Southeast Europe / News

Romania’s head prosecutor resuscitates trial on bloody end of Communist regime

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest April 3, 2018

Former president Ion Iliescu and other top officials could be tried for crimes against humanity over their role in the brutal events of December 1989 when Romania's Communist-era dictator Nicolae Ceausescu was removed from power.

Violent protest erupts over Albania’s first toll road

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje April 2, 2018

Police made 23 arrests after protesters threw stones and burned down toll booths on the Durres-Kukes motorway.

Kosovo’s PM sacks interior minister over deportation of Turkish citizens

bne IntelliNews March 31, 2018

Diplomatic rift opens as Turkey's President Erdogan says Pristina must "pay" for the decision to punish officials after six Turkish citizens with suspected Gulenist links were secretly deported.

Macedonian PM in talks to expand ruling coalition

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje March 30, 2018

Zoran Zaev is in discussions with two small parties as he aims to increase his government's slim parliamentary majority ahead of a planned reshuffle.

Turkey grew 7.4% in 2017: analysts warn of blowout dangers in “warp-speed” expansion

Will Conroy in Prague and Akin Nazli in Belgrade March 29, 2018

Debt-fuelled GDP growth running in tandem with high inflation begs the question—Will the “thrusters” overheat before the next election?

Nato joins wave of Russian diplomat expulsions after Skripal poisoning

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia March 28, 2018

Several European states followed suit but others are still considering whether to take action over the poisoning of an ex-spy on British soil, which has already triggered over 100 expulsions by western countries.

Fears raised of US conditioning F-35s sale on Turkey cancelling S-400 deal with Russia

bne IntelliNews March 27, 2018

Latest setback in Ankara’s relations with Washington and Nato comes in the form of the Turks’ muted response to the Skripal nerve-agent poisoning.

Kosovo on the brink of political chaos as Serb List quits government

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje March 27, 2018

Arrest of senior Serb official who claims he was "dragged along the ground like a dog" by Kosovan police has inflamed tensions in northern Kosovo and led Serb ministers to resign from the government.

EU and Turkey summit produces commitment to keep talking

bne IntelliNews March 27, 2018

Though no major breakthroughs in relations are achieved, Turkish President Erdogan says he hopes “we have put this difficult period behind us” while warning that it would be “a perilous mistake for the EU to exclude Turkey from enlargement”.

Schweighofer sells its Romanian forests to Swedish GreenGold

bne IntelliNews March 27, 2018

Austrian wood processor beats a retreat from Romanian market after most local DIY chains blacklist its products over illegal sourcing accusations.

Albania plans to float state-owned power distributor by end-year

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje March 27, 2018

OSHEE to be the first major state-owned company to hold an IPO on Tirana's new stock exchange, as Prime Minister Edi Rama outlines ambitious plans to develop the energy sector.

Ukraine plays tough as 21 countries unite to kick out Russian diplomats

bne IntelliNews March 26, 2018

More than 100 diplomats thrown out in the largest collective expulsion of Russian intelligence officers in history, as the US and countries across Europe show solidarity with London over the poisoning of the Skripals.