Slovenian president urges EU to make enlargement a priority

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje September 1, 2021

Borut Pahor warns failure to launch accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia will lead to rising nationalism and influence from ‘third countries’ in the region.

Estonian president-elect says will try to talk to all of country's political forces

bne IntelliNews September 1, 2021

Alar Karis was elected as president at the second attempt as the only candidate on the ballot.

Albanian PM takes fellow Nato members to task over Afghanistan

bne IntelliNews September 1, 2021

Despite being the poorest country in Nato, Albania was quick to agree to a US request to take Afghan refugees after the Taliban took over the country.

Kyrgyzstan: Activists complain of mass wiretapping campaign

Eurasianet August 31, 2021

Police say their court-approved snooping was wholly justified.

Thousands of Afghan refugees ‘crossing largely unpoliced border into Iran every day’

bne IntelIiNews August 31, 2021

European officials aware that 2015 migrant crisis reshaped global politics quick to offer Afghanistan’s neighbours millions to at least temporarily host people who have fled the Taliban.

Navalny’s press spokeswoman flees Russia, press appeal for “return to sanity”

bne IntelliNews August 31, 2021

Kira Yarmysh, the spokeswoman of jailed anti-corruption activist and opposition politician Alexei Navalny, has fled Russia,as the free press publish an appeal to the Kremlin to "return to sanity" in the face of a campaign of repression.

Salt lake brimming with “aqua dragon” shrimp billed as big FX earner for Iran

bne IntelIiNews August 31, 2021

Eggs of Artemia extensively used in aquaculture as they can be hatched on demand to provide live feed for larval fish and crustaceans.

Romania’s opposition fails to capitalise on strife within ruling PNL

bne IntelliNews August 31, 2021

PSD leader puts no-confidence motion on hold but says if “millions of Romanians” take to the streets Florin Citu’s government would be overthrown.

Hungary and Russia reach long-term gas supply agreement

bne IntelliNews August 31, 2021

The agreement, to be signed at the end of September and coming into force from October 1, will be in force for 10+5 years.

Turkey’s moves to block Afghan refugees likely to fail says Chatham House analyst

bne IntelIiNews August 30, 2021

Any additional refugees coming into Turkey will further damage the popularity of president Erdogan in a country under heavy economic pressure, points out Fadi Hakura.

Lightning strike kills Bulgarian football coach during match

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia August 30, 2021

Ivan Ranchev, 41, was killed on the spot by a bolt of lightning shortly after a friendly match against the team from a nearby village started.

Karis is the only candidate on Estonian presidential ballot

bne IntelliNews August 30, 2021

Centre-right coalition nominates director of the Estonian National Museum after tiring of liberal President Kersti Kaljulaid's outspoken comments.

Polish government still undecided over restrictions to curb fourth wave of pandemic

bne IntelliNews August 30, 2021

The government is facing the necessity of introducing curbs in regions with the lowest ratio of inoculations, which are also its electoral strongholds.

Tehran University medical physicist tells of scientists’ fear of Taliban rule

bne IntelIiNews August 29, 2021

Culture of research and international funding that began with the demise of the first Taliban government could quickly disappear under the second, academics worry.

Invisible and highly polluting methane leaks detected across Romania

bne IntelliNews August 29, 2021

NGO finds dozens of methane leaks, including next to children’s playground.

Montenegro’s President Djukanovic threatened with impeachment over vow to stop inauguration of Serbian Orthodox cleric

Denista Koseva in Sofia August 29, 2021

Montenegrins are divided over plan to inaugurate Metropolitan Bishop Joanikije II as head of the Serbian Orthodox Church in the historic capital Cetinje.

Huge explosions at military warehouse injure 66 in Kazakhstan

Kanat Shaku in Almaty August 27, 2021

More than a 1,000 people evacuated from nearby settlements. It is the country’s second such incident in two years.

Opposition to Rio Tinto's plan for major lithium mine in Serbia grows

Eldar Dizdarevic in Sarajevo August 27, 2021

NGOs, opposition politicians and local residents have raised concerns about the potential environmental impact of the project that will turn Serbia into a major producer of the metal critical to the green transition.

IS suicide bombers kill 60 and injure over hundred in Kabul airport attack

bne IntelIiNews August 27, 2021

Horrific scenes after suicide bombers detonate devices in crowds thronging entrance to airport.

Kazakhstan wheat redirected away from Afghanistan

Almaz Kumenov for Eurasianet August 26, 2021

Iran and Georgia considered as alternatives.