Archive for July, 2012

Montenegro to Hold Elections on October 14

Tuesday, July 31, 2012 Comments Off

As the tiny Adriatic country faces tough EU accession talks, its president has called early parliamentary elections.Filip Vujanovic, Montenegro’s president, has called early parliamentary election for October 14, some six months ahead of schedule.

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Macedonian Lustration Body Names Informants

Tuesday, July 31, 2012 Comments Off

The Macedonian Lustration Commission named 11 people as collaborators with the former police and state security agencies on Monday, under the newly adopted Lustration Law.The eleven alleged police informants are the same people who had been lustrated under the old law that was scrapped by the Constitutional Court, which ruled that 12 provisions of that […]

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Serbia Arrests Kosovo Albanian for War Crimes

Tuesday, July 31, 2012 Comments Off

The family of Nehat Haliti says that his arrest is meant to scare the Kosovo Albanians, and that he has no connection with the alleged war crimes he is charged with.The family of Nehat Haliti, who was arrested over the weekend in Serbia on war crimes charges, denies that he was ever a Kosovo Liberation […]

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Earthquakes Hit Central Bosnia

Tuesday, July 31, 2012 Comments Off

Two earthquakes which hit Zenica on Monday with a magnitude 4.6 on the Richter scale has frightened thousands of people living in Central Bosnia.An earthquake shook the town of Zenica on July 30, measuring 4.6 on the Richter scale, and was followed by a weaker one. The epicentre was seven kilometers from the city, and […]

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Traffic Normalised at Kosovo-Serbia Border in Merdare

Tuesday, July 31, 2012 Comments Off

Kosovo police says that the traffic at the Merdare border crossing has returned to normal, after being paralysed over the weekend, with kilometres-long queues.Hundreds of people were stranded on both sides of the border for hours, due to what Kosovo Police described as failure of the Serbian police to properly manage the flow of passengers […]

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Belgrade Condemns Ahtisaari over Kosovo

Monday, July 30, 2012 Comments Off

Belgrade has condemned the statement from former UN envoy who said that Serbia should be denied EU membership until it recognizes Kosovo.The newly appointed Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic warned on Sunday that the statement by the former UN envoy to the Kosovo status process, Martti Ahtisaari, that Serbia should not be allowed into the […]

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Greek coalition leaders to debate spending cuts

Monday, July 30, 2012 Comments Off

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras was to confer with his coalition allies on Monday on spending cuts needed to unlock a 31.5-billion-euro loan instalment from the country’s EU-IMF rescue package. Samaras was to see his two partners — socialist Evangelos Venizelos and moderate leftist Fotis Kouvelis — at 1500 GMT, the PM’s office said.

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Montenegrin Restaurant Refuses to Serve Serbs

Monday, July 30, 2012 Comments Off

The owner of a restaurant in a Montenegrin village has thrown out a woman and her five small children for being Serbs.Veselinka Rajkovic, a resident of Podgorica, was visiting the monastery of Prevlaka accompanied by a Serbian Orthodox nun – the children’s religous teacher. Rajkovic told Vijesti, a Podgorica based daily newspaper, that on their […]

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Bosnian Group Demands Abolition of Entities

Monday, July 30, 2012 Comments Off

A group of citizens is demanding the scrapping of the 1995 Dayton settlement, the return of the old Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the abolition of the two entities.The “Anti-Dayton Group” organized a gathering in Sarajevo for citizens to sign a petition demanding that the two entities, the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and […]

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Cull of Editors on Croatian TV Causes Protests

Monday, July 30, 2012 Comments Off

Around 40 editors at Croatian state television will be sacked or demoted, a local newspaper has reported – but bosses of the station deny carrying out a purge.According to Vecernji List, a Croatian daily newspaper, the TV’s new management has already replaced seven out of nine editors in charge of different programming areas. “Within five […]

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EULEX Report Reveals Strategy to Kill LDK Activists

Friday, July 27, 2012 Comments Off

A classified report, parts of which have been leaked, says an organised strategy existed after the end of the Kosovo war to assassinate political rivals of the current ruling party.Dozens of senior political figures and activists in the Democratic League of Kosovo, LDK, were killed after the end of the Kosovo conflict for political reasons, […]

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Dacic Presents Goals of Serbia’s New Govt

Friday, July 27, 2012 Comments Off

Prime Minister designate presents the programme of the future government whose 19 members took their oaths of office on Friday.The sound of the national anthem and the presence of a ceremonial guard marked the ceremony when Serbia’s new cabinet members took their oath of office. They failed to be sworn in on Thursday, as was […]

