Southeast Europe / News

UK judge refuses Turkey’s request for extradition of dispossessed media proprietor

bne IntelliNews November 28, 2018

Ruling describes application as “politically motivated”. Hamdi Akin Ipek says he has been followed in London and has had his assets illegally confiscated.

Thousands of opposition supporters stage anti-government protest in Skopje

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje November 28, 2018

The opposition VMRO-DPMNE party called on the government to resign and announced weekly protests ahead of a critical parliament vote on plans to change the country's name.

Pre-election stimulus fest under way in Turkey

Akin Nazli in Belgrade November 27, 2018

Markets want fiscal discipline amid the country's economic turmoil but campaign pressures amid a recession could cause significant backsliding.

Project to build hundreds of faux chateaux for Gulf investors in Turkish province goes bust

bne IntelliNews November 27, 2018

Burj Al Babas slapped with bankruptcy order after failing to collect receivables.

Soros group pulling out of Turkey after Erdogan’s vilification

bne IntelliNews November 26, 2018

Open Society Foundations claims it is the target of baseless allegations in the Turkish media, while it faces an interior ministry investigation.

Turkish business confidence recovers slightly but remains in negative territory

Akin Nazli in Belgrade November 26, 2018

Underlying shock in economy still playing out, say analysts. Industry’s CUR at lowest point since early 2015.

Top Slovenian opposition political given suspended sentence for calling journalists "prostitutes"

bne IntelliNews November 24, 2018

Janez Jansa, former prime minister and leader of the largest party in the Slovenian party, accused the two journalists of prostituting themselves.

Turkish finance minister’s borrowing moves ‘risk accentuating recession’

Akin Nazli in Belgrade November 23, 2018

Opposition lawmaker protests that Albayrak is “playing with fire by trying to lower interest rates via fiddling with the Treasury auctions”.

Barbs not bouquets thrown at Turkey and EU’s "High-Level Political Dialogue Meeting"

bne IntelliNews November 22, 2018

Joint press conference given by EU foreign and enlargement commissioners and Turkish foreign minister quickly turns tense.

Kosovo slaps 100% tariffs on imports from Serbia and Bosnia

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje November 21, 2018

Politically motivated tariffs introduced after Pristina's bid to join Interpol failed due to Serbian pressure on member countries to vote against Kosovo's membership.

Alarm as Turkey’s “she-wolf” talks of repeat Cyprus invasion

bne IntelliNews November 21, 2018

Rows over the rights to oil and gas reserves near the divided island are ratcheting up tensions.

Trump’s Khashoggi stance “bizarre” and “shameful” says Iran’s Zarif

bne IntelliNews November 21, 2018

Iranian foreign minister responds to US president’s move to stand by Riyadh despite brutal killing which the CIA has briefed was ordered by the Saudi crown prince.

Incoming President Milorad Dodik attacks Bosnian establishment at inauguration

bne IntelliNews November 21, 2018

Serb nationalist politician is the new holder of Bosnia’s rotating tripartite presidency despite advocating for the breakup of the country.

European rights court orders Turkey to free Demirtas

bne IntelliNews November 20, 2018

Pre-trial detention of the pro-Kurdish HDP party politician has so far lasted two years. Erdogan claims ECHR ruling is not binding.

Iran introduces petrol rationing to curb smuggling by profiteers

bne IntelliNews November 20, 2018

Collapse of rial in face of US sanctions has made country’s fixed-price fuel attractive on regional black markets.

"Picasso" buried under tree in Romania is a publicity stunt

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest November 20, 2018

Painting thought to be a work by Picasso stolen from the Kunsthal Museum in Rotterdam in 2012 was revealed to be a fake planted by two members of a Belgian theatre company.

Romanian PM changes eight ministers in government reshuffle

Carmen Simion in Bucharest November 20, 2018

Reshuffle will strengthen the position of ruling party leader Liviu Dragnea by demoting critics such as Deputy PM Paul Stanescu and Bucharest mayor Gabriela Firea.

Turkey’s retail sales fall for first time since early 2017

Akin Nazli in Belgrade November 19, 2018

Consumers tighten belts with country mired in a currency crisis and wary of sliding into a debt crisis coupled with a steep recession.

Bulgarian Deputy PM Simeonov resigns after month of protests

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia November 17, 2018

Pressure from the street and from the parliament finally force Valeri Simeonov to step down, raising questions about the future of Boyko Borissov's government.

Recession ahead: Turkey’s 23-month-long industrial growth streak is over

Akin Nazli in Belgrade November 16, 2018

Industrial production contracts 2.7% in September, marking the biggest annual drop since 2009 as downturn drains consumer demand.