Saturday, December 20, 2014


News and Features on the Balkans

Russia: Not Putting Pressure On Serbia

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has rejected Western accusations that Moscow is trying to increase Serbia's dependence on Russia and push it away from the European Union.
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Serbs Cut Ribbon On Chinese-Built Bridge Over Danube

The Chinese and Serbian prime ministers have opened a new multimillion-euro bridge over the Danube in Belgrade, described as the first major Chinese-built infrastructure project in Europe.
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China Looks To Up Investment In E. Europe

China says it will create a new investment fund of $3 billion targeting Central and Eastern Europe, seeking to strengthen its presence in the region.
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Bosnia Arrests 10 War-Crimes Suspects

Police in Bosnia-Herzegovina have arrested 10 ethnic Serbs suspected of killing dozens of Bosnian Muslim civilians during the 1992-95 Bosnian war.
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Chinese PM In Serbia

Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang has arrived in Serbia for a summit with leaders from 16 Central and Eastern European countries.
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Bosnia Charges Serbs For War Crimes

Prosecutors in Bosnia have indicted 15 ethnic Serb suspects for allegedly killing more than 150 Muslim civilians during the Bosnian War.
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Kosovo Gets Full IOC Membership

Kosovo has been granted full membership in the International Olympic Committee in a move that will allow its first Olympics appearance at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
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Kosovo To Vote For New Government

Kosovo’s parliament has voted in a new government with former Pristina mayor Isa Mustafa as prime minister.
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EU Cautions Russia Over Balkans

The European Union has cautioned Russia not to drag the Western Balkans into its growing row with the West over Ukraine.
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Video EU: South Stream OK If Follows Rules

The European Commission's new energy chief says that Russia could revive the South Stream natural-gas pipeline project if it follows EU rules.
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Arrests In Bosnia, Serbia Over Massacre

A media report says police in Serbia and Bosnia have arrested 15 people in connection with a massacre during the conflict in the Balkans.
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Transparency Study Shows Corruption Widespread In Ex-Soviet States, Balkans

A new study by the antigraft group Transparency International (TI) suggests that corruption remains rampant across much of the former Soviet Union and the Balkans.
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End Of South Stream: Winners & Losers

Russian President Vladimir Putin on December 1 announced that Russia was abandoning plans for the South Stream natural gas pipeline meant to supply energy directly to Europe without transit through Ukraine. Who are the winners and losers if Putin makes good on his word?
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EU Lawmakers Condemn Seselj, Pakistan's Blasphemy Law, IS

A European Parliament resolution backed by all the main political groups has slammed the recent activities of accused Serbian war criminal Vojislav Seselj.
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Serbia 'Outrage' After Basketball Fan Killed In Istanbul

Serbia's government has expressed "outrage" after a "Red Star" Belgrade basketball fan was stabbed to death in Istanbul.
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Serbia To Revoke Businessman's Citizenship

Serbia says it will revoke its citizenship granted to Ukrainian businessman Sergei Kurchenko, sanctioned by the European Union and wanted in his country on embezzlement charges.
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In Releasing Seselj, ICTY Solves One Problem -- But Creates Many Others

When The Hague tribunal opted this month to provisionally release war crimes suspect Vojislav Seselj to seek cancer treatment in Serbia, it was attempting to amend one of the longest, most mismanaged cases ever to come before the court. But sending the fiery Seslj home may be the start of a whole new type of trouble, for the Balkans and the tribunal alike.
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Kosovo Leaders Pledge Coalition

Kosovo's two leading political parties have reached a deal to form a coalition government, ending more than five months of deadlock.
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Russia Bans Meat Imports from Montenegro

Russia says it has banned meat imports from Montenegro in an effort to close loopholes on a ban against food products from the European Union.
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Russian Stance On Bosnia 'Concerns' Croatia

Croatian Foreign Minister Vesna Pusic said her country noticed Russia's recent stance on Bosnia and said it was a matter of concern, especially for Balkan countries.
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