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Montenegro MPs Shorten Term Ahead of Early Elections

Friday, July 27, 2012 Comments Off

Montenegro’s parliament has voted to cut short its current mandate, setting the stage for early elections likely to be held in October.The parliament’s session was shortened at the initiative of the ruling coalition, which wanted a fresh mandate for the country’s EU accession talks. Montenegro started membership talks with the EU at the end of […]

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Outcome Unclear of Romanian Vote on President

Friday, July 27, 2012 Comments Off

The result of the referendum on President Traian Basescu is hard to call; no on knows whether enough people will turn out for the result to be valid.There is still no obvious outcome to the presidential referendum on July 29, when Romanians are to vote on whether to impeach country’s suspended President, Traian Basescu. While […]

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Albania Court Frees Official Charged Over Deadly Riot

Friday, July 27, 2012 Comments Off

Tirana’s District Court issued a not guilty verdict on Thursday to Armando Kasaj, former head of IT in the Prime Minister’s office, who was accused of wiping the server containing footage of the January 21, 2011 riots.Based on scientific evidence produced in cooperation with US Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI, prosecutors had sought a two-year […]

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July 25 Action Stopped Kosovo’s Partition, Minister Says

Friday, July 27, 2012 Comments Off

Police action in Serb-run north last July pushed the partition issue off the negotiating table, Kosovo Interior Minister says.Kosovo’s Interior Minister has paid tribute to the police intervention in July 2011 in the Serb-run north, saying it sent a clear message that Pristina will not allow the partition of Kosovo. Bajram Rexhepi said on Thursday […]

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Bulgaria Urged to Reassess Terrorism Threat

Friday, July 27, 2012 Comments Off

Bulgaria needs to review terrorist threats to the country, the Consultative Council on National Security said in the wake of the recent suicide bombing in Burgas.President Rosen Plevneliev convened the Council on Thursday in the wake of the July 18 suicide bombing, which killed five Israelis and a bus driver in the Bulgarian resort of […]

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Montengro: Kosovo Roma Protest Over Housing

Thursday, July 26, 2012 Comments Off

Almost a hundred Kosovo Roma, who were made homeless after a fire destroyed parts of the Konik refugee camp, staged a protest on Wednesday in front of the Montenegrin government headquarters.The Roma were protesting because they had only been given tents as temporary housing after a fire burned down their settlement on the outskirts of […]

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It’s Official: Bulgaria Needs New Anti-Terrorism Concept

Thursday, July 26, 2012 Comments Off

Bulgaria needs a new assesment of terrorist threats against it, officially stated Bulgaria’s Consultative Council on National Security, which was assembled by President Rosen Plevneliev Thursday. The July 18 suicide bombing against a bus full of Israeli tourists in the Bulgarian sea resort city of Burgas, which killed 6 people, was high on the agenda […]

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Ashton Says Kosovo-Serbia Talks Should Resume

Thursday, July 26, 2012 Comments Off

Talks aimed at normalizing relations between Kosovo and Serbia, are due to resume after Serbia forms a new government, Ashton tells Kosovo leader Hashim Thaci.Pristina and Belgrade are set to resume talks once a new government in Serbia is in place, the EU’s High Representative, Catherine Ashton, announced on Wednesday. Following a meeting with Kosovo’s […]

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Serbia’s New Kosovo Office Chief Strikes Militant Line

Thursday, July 26, 2012 Comments Off

Aleksandar Vulin, head of new office coordinating all 17 ministries on Kosovo, says he will never shake hands with Kosovo leaders and issues ringing defence of Serbian-funded bodies in Kosovo.”No one will ever shake hands with [Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim] Thaci.” So said Aleksandar Vulin, the hardline new head of Serbia’s Office for Kosovo. He […]

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Albania Party Deadlock Threatens Immunity Reform

Thursday, July 26, 2012 Comments Off

Although all parties agree on the need to change the constitution to lift the immunity of high state officials, they remain divided on when the vote should taker place.Albania’s Council of Legislation, a parliamentary body tasked with drafting amending the constitution, on Tuesday approved a draft reform agreed by both the ruling Democrats and the […]

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Israel Cancels Bulgaria Flights After Blast

Thursday, July 26, 2012 Comments Off

Some 23 charter flights from Israel have been cancelled since the recent suicide bombing in Burgas on the Black Sea, the Bulgarian Tourism Minister said, adding that every effort must be made to keep cancellations to a minimum.Delyan Dobrev, the Bulgarian Economy, Energy and Tourism Minister, said the cancellations had affected 3,000 tourists. The number […]

