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25 May 17

Divjak Faces War Crime Charges in Bosnia

Police in the southern Bosnian town of Trebinje have filed war crimes charges against retired Bosnian army general Jovan Divjak for allegedly committing crimes against Serbs in the 1992-5 war.

25 May 17

Putin's Homage to Cyrillic Makes Bulgarians See Red

Vladimir Putin’s claim, made at a meeting with the Macedonian President, that the Slavic alphabet came to Russia from Macedonia, has not gone down well in Bulgaria.

25 May 17

Kosovo's Top Court Acquits Limaj of War Crimes

Kosovo's Supreme Court has acquitted Fatmir Limaj, former commander of the Kosovo Liberation Army, KLA, of committing war crimes in the Klecka detention centre in 1999.

25 May 17

Croatian, Serbian Rightists Join Forces at Family Conference

Croatian and Serbian right-wingers are taking part in a global gathering in Hungary of groups opposed to abortion, same-sex marriage and gender ideology.

25 May 17

Kosovars Abroad Fear They Cannot Vote in Election

Many Kosovo Albanians living abroad complain that glitches in the Central Election Commission's IT department deprived them of the chance to take part in the June elections.

24 May 17

Croatia Pressures Bosnia Over Lost Power Plant Investment

Croatia is pushing ahead with demands for compensation for its lost prewar investment in the Gacko power plant in eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina.

24 May 17

Mladic Lawyers Mull Street Protests Seeking his Release

Ratko Mladic’s lawyer said they may urge people in Serbia to take to the streets and protest in support of their demand for the temporary release of the Bosnian Serb leader.

24 May 17

Bosnia Court Acquits Serbs of Srebrenica Hate Speech

The Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina has acquitted Milan Mandic and local TV station employees of charges of inciting hatred and intolerance in 2014, by allegedly calling the Srebrenica massacre 'God's justice'.

24 May 17

Serbian General Denies Montenegro Putsch Charges

Retired General Bratislav Dikic and five others facing a trial over an alleged coup attempt last October in Montenegro have again pleaded not guilty, saying all the evidence was planted.

24 May 17

Basescu Daughter Faces Graft Charge in Romania

Romanian former development minister Elena Udrea and former president Traian Basescu’s daughter, Ioana, will stand trial for obtaining illegal funds for Basescu's 2009 presidential campaign. 

24 May 17

Journalists’ Row Reignites Romanian Debate on Media Freedom

Accusations made by a Romanian TV show anchor - that his broadcaster has turned a blind eye to a corruption scandal linked to the station - have fuelled fresh controversy over press freedom and self-censorship. 

24 May 17

Croatia Fears Fallout from Manchester Terror Attack

There are concerns in Croatia that Monday’s terror attack in the UK will result in tighter checks - and long queues - on the Slovenia-Croatia border, undermining the tourism industry.

24 May 17

Kosovo Politicians Tainted by Crime Claims

Major political parties in Kosovo are ignoring calls from the international community to exclude those with criminal charges from candidate lists for impending snap elections.

24 May 17

US Deports Serb Wanted Over Srebrenica Killings

The US on Monday deported Srdjan Bilic to Serbia, where he is wanted in connection with war crimes committed in 1995 in Srebrenica in eastern Bosnia.

24 May 17

Macedonia President Greeted Warmly in Moscow

Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov has hurried to meet President Vladimir Putin in Moscow - after caving into Western pressure to allow the Social Democrats to form a government.

24 May 17

Skyscraper Frenzy Divides Locals in Bulgarian Capital

New projects to build high-rises in the centre of Sofia are transforming the city's apprearance - but are also drawing a good deal of local opposition.

24 May 17

Romania Ordered to Pay Damages to Battered Wife

The European Court of Human Rights has sided with a Romanian woman who sued the state after courts turned a blind eye to the way her husband had repeatedly assaulted her.

24 May 17

Serbia's Monarchists Want King Back on Throne

A monarchist lobby group, the Kingdom of Serbia Association, says it has collected over 120,000 signature of support for the restoration of a king - and plans to submit its petition to parliament soon.

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25 May 17

Why Serbian Presidents Rule like Milosevic

When Aleksandar Vucic takes over the presidency, he will be able to wield much more power than the job provides, just like his predecessors Slobodan Milosevic and Boris Tadic.

24 May 17

Who is Who in the Kosovo Elections

Balkan Insight provides a brief description of all the parties and coalitions competing in the June general elections.