Archive for August, 2012

Serbia to Attend Non-Aligned Meeting in Iran

Friday, August 24, 2012 Comments Off

Serbia’s Foreign Minister will participate as an observer in the upcoming Non-Aligned summit in September in Teheran, officials said.Serbia’s delegation will be led by the Foreign Minister, Ivan Mrkic, but it is still uncertain whether President Tomislav Nikolic will join the delegation.

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EULEX Accused of Breaking Kosovo’s Legal Procedure

Friday, August 24, 2012 Comments Off

Ilir Tolaj’s defence lawyer has accused the EULEX prosecution of violating the Procedural Code of Kosovo while gathering evidence against his client.The defence at the trial of Ilir Tolaj and ten other former senior government officials charged with corruption, have accused the EU’s rule of law mission to Kosovo, EULEX, prosecutors of unlawfully obtaining evidence […]

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Germany’s chancellor praises Moldova’s government for recent reforms

Thursday, August 23, 2012 Comments Off

Germany’s chancellor praised Moldova’s government for recent reforms Wednesday, saying they fulfil requirements for visa free travel to European Union countries. Angela Merkel, speaking after meeting Prime Minister Vlad Filat during a visit to the country, said that “the reforms (undertaken) so far are very clear and they fulfil the requirements.”

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Greek prime minister pleads for more time

Thursday, August 23, 2012 Comments Off

GREECE needs more time to implement tough financial reforms and spending cuts, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras says as he starts the first of a series of top-level European meetings to discuss his debt-ridden country’s international bail-out.

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Bosnia concerned with possibility of becoming “Europe’s Palestine”

Thursday, August 23, 2012 Comments Off

SARAJEVO (AA) – August 23, 2012 – The complex structure that came into being in Bosnia-Herzegovina following the Dayton Peace Treaty at the end of the war made it very difficult for Bosnia-Herzegovina to integrate with the international system and Europe. The intellectuals in the country are concerned that Bosnia-Herzegovina would become “Europe’s Palestine”.

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Serbia ‘May Start EU Talks Next Year’

Thursday, August 23, 2012 Comments Off

If it meets all the EU criteria, Serbia may be able to get a date for membership negotiations by July 2013, a senior EU official tells Balkan Insight.The European Commission’s latest opinion of Serbia’s progress will not be as positive as the one in 2011 – so Serbia is unlikely to get a start date […]

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Macedonia Ruling Party ‘Ready For Elections’

Thursday, August 23, 2012 Comments Off

PM Gruevski says ruling VMRO-DPMNE is ready for early polls if its Albanian partners demand them.The Macedonian Prime Minister, Nikola Gruevski, on Wednesday said the government coalition was in crisis and that if its ethnic Albanian coalition partner wanted elections, his VMRO-DPMNE party is ready. “We do not want early elections but if the DUI […]

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SNP Officials Put Out Feelers to Montenegrin Front

Thursday, August 23, 2012 Comments Off

Three officials of Montenegro’s biggest opposition party met Democratic Front leaders to again explore the possibility of a united action against the government.Three officials of the opposition Socialist People’s Party, SNP, Milan Knezevic, Vera Bulatovic, and Vladislav Bojovic, met Miodrag Lekic, chair of the Democratic Front, on Wednesday to discuss forming a unified force against […]

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Candidates List For Bosnia Polls Published

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 Comments Off

The Central Electoral Commission published the final list of candidates for the upcoming local elections scheduled for October 7.More than 30,000 individuals have been registered as candidates for local or municipal elections in Bosnia’s two entities, the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Republika Srpska, the Central Electoral Commission, CIK, announced on August 21.

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Vucic Boosts Serbia’s Military Ties to Russia

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 Comments Off

Serbia’s new defence minister, Aleksandar Vucic, has headed to Russia for his first official visit, confirming the new government’s desire to firm up ties to the Kremlin.Aleksandar Vucic, Defence Minister and head of Serbia’s National Security Council, will meet on Wednesday with Russia’s Vice President in charge of defence, Dmirty Rogozin. The stated aim of […]

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Albanians Threaten to Quit Macedonian Coalition

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 Comments Off

DUI official says party will walk if law on armed forces leaves out members of former Albanian guerilla fighters from 2001 conflict.Macedonia’s ruling coalition has been shaken after the government’s smaller coalition partner announced that it may leave, if a key piece of legislation is adopted.

