Archive for February, 2013

Hague Acquits Yugoslav General Perisic of War Crimes

Thursday, February 28, 2013 Comments Off

The Hague Tribunal acquitted Yugoslav Army general Momcilo Perisic on appeal, quashing his 27-year prison sentence for war crimes during the 1990s conflict.The appeals chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia ruled on Thursday that Perisic was not responsible for the wartime crimes committed by the Bosnian Serb Army in Sarajevo and […]

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Croatia to Withdraw From UN Syria Border Force

Thursday, February 28, 2013 Comments Off

PM says media reports of supplying weapons to Syrian rebels have compromised safety of troops.Croatia said on Thursday that it was about to withdraw its soldiers stationed on the Golan Heights as part of a UN force, after a US newspaper reported said that Syrian rebels battling the regime of Bashar al-Assad were receiving weapons […]

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Bosnian Independence Day Divides Ethnic Communities

Thursday, February 28, 2013 Comments Off

Annual celebrations of Bosnian independence day have again proved ethnically divisive and will only be marked in the Bosniak-Croat Federation entity, not by the country’s Serbs.On Friday, March 1, Bosnia and Herzegovina will mark 21 years from the 1992 referendum in which mainly Bosniak and Croat citizens declared their wish for the country to be […]

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EU-Funded Serb Municipal Buildings Hit Delays

Thursday, February 28, 2013 Comments Off

Brussels wants to know why new local authority HQs in Gracanica and Klokot are months behind schedule.The European Commission is looking at why construction of municipal buildings it funded in two Serbian communities is months overdue amid a legal dispute between the contractor and sub-contractor. “The case does not involve the EU office in Kosovo, […]

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Last-Ditch Efforts Made to Solve Macedonia Crisis

Thursday, February 28, 2013 Comments Off

International representatives are stepping up pressure for a last-minute compromise to end Macedonia’s political crisis and re-start the stalled EU accession process.In a final attempt to end Macedonia’s politicial crisis, the European Parliament rapporteur on Macedonia, Richard Howitt, is due to arrive in Skopje on Thursday. He already visited the country in mid-February but left […]

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Problems with Albania’s Electoral Roll Alarm Watchdog

Thursday, February 28, 2013 Comments Off

A group of NGOs on Wednesday warned that Albania’s institutions are failing to notify voters of their presence on preliminary electoral rolls ahead of the June parliamentary elections.“The government is blatantly omitting its legal obligation to inform voters of their presence of the electoral lists and the voting booth where they will cast a ballot,” […]

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Islamism and Bosniak Nationalism May Unite, Report

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 Comments Off

The latest briefing from the International Crisis Group, a think tank, entitled “Bosnia’s Dangerous Tango: Islam and Nationalism”, warns of the danger of a fusion between Bosniak nationalism and Islam. “Political Islam is a novelty in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), and its rise is seen as threatening to secular parties and non-Muslims,” the report issued […]

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EU’s Sannino Presses Bosnia on Rights Ruling

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 Comments Off

The EU Enlargement Commissioner said Bosnia needs to meet its obligations under the EU road map, especially in connection with the Sejdic-Finci ruling. Stefano Sannino, European Commissioner for Enlargement, told Nermin Niksic, the Prime Minister of Bosnia’s Federation entity, that Brussels supports Bosnia’s further EU progress. The two officials discussed Bosnia’s integration process, which is being […]

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Bulgaria Confirms Decision to Scrap Belene Plant

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 Comments Off

Bulgaria’s parliament on Wednesday confirmed a decision to abandon the Belene nuclear power plant project.The vote in parliament was prompted by a recent referendum on the construction of a new nuclear power plant, which put the Belene project back on parliament’s agenda, as the voter turnout exceeded 20 per cent. About 61 per cent of […]

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Flooding Wreaks Havoc in Parts of Macedonia

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 Comments Off

A man has died in the floods that have swept eastern and central Macedonia, cutting off villages and damaging farms and infrastructure.A 51-year-old man from the northeastern town of Kumanovo drowned on Tuesday, trying to cross a river that had overspilled, the authorities reported. Torrential rain for three days has caused flooding in many parts […]

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Serbs in Croatia’s Vukovar ‘Increasingly Insecure’

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 Comments Off

Serbs in the Croatian city are growing fearful amid threats of force to stop the official introduction of Cyrillic script and the Serbian language, a Belgrade official said.Serbs in Vukovar are feeling “growing insecurity”, the director of Serbia’s office for the diaspora, Slavka Draskovic, said during a visit to Zagreb on Tuesday. Draskovic, who is […]

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Montenegro and Bosnia ‘Close to Border Deal’

