Dozens of activists and "militants" arrested before Belarus protests

bne IntelliNews March 24, 2017

Dozens more people arrested in Belarus in what the KGB security service says were raids conducted against armed insurrection plot.

Polls split as Bulgarians show election fatigue ahead of March 26 vote

Denitsa Koseva and Dimitar Koychev in Sofia March 24, 2017

Small parties set to play kingmaker as polls indicate GERB and Socialists virtually tied in fragmented new parliament.

Poroshenko blames Russia for assassination of Putin critic in Kyiv

bne IntelliNews March 23, 2017

Ukrainian president says shooting was an "act of state terrorism".

Yes, Bulgaria! leader criticises broken political model

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia March 23, 2017

Leader of new anti-corruption party forecasts snap elections will fail to produce stable government.

Trump the joker in the pack in Iranian election

bne IntelliNews March 22, 2017

Trump has proved a blessing for Iranian hardliners and a ratcheting up of the anti-Tehran rhetoric from Washington could boost their chances against incumbent President Rouhani.

Bosnian leaders put economy ahead of politics to keep IMF deal

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest March 22, 2017

MPs in the state-level parliament are due to vote on the agreement on excise tax within days.

Bulgarian nationalists block border with Turkey to stop “electoral tourism”

Dimitar Koychev in Sofia March 22, 2017

Turkish minister was previously accused of campaigning on behalf of Dost party ahead of Bulgarian general election.

Georgia set for major presidential, parliamentary election reforms

bne IntelliNews March 22, 2017

Scrapping of direct election of president will leave ruling party facing no real political checks on power, observers say.

Yerevan calls on diaspora to help rebuild Armenia

Carmen Valache in Lund March 21, 2017

Armenian government campaign would be more enticing if it undertook structural reforms to improve the investment environment.

Erdogan threatens review of Turkey's relations with "fascist and cruel" EU

bne IntelliNews March 21, 2017

Turkish president persists with "Nazi" jibes on campaign stump ahead of April 16 referendum on expanding presidential powers

Czech armed forces choose Bell Helicopter ahead of US summit

Nicholas Watson in Prague March 21, 2017

Czech MPs say armed forces have chosen the US' Bell Helicopter in a tender to supply 12 multi-role helicopters ahead of President Zeman’s trip to the US in April.

Investigation reveals flow of up to $80bn through “Russian Laundromat”

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest March 21, 2017

Funds channeled from Russian companies to offshore firms with help from corrupt Moldovan judges.

Ottoman-era revolutionaries appear at latest Skopje protests

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje March 20, 2017

Costumes signal intent to defend Macedonia statehood after SDSM leader offers concessions to ethnic Albanian minority.

Belarus: moderate repressions in response to moderate anti-government protests

Sergei Kuznetsov in Minsk March 17, 2017

Anti-government protests that broke out in several Belarusian cities in the past few weeks now seem to be losing momentum.

ECHR ruling against Hungary strikes blow for refugee rights

Dan Nolan in Budapest March 17, 2017

Human rights court deems unlawful Budapest's policies of indiscriminate detention and automatic expulsion of refugees to Serbia.

Ukraine's suspended tax chief released from jail on €3.5mn bail

bne IntelliNews March 17, 2017

"Test case" for Ukrainian justice sees temporary release of tax chief during investigation for alleged corruption.

EU commissioner calls for Western Balkans common market

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje March 16, 2017

Common market would create 80,000 jobs and ease future integration into EU internal market, Commissioner Hahn says.

Croatian PM attempts damage control over Agrokor

Akin Nazli in Belgrade March 16, 2017

Plenkovic says he is confident management of Croatian food and retail giant will resolve financial problems.

McCain accuses fellow US senator of working for Putin after Montenegro vote blocked

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia March 16, 2017

Montenegro's Nato accession is becoming a test case for the new relationship between the US and Russia.

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