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The Balkans Today: 29th August - 2nd September 2016

Our team brings you live updates of the most important events and developments in the Balkans as they happen.

  • Montenegrin firefighters managed to bring a blaze under control on Sunday evening that had engulfed pine forests around the southern Adriatic tourist resort of Ulcinj and threatened an ancient olive grove under state protection, Associated Press reported.

    Authorities said on Sunday that they have detained one person suspected of starting the fire on Saturday by throwing a burning T-shirt into the pine forest near Ulcinj. Dozens of homes were evacuated as the fire quickly spread.
  • Goal keeper Mladen Zivkovic of Serbia’s Novi Pazar football team was taken to hospital on Sunday after an opponent from Belgrade’s Red Star club hit him during the match, which was also interrupted by Novi Pazar fans damaging property in their home stadium.

    While play was temporarily stopped in the 64th minute of the game after attacker Predrag Sikimic assaulted Zivkovic, Red Star ended up winning 4:1.

    Tensions between Serbs and Bosniaks in Novi Pazar have been rising, with nationalist chants from both sides heard at the football game.
  • Four western Balkans nations signed a memorandum of understanding with Azerbaijan energy company SOCAR on co-operation on building the Ionian-Adriatic pipeline, IAP, on the sidelines of a Dubrovnik forum 25-26 August.

    SOCAR will join Croatia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro in the project which will include a section of the Trans-Adriatic-Pipeline designed to bring gas from Shah Deniz 2 field in the Caspian Sea to EU through the so-called Southern Gas Corridor after 2020. The length of the line from Split in Croatia to Fier in  Albania will be around 530 km and cost around 610 million euros.
     
    Photo: Wikipedia/Glen Dillon.

     
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  • Discontent has been simmering in Kosovo about former Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic’s candidacy for the position of UN Secretary-General, Euractiv.com reported on Monday.

    “Protestors in Kosovo’s capital Pristina on Saturday called Jeremic ‘the biggest anti-Albanian politician’ and said that their country’s candidacy for UN membership would be blocked for 10 years should the Serbian politician get the job,” Euractiv.com reported.
     
    Former Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic. | Photo by Jean-Marc Ferré/UN Geneva/Flickr
     
  • A hand grenade was thrown at the home of the head of Kosovo's state broadcaster RTK, police said on Monday, the second incident in a week to target the TV channel or its executives, Reuters reported.

    Police said in a statement that no injuries were reported and no perpetrator found following the incident in a suburb of the capital Pristina at around 10 p.m. on Sunday.

    "It was a powerful explosion which shocked the entire neighborhood," said RTK director Mentor Shala, who owns the house. "We (the family) were all inside but luckily no one was injured."
  • Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic announced on Monday that his country “believes regional stability is under serious threat for the first time”, after a meeting with foreign diplomats and heads of missions of international organisations and institutions in Belgrade earlier in the day.
     
    Vucic also stated that due to the current tensions in the Western Balkans, political and economic prosperity cannot be expected with 100 per cent certainty in the coming period.
     
    The meeting involved foreign officials from 64 embassies in Belgrade as well as representatives of the European Investment Bank, the International Organisation for Migration, the European Centre for Peace and Development, the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the Holy See, the UN and UNICEF.
     
    Serbian PM Aleksandar Vucic. Photo: Beta 

     
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  • The Montenegrin government and Italy’s A2A have signed a new agreement to extend by five years the joint management of power utility EPCG, the government said on Monday.

    In 2009, A2A signed a deal to acquire a minority stake in EPCG from the Montenegrin government while taking on a significant role in its management. The Montenegrin government remains the majority owner of EPCG with a 57 per cent stake while A2A owns 41.75 per cent.
  • Top stories from the Balkans this Tuesday: 
     
    • A Bosnian Serb referendum challenging the authority of the country’s Constitutional Court represents “direct political pressure” aimed at undermining the state-level institution, its president told BIRN. Read more.
       
    • The relationship between the woman about to be proclaimed a saint by the Vatican and the Communists who ruled Albania was difficult - but had odd twists. Read more.
       
