Archive for October, 2012

Protests outside parliament as Greece votes on 2013 austerity budget

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 Comments Off

As the government in Greece votes on a new austerity program for next year’s budget, demonstrations are taking place outside parliament in Athens. Facing the debt-stricken country is another 13.5 billion euros worth of cuts and tax increases for 2013.

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EU supports Bosnia’s EU integration

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 Comments Off

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton teamed up to a three-nation Balkan diplomatic trip in Bosnia. There they met with President Izetbegović. USA and EU encourage country’s integration into the West. At the press conference organized after the meeting, Ms Catherine Ashton stated “we want to see a […]

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Clinton Rules Out Changes to Kosovo Border

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 Comments Off

In an apparent reference to talk of ethnic partition, Hillary Clinton said the US opposes any changes to the borders of Kosovo.The US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, said Kosovo’s final status and borders were a closed chapter, urging Kosovo to resolve remaining issues with Serbia through EU-mediated dialogue. “We object to any kind of […]

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Serbian Move to Retain Crime of Libel Criticised

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 Comments Off

Journalists’ association says that by backing away from pledge to decriminalize slander and defamation, the government is encouraging pressure on the media.The Independent Association of Journalists of Serbia, NUNS, protested on Tuesday against a Justice Ministry work group’s decision to scrap moves to decriminalize slander and defamation. “The fact that this part of the criminal […]

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Hadzic Was Influenced by Milosevic, Witness Says

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 Comments Off

The former Croatian Serb leader, Goran Hadzic, was very close to the late Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic, who guided him through the war in Croatia, says a former member of Hadzic’s political party.Testifying at Hadzic’s trial at the Hague Tribunal, Borivoje Savic, his former friend and party colleague, recalled their joint arrest by the Croatian […]

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Macedonian Court Rejects Review of War Crimes Amnesty

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 Comments Off

Macedonia’s Constitutional Court has refused to evaluate whether parliament’s decision last year not to prosecute four war crime cases was constitutional.Wednesday’s decision brings to an end the legal challenge by the victims’ relatives to the controversial move by the Macedonian parliament. In July 2011, the ruling coalition voted to abandon the four war-crimes cases related […]

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Romania Senate Decision Worries EU

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 Comments Off

The European Commision has expressed concern about a Senate decision to ignore a verdict of the Supreme Court.Romania’s upper chamber, the Senate, on Tuesday ruled that Mircea Diaconu, an MP from the ruling coalition, should retain his position in parliament at the end of his mandate in November despite a ruling from the Supreme Court. […]

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EU Money Wasted on Kosovo Rule of Law, EU Auditors

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 Comments Off

EU money spent over a decade in Kosovo has not achieved its intended results in the field of the rule of law, a new report by the European Court of Auditors says.The European Court of Auditors says that EU financial aid to the field of the rule of law in Kosovo has not been that […]

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Macedonia Medics Set New Strike Date

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 Comments Off

After a court in September banned their previous planned strike, Macedonian doctors have vowed to ahead with a strike on November 14, whatever the courts say.Macedonian medics say Health Ministry pressures and court bans will not stop them from taking industrial action over the ministry’s new way of calculating their wages. They “have to face […]

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Holland Stays Closed to Bulgarian, Romanian Workers

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 Comments Off

The Netherlands has decided to keep restrictions on Bulgarian and Romanian workers in its labour market until 2014.The agreement is the result of a political deal between Dutch parties reached before Monday, when they outlined their plans for government. The section dealing with immigration and integration says that restrictions on workers from Bulgaria and Romania […]

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Deal in Athens

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 Comments Off

The Greek prime minister has worked out an agreement with the country’s creditors (EU, ECB and IMF) on the spending cuts Athens will have to make to ensure its future in the eurozone. “We concluded the negotiations on the [austerity] measures and on the draft [2013] budget,” reads a statement released by the office of […]

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Bulgarian Socialists Won’t Make Coalition with Ruling Party

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 Comments Off

The Bulgarian Socialist Party will not enter into coalition with now-ruling GERB party, no matter what the outcome of summer 2013 general elections, stated socialist MP Boyko Velikov. At a press conference Tuesday, Velikov said that it is a standing position of the Socialist Party that a coalition with center-right GERB, which they see as […]

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Clinton: Bosnia risks being left behind on EU/NATO path

