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24 Jun 16

Balkans Shaken as UK Chooses EU Exit

Initial reactions from the Balkan region to the negative vote on the EU in Britain are gloomy - but concerns about the effects of a 'Brexit' on Southeastern Europe's economies are less dramatic. 

24 Jun 16

Fears Grow For Hijacked Albanian Fishermen

Concern is growing about the fate of two Albanian fishermen, who appear to have been taken hostage by Egyptians demanding a ransom.

24 Jun 16

Kosovo Probes Dubious KLA Veterans' List

Amid growing public pressure, the Kosovo State Prosecution has initiated a probe into the list of Kosovo Liberation Army veterans, which many see as suspiciously large.

24 Jun 16

Bulgaria Moves to Make Radical Islam a Crime

Preachers of radical Islam could face financial penalties and up to five years in prison in Bulgaria under changes to the penal code backed by MPs.

24 Jun 16

Romania to Curb Perks of Jailbird Authors

Romania is to finally change a law that allows prisoners to have their sentences reduced if they publish books behind bars, saying the privilege has been abused.

24 Jun 16

Islamophobia Summit Opens in Bosnian Capital

The first European Islamophobia Summit opens in Sarajevo on Friday, aiming to raise awareness about the growing danger that Islamophobia represents to Europe.

24 Jun 16

Albania Plans Memorial to Communism Victims

Albanian authorities have promised to erect the first memorial to the victims of communism in Tirana, although a deadline for the project remains absent.

24 Jun 16

'Third-Way' Parties Hold Key to Croatia's Next Govt, Experts

The formation of a new Croatian government will likely again depend on third parties such as MOST and Living Wall, both of which, however, need to resolve their internal issues, experts say.

24 Jun 16

Serbia Hopes of Opening Key EU Chapters Fade

Despite hopes to the contrary, Serbia will not open Chapters 23 and 24 in its EU negotiations during the Dutch EU presidency that ends on July 1, experts warn.

23 Jun 16

Karadzic Lawyer May Face Contempt of Court

The Hague tribunal has opened an investigation into a member of the defence team of the former Bosnian Serb leader, Radovan Karadzic, for alleged contempt of court.

23 Jun 16

Serbia Row Rumbles on Over Axed Diplomat

Serbia's now former ambassador to the EU and the country's Foreign Ministry are continuing to row over the reasons for his sacking.

23 Jun 16

Gulf Group to Build Oil Recycling Plant in Romania

The Emirates Chemie-Tech DMCC group will set up an oil recycling plant in southeastern Romania, the first of its kind in the region.

23 Jun 16

BIRN Probe Helps Overrule Kosovo Terror Verdict

A BIRN investigation was used in the Kosovo court of appeals as evidence to overrule a first-instance prison term for two men accused of joining a phantom terrorist organisation.

23 Jun 16

Bosnia MPs Try to Change Mostar's Ustasa Street Names

Bosnian MPs have started a procedure to change the names of three streets in Mostar commemorating leaders of the Croatian Fascist Ustasa movement - but with no city council in place, it may prove difficult.

23 Jun 16

President Says 'War' Being Waged Against Macedonia

President says his controversial pardons for top politicians, which he later retracted, had prevented a civil conflict instigated by foreign 'enemies' bent on destabilizing Macedonia.

23 Jun 16

Albania to Host NATO Centre on Foreign Fighters

Authorities say the first NATO centre of its kind, studying the phenomenon of foreign terrorist fighters, will be activated within this year. 

23 Jun 16

Montenegro Takes in Ex-Guantanamo Prisoner

Montenegro has agreed to 'socially rehabilitate' another detainee from Guantanamo camp, from Yemen, under a programe drawn up between the US and its allies.

23 Jun 16

British Soul Stars Headline Belgrade Calling Festival

This year’s festival, one of the city’s premiere events to catch international stars, features an array of British soul music.

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23 Jun 16

Croatia's Ex-PM Was Doomed From Start, Experts Say

The position of Croatia's now former Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic, a non-party candidate for the post, was highly problematic from the moment he took office.

23 Jun 16

Former Sandzak Mufti Mulls Joining Serbian Government

Muamer Zukorlic, the controversial former mufti, businessmen and new member of Serbia’s parliament, is considering entering a new government if it offers Bosniaks some concessions. 

22 Jun 16

Balkan Countries Brace for British Vote on EU

22 Jun 16

Census Bombshell adds to Bosnia's EU Woes

21 Jun 16

Report Hailing Economic Growth Questioned

20 Jun 16

All Eyes on China in Serbian Steel Mill Town