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 Comments Off

The Bosnian prime minister said there was only one disputed piece of territory to be demarcated before the ex-Yugoslav states sign a crucial border agreement. Vjekoslav Bevanda and Milo Djukanovic, the prime ministers of Bosnia and Montenegro , said a deal was close after they met on Tuesday in Podgorica. “There is only one undefined border […]

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Serbia and Kosovo Still Apart on North

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 Comments Off

As the EU-led dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia is set to resume on March 4, the two sides have made some advances on Serb-run northern Kosovo while areas of disagreement remain. In a meeting on Tuesday with the Kosovo President, Atifete Jahjaga, Prime Minister Hashim Thaci said the two sides had agreed to dismantle Serbian-financed police […]

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Romania’s Crowded Prisons Could Improve, Report

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 Comments Off

Jail conditions are far better in Romania than what they were – but overcrowding and poor diet remain a problem, a new report says. The number of inmates in Romania’s prisons has risen constantly in recent years and the government spends over 41 million euro a year in supporting them, according to a recent report from […]

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Dodik To Form New Bosnian Serb Govt

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 Comments Off

Republika Srpska Prime Minister Aleksandar Dzomic and President Milorad Dodik on Monday agreed that the entity government will hand resignation on Wednesday, amid continuing economic woes and rising unemployment. Dodik will hold a government session on Wednesday where the name of a new prime minister will be announced, media reports said. Dodik also said that […]

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Macedonia Veterans Seek Referendum to Oust Defence Minister

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 Comments Off

A party representing war veterans has launched a campaign for a public vote to dismiss former ethnic Albanian fighter Talat Xhaferi from his new job as Macedonia’s defence chief.The small opposition party Dignity announced on Tuesday that it will start gathering the 150,000 signatures needed to support the referendum initiative against Xhaferi. The party said […]

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Saudis Bought Croatian Arms to Help Syria Rebels

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 Comments Off

Saudi Arabia has been supplying Syrian rebels with infantry weapons from Croatia in its drive to topple the regime of Bashar al-Assad, The New York Times has reported.The New York Times reported on Monday that Saudi Arabia has paid for a “large purchase of infantry weapons” from Croatia to help anti-government fighters in Syria. Citing […]

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Croatian Veterans to ‘Defend’ Vukovar Against Cyrillic

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 Comments Off

War veterans associations have vowed to prevent the official introduction of Cyrillic script and the Serbian language into the Croatian city “by any means necessary”.“We will prevent the introduction of Cyrillic street signs, and the government should be held responsible for all possible undesirable events,” the Headquarters for the Defence of Croatian Vukovar warned in […]

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Montenegro Parliament To Probe Media Wiretapping Claims

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 Comments Off

A parliamentary committee has called a hearing with the interior minister and special prosecutor following an opposition daily’s claims that its journalists were secretly surveyed.Djurdjina Ivanovic, the special prosecutor, and Rasko Konjevic, the Interior Minister, will be summoned to appear before parliament’s Committee for Security and Defence, this body agreed on Monday. The hearing, probably […]

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Macedonia Opposition Rejects Local Election Delay

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 Comments Off

The Social Democrat-led opposition has snubbed the government’s latest compromise proposal for overcoming the political crisis, calling it ‘hypocrisy’.Social Democrats on Monday said that the proposal for a one-week postponement of local elections slated for March 24 – giving them more time to submit lists of candidates – was hypocritical. “We are not boycotting the […]

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Protests Continue in Bulgaria After PM Quits

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 Comments Off

As rallies continue in Bulgaria – despite the resignation of the government of Prime Minister Boiko Borisov – the President is mulling appointing a caretaker government of experts.Protests against the political establishment continued on a smaller scale in Bulgaria on Monday, when several hundred people gathered for a rally in the capital. The previous day, […]

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Bulgaria Elects New Orthodox Church Leader

Monday, February 25, 2013 Comments Off

Metropolitan Neofit of Ruse has been elected the new patriarch of Bulgaria’s Orthodox church amid social unrest which hit the country in recent weeks.In a secret ballot on Sunday, the 14 bishops that make up the holy synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Christian church chose the 67-year-old Metropolitan Neofit from the three candidates shortlisted. “Heavy […]

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Macedonian Opposition Vows to Annul Poll Results

Monday, February 25, 2013 Comments Off

The opposition led by the Social Democrats says it wants to cancel the results of the March local elections which it has already vowed to boycott.In a five-point declaration adopted at a convention this weekend in the town of Kumanovo, the opposition gathered around the Social Democrats said it would “revise” and “annul” the results […]

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Serbian Nationalists Rally for Hague Defendant Seselj