    • COMMENT: Fear rather than ambition is driving Bulgaria’s juggling act between Turkey, Russia and the EU. Read more.
  •  
    Screenshot of Rama speaking live on Facebook

    Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama is currently addressing concerns of citizens live on his Facebook page using the social media site’s live stream feature to answer people’s questions in real time. 

    During the stream, Rama has been emphasizing that his government has taken a number of initiatives to combat corruption in the country, and that Albania’s judicial reform is going to strengthen the fight against this phenomenon.

  • Six members of the Vetevendosje [Self-Determination] opposition party in Kosovo were arrested on Tuesday morning on suspicion of terrorism following an investigation into the attack on the Assembly of Kosovo on August 4, when an explosive device was thrown at the building.

    The arrested persons, confirmed by lawyer Tome Gashi, are Atdhe Arifi, Astrit Dehari, Adea Batusha, Egzon Haliti, Petrit Ademi and Frasher Krasniqi, who is a spokesperson of the party.

    Kosovo Police said in a statement that the arrests were made as part of a joint action with the Special Prosecution, and added that weapons were also found at locations where the suspects were apprehended.

  • Montenegrin police clashed on Tuesday with former employees of the aluminum smelter KAP, who have been protesting for days in front of the parliament building in the capital Podgorica, demanding 5.4 million euros in severance pay.

    Local media reported that police used pepper spray to stop them from entering the parliament building.

    The former KAP employees launched their protest last week, blocking traffic in the main street of Podgorica.

     
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  • Centre-right Croatian Democratic Union, HDZ, and the Bridge of the Independent Lists, MOST, entered an internal dispute within Croatia’s 'technical' government on the issue of prolonging the term of Sinisa Kovacic, who is currently acting head of public broadcaster Croatian Radio-Television, HRT.

    While HDZ advocates that the law on HRT is amended through a government decree, enabling the government to prolong Kovacic's term in office for another six months after it runs out on Sunday, MOST claims that the commercial court should name a temporary manager of HRT, according to the law.

    MOST claims that Kovacic did not perform well in his role during the last six months, and it is unknown if the technical Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic - reportedly closer to MOST - will put this issue on the government's agenda this week.
     
    Sinisa Kovacic. Photo: Beta
     
  • Bulgaria’s leading party, GERB, headed by Boyko Borrisov, will announce its candidate for the presidential elections on October 2, just over a month before the polls scheduled for November 6.

    The decision, taken by the executive commission of the party, was announced on Tuesday.

    GERB has been postponing the nomination of its candidates for president and vice-president since June, when it was expected to announce the names.

    GERB’s Vice-President, Tsvetan Tsvetanov, said on Monday that the party has already decided on who will be its presidential candidate, but added that the nomination is being postponed so that “the government and the National Assembly work normally in the remaining months [until the election].”

    Boyko Borissov, leader of GERB and prime minister of Bulgaria. 
    Photo: Boyko Borissov's Facebook page


  • Montenegro's national air carrier Montenegro Airlines will soon lose ownership of its headquarters, as well as a 502 square metre plot of land it owns in the capital Podgorica after activating a mortgage in return for credit.

    According to the Dnevne Novine daily, the company has already moved out of its HQ and recently took out an 800.000 euros loan.

    The state-owned carrier ended 2015 with a net loss of 10.3 million euros, while its accumulated debt totalled 60.4 million euros.
     
    Photo: Montenegro Airlines


  • Bosnia’s Peace Implementation Council, PIC, has urged authorities in Republika Srpska not to go ahead with its highly controversial referendum planned for September 25.
     
    In a strongly worded statement the PIC, an international body charged with overseeing Bosnia’s peace agreement and the work of the Office of the High Representative, OHR, stressed that the vote would go against Bosnia's constitution which “states unambiguously that decisions of the BiH Constitutional Court are final and binding".
     
    The Republika Srpska's referendum seeks public backing for the annual Day of Republika Srpska to continue to be celebrated on January 9, despite the fact that it was ruled discriminatory and thus unconstitutional by Bosnia's Constitutional Court.
     
