Archive for October, 2012

Balkan Muslims Celebrate Eid On Different Days

Friday, October 26, 2012 Comments Off

Muslims in Bosnia celebrate on Friday Eid-al-Adha, one of the two greatest religious holidays, differently than their fellows in Macedonia, Albania or Turkey due to different calendar calculations.

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Tadic to Quit Race to Lead Serbia Democrats

Thursday, October 25, 2012 Comments Off

Serbia’s former president looks likely to abandon his ambitions to remain at the helm of the Democratic Party and cede the post to Belgrade Mayor Dragan Djilas.On the eve of the deadline for filing candidacy submissions in the Democratic Party leadership elections, the party leader, Boris Tadic, has decided to quit the race, Balkan Insight […]

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Sanader Sentence Expected Late November

Thursday, October 25, 2012 Comments Off

The first sentence on former Croatian PM Ivo Sanader for taking bribes could be issued by the end of November, the trial chamber presiding Judge Ivan Turudic announced.”The sentence could be issued between November 15 and 20 but it’s not definite yet,” Judge Turudic said at Thursday’s trial session. Sanader, the former leader of the […]

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Clinton, Ashton Push Kosovo-Serbia Border Deal

Thursday, October 25, 2012 Comments Off

American and EU diplomacy chiefs will urge Serbia and Kosovo to implement their border agreement by the end of the year when they tour the Balkans, starting October 29.Hillary Clinton and the EU High Representative for Foreign Policy and Security, Catherine Ashton, are to tell Belgrade and Pristina to accelerate work on implementing agreements reached […]

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Montenegro’s Djukanovic Hints at Return to Office

Thursday, October 25, 2012 Comments Off

Montenegro’s former leader tells media that his high-profile role in the October election campaign had ‘opened a door’ to his potential return to government.In interview published on Wednesday in the Belgrade-based weekly, Novi Magazin, Milo Djukanovic, chairman of the Democratic Party of Socialists, DPS, said that participating in the October 14 general election campaign had […]

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Romanian, Bulgarian PMs Cross New Danube Bridge

Thursday, October 25, 2012 Comments Off

The two neighbours will be more closely linked following completion of the new bridge between Vidin and Calafat.Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta and his Bulgarian counterpart, Boyko Borisov, were the first two people to officially walk across the almost complete Danube bridge on Wednesday.

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Bosnia SDP Denies Hatching Deal With Serbs, Croats

Thursday, October 25, 2012 Comments Off

The Social Democratic Party denies reaching a secret political agreement with Serbian and Croatian parties in order to leave its party leader, Zlatko Lagumdzija, in office as Foreign Minister.Bosnia’s ruling Social Democratic Party, SDP, has denied accusations from its former coalition partner Party of Democratic Action, SDA, that it has agreed to a secret deal […]

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Albania Judges Admit Corruption and Bribes

Thursday, October 25, 2012 Comments Off

A survey of Albanian judges, published by the Center for Transparency and Freedom of Information, shows that many admit the problem of corruption in the system.ccording to the survey, which polled 58 per cent of Albania’s judicial contingent, only 18 per cent of respondents said the justice system was not corrupt, 58 per cent described […]

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UK Foreign Secretary Meets Bosnian Rape Victims

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 Comments Off

During its presidency of the G8 summit next year, Great Britain will fight to stop wartime sexual violence, said William Hague, the British Foreign Secretary, during his visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina.At a meeting with representatives of victims associations in Bosnia and Herzegovina on Wednesday, Hague gave a presentation on the United Kingdom’s initiative to […]

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Nikolic Urged to Join Kosovo at Regional Summit

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 Comments Off

The Kosovo and Montenegrin Presidents have urged Serbia’s President, Tomislav Nikolic, to attend a planned regional summit in Montenegro.Arber Vlahiu, spokesperson for Kosovo President Atifete Jahjaga, said that she would like to meet Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic at the summit of regional heads of states due to be held by the end of the year.

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Spat Between Nikolic and Izetbegovic Continues

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 Comments Off

The Serbian President, Tomislav Nikolic, says that his remarks about Bosnia have been taken out of context, adding that Serbia has contributed greatly to the regional stability.Referring to an open letter sent to him on Tuesday by the Bosniak member of the Bosnian Presidency, Bakir Izetbegovic, the Serbian president said that some politicians in the […]

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Serbia Arrests More Suspects in Agrobanka Affair

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 Comments Off

Police arrest more suspects in the case of the state-owned bank as Deputy PM Vucic warns that investigation is far from over.

