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Montenegro clears hurdle to Nato entry

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest December 7, 2016

US Senate foreign relations committee votes unanimously to ratify accession protocol.

Russian tycoon Deripaska to sue Montenegro over KAP bankruptcy

bne IntelliNews December 7, 2016

Oligarch to sue over Podgorica's decision to declare KAP aluminium smelter and Rudnici Boksita bauxite mine insolvent.

Macedonians tire of political turmoil

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje December 5, 2016

Voters are sceptical about big promises from the ruling party and opposition ahead of the critical December 11 election.

Bulgaria edges towards early elections

Dimitar Koychev in Sofia December 1, 2016

Elections likely as GERB changes stance, rules out supporting a new government in the current parliament.

Montenegro’s parliament endorses new DPS-led government amid opposition boycott

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia November 29, 2016

New PM Markovic to lead Montenegro into Nato, aims to complete EU negotiations by 2019.

Moldovan authorities pin hopes on FBI to recover stolen $1bn

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest November 28, 2016

Moldova's head prosecutor announces US FBI has launched investigation into money siphoned off from three Moldovan banks.

European Parliament calls for freezing Turkey’s accession talks

bne IntelliNews November 24, 2016

Parliament votes for suspension by a strong majority, though resolution is not legally binding.

Lira weakness prompts Turkey’s first rate hike in nearly three years

bne IntelliNews November 24, 2016

Defying political pressure to reduce borrowing costs, Turkey’s central bank delivered its first rate hike in nearly three years on November 24 in a bid to support the nation’s battered currency.

Montenegro’s DPS to stay in power after striking new coalition deal

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia November 24, 2016

Montenegro to continue course towards EU and Nato as DPS forms new government under Dusko Markovic after quarter century in power.

Mid Europa buys Profi in Romania's largest ever retail deal

Carmen Simion in Bucharest November 23, 2016

Enterprise Investors exits Romanian supermarket chain for €533mn after successful expansion programme targeting rural areas.

Bulgaria charges defence minister over combat aviation deal

Dimitar Koychev in Sofia November 23, 2016

Nikolay Nenchev is second minister to be charged since PM Borissov's government submitted its resignation on November 14.

Croatian defence minister reportedly among Bosnian prosecutors’ war crimes suspects

Akin Nazli in Belgrade November 23, 2016

Croatian PM defends Damir Krsticevic after allegations he was involved in war crimes in Bosnia’s Jajce municipality.

Bulgarian prosecutors charge outgoing Health Minister Moskov over vaccine exchange

Dimitar Koychev in Sofia November 22, 2016

Other members of Bulgarian cabinet to be questioned over exchange with Turkey that resulted in financial losses and public health concerns.

Moldova’s new pro-Russian president to dismiss Nato-oriented defence minister

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest November 21, 2016

President elect Igor Dodon accuses minister of "provocations" in bid to gain support from Moscow.

Moldova's new pro-Russian president says EU ties unchanged but plans talks with Russia

bne IntelliNews November 17, 2016

Moldova’s new pro-Russian President Igor Dodon said in his first interview since winning the election on November 13 that his country’s relationship with the EU would “remain intact”, but there will be bilateral and trilateral talks with Moscow.

Bulgarian politics set for months of uncertainty but will Borissov bounce back?

Andrew MacDowall in Belgrade November 16, 2016

Bulgaria looks set for months of political uncertainty and horse-trading after parliament on November 16 accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Boyko Borissov.

Moldova's pro-Russian president calls for early elections

bne IntelliNews November 15, 2016

Igor Dodon also likely to call referendum on EU Association Agreement.

Borissov to resign after Bulgarian presidential runoff

Dimitar Koychev in Sofia November 14, 2016

Outgoing president likely to appoint caretaker government to pave way for early elections.

Pro-Russian candidate wins presidential elections in Moldova

Iulian Ernst November 14, 2016

Igor Dodon has repeatedly advocated amending Moldova’s EU Accession Treaty and joining Russia's Custom Union.

Hong Kong orders suspected toxic waste ship to return to Romania

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest November 10, 2016

Ship bearing mystery cargo spent 11 months trying to offload in Far East, now ordered to return to Romania.

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