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EU Delegation head says Bosnia's future lies in EU

The head of the Delegation of the EU and EU Special Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lars Gunnar Wigemark, has said in a comment on the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome that Bosnia and Herzegovina's future lies in the EU.

Bulgarian police remove border barricade blocking Turkish voters

Bulgarian police on Friday removed barricades that nationalists placed at border crossings with Turkey promising to stop Turks with dual citizenship and what they call "tourism voting" in snap parliamentary elections at the weekend.

Lajcak says EU must deal more seriously with Western Balkans

Slovak Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak has warned that the situation in the Western Balkans is potentially dangerous and that the European Union must pay more attention to that part of Europe, the Sarajevo-based Dnevni Avaz daily has reported.

Erdogan accuses Bulgaria of pressuring ethnic Turks ahead of vote

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday accused Bulgaria of putting pressure on its ethnic Turks ahead of this weekend's Bulgarian elections, as relations between Ankara and European nations show no signs of improving.

US donates 24 Humvee vehicles to Bosnia army

The US government has donated 24 Humvee multipurpose vehicles to the Bosnia and Herzegovina Army, hit by a chronic shortage of funding and equipment, to reinforce its technical capacity.

Greek foreign minister calls on EU to boost help for refugee crisis

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias called on the European Union on Thursday to boost its support to help Athens handle the refugee crisis ahead of a meeting with his German counterpart, Sigmar Gabriel.

Bulgarian conservatives, opposition neck-and-neck ahead of snap poll

Political stability remains elusive in Bulgaria, the EU's poorest member state. Voters go to the polls on Sunday for their third early election in four years, but forecasters see another less-than-decisive outcome on the horizon.

PM says 120 Bosnian citizens in Syrian-Iraqi war zone

Bosnian Council of Ministers Chairman Denis Zvizdic on Wednesday said claims that thousands of people from his country were fighting for Islamic extremists abroad were incorrect and exaggerated, adding that available intelligence showed their number was just over 100.

Islamic community in BiH adopts measures against Islamic extremism

The Council of Muftis of the Islamic Community in Bosnia and Herzegovina on Monday adopted a new set of measures aimed at fighting violent extremism and a distorted interpretation of Islam as well as a religious ruling forbidding Muslim believers to bet and gamble, which has become a major problem in the country.

Bosnia arrests 6 in migrant trafficking ring bust

Law enforcement agencies in Bosnia and Herzegovina on Wednesday arrested six people in a clamp-down on smugglers involved in the trafficking of migrants from Turkey and Syria who were transported via Croatia to destinations in western Europe.

Russia to repay US$125 mln debt to Bosnia in cash

Bosnia and Herzegovina's Finance Minister Vjekoslav Bevanda and Russia's Deputy Finance Minister Sergei Storchak on Tuesday signed an agreement in Moscow pursuant to which Russia will repay a debt of US$ 125 million to Bosnia and Herzegovina that the former Soviet Union owed the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (SFRY).

Pristina sends protest note to EU countries in wake of bus attack in Serbia

The Kosovo Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday sent a protest note to European Union member states in the wake of an attack on a bus from Kosovo while travelling through Serbia.

EU's Hahn returns to Macedonia in new bid to defuse political crisis

EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn was to return to Skopje on Tuesday to press Macedonia's President Gorge Ivanov into recognizing the result of snap elections after Ivanov blocked the opposition leader from becoming prime minister.

Vucic has best chance by far to win Serbia's presidential eleciton - survey

Aleksandar Vucic still enjoys the highest chances of success in a 2 April presidential election and 53% of those polled in a survey conducted by the Ipsos strategic marketing pollster seem to be in favour of Vucic's victory.

Hahn calls for reforms in and cooperation between W. Balkan countries

European Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn said in Sarajevo on Friday that Bosnia and Herzegovina and all other countries in the Western Balkans, had strong European prospects and reassured them that the European Commission would do its best to keep those prospects strong, however, the EU aspirants should carry out reforms and closer cooperate with one another to confirm their preparedness for EU membership.

Bosnian security minister refutes Croatia president's claims

Bosnia and Herzegovina Security Minister Dragan Mektic on Friday once again refuted as unfounded claims by Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic about an increased threat from extremist groups in Bosnia, saying that there was no evidence to back her claims.

Vucic says no sense in running away from outstanding problems in region

Serbia's Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic during a summit of government heads of six western Balkan states in Sarajevo on Thursday said that he had raised the issue of problems in bilateral relations and that he had done so with the desire for those problems not to be hidden as that doesn't lead to anything.

