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31 Mar 15

Albania Police Chief Quits Over Extradition Fiasco

Albanian police chief Artan Didi quit on Tuesday after two officials from Tirana's Interpol office were detained, accused of hiding an extradition request from Belgium for MP Mark Frroku - who is wanted for murder.

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31 Mar 15

Romania Warned Against Dangers of Tax Cuts

Romania's Fiscal Council has echoed warnings made earlier by the IMF that the centre-left government’s plans to cut taxes will throw the economy off course.

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31 Mar 15

Croatian Wartime General Branimir Glavas Released

Retired general and former lawmaker Glavas was released from prison, where he was being held on remand while awaiting retrial for alleged war crimes against Serbs.

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31 Mar 15

Serbian Fighters’ Kosovo Massacre Convictions Overturned

A verdict convicting nine former Serbian fighters of killing more than 118 Albanians near the Kosovo town of Pec/Peja in 1999 was annulled and the case sent for retrial.

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31 Mar 15

Croats Hit by Soaring Swiss Franc Call Protest

A lobby group for Croats hit by the sharp rise in the value of the franc has scheduled a street protest in April, demanding that the governor of the national bank, HNB, step down.

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31 Mar 15

Montenegro Arrests Fans for Football Violence

Police arrested two fans suspected of throwing a flare at Russian goalkeeper during last Friday's abandoned qualifier, as football association awaits UEFA disciplinary ruling.

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31 Mar 15

Serbia PM: Seselj Being Used to Punish Belgrade

Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said the Hague Tribunal’s decision to release Serbian Radical Party leader Vojislav Seselj and then recall him to custody was intended to undermine his government.

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31 Mar 15

Anti-Putin Tirade Worsens Russia-Romania Relations

Romania's cool relations with Russia are under further strain following a controversy over an article blasting President Vladimir Putin, published by a Romanian website.

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31 Mar 15

Feud Poses Threat to Bosnian Serb Leadership

The government of the Bosnian Serb entity, Republika Srpska, could be left without a majority owing to a growing feud between Milorad Dodik and one his party's leading figures.

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31 Mar 15

Fans of Zagreb's Embattled Mayor Form New Party

He may be fighting off corruption charges that could result in a jail term - but that did not stop supporters of Mayor Milan Bandic from forming a new party in Zagreb last Saturday.

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31 Mar 15

Ex-Minister Sets Sights on Mayoralty of Tirana

Gjergj Bojaxhi, a former deputy minister of energy, on Monday launched his campaign to become the Albanian capital's new mayor, running on a ticket as independent.

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30 Mar 15

Kosovo Police Halt Angry War Veterans’ Rally

Kosovo Liberation Army veterans broke into the courtyard of the government building during a protest calling on the authorities to start paying them state benefits.

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30 Mar 15

Macedonia Journalists Protest After Editor Labelled Informant

Over 50 journalists staged a protest after Macedonia’s Lustration Commission declared that the editor-in-chief of weekly newspaper Fokus was a secret services informant in 1993.

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30 Mar 15

Croatian War Veterans File Charges Against PM

War veterans who have been protesting for over five months said they filed charges against Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic and two Croatian media outlets, accusing them of inciting hatred.

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30 Mar 15

Albanian MP Wanted in Belgium for Murder

The Albanian general prosecutor’s office asked parliament to lift the immunity of Christian Democratic MP Mark Frroku after an extradition request from Belgium.

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30 Mar 15

Kosovo Serb 'Civil Protection' Force Faces Disbanding

A Kosovo minister said that the Serb-run Civilna Zastita (Civil Protection) force in the north will soon be dissolved and incorporated into the country's regular police.

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30 Mar 15

Hague Tribunal Orders Seselj Back into Custody

The international war crimes court revoked the temporary release of Serbian Radical Party leader Vojislav Seselj, ordering him to return to custody in the Netherlands immediately.

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30 Mar 15

Croatia Vote Fails to Halt Istria Power Plant

Although the majority people who voted in an advisory referendum in the Labin region of Istria opposed plans for a new coal-fired thermal power plant, the project is to go ahead.

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30 Mar 15

Cantonal Feuds Spell Trouble for Bosnia’s Federation Govt

The future of the coalition government in the Federation entity looks highly uncertain, given the wrangling between the three parties at the level of the entity’s ten cantons.