Southeast Europe / News

Ruling party candidate drops out of Moldova's presidential race

Carmen Simion in Bucharest October 26, 2016

Marian Lupu claims standing aside to support pro-EU opposition candidate Maia Sandu, but rivals suspicious of ruling party's motives.

Moldovan court issues arrest warrant for Renato Usatii in Gorbuntsov case

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest October 26, 2016

Popular Partidul Nostru leader accused of involvement in assassination attempt on Russian banker.

Montenegro’s DPS nominates Dusko Markovic for new PM

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia October 26, 2016

End of an era as Milo Djukanovic set to step down after almost quarter-century in power.

Trepca undermines Serb-Kosovan reconciliation

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest October 24, 2016

Belgrade has to balance its EU accession dream with voters' anger at Pristina's seizure of the mining and metals complex.

Montenegro’s ruling DPS suspected of staging “coup attempt” ahead of election

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia October 23, 2016

Operation to arrest 20 Serb paramilitaries on eve of general election reportedly managed by PM Milo Djukanovic's supporters.

Turkish lira rides the roller-coaster

bne IntelliNews October 21, 2016

The risks that have kept the lira under pressure have not yet disappeared and will not any time soon.

Moldova's $180mn agreement with IMF in limbo ahead of presidential elections

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest October 21, 2016

Fund denies speculation that deal approval has been delayed due to upcoming election.

EU leaders hesitate on new sanctions against Russia for Aleppo assault

bne IntelliNews October 21, 2016

EU leaders said they will consider all options against the Syrian government and Russia for atrocities committed in Aleppo, but met resistance from Italy in the issue of imposing new economic sanctions.

Turkish jets bomb US-backed Kurdish militia in northern Syria

bne IntelliNews October 20, 2016

Turkish jets carried out 26 airstrikes on 18 Syrian Kurdish militia YPG targets in northern Syria, killing up to 200 fighters.

Next Montenegrin government still anyone’s game

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia October 20, 2016

Handful of small parties to play kingmaker as they choose between Djukanovic's DPS and group of opposition parties.

Coalition emerges to support Romanian government of technocrats for another term

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest October 20, 2016

Two centre-right parties hope to keep popular technocratic PM Ciolos in power after December general election.

Croatia’s PM-designate Plenkovic names cabinet

Akin Nazli in Belgrade October 19, 2016

Parliament to vote on cabinet that keeps market friendly Finance Minister Maric but removes controversial Culture Minister Hasanbegovic.

Serbia’s Tanjug "operating independently" despite order to close, minister says

Ivana Jovanovic in Belgrade October 19, 2016

State news agency defied official order to shut down after failed privatisation in 2015.

Romanian lawmakers endorse Swiss franc loans conversion bill

bne IntelliNews October 18, 2016

The law will cost banks around €560mn, or 0.6% of banking system’s assets, the central bank claims.

Moldovan prosecutors relaunch probe into pro-EU presidential candidate

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest October 18, 2016

2013 case on security cameras for schools opened two days after pro-EU opposition unites behind former Education Minister Maia Sandu.

Albanians fear country will become “rubbish dump of Europe”

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest October 17, 2016

Opponents argue that resuming waste imports would be illegal under Tirana’s commitments to protect the environment in the Mediterranean region.

Romania’s senate speaker declares war on anti-corruption agency

Carmen Simion in Bucharest October 17, 2016

Calin Popescu Tariceanu asks parliament to ignore any request from National Anticorruption Directorate to investigate its members ahead of December general election.

Exit polls indicate dead heat in Montenegro general election

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia October 17, 2016

Djukanovic, main opposition parties both expected to seek coalition partners after election marred by irregularities and threat of violence.

Sheriff forced to pay $250mn "donation" to Transnistria’s budget

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest October 14, 2016

Parliament approves bill on “social and public partnership” with holding company Sheriff as economy founders.

Montenegro to vote in most unpredictable election to date

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia October 14, 2016

Opposition parties unite in attempt to oust Djukanovic's DPS which has dominated Montenegrin politics for 25 years.

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