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28 Aug 15

World Bank Analysis to Guide Serbian Layoffs

A forthcoming World Bank analysis of Serbia's public sector is likely to provide a basis for the government to determine further public-sector job cuts.

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28 Aug 15

Bosnia and Croatia Risk Trade War Over Milk Ban

After months of preparations to start dairy exports to the EU, Bosnian milk producers have run up against an unexplained ban from Croatia.

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28 Aug 15

Renaming of Bosnian Language Sparks School Boycott

Dozens of Bosniak parents will send their children to a temporary educational establishment instead of regular schools in protest at the Bosnian Serb government’s renaming of the Bosnian language as ‘Bosniak’.

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27 Aug 15

Merkel: Summit Has Shown EU's Commitment To Balkans

Austrian and German leaders hail Vienna summit as proof of the EU's commitment to the region, announce support for infrastucture projects and pledge solidarity over refugee crisis.

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27 Aug 15

Migrant Deaths Cast Pall Over Balkan Summit

Leaders attending the Balkan summit in Vienna have been shocked by news of dozens of migrants found dead in a lorry in Austria.

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27 Aug 15

Civil Activists Seek Expanded Role in Balkans' Future

Civil sector groups from six Western Balkans countres urged their political leaders to secure freedom of expression and media independence, also calling for more of a role in their countries' EU integration processes.

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27 Aug 15

Srebrenica Commander Naser Oric Charged With War Crimes

Former Bosnian Army general Naser Oric, who led Bosniak forces in battles against Serb troops in Srebrenica, was charged with war crimes against Serb prisoners in the area in 1992. 

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27 Aug 15

Balkan Summit Urged to Tackle Bilateral Disputes

Western Balkan countries must step up their efforts to resolve bilateral disputes with EU help, civil society groups on Thursday told the Western Balkans Summit in Vienna.

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27 Aug 15

Serbian War Criminal Sainovic Returns to Belgrade

The former deputy prime minister of Yugoslavia, Nikola Sainovic, convicted of war crimes in the Kosovo conflict, was released and returned home after serving two-thirds of his 18-year prison sentence.

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27 Aug 15

Serbian Minister Bans Anti-Migrant Protests

Civil rights groups have welcomed the Serbian government's decision to ban a planned right-wing rally against migrants set for Monday.

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27 Aug 15

Macedonia Scraps Lustration, Keeps Sanctions Against ‘Spies’

Macedonia plans to keep sanctioning people deemed to be former Communist secret police collaborators even after scrapping its much-criticised Lustration Law next year.

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26 Aug 15

EU Stumps up Aid for Refugees in Balkans

Ahead of the Western Balkan summit in Vienna, which will be overshadowed by the refugee crisis, the European Commision has offered another 1.5 million euro in humanitarian aid.

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26 Aug 15

Croatia Court Refuses to Free Ex-PM Sanader

A Zagreb court rejected a plea to release former Croatian Prime Minister Ivo Sanader from custody, keeping him in prison indefinitely.

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26 Aug 15

Albanian Church Demolition Angers Greece

Athens has compared the demolition of the contested church of St Athanas in a village in southern Albania to the actions of Islamist jihadists in the Middle East.

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26 Aug 15

Vucic Faces Charges Over BIRN Business School Probe

The Serbian opposition political movement “Enough is enough”, led by Sasa Radulovic, has filed charges against Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic based on a BIRN investigation into loans granted by the Belgrade Business School.

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26 Aug 15

Serbia and Kosovo Reach Four Key Agreements

Serbian and Kosovo officials on Tuesday reached four key agreements in what the EU called a landmark achievement in the normalisation process, enabling both sides to advance on their European path.

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26 Aug 15

Refugee Crisis to Overshadow Balkan Summit

The refugee crisis is expected to dominate the Vienna summit of Western Balkan leaders on Thursday that will be attended by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose country expects to take in a record 800,000 migrants this year.

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25 Aug 15

Macedonia, Serbia Expect New Refugee Wave

A new wave of about 2,000 refugees is shortly expected to reach Presevo, in southern Serbia, on the border with Macedonia, the local Red Cross said.