Western Balkans prime ministers push for stronger cooperation, common market

The six Western Balkan states have no other future but in Europe, but they must strengthen cooperation and stabilise relations, including the creation of a common market, their prime ministers agreed in Sarajevo on Thursday.

Stier warns of crisis in Bosnia in absence of new election law

The adoption of a new election law is essential for Bosnia and Herzegovina to avoid a new political crisis, Croatia's Foreign and European Affairs Minister Davor Ivo Stier said in Neum on Thursday.

Greek leftists say they sent letter bomb to German Finance Ministry

A militant leftist group in Greece has claimed responsibility for sending a mail bomb to the German Finance Ministry in an online statement Thursday.

Western Balkan summit starts in Sarajevo

A meeting of six Western Balkan countries started in Sarajevo on Thursday and the main topic on the agenda is infrastructure connectivity of European Union aspirants.

Agreement on European partnership between Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina drafted

The Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina on Wednesday drafted an agreement with the Croatian government on European partnership which should ensure that Bosnia and Herzegovina more readily meets European Union membership criteria.

Slovenian FM says W. Balkan stability important also because of big trade

The stability of the Western Balkans is very important for Slovenia, Foreign Minister Karl Erjavec said on Wednesday, underlining the political ties and big volume of trade.

Merkel praises Serbia for meeting European standards, pushing for peace

German Chancellor Angela Merkel praised Serbia on Tuesday for meeting European standards, fighting illegal migration and pushing for peace in Southeast Europe.

Merkel meets with Serbian prime minister, discusses migration crisis

German Chancellor Angela Merkel praised Serbia on Tuesday for its role in helping deal with Europe's migration crisis, as she met with Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic in Berlin.

A jester with a serious agenda jumps into Serbian presidential race

No joke: A man who dresses head to toe in white and who is fed up with Serbia's political scene says he will try to "move the masses" with his candidacy for president.

FM accuses Russia of trying to thwart Montenegro's NATO membership bid

Russia interfered in the election process in Montenegro with the aim of halting its admission to NATO, Montenegrin Foreign Minister Srdjan Darmanović has said in an interview with Hina.

Albanian PM drops four ministers, three months before elections

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama said Monday that four ministers in his cabinet were being replaced, to give the new officials time to campaign for upcoming parliamentary polls, the state news agency ATA reported.

Seven contestants vie for presidency in Serbia

A total of seven candidacies for Serbia's presidential election, set for April 2, were accepted until the midnight Sunday when the deadline for applications expired.

Covic says Sarajevo was ready to sue Croatia too

The Croat member of the Bosnian Presidency has said that he did not take a position on a request for a revision of a lawsuit against Serbia before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) because he was sure that Bosniak representatives would sue Croatia before the ICJ too in case of a negative second instance ruling against six former Herceg Bosna officials before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

Former Yugoslav president Marovic goes to prison for corruption

A former Montenegrin and Yugoslav top politician, Svetozar Marovic, pleaded guilty to corruption charges and will serve nearly three years in prison, state TV RTCG said.

Croatian PM says EU leaders have encouraged S-E Europe

European Union leaders have sent a message of encouragement to Southeast European countries and confirmed their European prospects, Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said in Brussels on Friday.

Tusk points to external influences in SE European countries

Tensions in the Western Balkans have got out of hand partly because of external influences which have been destabilising those countries for some time, European Council President Donald Tusk said on Thursday.

Croatian FM says there's no reason for anyone in Bosnia to revel in ICJ decision

There is no reason for anyone in Bosnia and Herzegovina to revel in the rejection of the request to revise the 2007 ruling clearing Serbia of responsibility for genocide, Croatia's Foreign and European Affairs Minister Davor Ivo Stier said on Thursday and called on officials in Bosnia and Herzegovina to turn toward the European and Euro-Atlantic path and reforms and that Croatia would support them in that.

Bosniak, Serb politicians divided over ICJ refusal of revision

Bosniak and Serb officials in Bosnia and Herzegovina on Thursday reacted differently to a decision by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to dismiss a request for revision of its ruling in a case in which Bosnia and Herzegovina sued Serbia for genocide and the ICJ cleared it of the charges, with Bosniak officials insisting that the latest decision is a new injustice and Serb officials saying that it was about strict adherence to legal norms.