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 Comments Off

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pressed Bosnia on Tuesday to overcome ethnic infighting and pursue constitutional reforms needed for any chance of joining NATO and the European Union. “If you do not make progress you will be left behind,” Clinton said at the start of a trip with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton […]

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Clinton Urges Bosnians To Put Quarrels Aside

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 Comments Off

The US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, and the EU’s Foreign Affairs High Representative, Catherine Ashton, urged Bosnia to move faster on reforms that will enable the country to join NATO and the EU.Hillary Clinton said that Bosnian leaders should overcome their differences and resolve problems in order for the country to join the NATO […]

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General Perisic Appeals His ICTY Conviction

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 Comments Off

Momcilo Perisic, the most senior officer of the former Yugoslav Army to be convicted of war crimes, has appealed against his conviction by the Hague Tribunal, ICTY.General Perisic, who commanded the Yugoslav Army during the wars in Bosnia and Croatia, was jailed for 27 years by the Hague Tribunal, ICTY, last year. Perisic’s defence appealed […]

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Macedonia Albanians Hurl Amendments at Army Bill

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 Comments Off

n the latest twist over the controversial proposed army law, the ethnic Albanian party in government has filed over 15,000 proposed amendments aimed at preventing its adoption.The ethnic Albanian Democratic Union for Integration, DUI, overwhelmed Macedonia’s parliament on Monday with thousands of proposed amendments to a proposed law, creating mounds of paperwork. The move was […]

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Montenegro’s Judiciary Improves Efficiency

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 Comments Off

Having reduced their backlog of cases to less than 4,000, the Montenegrin courts have improved their performance in comparison to previous years.Marking the Days of the Montenegrin Judiciary, the chairperson of Montenegro’s Supreme Court, Vesna Medenica, gave a speech in Budva on Monday where she praised the performance of the country’s courts. “At the end […]

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Macedonia Files Charges Over Skopje Killings

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 Comments Off

The organized crime prosecutor has filed charges against the six suspects for the five-fold murder on April 12 near Skopje.After six months of investigation, the organized crime prosecutor has filed criminal charges against the six men suspected of direct involvement in the murder of four youths and one adult near Skopje on April 12. A […]

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Bulgaria Leaders Say Judicial Reform Continuing

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 Comments Off

Bulgarian leaders on Monday aimed to reassure European judges that the country continues to pursue judicial reform.The president of the General Court of the European Union, Marc Jaeger, met with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov on Monday to discuss the progress of judicial reform in Bulgaria. Borisov assured Jaeger and his delegation that the government […]

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Eurozone Leaders Praise Greek Austerity Efforts

Monday, October 29, 2012 Comments Off

Eurozone leaders are praising the efforts of debt-ridden Greece to resolve its financial woes and resume its cost-cutting austerity. Some of the 16 other countries in the euro currency bloc have often attacked Athens for its slow pace in adopting financial reforms, even as the Greek populace has grown increasingly angry at the demands of […]

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France’s Hollande: Will Wait For Troika Report Before Deciding on Greece

Monday, October 29, 2012 Comments Off

PARIS–France will wait for a report of a troika of European Union, International Monetary Fund and European Central Bank officials to ascertain the state of Greece’s finances, before deciding on the best way to approach the problem, President Francois Hollande said Monday. “The troika report is expected in coming days. There is a Eurogroup meeting […]

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Bulgaria President Talks Judicial Reform with EU General Court Delegation

Monday, October 29, 2012 Comments Off

Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev and Vice President Margarita Popova discussed Monday judicial reform in the EU with Marc Jaeger, President of the General Court of the European Union, and his accompanying delegation. “The General Court of the European Union has the serious responsibility of being an engine for European integration. The creation of common rules […]

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Macedonia Opposition Rally Demands March Election

Monday, October 29, 2012 Comments Off

At an anti-government rally in Skopje on Sunday, Macedonia’s joint opposition bloc called for early general elections to be held along with the March local polls.Tens of thousands of opposition supporters on Sunday filled Skopje’s central square, demanding early elections and protesting against the government of Nikola Gruevski whose VMRO DPMNE party has been in […]

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Bosnians Believe Reconciliation is Vital for Their Future

Monday, October 29, 2012 Comments Off

More than 88 per cent of citizens in four Bosnian towns believe that the reconciliation process will “heavily influence the future of Bosnia and Herzegovina”, a research shows.The Centre for Empirical research into Religion in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the University in Edinburgh have carried out a joint research project in Sarajevo, Banja Luka, Mostar […]

