Southeast Europe / News

Demonstrators storm Macedonian parliament

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje April 27, 2017

Opposition leader and MPs reportedly injured as protesters force their way into parliament after new speaker elected.

Croatian PM Plenkovic breaks up coalition with junior partner Most

Akin Nazli in Belgrade April 27, 2017

Second HDZ-Most coalition collapses after just seven months as Most ministers refuse to support Finance Minister Maric.

Telco Digi poised for Romania’s largest ever private sector IPO

Carmen Simion in Bucharest April 27, 2017

Shareholders of parent company of Romania's RCS & RDS could get up to €264.9mn from IPO.

Picture for media freedom increasingly bleak

bne IntelliNews April 26, 2017

Reporters Without Borders documents decline in press freedom around the world.

Belgrade protest march marks anniversary of Savamala demolitions

bne IntelliNews April 25, 2017

Anti-Vucic protesters join those still seeking justice for midnight demolitions in historic Belgrade neighbourhood.

Macedonia's interim government mulls new Eurobond issue

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje April 25, 2017

Skopje reportedly launches roadshow for potential issue, in move likely to further inflame tensions between interim government and opposition.

Fondul Proprietatea warns on corporate governance

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest April 25, 2017

Fund manager Greg Konieczny says interim appointments are "bad news" for Hidroelectrica and other companies, and will delay long-awaited IPO of hydropower producer.

Blow for Nevsun in Macedonia as local residents vote no to gold digging

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje April 24, 2017

Gevgelija residents overwhelmingly vote against Canadian Nevsun Resources' plans to build gold mines after strong campaign by environmental groups.

The Romanian 8% dividend yield deal

Ben Aris in Budapest April 24, 2017

“Let me start by asking you a simple question: if you earn a 8% return on an investment per year is that a good investment?” asks the president of the Bucharest Stock Exchange Lucian Anghel. If the answer is 'yes' you should go to Romania.

Romanian high court rejects PSD leader's appeal against suspended sentence

Carmen Simion in Bucharest April 24, 2017

Ruling scuppers Liviu Dragnea's prospects of becoming prime minister and could result in a prison term if he is found guilty in a separate case.

Moldovan court sentences "raider" Platon in connection to $1bn bank fraud

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest April 21, 2017

18-year sentence for Veaceslav Platon over money siphoned from Banca de Economii follows conviction of former Prime Minister Vlad Filat in 2016.

Albania’s parliament fails to elect new president

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia April 20, 2017

Ruling Socialists declined to nominate candidate to replace President Bujar Nishani as opposition boycott of parliament continues.

Croatia’s neighbours join forces over Agrokor

bne IntelliNews April 19, 2017

Joint taskforce to monitor impact of debt crisis at Croatian conglomerate and mitigate impact on local economies.

Academic: “Never-AKP” vote disappeared in Turkey’s referendum

Ben Aris in Berlin April 18, 2017

Group of hard-core voters always staunchly opposed to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his AKP at election time seem to disappear from poll in historic April 16 referendum.

Turkey extends state of emergency for three more months

bne IntelliNews April 18, 2017

State of emergency imposed by Turkey after last July's coup attempt extended as rows continue over referendum Yes vote's validity.

Croatia, Slovenia in new diplomatic row over mussel farm

bne IntelliNews April 17, 2017

Latest spat follows disputes over wine and chocolates between former Yugoslavian neighbours.

Turkey’s constitutional referendum fought on unlevel playing field, says OSCE in highly critical report

bne IntelliNews April 17, 2017

Referendum that delivered sweeping powers to President Erdogan criticised by opposition and international observers.

Turkey’s main opposition CHP calls for annulment of Sunday’s referendum

bne IntelliNews April 17, 2017

Turkey’s main opposition CHP calls for annulment of Sunday’s referendum

Kosovo says plot to attack political leaders foiled

bne IntelliNews April 17, 2017

Pristina boosts security over Easter weekend as authorities claim to have uncovered plot to attack political leaders and government officials.

Turkey's Erdogan declares victory in contested referendum

bne IntelliNews April 17, 2017

Narrow majority votes Yes in referendum to establish an executive-style presidency with sweeping powers.

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