ICJ turns down Bosnia's request for review of ICJ ruling against Serbia

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has turned down a request for a review of its ruling in a case in which Bosnia and Herzegovina sued Serbia for genocide, which cleared Serbia of responsibility for genocide committed in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Bosnian security minister: Dodik wants to be new Serbian ruler

The political crisis in Bosnia and Herzegovina is being further deepened by Milorad Dodik's endeavours to have his Alliance of Independent Social Democrats (SNSD) come to power at the state level, Bosnia's Security Minister Dragan Mektic warned on Thursday, accusing the leader of the Serb entity of Republika Srpska of wanting to become the new "Serbian ruler."

Stoltenberg tells Vucic NATO is against formation of Kosovo army - Serbian media

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg confirmed in a telephone conversation with Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic on Wednesday that the alliance was against the formation of a Kosovo army, the Serbian public broadcaster RTS said, after Kosovo's President Hashim Thaci said that Pristina was not abandoning its plan to establish armed forces.

Leading Croat, Bosniak parties disagree on Bosnia election law changes

The leading Croat and Bosniak parties in Bosnia and Herzegovina disagree on how the election law should be changed but will continue to negotiate because the common goal is to stabilise the situation in the country and remove any form of discrimination, party leaders said in Sarajevo on Wednesday.

Kosovo leadership endorses army bill

Kosovo Assembly leaders unanimously decided on Wednesday to send a bill on the transformation of Kosovo security forces to government for further procedure.

NATO warns Kosovo against creating army, cites "serious concerns"

NATO has "serious concerns" about Kosovo's intention to transform its security forces into an army, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told Kosovo's leaders Wednesday, warning that NATO would "review its level of commitment" if the proposal is approved.

Serbia soon to receive six Russian MiGs

Serbia is to receive six MiG-29 fighter jets from Russia by the end of March, and a decree on their delivery is expected to be signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin during a meeting with Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic in Moscow, the Belgrade-based Vecernje Novosti said on Tuesday.

More than 100 migrants rescued at sea arrive in Greece

More than 100 migrants rescued at sea arrived in the Greek port city of Patras aboard a freighter on Wednesday morning, the coastguard said.

DSHV doesn't support any specific candidate in Serbia's presidential vote

The Council of the Democratic Alliance of the Vojvodina Croats (DSHV) on Tuesday evening did not support any of the candidates to run in coming presidential elections in Serbia but suggested that local Croats should vote for a pro-democratic candidate with positive policies regarding the rights of the Croat ethnic minority.

Vucic, Thaci disagree over Kosovo army

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic on Tuesday strongly opposed Kosovo President Hashim Thaci's position on the formation of a Kosovo army, and the two officials insisted on their opposed views in a telephone conversation.

Western Balkan mini-summit to be held in Sarajevo on March 16

Leaders of Western Balkan countries will meet in Sarajevo next week as part of preparations for a summit of the Berlin Process scheduled for July, the Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina Prime Minister Denis Zvizdic, who will be the host of the event, confirmed to Hina on Tuesday.

1,420 victims of communist crimes exhumed from Slovenia mass grave

The remains of 1,420 victims have been exhumed from Huda Jama, a post-WWII communist mass execution site in an abandoned mine near Celje, Slovenia, the Slovenian state commission for covered-up mass grave said on Monday, adding that over 600 such sites have been found in Slovenia.

Stier: EU agrees it must step up engagement in Bosnia

European Union foreign ministers agree the EU should step up its engagement in Southeast Europe and have supported Croatia's position that it is necessary to encourage those responsible in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) to agree election law changes by June, Croatian Foreign Minister Davor Ivo Stier said on Monday.

Bosnian Serb authorities won't partake in NATO-led disaster response exercise

The authorities in the Serb-ruled part of Bosnia and Herzegovina have refused to participate in an exercise on how to deal with the consequences of a natural disaster which will be organised by the Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC) in Bosnia and Herzegovina in September.

Lajcak says 2 countries in W. Balkans about to break up, 3 in deep crisis

The European Union is becoming a less and less serious interlocutor in enlargement matters, having abandoned the Western Balkans, as a result of which two states there are on the verge of breaking up and three are in a deep crisis, Slovakian Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak said in Brussels on Monday.

Bosnian Serb leader says prefers Russian gas to Croatian

The Bosnian Serb entity's president Milorad Dodik on Saturday again rejected a possibility of connecting Bosnia and Herzegovina's gas network to Croatia's network, insisting that the Serb entity be provided from the pipelines that deliver gas supplies only from Russia.