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ICTY Refuses Karadzic’s Motion to Subpoena Clinton

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 Comments Off

The Hague Tribunal, ICTY, has refused the motion of the former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic to question the former US president Bill Clinton.The ICTY’s Trail Chamber decided that Karadzic could not prove in his motion that Clinton’s testimony would be necessary to the case, or that the information Karadzic wished to obtain from the […]

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Albania Backs Israel, Compares Iranian Chief to Hitler

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 Comments Off

Albania’s leader has compared Iran’s President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to Hitler, once again showing that the Jewish state has a firm ally in Sali Berisha.Reacting to Ahmadinejad’s recent declaration, branding Israel as a tumour in the Middle East that should be eradicated, Sali Berisha on Sunday described the Iranian’s president’s stance as identical to Hitler’s.

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Basescu poised for comeback after Romania referendum ruling

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 Comments Off

Romania’s suspended President Traian Basescu is set to return to office within days after judges ruled an impeachment vote against him was invalid. The decision by the Constitutional Court still needs rubber-stamping by parliament on Friday. The court ruled against the referendum because turnout fell below the required 50 percent.

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Row Between Croatian President and Serb MP Deepens

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 Comments Off

The Serb community in Croatia is divided over a dispute between the Croatian President Ivo Josipovic and Milorad Pupovac, the Serb minority representative in the Croatian parliament.Seven associations representing the Serbian minority in Croatia have declared their support for Ivo Josipovic, the Croatian President, in his dispute with Pupovac, the Serb MP. They claim that […]

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Bulgaria: Ethnic Turk Politicians to Form Rival Party

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 Comments Off

Kasim Dal, a former close ally of Bulgarian ethnic Turkish leader Ahmed Dogan, has indicated that he will form a new political party.Dal plans to form the party alongside independent MP Korman Ismailov. Both men were previously members of the ethnic Turkish party Movement for Rights and Freedoms, which is led by Dogan.

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Thaci and Dacic to Debate Kosovo at UN

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 Comments Off

Prime Ministers Hashim Thaci and Ivica Dacic are to sit at the same table on Tuesday at the UN Security Council to debate Kosovo’s progress – but no handshake is expected.The Prime Ministers of Kosovo and Serbia are to address the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday to discuss the latest report of UN Secretary […]

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Serbia Urged to Participate in Meetings With Kosovo

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 Comments Off

Serbia should take part in all regional meetings, whether or not Kosovo representatives are present, the director of Serbia’s EU Integration Office, Milan Pajevic, said.The director of the Serbian government’s EU Integration Office said that accepting the presence of Kosovo representatives at international meetings did not imply recognition of Kosovo’s independence, proclaimed in 2008, which […]

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Romania Court Allows President to Resume Post

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 Comments Off

Constitutional Court decides by six votes to three that the result of an impeachment referendum against President Traian Basescu was invalid.By a majority of six votes to three, the judges of the court decided that the July 29 referendum on the President’s future was not valid because turnout did not meet the required threshold of […]

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Belgrade Enters List of Top World Universities

Monday, August 20, 2012 Comments Off

For the first time, the University of Belgrade has found its place on the list of the 500 best universities in the world.After years of trying to enter the so-called Shanghai list, the University of Belgrade has finally won its place there – one of only two in the region. Croatia’s Zagreb University is the […]

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US Expects Kosovo to up Corruption Fight

Monday, August 20, 2012 Comments Off

New US ambassador urges Kosovo to show results when it comes to pledges to enforce the rule of law.The United States expects concrete results from Kosovo in fighting organized crime and corruption. This is the message that Washington’s new ambassador, Tracey Jacobson, brought to Pristina on presenting her credentials to President Atifete Jahjaga on Thursday.

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Bosnia to Miss EU Deadline on Court Ruling

Monday, August 20, 2012 Comments Off

Bosnia looks likely to miss the EU’s August 31 deadline to resolve the question of the 2009 Sejdic-Finci ruling.The EU “Road Map” for Bosnia – a list of obligations that the country has to meet by given deadlines, given in June in Brussels – is likely to be missed if the first task is anything […]

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Croatian Bishop Says Godless PM Boosting Atheism

Monday, August 20, 2012 Comments Off

Catholic bishop criticizes atheist Prime Minister for not having gone to church on the day marking Croatian statehood on June 25.Bishop Vlado Kosic of Sisak, said while presiding over a religious service that Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic, a declared atheist, was deliberately promoting atheism.

