the Adriatic Sea and onshore in the Slavonia region will open in September.

30 Jul 15

Gigantic Cross Sparks Debate About Serbian Church

The Orthodox Church’s plan to build an enormous steel cross on top of a mountain has been welcomed by some believers but critics say the money should be spent on more socially useful projects.

30 Jul 15

Macedonia Cancels Tax Rise for Contract Workers

Less than a year after it was introduced, the government is scrapping a much-disputed tax increase for contract workers which sparked protests in the country.

29 Jul 15

Serbian Prosecution Probes Lottery Fraud Claims

The National Lottery of Serbia has rejected allegations about a fixed lottery draw but the prosecution has already launched a probe.

29 Jul 15

Croatian MPs Vote to End Slovenia Arbitration

The Croatian parliament voted unanimously to pull out of an international arbitration agreement with Slovenia over disputed waters in the Piran Gulf.

29 Jul 15

Croatian Anti-Fascists Commemorate 1941 Deaths of Serbs

The Anti-Fascist League of Croatia commemorated the deaths of around 1,000 Serbs who were killed by Nazi-allied Ustasa units in the town of Glina during July and August 1941.

29 Jul 15

Bosnian Serb Leader’s Referendum Appeal Ignored

Milorad Dodik, president of Bosnia’s mainly Serb entity Republika Srpska, got no reply to a letter he sent to US and European officials promoting his plan to hold a referendum on the country’s judiciary.

29 Jul 15

Albania Charges Former Central Bank Governor

A year after a major bank theft was discovered, former governor Ardian Fullani was charged with abuse of office by prosecutors who allege that he bears some responsibility for the crime.

29 Jul 15

Macedonia MPs Stay Silent on Bugging at Spy HQ

Macedonia’s illegal mass surveillance scandal, which is at the centre of the country’s political crisis, was not discussed when MPs visited the headquarters of the country’s secret police.

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31 Jul 15

Bosnia’s Salt Lakes City Becomes Tourist Magnet

As its traditional industries contract and poverty and unemployment rises, Tuzla hopes that more revenue can be raised from tourism, attracting visitors with its unique complex of salt lakes.