Bosnia's party leaders pledge commitment to EU integration

The European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, met in Sarajevo on Saturday with leaders of Bosnia and Herzegovina's seven largest parliamentary parties, who said after the meeting that they had all agreed to focus on implementing the necessary reforms in the period ahead.

Mogherini calls on Bosnia to continue reforms

The European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, has called on Bosnia and Herzegovina to continue implementing reforms so it can draw closer to EU membership, pledging full support from Brussels on that path.

Tajani says Slovenia-Croatia border row their bilateral affair, urges good solution

The border dispute between Slovenia and Croatia is their bilateral issue, however, finding a good solution would have a good impact on the stability in the region, the European Parliament President, Antonio Tajni, who was on a working visit to Ljubljana on Friday, told the local daily "Delo".

One year after Balkan route closed, region is stuck in crisis mode

Twelve months after the so-called Balkan route was shut, many migrants are still stuck - or have disappeared - in Greece, others pile up in Serbia, while Austria acts as if the refugee crisis is still in full flow.

Several incidents caused by migrants reported in northern Serbia

Incidents caused by migrants have been reported in several villages in the northern Serbian province of Vojvodina as they attempt to reach the European Union through Hungary or Croatia, local media said on Friday.

Croatian FM: SEECP is good platform for cooperation among SEE countries

The South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP) is a good platform for cooperation among South-East European countries in dealing with the problem of migrations, combating radicalism and terrorism, improving infrastructure and energy connections, and expanding the European Union and NATO, Croatian Foreign and European Affairs Minister Davor Ivo Stier said in Zagreb on Friday.

Serb nationalists jeer EU's top diplomat as she addresses parliament

Serbian nationalist lawmakers on Friday chanted and jeered to drown out the European Union's chief diplomat, Federica Mogherini, as she addressed parliament.

ICTY prosecutor in Milosevic case finds review request defective

A former prosecutor of the UN war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, Sir Geoffrey Nice, has said that the request forwarded from Sarajevo for a review of the 2007 International Court of Justice (OCJ) ruling exonerating Serbia from genocide in Bosnia and Herzegovina has been poorly prepared and that the status of Bosnia and Herzegovina's legal agent Sakib Softic before the ICJ is questionable.

Bosnia wary of possible spring migrant wave from Serbia

Thousands of migrants currently staying in Serbia will probably try to reach EU member countries via new routes this spring, and a large number of them will try to cross into Croatia via Bosnia and Herzegovina, the head of the Bosnia and Herzegovina Service for Aliens, Slobodan Ujic, said on Friday.

Three more victims of Serbian military factory blast discovered

The remains of three more victims listed as missing were found on the premises of a military factory in the central Serbian city of Kragujevac where two explosions and a fire occurred this past Tuesday.

Juncker says western Balkan countries need European perspective

Countries in the western Balkans must have a European perspective but they cannot count on membership prior to 2019, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said talking to young Slovenians during his visit to Ljubljana on Thursday.

Slovenia wants European Commission to withdraw delegated act on Teran wine

Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar said on Thursday he expected the European Commission to withdraw the decision allowing Croatia to use the name Teran wine, while Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said that the Commission should first examine the veracity of Slovenia's claims.

Stier: Croatia and Hungary vitally interested in Bosnia's stability

Croatia, together with Hungary, is vitally interested in the preservation of stability in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the two countries will do their best to assist in that, Croatian Foreign Minister Davor Ivo Stier said in Sarajevo on Thursday.

European Commission reps call for defusing situation in Macedonia

European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy  Federica Mogherini will travel to Skopje on Thursday evening for talks with Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov and other political stakeholders on the ongoing political crisis after Ivanov said he could not give a mandate to form a government to Social Democratic Union (SDSM) leader Zoran Zaev, who has won a majority in parliament by receiving support from ethnic Albanian parties.

EC President talks Brexit, Slovenia-Croatia outstanding issues

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, who will will start a two-day visit to Slovenia on Thursday, has said in his written statement for Slovenia's STA news agency that Brexit has been a tragic decision and that it is also an opportunity for the remaining 27 European Union member-states to show their unity.

Dodik: Croatia's claims of pollution from Bosnian refinery trumped up

ZAGREB, March 1 (Hina) -  Milorad Dodik, President of Bosnia and Herzegovina's Serb entity of Republika Srpska (RS), claims that there are no problems with the functioning of the oil refinery in Bosanski Brod, which is causing air pollution also in Slavonski Brod, a neighbouring town in Croatia across the Sava River, accusing Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic of falsely informing Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov about this in Munich in February.

