Southeast Europe / News

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Broadcaster’s financial woes force Bosnia out of Eurovision

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia March 15, 2017

Public broadcaster BHRT unable to repay outstanding debt to European Broadcasting Union for 11 years.

Disillusioned Serbian voters back satirist in presidential race

bne IntelliNews March 14, 2017

26-year-old Ljubisa "Beli" Preletacevic attracts protest voters in election seen as easy victory for PM Aleksandar Vucic.

Kosovo's Thaci stakes presidency on army bill

Dimitar Koychev in Sofia March 13, 2017

President says he will quit if bill transforming Kosovo's security force into an army is not approved by parliament.

Albanian PM reshuffles cabinet as opposition threatens to boycott election

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje March 12, 2017

Opposition Democrats say replacement of four ministers is not enough to persuade them to return to parliament.

Erdogan taunts Dutch with "Nazi remnants" jibe after foreign minister barred from landing

bne IntelliNews March 12, 2017

Refusal of landing permission for a plane carrying Turkey’s foreign minister sparked violent protests in Rotterdam.

Putin and Erdogan hail restored relations after 2015 rift

Ben Aris in Berlin March 10, 2017

Turkey and Russia were on the brink of war after the Turkish military shot down a Russian bomber in 2015. Two years later, presidents Putin and Erdogan were fawning over each other and a new era of relations at talks in Moscow.

Calm before the storm for Hungary's NGOs

Dan Nolan in Budapest March 10, 2017

NGOs that receive funding from US-Hungarian financier Gyorgy Soros in the centre of government's crosshairs.

Chisinau accuses Russia of hindering money laundering investigations

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest March 10, 2017

PM Pavel Filip claims Moldovan officials harassed by Russian security services as they probe $22bn laundered through Moldinconbank

Diplomats left at a loss by Ankara’s “Nazi” spat with Berlin

bne IntelliNews March 9, 2017

Banning of referendum rallies plunges Turkish-German relations to new low

Montenegrin mothers threaten “radical” action over broken election promises

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia March 9, 2017

Protests as Podgorica cuts benefits to stabilise public finances amid soaring debt burden.

Erdogan plays the ‘Growler’ in missile talks with Putin

Will Conroy in Prague March 8, 2017

Turkish interest in Russia's S-400 surface-to-air missile system may be a bluff to win Western defence deals.

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