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Serbian Govt Halts Sale of TV Avala

Monday, October 29, 2012 Comments Off

Serbia’s ruling Progressives have exerted pressure on Avala co-owner to halt the sale of the troubled broadcaster, which as a result faces bankruptcy and closure.Serbia’s ruling Progressive Party has exerted pressure on Zeljko Mitrovic, TV Avala co-owner, to cancel the contract for the sale of the station, Balkan Insight has learned from two independent sources. […]

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Croatian PM Set to Meet Pope Benedict XVI

Monday, October 29, 2012 Comments Off

Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic will visit the Vatican on Monday, where he will be received by Pope Benedict XVI.The Croatian premier will hold a meeting with Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Secretary of State and Camerlengo of the Holy Roman Church, and participate in a roundtable discussion on the 20 years of diplomatic ties between Croatia […]

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Montenegro ‘Nearing’ Agreement on Parliament

Monday, October 29, 2012 Comments Off

Montenegrin President Filip Vujanovic has said that negotiations on forming a parliamentary majority in the country are in the final stages.After the parliament is formed, the new government and prime minister will be determined, Vujanovic said. Montenegro held parliamentary elections on October 14. “Negotiations on a coalition are in the final stages and we should […]

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Germans, Dutch Says Greece’s Future in Euro Hangs in Balance

Friday, October 26, 2012 Comments Off

Germany and the Netherlands signaled that Greece’s future in the euro is not yet assured, as the northern neighbors sought to maintain pressure on Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras to hold to agreed reforms. “It’s not yet decided,” German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said in an interview with ZDF television, according to e-mailed extracts. “We […]

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Bulgaria does not block FYROM’s EU integration

Friday, October 26, 2012 Comments Off

The Bulgarian position at the European Council in December, during which the start of negotiations between the European Union (EU) and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) is planned for discussion, will entirely depend on how the government in Skopje continues or changes its current line of behaviour towards Bulgaria. This is what the […]

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Bulgarian Court Orders Mental Health Check for EU Flag Offender

Friday, October 26, 2012 Comments Off

The Sofia Regional Court has ordered a mental health check for a Bulgarian female who cut the flag of the European Union at the Supreme Court of Cassation building. 29-year-old Mariya Georgieva has been charged with hooliganism for damaging the EU flag; her mental health will be tested in a psychiatric clinic in the eastern […]

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Macedonia Mulls Ways to Tackle Baby Shortage

Friday, October 26, 2012 Comments Off

Macedonia plans fresh measures to boost population growth amind growing official panic over falling birthrate and rising number of pensioners.Amid talk of a growing demographic crisis in the country, Macedonia’s Social Affairs Minister, Spiro Ristovski, says the government is working on a new set of measures to combat what he calls the “demographic recession”. “We […]

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Opposition Slates Serbia’s ‘Secret’ Kosovo Platform

Friday, October 26, 2012 Comments Off

Opposition parties in Serbia say the government has not consulted them while drafting the platform for Kosovo talks and is wrongfully keeping the document secret.Borislav Stefanovic, Serbia’s former chief negotiator in EU-led Kosovo talks and member of the opposition Democrats, said it was absurd that the government’s draft platform on Kosovo was being treated like […]

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Serbia, Macedonia Leaders to Tackle Church Row

Friday, October 26, 2012 Comments Off

The dispute between the Serbian and Macedonian Orthodox churches will be on the agenda during Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic’s two-day visit to Macedonia.President Nikolic and his Macedonian counterpart, Gjorge Ivanov, at their meeting on Friday will among other issues “tackle the row between the Serbian and Macedonian Orthodox churches”, a source in the Macedonian presidential […]

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EU Urges Balkan Countries to Stop Asylum Wave

Friday, October 26, 2012 Comments Off

The EU has warned Balkan countries that if they don’t lower the number of asylum seekers, visas may have to be re-introduced.Following a meeting of the EU interior ministers on Thursday, officials say that Balkan countries need to curb the number of people seeking asylum in Western Europe, describing the figures as worrying. Johanna Miki […]

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Croatia PM Downplays Germany’s EU Concerns

Friday, October 26, 2012 Comments Off

In Berlin, Croatia’s Prime Minister described the recent controversy over Germany’s position on his country’s EU bid as a “storm in a teacup.”Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic on Thursday said concerns over recent negative statements by a German politician about Croatia’s readiness to enter the European Union were “a storm in a teacup”.

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