Macedonian president blocks opposition's PM candidate

Macedonia's President Gorge Ivanov on Wednesday blocked the Social Democratic (SDSM) opposition leader Zoran Zaev from becoming prime minister, accusing him of intent to undermine the country's constitution and sovereignty.

Bosnia divided over Independence Day celebration

A half of Bosnia and Herzegovina on Wednesday observed 1 March as the country's Independence Day in memory of the 1992 independence referendum when the vast majority of citizens voted for severing all ties with the then Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (SFRY).

EP committee adopts progress reports for Western Balkan countries

The European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee on Tuesday adopted progress reports for Serbia, Kosovo, Macedonia and Montenegro, expressing support for these countries to draw closer to the EU and underlining the need for further reforms.

One killed, 25 injured in Serbian military factory blast

One person was killed and at least 25 were injured in two explosions and a fire at a military factory in the central Serbian city of Kragujevac on Tuesday, and the death toll is feared to be higher, electronic media in Belgrade said, quoting the Defence Ministry.

At least 20 injured in Serbian ammunition factory blast

At least 20 persons were injured in an explosion at the ammunition factory in the central Serbian city of Kragujevac on Tuesday, public broadcaster RTS said in the afternoon.

Serbia to hold presidential election on April 2 - media

Serbia will hold a presidential election on April 2, and the vote will be formally called by Parliament Speaker Maja Gojkovic on March 2, media in Belgrade said on Tuesday.

Serb ministers end boycott of Bosnian government

Serb ministers in the Bosnian Council of Ministers on Tuesday attended a session of the body, ending a boycott they began last week because of a request to revise an International Court of Justice ruling Serbia of genocide.

Slovenian gov't looking for plan B to save Cimos

The Slovenian government is searching for an alternative plan to save the Koper-based Cimos car parts manufacturer from bankruptcy and a meeting was held on Tuesday between Economy Minister Zdravko Pocvalsek and representatives of all institutions responsible for public property management as the company's majority owner, with a 94% stake, is the government.

Bosnian Serb parliament condemns review of ICJ ruling against Serbia

The Republika Srpska Parliament on Monday adopted conclusions condemning the launching of a procedure to review the International Court of Justice (ICJ) rulling against Serbia, calling on Bosnian Serb officials in the state government to block the work and the decision-making process of state authority bodies until Bosnian Serb authorities' numerous request, bringing into question the functioning of a number of state institutions, are resolved.

Serbia PM says no snap parliamentary election

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said on Monday that an early parliamentary election would not be held simultaneously with a presidential vote, although the state leadership had announced such a possibility.  

Croatia-Montenegro relations example for region, says minister

After meeting Croatian Ambassador Veselko Grubisic in Podgorica on Monday, Montenegrin Defence Minister Predrag Boskovic said that relations between Croatia and Montenegro were very good and could serve as an example to other countries in the region.

Macedonian opposition claims right to assume government

Macedonia's opposition Social Democratic (SDSM) leader Zoran Zaev on Monday said that he expects to take over as prime minister because he has managed to build a majority in parliament.

Croats say Bosnia's public broadcaster should be overhauled based on Swiss or Belgian model

Major Croat political parties that make up the Croat National Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina (HNS BiH) will insist on the reorganisation of the existing state public broadcaster as they believe that the current system of public broadcasting is contrary to the Constitution and discriminatory against the Croats.

Serbia opens two more policy areas in its EU accession talks

Serbia on Monday opened two new policy areas in its EU entry talks, thus bringing the number of opened policy areas to eight.

ICJ asks Bosnia's leadership to state its position on review request

The State Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina will have to make a clear statement as to whether it supports the request for a review of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) genocide ruling against Serbia, the Croat member of the country's three-member presidency, Dragan Covic, said on Monday.

Arson attack at French cultural institute in Athens

Unknown assailants have carried out an arson attack on the French cultural institute in Athens, the fire brigade and police reported on Monday.

Report: Former Croatian football star Cvetkovic found dead

The former Yugolsavia international and Bundesliga defender Zvezdan Cvetkovic has died, the Croatian state broadcaster HRT reported Monday.

No early parliamentary election in Serbia this year - media

There will be no early parliamentary election in Serbia this year, electronic media in Belgrade said on Sunday.

