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Macedonia Referendum Fiasco Causes Dilemma for Serbia

Tue, 09/10/2018 - 07:28
After Macedonia's ‘name referendum’ failed due to an apparent big mismatch between registered and actual voters, other Balkan countries are pondering the wisdom of having such referendum thresholds.
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EU tells Moldova it Cannot Cherry-Pick from Partnership

Tue, 09/10/2018 - 07:23
EU patience with Moldova is wearing thin four years after it signed an association deal designed to spur political and economic reform. 
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Macedonia Starts Procedure on Changing Country's Name

Mon, 08/10/2018 - 19:16
With the required majority for such changes in parliament still in the balance, Macedonia's government has launched the legal procedure for adoption of the historic 'name' agreement with Greece.
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Kosovo Indicts Six For Planning Terrorist Attacks

Mon, 08/10/2018 - 18:21
Six Kosovo citizens were indicted for planning terrorist attacks against Kosovo Serb dance clubs and churches, international KFOR troops – and against targets in France and Belgium.
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Independent Probe Demanded Into Bulgarian Journalist’s Murder

Mon, 08/10/2018 - 16:59
The brutal killing of the Bulgarian journalist Victoria Marinova has drawn international condemnation and calls from media watchdogs for a comprehensive international investigation.
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Macedonia Court Jails Ex-Interior Minister For Six Years

Mon, 08/10/2018 - 14:25
A court on Monday sentenced former interior minister Gordana Jankuloska to six years in jail for her involvement in the illicit purchase of a luxury Mercedes in a first-instance verdict that she may appeal.
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Serbia President to Resolve Telekom Problem With Albania

Mon, 08/10/2018 - 13:52
Amid reports that Albania does not want Serbia to invest in its main telekom company, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said he planned to talk it over with Albania's Prime Minister, Edi Rama.
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Kosovo Urges Serbia to Release Arrested Albanian

Mon, 08/10/2018 - 12:40
Pristina requested the release of a Kosovo citizen who it said was arrested in Serbia on suspicion of war crimes, but Belgrade has not yet publicly responded or provided any details about the case.
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Serbian Hardliners Claim Victory in Bosnian Elections

Mon, 08/10/2018 - 12:04
The militant Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik has won the Serbian seat on Bosnia's state presidency, while his close ally, Zeljka Cvijanovic, has claimed victory in the race for the presidency of Bosnia's mainly Serbian entity, Republika Srpska.
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Balkan War Veterans Still Battling for State Benefits

Mon, 08/10/2018 - 07:44
Bosnia, Croatia, Kosovo and Serbia will pay out around 686 million euros in benefits to war veterans in 2018, but the treatment of ex-fighters continues to provoke political disputes and protests in each country.
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Djukanovic’s Montenegro Can Never be an EU ‘Backbone’

Mon, 08/10/2018 - 07:43
Europe seems desperate to see Montenegro as its greatest Balkan success story – even if it means turning a blind eye to the less reported side of the story.
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Dodik Wins Presidency Seat in Bosnia Election

Sun, 07/10/2018 - 22:14
The hard-line Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik appeared set on Monday to take a seat on Bosnia's state presidency alongside Sefik Dzaferovic and Zeljko Komsic – in election results that are unlikely to ease Bosnia's political crisis.
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Romanian Family Referendum Fails to Meet Turnout Threshold

Sun, 07/10/2018 - 20:56
Romanian conservative organizations and the Orthodox Church failed to mobilize enough voters to pass a referendum aiming to change the definition of the family in the constitution to “the union between a man and a woman.”
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TV Host's Brutal Murder Shakes Bulgaria

Sun, 07/10/2018 - 16:38
Bulgarian police confirmed on Sunday that Victoria Marinova, TV host and administrative director of the local TVN, has been killed – after reportedly being raped and then strangled.
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Bosnia's 2018 General Election Gets Underway

Sun, 07/10/2018 - 07:30
Polls opened at 7am on Sunday in Bosnia for voters to cast their ballots in the eighth general election since the Dayton agreement ended the 1992-95 war.
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Romanians Vote in a Two-Day 'Family' Referendum

Sat, 06/10/2018 - 08:48
Romanians go to the polls this weekend to vote in a referendum on whether they want to modify the country’s constitution to ban gay marriage – which the law already prohibits.  
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Bosnians Stage Simultaneous Protests Over Youngsters' Deaths

Fri, 05/10/2018 - 20:22
Numerous Bosnians gathered on Friday in both Sarajevo and Banja Luka for more protest rallies about the unexplained deaths of two youngsters, David Dragicevic and Dzenan Memic.
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NATO Urges Kosovo to 'Consult Fully' on Army Plans

Fri, 05/10/2018 - 17:21
As Kosovo gets closer to voting on draft laws on expanding the mandate of the Kosovo Security Force – which Serbia opposes – NATO calls for 'full consultations' with 'all communities'.
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Montenegro to Penalise Disrespect for National Anthem

Fri, 05/10/2018 - 16:13
Plans to fine Montenegrins who do not stand up for the national anthem are causing divisions in a country where many still resent the country's independence.
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Croatian War Crimes Trial Bribery Convict Absconds

Fri, 05/10/2018 - 15:45
A Croatian entrepreneur found guilty of trying to bribe Supreme Court judges in the case against 1990s general Branimir Glavas has absconded to Bosnia and Herzegovina instead of turning up to serve his two-year prison sentence.
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