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Albania President Urged to Declare Election Date

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 Comments Off

The Coalition of Local Observers, a Tirana-based watchdog group, on Tuesday urged President Bujar Nishani to declare the date of the 2013 elections as soon as possible.According to the NGOs, “the declaration of an election date would give public institutions the time they need to start a series of important procedures for the installation of […]

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Murder of Zec Family Led to Mercep’s Men, Says Witness

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 Comments Off

The evidence trail concerning the murder of the Mihajlo Zec family, Croatian Serbs from Zagreb who were killed in December 1991, led directly Tomislav Mercep’s police unit, Antun Gugic testified on Tuesday.At the war crimes trial of Tomislav Mercep, a top advisor in the Croatian wartime Interior ministry, Gugic, who led the murder investigation, said […]

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Car Accident Adds to Russia-Romania Strains

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 Comments Off

Romania’s not-so-friendly relations with Russia are under further strain following a car accident involving a Russian diplomat.Romania on Wednesday asked Russia to lift the diplomatic immunity of a Russian official whose vehicle hit and injured a young woman on a pedestrian crossing in Bucharest. A day earlier, Foreign Minister Titus Corlatean summoned Russian Ambassador Oleg […]

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Romanian police: Russian diplomat who ran down woman claims diplomatic immunity

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 Comments Off

Romanian police say a woman is in a coma after she was hit on a pedestrian crossing by a Russian diplomat driving an embassy car. The diplomat refused to take a breath test, citing diplomatic immunity.

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Muslims in Bosnia keep out Serb mayor

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 Comments Off

Bosnian Muslims have voted down a bid to put a Serb mayor in control of Srebrenica for the first time since the massacre of 8,000 Muslims in the town by Bosnian Serb forces in 1995. Once predominantly Muslim, Srebrenica was the site of the worst mass killing on European soil since the Second World War, […]

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Bosnia SDP Forces Out SDA Ministers at Last

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 Comments Off

Social Democrats finally get their way and expel ministers from the Bosniak Party of Democratic Action, SDA, from the state government.Two SDA ministers and a deputy minister were removed from Bosnia’s Council of Ministers on October 22 after the largest Croatian party declined to vote against the proposal. Sulejman Tihic, leader of the SDA, voiced […]

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Izetbegovic Slams Nikolic Over Bosnia Remarks

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 Comments Off

The Bosniak member of the Bosnian Presidency, Bakir Izetbegovic, has written a letter to Serbia’s President Tomislav Nikolic accusing him of irrevocably harming the relations between Bosnia and Serbia.

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Hadzic Opposed Return of Croats, Witness Says

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 Comments Off

The ICTY defendant, Goran Hadzic, acted with other Serbian leaders to prevent the return of Croats to the Serb-run parts of Croatia during the 1990s, says one of the leaders of the Croatian Serbs, Veljko Dzakula.The trial of the former leader of the Croatian Serbs, Goran Hadzic, continued at the Hague Tribunal, ICTY, with the […]

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Montenegro Court Facilities Inadequate, NGO Says

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 Comments Off

Poor infrastructure and lack of space are some of the biggest problems in the country’s judicial system, an NGO report says.A report on trial monitoring by a Montenegrin NGO, the Centre for Human Rights and Democracy, CEDEM, says the principles of publicity, presumption of innocence and right to efficient defence are generally followed by courts […]

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Bulgarian PM Voices Support for Balkan EU Hopefuls

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 Comments Off

Bulgaria believes that all Balkan countries must join NATO and the EU, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov said on a state visit to Tirana on Monday.Borisov spoke during a joint press conference with his Albanian counterpart, Sali Berisha. He stressed that his cabinet and country adhere consistently to a balanced diplomatic strategy and to the […]

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Albania Ex-Political Prisoners Quit Hunger Strike

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 Comments Off

Six former political prisoners on Monday ended a month-long hunger strike, which aimed to pressure the government to speed up reparations for their suffering under the Communists.“We are tired because of the psychological terror we were subjected too,” Afrim Biturku, one of the strikers, said, ending the strike. “But we have vowed that the struggle […]

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Energtek Receives Bank Financing To Fund Activities in Bosnia

Monday, October 22, 2012 Comments Off

Energtek Inc. (Pink Sheets: EGTK), a leader in hi-tech natural gas solutions and Adsorbed Natural Gas (ANG) technology, announced today that the company’s subsidiary in Bosnia and Herzegovina has been granted financing of €1MM from the Sarajevo branch of Raiffeisen Bank, to complete the implementation of the company’s commercial natural gas supply to Aluminij d.o.o […]

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Ex-Commissioner Proposes Minister for EU’s Poorest Region

Monday, October 22, 2012 Comments Off

The Bulgaria for Citizens party of former EU Commissioner Meglena Kuneva has proposed the establishment of a new ministerial portfolio for Bulgaria’s Severozapaden (northwestern) region, the poorest NUTS 2 region in the EU.

