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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 Central and Eastern Europe, Tuesday 28th May 2013

BULGARIA Balkan Insight: Bulgaria’s Ex-PM Apologises for Nationalists’ ‘Insults’. ‘Former prime minister and head of the GERB party Boyko Borisov apologised to foreign diplomats for the behaviour of Bulgarian nationalist leader Volen Siderov. “As a Bulgarian, I want to apologise for being in the same room with people who insulted you, and for having some members […]

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News from Central and Eastern Europe, Tuesday 14th May 2013

ALBANIA SETimes: Murder must not be motivated by religion. ‘The recent killing of an elderly Muslim man in Albania highlights the growing trend of pinning religious motives to crimes, an action that goes against moderate Islamic beliefs, experts said. The suspect, who was apprehended by police, said that the old man was praying according to Albanian-Muslim […]

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News from Central and Eastern Europe, Tuesday 30th April 2013

ALBANIA Balkan Insight: Albania Nationalists Divided Ahead of Polls. ‘“Spahiu is not acting in the national interest but rather for personal interests,” said Dashamir Uruci, the party’s secretary for economic affairs, who resigned on Monday. Meanwhile the party’s agriculture secretary, Ago Nezha, who also resigned, said in an interview with the daily Shekulli that Spahiu ran the party […]

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News from Central and Eastern Europe, Monday 15th April 2013

BALKANS B92: Serbia wants to reach agreement, first deputy PM says. ‘First Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić says that Serbia wants to reach an agreement with Priština and the international community. However, he stressed that the agreement needed to be harmonized with “our elementary state and national interests”. Vučić added that a solution would be “a […]

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News from Central and Eastern Europe, Thursday 11th April 2013

BULGARIA Comment – Eurasia Review: Elections In Bulgaria: Is Change Really Possible? ‘In early February 2013, thousands of Bulgarian people staged rallies across Bulgaria accusing electricity companies of corruption and abnormally high electricity bills that exceed the people’s incomes. But later mass demonstrations turned into a non-partisan movement against corrupted state system in the country […]

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News from Central and Eastern Europe, Wednesday 10th April 2013

ARMENIA Reuters: Armenian opposition cries foul as president is inaugurated. ‘housands of Armenians protested in Yerevan on Tuesday against the inauguration of President Serzh Sarksyan for a second term, saying that his re-election had been fixed. Across town, Sarksyan said in his inauguration speech that developing the economy, ensuring the rule of law and deepening democracy were […]

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News from Central and Eastern Europe, Wednesday 3rd April 2013

ALBANIA The Voice of Russia: Albanian film-makers push to ban Emir Kusturica from Kosovo. ‘President of Kosovo’s Film Artists Union Lirak Celaj has called on the government of the breakaway Serbian province to ban Emir Kusturica from travelling in Kosovo after the news that the famous Serbian film-maker is planning to shoot a movie about […]

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News from Central and Eastern Europe, Wednesday 27th March

BELARUS Radio Free Europe : Prominent Belarusian Opposition Activist Arrested Again. ‘Prominent Belarusian opposition activist Syarhey Kavalenka was arrested in the eastern city of Vitsebsk on March 25. Kavalenka’s wife, Alena Kavalenka, told RFE/RL that government authorities did not give any clear details about why her husband was arrested. Kavalenka made headlines last year for his […]

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News from Central and Eastern Europe, Tuesday 26th February 2013

ARMENIA Ria Novosti: Serzh Sargsyan Reelected Armenian President – Final Results. ‘Incumbent Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan won the February 18 presidential election in the South Caucasus country, according to the final vote count from all 1,988 polling stations announced by Armenia’s Central Election Commission (CEC), CEC chief Tigran Mukuchyan said Monday. “Sargsyan collected 861,373 votes, […]

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