Romania's ruling PSD announces reshuffle after anti-government protests

Carmen Simion in Bucharest February 22, 2017

Modest reshuffle includes appointment of non-party justice minister but top officials keep their positions.

Bulgarian prosecutors charge 18 in Corpbank investigation

Dimitar Koychev in Sofia February 22, 2017

Corpbank majority shareholder Tsvetan Vassilev charged, along with KPMG partners and former central bank official.

Bosnia’s ruling coalition faces collapse over plan to appeal genocide ruling

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia February 21, 2017

Bosnian Serb SZP threatens to quit coalition after Bosniak president calls for appeal against ruling on Srebrenica massacre.

Czechs join Visegrad food fight against international retailers

bne IntelliNews February 21, 2017

New member states demand end to inferior quality branded food products being sold in same packaging.

Vienna court upholds US request to extradite Ukrainian oligarch Firtash

bne IntelliNews February 21, 2017

Austria's justice minister will have the final say on billionaire's extradition to US to face bribery charges.

Poland remains defiant over EU rule of law probe

bne IntelliNews February 21, 2017

Commission now has to 'put up or shut up' over Warsaw's muzzling of constitutional watchdog.

Russian regulator reportedly moving to bail in 'church bank' Peresvet

bne IntelliNews February 20, 2017

State corporations and VIP individuals reportedly have some €8bn deposited with lender, which still retains its licence.

Plan to appeal 2007 genocide ruling rocks Bosnia

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia February 19, 2017

Decision made by Bosniak President Bakir Izetbegovic without support from Croats or Serbs, sparking new political crisis.

Albanian opposition protesters demand PM Rama's resignation

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje February 19, 2017

Opposition Democrats pitch tent outside government building, threaten to boycott June parliamentary election.

Bucharest children’s protest defies official pressure

Carmen Simion in Bucharest February 19, 2017

Romanian labour minister warns parents are breaking the law by taking children to demonstrations.

Gazprom's 'iron embrace' comes with a sting in the tail

Will Conroy in Prague February 17, 2017

Europe may not be able to block a potential bid by the Russian group to use the TAP pipeline.

US tone hardens on Ukraine-Russia tensions

Sergei Kuznetsov in Kyiv February 17, 2017

Kyiv is encouraged by tougher US line on Crimea, Donbas conflict.

Momentum collects twice the required signatures for Olympic vote

bne IntelliNews February 17, 2017

Hungary's Viktor Orban now has to choose between the potential humiliation of a referendum, or admit defeat and give up on his dream.

Incumbent Nikolic threatens to run against Vucic for Serbian presidency

bne IntelliNews February 16, 2017

Nikolic reportedly offers to stand aside for Vucic in return for prime minister position.

Hungary hopes to ratchet up Europe's barriers to refugees

Blanka Zoldi in Brussels February 16, 2017

After trying to keep asylum seekers out with razor-wire border fences, Budapest now plans to lock those that make it into shipping containers.

Ukraine declares emergency in energy sector amid coal blockade

bne IntelliNews February 16, 2017

EU also warns of a "vast energy crisis" in the country as power output is threatened.

Montenegrin opposition leaders face arrest in coup plot probe

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia February 15, 2017

Montenegro’s parliament lifts immunity of two Democratic Front leaders suspected of plotting to seize power by force.

Serbia’s ruling SNS to back Vucic as presidential candidate

bne IntelliNews February 14, 2017

PM Vucic picked over incumbent President Nikolic amid rumours of divisions within Serbia's governing party.

50,000 protesters create giant Romanian flag in Bucharest

Carmen Simion in Bucharest February 13, 2017

Thousands of Romanians demand government's resignation in 13th consecutive day of anti-corruption protests.

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