    Russia excluded itself from the PIC’s statement. Russian Ambassador Petar Ivancov said too many concessions were being asked of RS, and that he wanted to see better dialogue between Bosnia’s two entities on the matter.
     
    The PIC met this afternoon to discuss the matter of the referendum behind closed doors after authorities in RS made clear they would go ahead with the controversial vote.
     
    Its statement said that it “deplores the use of secessionist rhetoric from all sides” and that it would not tolerate attempts to secede on any side.
     
    It adds: “There will be no redrawing of the map of BiH.”
  • Top stories from the Balkans this Wednesday:
     
    • Although little-reported in local media, Serbia conducted 206 joint military activities with US and NATO in 2016 but only 17 with Russia, the defence ministry told BIRN. Read more.
       
    • Anti-US reports in pro-government media aim to bolster support for the Serbian prime minister among right-wing voters who oppose his policy of forging close relations with the West, experts believe. Read more.
       
    • As the chief prosecutor tasked with fighting widespread corruption in Romania, Laura Kovesi has made her mark by bringing in the big scalps. Read more.
  • The leaders of Macedonia’s four main political parties, who are signatories of the EU-brokered Przino Agreement, will attend a meeting on Wednesday to decide whether election conditions have been met and if they will take place on December 11.

    Local media reported that an election deal can be realistically expected, despite setbacks in electing the fifth member of the ad hoc media body.

    The other condition for holding elections - the electoral roll purge, has been realised, Macedonian Independent.mk claims.

    The so-called ‘active registration’ of Macedonian voters has ended with around 9,000 of the total 39,000 who must confirm their data in order to remain on the electoral roll having done so. The remaining 26,000 people will get an opportunity to register during the public review, and if they do not, they will be removed from the electoral roll.
  • Serbian authorities held an urgent meeting on Tuesday on the issue of the planned referendum in Bosnia’s Serb-dominated entity Republika Srpska, which will challenge the authority of the state judiciary.

    During the meeting, it was decided that Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic and President Tomislav Nikolic will convene on Thursday with representatives of Republika Srpska about the current crisis in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

    Meanwhile, at a meeting of Bosnia's Peace Implementation Council, PIC, also on Tuesday, the referendum on whether the annual Day of Republika Srpska should continue to be celebrated on January 9 was deemed to be in conflict with the country’s constitution and Dayton Peace Treaty.

    However, Russia, also a member of the PIC, did not support this decision.
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  • Firebomb attack on cafe in Serb north of #Kosovo's divided Mitrovica: reports http://pbs.twimg.com/media/CrK8W9eWIAAIR3g.jpg

  • An explosive device, reportedly a hand grenade, exploded on Wednesday morning in the centre of Croatia’s capital, Zagreb.

    Police are investigating the scene, while early reports claim a few cars have been damaged and a woman wounded.
  • The southeastern Bulgarian municipality of Topolovgrad has declared a state of emergency following a massive fire which has affected over 1,000 hectares of woods near three villages.
     
    The fire, which started on Tuesday and is believed to have begun as a result of negligence by a local farmer, has not been put out because of the difficult mountainous terrain and windy conditions.

    Over 50 people from the nearby village of Bulgarska Polyana were evacuated in the early hours of Wednesday morning, but many have chosen to remain in their homes.

    The farmer, who is suspected of causing the fire, has been arrested, just few weeks after he had caused another blaze which destroyed over 5,000 hectares of woods and agricultural land in the same region. 
    Photo: Topolovgrad Municipality 
     


  • Croatia’s ‘technical’ government passed a decree on Wednesday to amend the law on the Croatian Radio-Television, HRT, despite disagreements between the Croatian Democratic Union, HDZ, and its former government partner, the Bridge of the Independent Lists, MOST.

    The decree, which was passed with the support of Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic and 11 of HDZ's members while six of MOST’s ministers voted against it, enables the government to prolong the term of the acting HRT head, Sinisa Kovacevic, for another six months.