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Serbia Uncovers Major Irregularities in Procurements

Thursday, July 26, 2012 Comments Off

Serbia’s Public Procurement Office has found irregularities in procurements worth up to 70 million euro in the first half of 2012 – three times more than in the whole of 2011.Predrag Jovanovic, head of the Procurement Office, said uncovered irregularities in urgent public procurements for first six months of 2012 were worth 8 billion dinars […]

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Macedonia Suspects Boskoski of Unsolved Murder

Wednesday, July 25, 2012 Comments Off

Jailed former police minister Ljube Boskoski is the prime suspect for the killing of Marjan Tusevski, who was shot dead by unidentified hitmen 11 years ago in Skopje.Macedonian police on Tuesday arrested nine other former police officials who are also suspected in relation to the unsolved murder of Tusevski, a figure from the Skopje underworld.

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Greece struggles to convince troika

Wednesday, July 25, 2012 Comments Off

Trying to convince increasingly sceptical international lenders that it is serious about slashing its debts, Greece named a new privatisation chief today and said it would sell a loss-making bank that has been draining state coffers.The latest visit to Athens by inspectors from the European Union, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund has already […]

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Bosnia Faces Losing Millions in Lost Trade with Croatia

Wednesday, July 25, 2012 Comments Off

EU official warns Bosnia that a significant amount of its exports to Croatia may be cut off next year, owing to its failure to impose EU hygiene standards.After Croatia joins the European Union in July 2013, Bosnia may face sharp reductions in its exports, as the country has not harmonized hygiene standards and laws to […]

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Romanian Opposition to Boycott Presidential Referendum

Wednesday, July 25, 2012 Comments Off

Supporters of Traian Basescu are being urged to abstain from the vote at end of July, in order to invalidate the result of the referendum on impeaching the President.Romania’s opposition Democratic Liberal Party, PDL, on Tuesday urged its followers not to vote in a July 29 referendum on whether to impeach the country’s suspended President, […]

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Serbia’s New Leaders Carve Up Company Spoils

Wednesday, July 25, 2012 Comments Off

As Serbia’s new ministers are due to be sworn in on Friday, key parties have started the distribution of state-owned companies, breaking promises to end the party politicisation of public enterprises.Talks on the distribution of plum posts in public enterprises have started in Serbia, following the conclusion of a coalition deal between the Progressives, the […]

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Suspected Mass Grave in Kosovo Draws Blank

Wednesday, July 25, 2012 Comments Off

An official from the Kosovo Missing Persons Commission says no evidence has been found at Zhilivoda to support Serbian claims of a mass grave.Digs at a suspected mass grave site in Zhilivoda, where Serbia suspects Kosovo Serbs are buried, have shown no results to date and the final results of the findings should be announced […]

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Albania’s EU entry is a priority for new president

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 Comments Off

Tirana. Albania’s new President Bujar Nishani, who is due to be sworn in later on Tuesday, wants to tackle stalled legal reforms and the ongoing political crisis which threatens the country’s EU integration, AFP reported. “The justice system will be my priority. I have decided to fully engage in favour of the reform of the […]

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Barroso to visit Greece as turmoil continues

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 Comments Off

BRUSSELS – European commission president Jose Manuel Barroso will visit Greece Thursday in his first trip to the country since the outbreak of the financial crisis. President Barroso will meet Prime Minister Antonis Samaras to “discuss the overall situation in Europe and obviously particularly focusing on Greece,” a commission spokesperson said Tuesday (24 July).

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UN Chief Urges Kosovo, Serbia To Maintain Dialogue

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 Comments Off

Ban Ki-moon said Belgrade and Pristina need to reach a solution through compromise and embrace their common European future.On his first official visit to Serbia and Kosovo, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urged the two countries to continue dialogue to improve the lives of ordinary people and move ahead toward a common European future. Belgrade […]

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Forest Fires Hit Several Balkan Countries

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 Comments Off

As the hot, dry weather continues, forest fires are breaking out throughout the Western Balkans, claiming one life in Croatia and injuring dozens elsewhere.Three people are fighting for lives after suffering severe burns and another 11 were injured in a wildfire that raged on Monday night near the southeastern Macedonian town of Strumica, threatening to […]

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SEEMO, Balkan Leaders ‘Must Live With Free Media’

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 Comments Off

Top politicians in the region are still struggling to live with criticism, accusing journalists of undermining national interests and of mafia ties, media organisation says.The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation, SEEMO, an affiliate of the International Press Institute, IPI, observes with growing concern the way top politicians in South East Europe speak to and […]

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