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Macedonian special prosecutor asks to freeze VMRO-DPMNE assets

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje May 22, 2017

Former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski named as primary suspect in new investigation into illegal party financing.

Croatia's HDZ in stronger position to form new government after local election victory

Akin Nazli in Belgrade May 22, 2017

PM Andrej Plenkovic to start talks on new government after May 21 local elections, following HDZ's split from coalition partner Most.

Former Serbian ombudsman forms new political movement

bne IntelliNews May 22, 2017

Sasa Jankovic's movement seen as the start of a stronger opposition to PM and president elect Aleksandar Vucic, whose SNS dominates Serbia's political scene.

Macedonia’s SDSM launches talks on formation of new government

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje May 21, 2017

SDSM leaders hold meetings with Macedonia's ethnic Albanian parties as they prepare to form government after decade in opposition.

Bulgarian PM under pressure as photo of second official giving Nazi salute surfaces

Denitsa Koseva and Dimitar Koychev in Sofia May 18, 2017

Scandal could threaten the newly-formed ruling coalition between Boyko Borissov’s GERB and the nationalist United Patriots.

Albanian opposition agrees to participate in election

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje May 18, 2017

Breakthrough in political crisis to put Albania's EU accession efforts back on track.

Macedonian president gives mandate to Social Democrat leader to form government

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje May 17, 2017

Zoran Zaev set to become Macedonia's next prime minister as President Ivanov finally allows handover of power to SDSM.

Erdogan meets Trump at White House, hails foundations of new era

bne IntelliNews May 17, 2017

Presidents put on brave faces over Washington's arming of Syrian Kurds, Trump speaks of great relationship.

Slovenia’s largest lender NLB announces IPO plans

bne IntelliNews May 15, 2017

State-owned NLB to list at least 50% of its shares in Ljubljana in June, with a secondary GDR listing planned on the London Stock Exchange.

Celebrity jeans favourite Mavi moves for big Istanbul IPO

bne IntelliNews May 15, 2017

Listing for at least 50% of firm set to be largest float on Turkish stock exchange in years.

Bosnia faces dangerous year

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia May 15, 2017

Bosnia heads for Macedonia-style political crisis ahead of elections as politicians put self-interest before stability.

Macedonia faces local government power vacuum

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje May 14, 2017

Failure to form national government has knock-on effects for local authorities, as failure to hold mayoral elections blocks decision-making.

ArcelorMittal threatens to sue Bosnia over sale of Ljubija mine to Israeli rival

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia May 14, 2017

Global steelmaker to cancel planned investment and apply for international arbitration if Bosnia goes ahead with sale of Ljubija mine.

Turkey’s Global Ports gets that sinking feeling in disappointing LSE IPO

bne IntelliNews May 12, 2017

Float of world's largest cruise port operator prices near the bottom end of the range.

Romania’s parliament dismisses head of financial markets regulator

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest May 12, 2017

Misu Negritoiu claims dismissal - originally triggered by crisis on Romania's car insurance market - was politically motivated.

Signs of a breakthrough in Macedonia as SDSM offers guarantees to Ivanov

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje May 11, 2017

Opposition SDSM says it will guarantee Macedonia's unity in attempt to obtain mandate to form a new government.

Bosnian parliament misses chance to save IMF deal

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia May 11, 2017

Even the desperate need of Bosnia’s two entities to get cheap funding to patch their budgets didn't persuade politicians to put aside their disagreements.

Kosovo to hold early elections after government loses confidence vote

Dimitar Koychev in Sofia May 10, 2017

Isa Mustafa's government collapses as PDK lawmakers desert coalition partner to vote with opposition in confidence vote.

US arming of YPG draws mild Ankara response, lira recovers

Akin Nazli in Belgrade May 10, 2017

Lack of angry outburst from president points to Turkey not wishing to stoke tensions ahead of Erdogan's meeting with Trump.

EPS’s plans to hike coal production at odds with Serbia’s EU membership goal

bne IntelliNews May 10, 2017

Environmental watchdog Bankwatch slams Serbian utility over investments in additional lignite production and lack of care for local communities.

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