    Sinisa Kovacic. Photo: Facebook 


  • Boiken Abazi, a member of Kosovo’s opposition Vetevendosje party from Albania, has entered Kosovo despite a two-year ban currently imposed on him, allegedly with the assistance of a Kosovo Police officer, to help organise a protest against the country’s border demarcation agreement with Montenegro. 

    Kosovo MPs are due to take a ratification vote on the agreement on Thursday.

    In a joint press conference with former Vetevendosje leader Albin Kurti on Wednesday, Abazi said he had come to Kosovo to help organise a demonstration against the deal.

    He also refused to say through which border point he entered Kosovo because he wanted “to protect the police officer that helped me.”

    Kosovo authorities had extradited Abazi to Albania six months ago on the grounds that there was no data about his lawful entry into the territory of Kosovo, banning him from re-entering the country for two years.

    Boiken Abazi in a joint press conference with Albin Kurti | Photo: BIRN  

  • Top stories from the Balkans this Thursday: 
     
    • In the hope of ending months of conflict, MPs in Kosovo's parliament are to vote on Thursday on the controversial border deal with Montenegro. Read more.
       
    • The leaders of Macedonia’s four main political parties agree to hold the twice-postponed general election on December 11, after reaching a deal on forming an interim government. Read more
       
    • The Journalists Association will protest in front of the Skopje court on Thursday to demand the release of a journalist who has been in detention since April, accused of spying and extortion. Read more.
       
    • The failed coup and the government’s subsequent crackdown on the alleged instigators has divided people in Kosovo, creating a split between supporters and opponents of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Read more.
     
     
  • Police forces have been dispatched across Pristina as Kosovo parliament prepares to vote on ratifying the controversial border demarcation agreement with Montenegro, which the opposition Vetevendosje party claims it can – and will – stop from happening with a protest in front of parliament today.

    Kosovo Police are positioned around institutions, crossroads and buildings, while armoured vehicles are also present ahead of the demonstration against the agreement. 

    Citizens have started to gather in front of the parliament with the protest due to start at 11am.

    Kosovo Police forces around the Parliament Building | Photo: BIRN


  • Kosovo Police found 50 bags containing Molotov cocktails and stones during raids in the Dardania neighbourhood in Kosovo’s capital, Pristina, on Thursday morning ahead of the protest organised by opposition Vetevendosje party against the border agreement between Kosovo and Montenegro.

    Kosovo police earlier confirmed that “in that area we are having an action”, but did not give any additional details. 

    It is yet unclear who the objects belong to.

    Molotov cocktails found in Pristina by Kosovo Police: Photo: Kosovo Police 


  • The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund, IMF, has completed the fourth and fifth revision of the Stand-By Agreement with Serbia, Radio Television of Serbia reported on Wednesday.

    In February 2015, the IMF finalised a three-year arrangement worth 1.2 billion euros with Serbia, with all three previous revisions of the agreement positively received by the Fund.

    IMF meeting with Serbian Government. Photo: Beta 


  • In a split decision, Bosnia's Central Election Commission, CIK, decided not to provide Bosnia's Serb-dominated entity, Republika Srpska, with the list of voters requested by the entity’s authorities to be used for the controversial referendum scheduled for September 25, local media reported.
  • Albania Police have seized and destroyed around 16,000 cannabis plants in the south of the country on Thursday, the police announced.

    This latest haul comes as part of a mass police operation that began nearly two weeks ago and is aimed at tackling the problem of cannabis cultivation in the country.


    Cannabis seized on Thursday. Photo: State Police


  • FIFA is still considering a request from new members Kosovo to allow a number of players to switch national teams and represent them, world soccer's ruling body said on Thursday.

    Kosovo, who play their first competitive international on Monday when they visit Finland in a World Cup qualifier, were accepted as members of FIFA and European football's governing body UEFA in May despite fierce opposition from Serbia.

    FIFA told Reuters in a statement that it had received a "series of requests for change of associations from the Football Federation of Kosovo.
  • Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov will run for president at the elections in 2021, but not in the upcoming polls this November, he told the private broadcaster BTV on Thursday.

