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News from Central and Eastern Europe, Friday 7th June 2013

BALKANS Comment – The Economist: Balkan war-crimes. ‘THE International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), which was set up 20 years ago, is winding down amid controversy. Recent judgments have shocked supporters of the tribunal and left many in the former Yugoslavia stunned. Refik Hodzic, a Bosnian and former spokesman for the ICTY, says that […]

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News from Western Europe, Friday 7th June 2013

EUROPE Video – JN1: EU to discuss having Hezbollah on terror list.

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News from Western Europe, Thursday 6th June 2013

EUROPE EU Observer: EU countries working on new laws against would-be jihadists. ‘EU counter-terrorism co-ordinator de Kerchove has said member states are creating new criminal penalties for Europeans who go to fight in holy wars. “We have to make sure that the 27 member states have … a specific offence of going abroad for jihad,” he […]

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News from Central and Eastern Europe, Thursday 6th June 2013

BULGARIA Reuters: Bulgaria says Hezbollah’s role in bus bombing unproven. ‘Bulgaria backed down on Wednesday from charges it made a few months ago that Hezbollah was behind a deadly bus bombing on its territory, complicating a British push for the EU to blacklist the militant Shi’ite Muslim group. The country’s new Socialist-led government said it only […]

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News from Central and Eastern Europe, Wednesday 5th June 2013

BULGARIA The Sofia Globe: Bulgaria has held more than 200 would-be illegal immigrants so far this year. ‘The latest arrest by Bulgarian border police of would-be illegal migrants, six people who said they were from Syria and Palestine, brings the number of people attempting illegal border crossings into Bulgaria to more than 230. The warmer weather […]

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News from Western Europe, Wednesday 5th June 2013

AUSTRIA Translated from German – Die Presse: Freedom Party makes a stir. ‘Once again, a Facebook posting of the FPÖ up a storm.The reason for the slip-up this time was a call to the Muslim Youth of Austria to help with the cleanup after the flood. “To all Muslim youth: Austria needs you,” wrote the organization on Facebook […]

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News from Central and Eastern Europe, Tuesday 4th June 2013

BALKANS B92: Serbia determined to protect Kosovo Serbs’ rights. ‘The Serbian president made the statement during Monday’s meeting with Philippe Douste-Blazy, under-secretary general of the United Nations and France’s former minister of foreign affairs. In what was described as “a cordial and friendly conversation,” Nikolić informed his guest about progress Serbia has made in this respect. […]

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News from Western Europe, Tuesday 4th June 2013

AUSTRIA Translated from German – Die Presse: FPÖ politician beaten. ‘Vienna Favorites several FPÖ functionaries have become victims of attacks in recent days. On Saturday, a district councilor was beaten when leaving the tram, even in building an information booth there was a last attack. For the incidents were “apparently politically motivated violent offenders” responsible to FP-chairman Heinz-Christian […]

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News from Central and Eastern Europe, Monday 3rd June 2013

BALKANS Balkan Insight: Macedonia Rescues Threatened Ministerial Summit. ‘Macedonia has salvaged a threatened regional ministerial conference after two countries at the heart of a diplomatic stand-off, Serbia and Kosovo, agreed to sit at the same table at the meeting. The breakthrough occurred after host country Macedonia downgraded the meeting to an “informal” one. Kosovo then said […]

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News from Western Europe, Monday 3rd June 2013

AUSTRIA Translated from German – Die Presse: Skinhead Report: Freedom Party announces parliamentary inquiry. ‘With incomprehension FPÖ General Secretary Harald Vilimsky on Friday responded that the prosecution Wiener Neustadt won the case against Ed Moschitz inciting reactivation and falsification of evidence related to the set “On the Scene” skinhead reportage.“ After this method can be set […]

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