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Kosovo Police Clashes With Protesters

Monday, October 22, 2012 Comments Off

Eighteen police officers and 10 activists from Vetevendosje, the Kosovan opposition party, have been injured during a protest against the Kosovo – Serbia talks.The protests in Pristina’s Mother Teresa square are continuing, and large numbers of police reinforcements have been brought in to protect the security perimeter. The protesters are refusing to leave, and have […]

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Croatia Removes Security Chief Amid Phone Tapping Scandal

Monday, October 22, 2012 Comments Off

Croatian leaders have removed the country’s head of national security following a phone-tapping scandal, while insisting the police did not violate any laws.Croatian President Ivo Josipovic and Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic said on Monday they had decided to remove Petar Misevic as head of the Office of the National Security Council and to appoint Dragan […]

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Serbia Refuses to Give Reparations to Sjeverin Victims

Monday, October 22, 2012 Comments Off

Twenty years after 16 people were abducted and killed by Serbian paramilitaries, the families of the victims have still not received any reparations, as the state does not recognize them as civilian victims of war.On October 22 in 1992, 16 Bosniaks from the village of Sjeverin in the Sandzak area of Serbia went to the […]

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Kerestinec Commander Admitted Abuse, Witness Says

Monday, October 22, 2012 Comments Off

At the trial for war crimes committed at the Croatian military prison Kerestinec, a witness testified that the prison commander, Stjepan Klaric, admitted that the prisoners were abused.Testifying on Friday at the trial of the Kerestinec prison commander, Klaric, and his four subordinates, Ivan Ivankovic, a former officer of the Croatian military secret service, SIS, […]

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Macedonia’s Boskoski Charged With Assisting Murder

Monday, October 22, 2012 Comments Off

Prosecutors have charged former Interior Minister Ljube Boskoski with assisting in the murder in 2001 of two people, naming three Serbian citizens as direct perpetrators.The indictment, filed before the Criminal Court in Skopje, included 15 people who helped in the planning, execution and cover-up of the double murder of Marjan Tushevski and Kiril Janev, which […]

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Greeks May Fail to Agree With Creditors by EU Summit Date

Monday, October 15, 2012 Comments Off

Greece and the troika of international lenders (EU, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund) are likely to miss their scheduled date – an EU summit on October 18 – to agree measures to sort out the Greek economy in exchange for new credit, Greek Finance Minister Yiannis Stournaras said on Monday.

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Djukanovic Coalition Wins Again in Montenegro

Monday, October 15, 2012 Comments Off

European Montenegro coalition led by Milo Djukanovic’s party has won the general election, according to first results, but will not have enough seats to govern alone.Milo Djukanovic, the leader of the European Montenegro coalition declared victory in front of a cheering crowd of supporters gathered at the headquarters of Democratic Party of Socialists. “Our ruling […]

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German MP Warns Croatia Not Ready for Europe

Monday, October 15, 2012 Comments Off

A German MP has questioned whether Croatia is ready to join the European Union.Norbert Lammert, president of the Bundestag, the German parliament, last week told the German media that the country is not yet prepared to become a member of the union. “Croatia’s obviously not ready for accession yet,” said Lammert in an interview with […]

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Bosnian Test Census Kicks Off

Monday, October 15, 2012 Comments Off

Statistics agencies in Bosnia have started a test census to highlight possible problems in the system ahead of a nationwide survey in April next year.The pilot population and housing census began on October 15 and will continue for two weeks until October 29. It will be conducted in 60 areas across Bosnia and Herzegovina and […]

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Serbian Prosecutors Seize Ex-Minister’s Passport

Monday, October 15, 2012 Comments Off

The Serbian prosecutor’s office for organised crime has seized the passport of a former minister suspected of abusing his position.The passport of Oliver Dulic, the former minister for environment and spatial planning, was sent to Belgrade’s High Court on Sunday to prevent him from leaving the country.

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