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21 Nov 14

EU Chief Reassures Montenegro on Enlargements

The EU's new Enlargement Commissioner, Johannes Hahn, welcomed Montenegro's decision to back EU policy on Ukraine - and said his visit was a reminder that the EU remained committed to an enlargement policy.

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21 Nov 14

Republika Srpska Opposition Claim New Support

The opposition bloc in Republika Srpska says a non-Serbian coalition, Homeland, has agreed to support their bid to form a government in Bosnia's mainly Serbian entity.

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21 Nov 14

Macedonia Police Arrest Ex-Mayor of Ohrid

Macedonian police arrested the former mayor of Ohrid on suspicion of leading an organized crime ring, stealing money through municipal public procurements.

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21 Nov 14

Macedonian Clerics Mull Lustration Checkups

Top Macedonian Orthodox Church clerics are thinking of voluntarily taking a lustration test, so as to remove any suspicions that priests and bishops once acted as spies for the former Communist-era secret police.

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21 Nov 14

Croat MEP Wants Strasbourg to Denounce Seselj

A Croatian European Parliamentarian, Andrej Plenkovic, has tabled a critical resolution on the Serbian nationalist Vojislav Seselj, which he wants fellow MEPS to back next week.

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21 Nov 14

Ex-Leaders in Romania to Mark Communism's Fall

Former presidents and dissidents have gathered in Bucharest to mark 25 years since the overthrown of the communist regime - though many Romanians have little interest.

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21 Nov 14

Russia, China Slate EU Sanctions Pressure on Serbia

Russian and Chinese officials have criticised the EU for telling Serbia to align its foreign policy with Brussels concerning sanctions against Russia.

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21 Nov 14

Montenegro Earns Cash From Old Yugoslav Arms

Montenegro has earned several million euro this year from sales of obsolete Yugoslav Army


weapons and ammunition to Serbia, Albania, Kenya and the US.

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21 Nov 14

Mladic Witness Says Muslims Left Kljuc ‘Voluntarily’

A defence witness for former Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic claimed that the Serbian civilian and military authorities never intended to expel Muslims and Croats from Kljuc in 1992.

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21 Nov 14

UN Justice Experts Condemn Trbic’s Release

Human rights experts of the United Nations, UN, express fear the release of Milorad Trbic, whose verdict for genocide was quashed, might lead to the 're-victimization of victims'.

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20 Nov 14

Serbia Strikes Billion Euro Loan Deal with IMF

Serbia has clinched an agreement on a billion-euro precautionary loan with the International Monetary Fund, which it hopes will create confidence and lure investors.

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20 Nov 14

Ex-Zvornik Police Charged with Srebrenica Genocide

The Bosnian Prosecution has filed an indictment against Dragomir Vasic, Danilo Zoljic and Radomir Pantic for genocide in Srebrenica - in what has been described as one of the most comprehensive indictments concerning the 1995 mass slaughter.

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20 Nov 14

Goran Saric Acquitted of Crimes in Sarajevo

The Appeals Chamber of the Bosnian Court acquitted Goran Saric of committing crimes in the Sarajevo settlement of Nahorevo in 1992.

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20 Nov 14

Iohannis's Life Story Proves a Hit in Romania

At Bucharest's main book fair there was rush on copies of the autobiogaphy of the man who - very unexpectedly - has just won the presidential election.

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20 Nov 14

Montenegro Unions Call Protest Against Pay Cuts

Montenegrin trade unions plan to stage a protest on December 6 in the capital, Podgorica, against announced pay cuts in the public sector.

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22 Nov 14

EU’s Albania Delegation Probed Over Justice Tender

The EU’s anti-fraud office, OLAF, is investigating claims that the EU Delegation in Albania offered a major tender to a German company for corrupt reasons, BIRN can reveal.