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Macedonia Ex-PM’s Trial Hears ‘Election-Rigging’ Tapes

Balkaninsight.com - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 18:34
The electoral fraud trial of Macedonia’s ex-premier Nikola Gruevski and other ex-officials  heard tapes of wiretapped conversations that the prosecution claims shows their involvement in vote-rigging schemes.
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Merkel Offers Montenegro Help to Fight Corruption

Balkaninsight.com - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 18:08
At a meeting in Berlin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel offered Montenegrin Prime Minister Dusko Markovic help in implementing the rule of law and fighting against corruption.
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Serbian Police Close Military-Style Children’s Camp

Balkaninsight.com - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 15:33
Serbian police closed the camp run by war veterans on Mount Zlatibor that gave military training to children as young as 14, citing concerns about the possible abuse of minors.
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Hague Court Approves Skype Links for Karadzic, Mladic

Balkaninsight.com - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 14:26
Bosnian Serb war crimes defendants Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic welcomed the UN court’s decision to allow them to make online video calls to their families while in detention.
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Putin to Attend Serbian Military Parade, Media Report

Balkaninsight.com - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 13:51
Russian President Vladimir Putin will attend a grand military parade for the anniversary of the end of WWI in Belgrade in November, Serbian media report. 
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Serbian President to Visit Kosovo in September

Balkaninsight.com - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 13:02
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic announced that he will visit Kosovo in early September, around the same time that a new round of Belgrade-Pristina talks on normalising relations is to take place in Brussels.
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Croatian Satirist Threatened for Operation Storm Show

Balkaninsight.com - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 10:59
Satirist Domagoj Zovak received a death threat after airing a show about the 1995 Croatian military operation ‘Storm’, which is seen as a historic victory in the country.
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Yugoslav Author’s Nobel Prize Exhibit Opens in Montenegro

Balkaninsight.com - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 10:28
For the first time, the Montenegrin town of Herceg Novi will exhibit the Nobel Prize for Literature awarded to Yugoslav writer Ivo Andric, in the house where he once lived.
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Playing With Fire

Balkaninsight.com - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 10:13
Talk of partition or land swaps between Kosovo and Serbia has gripped the attention of many in the region this week. Are such solutions simply the most practical way to solve an old problem or the tempting siren call that could unlock the region’s Pandora’s Box?
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Belgrade, By Sailboat and Paddleboard

Balkaninsight.com - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 07:08
It’s said that Belgrade is a city best understood from the water. A few hardy enthusiasts are trying to spread the word.
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Genoa Bridge Collapse Sparks Safety Concerns in Balkans

Balkaninsight.com - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 07:08
After the deadly bridge collapse in Italy, the authorities in some Balkan countries have begun to check the safety of some of their own transport infrastructure.
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Macedonia Ex-PM’s Trial to Hear 1,000 Covert Wiretaps

Balkaninsight.com - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 07:07
Skopje’s Criminal Court faces the task of hearing more than 1,000 unreleased wiretapped recordings as part of prosecution evidence against ex-premier Nikola Gruevski and other ex-officials accused of electoral fraud.
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“We Too Were Refugees” – in a Bosnian Field, a Helping Hand

Balkaninsight.com - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 07:07
Bruised and battered, refugees and migrants wait for their chance in a field in northwestern Bosnia.
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Montenegro to Deploy Troops to Deter Migrants

Balkaninsight.com - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 07:07
Although the authorities have repeatedly reassured the public that the situation with illegal migrants and refugees is not critical, Montenegro has decided to send in the military to secure its borders.
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‘19,000 Fake War Veterans in Kosovo’: State Prosecutor

Balkaninsight.com - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 18:06
Kosovo’s state prosecutor Aleksander Lumezi alleged that there are around 19,000 fake Kosovo Liberation Army war veterans who are wrongfully taking benefits from government funds.
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Bosnian Constitutional Court Rejects Female Croat Fighter’s Appeal

Balkaninsight.com - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 15:14
Bosnia’s Constitutional Court rejected an appeal by former Croatian Defence Council fighter Indira Kameric, who was sentenced to four years in prison for abusing civilian detainees who were held at a football stadium.
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Fugitive Romanian Crime Boss Awaits Extradition from Britain

Balkaninsight.com - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 14:29
A Romanian human-trafficking ring leader who escaped arrest in May was caught in Britain and is now awaiting extradition to his home country.
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Romania Ruling Party Faces Backlash after Anti-Graft Protests

Balkaninsight.com - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 13:13
Romania's governing Social Democrat Party faces more turmoil after recent protests against its rule, as some members question its leader and the opposition seeks to ban politicians with corruption convictions from office.
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US Accuses Bosnian Serbs of ‘Trying to Deny History’

Balkaninsight.com - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 12:49
The US State Department accused the Bosnian Serb authorities of attempting to deny history by annulling a report on the 1995 Srebrenica massacres which accepted that Serb forces killed thousands of Bosniaks and breached humanitarian law.
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Must Kosovo Pay the Price of the EU’s Mistakes?

Balkaninsight.com - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 07:49
It is Kosovo’s fragile democracy that will pay the price of any deal struck by Hashim Thaci to partition the country. The EU should think twice.
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