Monday, February 25, 2013 Comments Off

Supporters of Vojislav Seselj, leader of the Serbian Radical Party who’s on trial for war crimes, protested in Belgrade for his release from the Hague’s “tyranny”.Around 3,000 protesters gathered on Sunday in Belgrade to mark the tenth anniversary of Seselj’s voluntary surrender to the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, ICTY, where he is […]

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Dodik Announces Reshuffle of Republika Srpska Govt

Monday, February 25, 2013 Comments Off

Republika Srpska President Milorad Dodik confirmed media rumours that personnel changes within the Serb-led Bosnian entity’s government are imminent.Dodik announced on Sunday that in the next couple of days he will talk to Republika Srpska’s Prime Minister Aleksandar Dzombic about the reshuffle and that it will all be finalised within seven to ten days. Although […]

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Bosnian NGOs Lament Foreign Disinterest in Reforms

Monday, February 25, 2013 Comments Off

The international community would be satisfied with any kind of movement on constitutional reforms in Bosnia, regardless of its quality, a round table discussion in Sarajevo was told.International organisations in Bosnia are not interested in seeing structural reforms conducted in the country and would settle for any kind of progress that creates the illusion of […]

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Montenegro Opposition Plan Response to Ruling Party Leaks

Monday, February 25, 2013 Comments Off

Opposition and civil society organizations met to discuss media leaks, which have cast a new light on the ruling party’s controversial tactics.The meeting took place on Friday on the initiative of Democratic Front, the largest opposition formation. Miodrag Lekic, leader of the front, said the meeting ended without concrete conclusions, but aimed to coordinate a […]

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Jobless Rise Adds to Croatia’s Economic Gloom

Monday, February 25, 2013 Comments Off

Jobless rate reaches new high of 21.9 per cent, the highest in a decade – and that’s not the only bad news about the Croatian economy.The total number of unemployed persons in Croatia has reached 372,000, according to the latest official data, published last week. In January alone, another 13,800 people lost their jobs. Since […]

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Germany Reminds Albania of Need for Free Elections

Friday, February 22, 2013 Comments Off

The German Foreign Minister, Guido Westerwelle, has called for free and fair elections in Albania, warning against the rise of nationalist rhetoric in Tirana.“It’s very important for the elections to be held successfully and in accordance with European principles,” Westerwelle said in a joint press conference with his Albanian counterpart, Edmond Panariti.

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Census Shows Serbians Sticking With God

Friday, February 22, 2013 Comments Off

Results of the census published on Thursday show around 94 per cent of the population are religious believers, far higher than the percentage in most European countries.The results of the 2011 census in Serbia confirm that half a century of official atheism under the Communist system failed to dent Serbs’ belief in a deity. Data […]

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Bulgaria’s Outgoing PM ‘Frequent Target of Assassins’

Friday, February 22, 2013 Comments Off

As Bulgaria’s parliament approved his resignation, Prime Minister Borisov recalled the numerous death threats made against him over the years.Citing a document from the intelligence service of a foreign country, Bulgaria’s outgoing Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, said on Thursday that Ahmed Dogan, honorary chair of the ethnic Turkish Movement for Rights and Freedoms, DPS, had […]

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Croatian Democratic Union Mulls Disciplining Kosor

Friday, February 22, 2013 Comments Off

Former Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor could be expelled from the HDZ after criticising the new leader in an interview.Kosor risks expulsion from the party she once led after giving an interview with the Croatian weekly Globus, in which she criticized the party’s new president, Tomislav Karamarko. She spoke out after Karamarko claimed that the Croatian […]

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Macedonia Leaders Exchange Barbs in Reply to Fuele

Friday, February 22, 2013 Comments Off

Government and opposition leaders have blamed each other for Macedonia’s political impasse in replies to the EU Enlargement Commissioner’s appeal for an end to the crisis.Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski and the head of opposition Social Democrats, Branko Crvenkovski, confirmed having received letters from Stefan Fuele – but blamed each other for the continuing logjam. Gruevski […]

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Schools Start Teaching Bosniak in Serbian Sandzak

Friday, February 22, 2013 Comments Off

Primary level and high schools in the mainly Bosniak [Muslim] southwest Sandzak region of Serbia have started teaching classes in the Bosniak language.Students in 12 schools in the Sandzak region had their first classes in the Bosniak language on International Mother Tongue Day, February 21. Esad Dzudzevic, president of the Bosniak National Council, said some […]

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Belgrade Marathon Runs Into Ownership Dispute

Friday, February 22, 2013 Comments Off

A tussle over who has the right to organise the 2013 Belgrade Marathon has led to speculation that the city might end up with two showpiece races.Belgrade Marathon Ltd., a company that has been organising endurances races for two decades, has stated that it will organise this year’s event, although the city’s authorities have already […]

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