Biggest Bosnian Serb party ceases all contact with Izetbegovic over ICJ judjment review request

The main committee of the biggest Bosnian Serb party which makes up the ruling majority in Bosnia and Herzegovina decided o Sunday that its officials would cease all contact with member of the Bosnian President Bakir Izetbegovic until the crisis occurred following the submission of a request to the International Court of justice (ICJ) to review its ruling against Serbia is resolved.

Russian agents main suspects for attempted coup in Montenegro

Russian citizens Eduard Shumakov and Vladimir Popoc, suspected of organising terrorist activities in Montenegro and forming a criminal organisation, are agents of Russia's Main Intelligence Agency (GRU), British, U.S. and other intelligence agencies confirmed, the Podgorica-based media reported on Sunday.

Approx. 7,500 migrants prevented from illegally entering Serbia in past 8 months

In the past several months, the authorities have prevented the illegal entry of approximately 7,500 migrants on Serbian soil. Serbian Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic said Sunday.

Anarchist riots hit central Athens district

Clashes broke out between Greek police and self-styled anarchists in a central Athens neighbourhood early Sunday.

EU ambassador to Albania Romana Vlahutin under 24-hour police protection

EU Ambassador to Albania Romana Vlahutin and her family have been given 24-hour armed police protection due to threats she has been receiving lately, the Austrian paper Der Standard said on Saturday, explaining that the threats were linked to Vlahutin's monitoring of a reform of Albania's judiciary designed to curb corruption in that country.

Poll: Majority of Greeks want new savings reforms to avoid elections

Over 60 per cent of Greeks are in favour of striking a new deal to unlock a fresh bailout from creditors as an alternative to snap polls, according to a survey commissioned by the To Vima newspaper.

Croatia for preserving Bosnia's stability

Croatia on Friday supported the stability of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), calling on its authorities to adopt decisions in institutions, after a request by BiH Presidency Bosniak member Bakir Izetbegovic to review a ruling which acquitted Serbia of genocide.

Bosnian Croat reps insist on channel airing programmes in Croatian

Being one of the constituent peoples, the Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina are entitled to a broadcaster that will air programmes in their native language, HNS BiH official Ivan Vukoja said at a news conference in Mostar on Friday.

Same-sex couples in Slovenia can marry

A Slovenian law allowing same-sex couples to marry went into force on Friday and the first civil registrar ceremony, between two women, is to take place in Maribor on Saturday, the town's Vecer daily said.

Croat member of Bosnia's state presidency says crisis won't escalate

The Croat member of Bosnia and Herzegovina's collective State Presidency, Dragan Covic, said on Friday that the crisis caused by the unilateral submission of a request for a review of the International Court of Justice's (ICJ) genocide ruling from 2007 against Serbia would not escalate into an armed conflict.

Croatian, Montenegrin, Serbian reporters back striking Macedonian colleagues

Trade unions of journalists from Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia on Friday expressed their support to their Macedonian colleagues working for three daily newspapers owned by Media Print Makedonija (MPM) who have been on strike since mid-February over unpaid salaries and contributions and the management's failure to provide them with information about plans for the company's survival.

Slovenia for ending lawsuits against Ljubljanska Banka

Croatia is infringing the memorandum of understanding signed with Slovenia in 2013 which they interpret differently, the Slovenian Embassy said on Thursday after a hearing at a Zagreb court in a suit which Croatia's PBZ bank filed against Slovenia's Ljubljanska Banka (LB) and Nova Ljubljanska Bank (NLB) over transferred foreign currency savings.

Croatian MEP says Moscow wants to influence in western Balkans

Croatian MEP Ivan Jakovcic said in an interview with the Montenegrin Pobjeda daily on Thursday that Moscow is trying to exploit the political forces in Montenegro and that Russia's meddling in Montenegro's internal affairs was "unacceptable behaviour."

Peace Implementation Council Steering Board calls for defusing tensions in Bosnia

The Steering Board of the Peace Implementation Council in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) met on Thursday, expressing the international community's concern about the situation in the country and calling on local politicians to act rationally to prevent an escalation of the crisis after a motion was submitted to review an International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling in BiH's case against Serbia for genocide.

Bosnia requests review of ICJ judgement that exonerating Serbia

Bosnia and Herzegovina's legal counsel Sakib Softic on Thursday submitted a request to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, for a review of a judgement in the genocide suit against Serbia.