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Survey Shows Balkans Muslims Remain Secular

Monday, August 20, 2012 Comments Off

A worldwide survey by the Pew Research Center finds Muslims in the Balkans are markedly less rigorous in their religious practices than their counterparts elsewhere.According to the survey less than half of the Muslims surveyed in the Balkans see religion as central to their lives – and only 15 per cent of Albanian Muslims consider […]

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Fitch Downgrades Serbia’s Rating to ‘Negative’

Monday, August 20, 2012 Comments Off

Agency blamed deteriorating finances and recent measures strengthening parliament’s control over the central bank.The US agency Fitch Ratings has downgraded Serbia’s outlook from stable to negative, citing the weakening fiscal position and low economic growth. “The negative outlook reflects the deterioration in the country’s fiscal and external financing position and weak economic growth outlook,” a […]

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Croatian PM Predicts Recovery Starting in 2013

Monday, August 20, 2012 Comments Off

On visit to Hvar island, Milanovic says economic recovery will begin in 2013, while pledging more investment in country’s war-torn undeveloped areas.On a visit to the Adriatic island of Hvar on Thursday, Croatia’s Prime Minister expressed his belief that the shaken economy will start to recover next year. “The crisis is big, deep and global […]

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Serbia Plans Tax on Wealth, Higher VAT

Monday, August 20, 2012 Comments Off

As a part of the plan to fight the economic crisis, the new government plans to change the tax policy, increasing taxes on the rich and raising VAT.Serbia’s Minister for Trade, Rasim Ljajic, said the biggest problem facing the new government is not Kosovo or EU integration but the difficult economic situation – and promised […]

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Serbian PM says date for next Belgrade-Pristina dialogue is uncertain

Thursday, August 16, 2012 Comments Off

Serbian PM Ivica Dačić has said that it is uncertain when the Belgrade-Priština dialogue will continue. He added that he would discuss the issue with EU officials in Brussels on September 4.

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Romanian Constitutional Court will decide on Referendum on August 21

Thursday, August 16, 2012 Comments Off

Romania’s Constitutional Court has decided to pull forward its decision on the validity of the impeachment referendum for President Traian Basescu and announce it next Tuesday, August 21. Initially, the Court had stated it will not pronounce its decision until September 12, but it is now saying that it will act faster so as not […]

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Greek PM will meet eurozone leaders and will ask for time

Thursday, August 16, 2012 Comments Off

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras will next week have his first meetings with eurozone leaders since taking office, striving to assure them he will honour a pledge for more austerity and gauging whether they could grant him more time to pull it off. Samaras will fly to Berlin and Paris to meet

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Bosnia makes efforts to evacuate its citizens from Syria

Thursday, August 16, 2012 Comments Off

Bosnia’s Foreign Ministry is trying to evacuate as many as it can of around 2,000 Bosnians in Syria – but contact with several families who have sought evacuation has now been lost. The families asked the Bosnian embassy in neighbouring Jordan to help them leave the city of Allepo, currently the scene of major fighting […]

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Serbia could remove footnote condition for Kosovo

Thursday, August 16, 2012 Comments Off

Stepping back from its hard-line stance, Belgrade may agree to take part in international meetings alongside Kosovo without the use of the previously agreed, but controversial, footnote. In a major concession on Kosovo, Serbia may drop its insistence that Kosovo only

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Kosovo Serb detained for war crimes

Thursday, August 16, 2012 Comments Off

A Kosovo court has placed Alexander Bulatovic into 15 days detention for suspected war crimes in Kosovo Polje in 1999 following his arrest on Monday on the border. Kosovo police have arrested a Kosovo Serb named as Alexander Bulatovic on the Kosovo-Serbia border for war crimes allegedly

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Burgas Bomber Identity Remains Mystery for Bulgarian Probe

Monday, August 13, 2012 Comments Off

The Interior Ministry has new details and information about the terror act in Bulgaria’s Burgas, but cannot release them for the public, says Interior Minister, Tsvetan Tsvetanov. “We have new data, but it is operational and I cannot share it in public. We had some discussions today with representatives of our foreign partner services and […]

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Macedonian NGO Chief to Sue Lustration Body

Monday, August 13, 2012 Comments Off

The head of the Open Society Institute – Macedonia, Vladimir Milcin, will sue the Lustration Commission and its head, Tome Adziev, for wrongfully naming him a Communist-era police informant.Vladimir Milcin, a vocal critic of the government, accused Tome Adziev of deliberately withholding three key documents that prove his innocence against the accusation that he was […]

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