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09 Feb 16

NATO Chief Urges Montenegro to Tackle Corruption

Ahead of accession talks with Montenegro, due to start next week, NATO chief says alliance seeks more results in establishing rule of law and pursuing fight against corruption.

bosnian-serb-chief-cornered-as-referendum-ploy-backfires-02-09-2016
09 Feb 16

Bosnian Serb Chief Cornered as Referendum Ploy Backfires

The President of Republika Srpska finds himself in a tricky political position after postponing his controversial referendum.

widow-of-albanian-dictator-gives-an-on-air-farewell-02-09-2016
09 Feb 16

Killing People 'Pained' Enver Hoxha, Widow Says

Late Albanian dictator's 95-year-old widow, Nexhmije Hoxha - giving her farewell interview - said her husband was a sensitive soul who regretted executing people.

former-radovan-karadzic-advisor-arrested-02-09-2016
09 Feb 16

Radovan Karadzic’s Former Adviser Arrested

Jovan Tintor, a high-ranking wartime politician and former adviser to Bosnian Serb President Radovan Karadzic was arrested on suspicion of taking part in war crimes in Vogosca near Sarajevo.

bosnian-serb-genocide-convict-dies-in-the-hague-02-09-2016
09 Feb 16

Bosnian Serb Genocide Convict Dies in The Hague

The former intelligence chief of the Bosnian Serb Army’s Main Headquarters, Zdravko Tolimir, who was convicted of the genocide of Bosniaks from Srebrenica, died in the Hague Tribunal’s detention unit.

bosnian-serb-leader-puts-controversial-referendum-on-hold--02-09-2016
09 Feb 16

Bosnian Serb Leader Postpones Controversial Referendum

Facing growing criticism, the president of Bosnia's Serb-dominated entity Republika Srpska postponed a planned referendum which was intended to challenge the authority of the state judiciary.

bosnian-opposition-seeks-solution-to-mostar-deadlock-02-08-2016
09 Feb 16

Bosnian Opposition Seeks Solution to Mostar Deadlock

The Bosnian Social Democratic Party and the Democratic Front have developed a joint proposal intended to end the political deadlock which has been paralysing Mostar's local administration.

serbian-government-illegally-hiding-public-officials-cv-s-02-08-2016
09 Feb 16

Serbian Govt Accused of Hiding Officials' CVs

The Serbian government has no legal grounds to keep state officials' CVs confidential - a move that directly contravenes a court ruling, transparency watchdogs claim.

macedonia-mulls-tax-on-fatty-food-02-08-2016
09 Feb 16

Macedonia Mulls Tax on Fatty Foods

A government idea to put an additional tax on fatty foods to dissuade people from buying them has been slammed by the opposition and ridiculed on social networks.

albania-to-urge-officials-in-giving-past-records-02-08-2016
09 Feb 16

Albanian MPs Face Criminal Records Quizzing

MPs and many state officials will soon have to fill in a detailed questionnaire detailing whether they have criminal records or have had any brushes with the law in the past. 

romania-rejects-new-imf-deal-02-02-2016
09 Feb 16

Confident Romania Spurns Fresh IMF Deal

The Romanian government does not plan to seek another financial deal with the International Monetary Fund as it believes the economy is on course for improvement.

croatia-thinks-dropping-gas-terminal-as-strategic-project-02-08-2016
09 Feb 16

Croatia Gas Terminal May Lose 'Strategic' Status

According to media speculation, the construction of a gas terminal in northern Croatia could be removed from the official list of planned strategic projects, to experts' surprise.

nazi-backed-leader-nedic-helped-serbs-witness-02-08-2016
08 Feb 16

Nazi-Backed Leader Milan Nedic ‘Helped Serbs’

A witness at a rehabilitation hearing for Milan Nedic argued that the Nazi-backed WWII-era puppet government leader helped many Serbs survive the German occupation of the region.

bosnian-ngo-coalition-to-publish-report-on-floods-recovery-transparency-02-05-2016
08 Feb 16

Report Lifts Lid on Bosnian Flood Aid Spending

Brana, a coalition of Bosnian NGOs, on Wednesday will release its report on the transparency of the recovery projects undertaken after the catastrophic floods of 2014.

croatian-reform-of-administrative-units-under-question-02-05-2016
08 Feb 16

Croatia Parties Haggle Over Axing Counties

While the junior party in Croatia's government wants to do away with the current county system, its senior partner has good reasons for clinging to the status quo.

tarzan-to-help-promoting-romanian-city-02-05-2016
08 Feb 16

Romanian City Makes Most of Tarzan Link

The Romanian city of Timisoara is boosting its profile by popularising the connection to local boy Johnny Weissmuller - who starred in the famous Tarzan movies of the 1930s.

activists-call-to-end-visas-between-kosovo-and-bosnia-02-05-2016
05 Feb 16

Kosovo, Bosnian Activists Demand End to Visas

Activists from Kosovo and Bosnia, meeting on Friday in Pristina, called on their respective governments to end their pointless and destructive feud.

eu-expects-bulgaria-economy-to-drop-in-2016-02-05-2016
05 Feb 16

Bulgaria's Growth to Fall in 2016, EU Says

Economic growth will fall to 1.5 per cent in 2016 due to a slowdown in EU funds absorption but will pick up in 2017, the European Commission has said in its latest forecast. 

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albania-pays-price-for-politically-motivated-sackings-02-05-2016
08 Feb 16

Albania Pays Price For Politically Driven Sackings

Despite the passage of laws designed to stop it, the practice of summarily sacking civil servants continues in Albania, burdening the budget and creating misery for those let go.

reforms-and-investments-key-to-accelerating-serbia-s-economic-growth-02-05-2016
08 Feb 16

Reforms and Investments Key to Accelerating Serbia’s Economic Growth

Higher growth rates for Serbia could only be achieved if the pace of reforms is sustained and more investors are attracted to Serbia.