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28 Aug 15

Vienna Summit Binds Balkan States to Broad Reforms

Summit declaration obliges Balkan countries not to misuse the EU accession process against each other, calls for civil society to play a greater role - and welcomes EU pledge to help resolving outstanding bilateral disputes.

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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

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

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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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

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.

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25 Aug 15

Bosnian Police Chief Blamed for Vucic Attack Exonerated

A parliamentary committee has refused to sack a Bosnian police chief following accusations that he was to blame for the attack on the Serbian PM at the Srebrenica commemorations.

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25 Aug 15

Serbia, Kosovo Leaders Meet to End Stalemate

Serbian and Kosovo officials meet on Tuesday in Brussels for a potentially key round of the EU-facilitated dialogue, which is crucial for both sides' European integration processes.

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24 Aug 15

Migrants in Southern Serbia ‘Receiving Adequate Help’

Serbian Equality Commissioner Brankica Jankovic said that migrants living temporarily at a reception centre in southern Serbia are receiving the necessary food aid and medical care.

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24 Aug 15

Serbia Sets up Refugee Camp Near Macedonian Border

The Serbian authorities set up another temporary camp near the country's border with Macedonia following a large influx of Middle Eastern refugees over the weekend.

Business

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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.

Culture and Lifestyle

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19 Aug 15

BIRN Film on Kosovo Makes Debut in Sarajevo

BIRN documentary on some of the most brutal crimes of the Kosovo war had its international premiere at this year’s Sarajevo Film Festival.