    “I will run [for president] when I am at the age when I have given enough in the executive power, because of the game, because of participating,” he said.

    Borissov’s party, GERB, will announce its on October 2 for the upcoming presidential elections in November, it announced on Tuesday.

    Bulgarian PM Borissov at military training in Bulgaria. Photo: Boyko Borissov's Facebook page


  • The parties in Bulgaria’s governing coalition, GERB and its junior partner, the Reformist Block, agreed on Thursday to carry out the full four-year mandate of the administration, the government’s press service announced on Thursday.

    According to the government’s statement, its priorities for the new political season, which was launched on Wednesday, are to guarantee national security, financial stability and the successful preparation of the Bulgarian Presidency of the European Council, which is scheduled for January 2018.

    Since its establishment in 2014, Bulgaria’s ruling coalition has been shaken several times, first when MPs from DSB, one of the parties forming the Reformist Block, removed its support for the government at the end of 2015 over the watering down of judicial reforms.

    In May this year, the third partner of the government, the leftist ABV party, moved to the opposition after the parliament gave the green light to controversial amendments to the electoral code.
  • Members of the European Parliament Richard Howitt, Eduard Kukan and Ivo Vajgl, EP mediators for the Przino Agreement, welcome the agreement reached by the four main political parties in Macedonia to continue to implement the agreement, and the commitments made on 20 July 2016, including improving the media environment and their agreement to hold early parliamentary elections on 11 December 2016.

    "We hope that last night’s commitments by the four main political parties will be delivered upon in order to help steer the country away from recent political crises and back towards its European and Euro-Atlantic path. In this respect, we will continue to support the process of political dialogue aimed at fulfilling the commitments laid out in the Pržino Agreement, especially the carrying out of credible elections, the strengthening of the rule of law and the implementation of the Urgent Reform Priorities," the joint statement said.
  • A new contingent of Hungarian police is leaving for Macedonia to help halt illegal migration at the Greek border.

    The 25-member unit, including two women, was bid farewell by János Balogh, commander of the rapid response police division, in Budapest on Thursday. Balogh, who also serves as deputy to the national police chief, said that this would be the fifth Hungarian police unit sent to Macedonia.

    The previous missions were sent based on one-off requests but the Hungarian government recently decided to offer continuous help to Macedonia until the end of this year, replacing the contingents every month.

    Photo: Beta.



  • Croatian Democratic Union leader Andrej Plenkovic has called for defusing tensions between Croatia and Serbia, and recalled that many outstanding issues stem from the aggression by the Greater Serbia regime led by Slobodan Milosevic against Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo.

    "All issues in the relations with the neighbours date back to that period (during the aggression)," Plenkovic said in the northern town of Krapina on Thursday when asked by the press to comment on European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker's reply to a letter from Serbia's Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic.
  • Top stories from the Balkans this Friday:
     
    • The country's official Islamic Community has welcomed a start to the business of legalizing unofficial mosques - seen as key to the process of bringing them under control. Read more.
       
    • Bosnian authorities will do whatever is necessary to resume exports of fruits and vegetables to Russia, which were recently halted, a minister has said. Read more.
    Bulgaria’s biggest refugee camp has brought benefits for locals in Harmanli – but divisions are growing between refugees and locals since a recent fight in the camp. - See more at: http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/battle-in-refugee-camp-leaves-bulgarian-town-nervous-09-02-2016#sthash.fP164EDe.dpuf
    • As local election campaigns launch officially on Friday, analysts spy little chance of a fair or free fight. Read more.
       
    • Bulgaria’s biggest refugee camp has brought benefits for locals in Harmanli – but divisions are growing between refugees and locals since a recent fight in the camp. Read more.
    Bulgaria’s biggest refugee camp has brought benefits for locals in Harmanli – but divisions are growing between refugees and locals since a recent fight in the camp. - See more at: http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/battle-in-refugee-camp-leaves-bulgarian-town-nervous-09-02-2016#sthash.fP164EDe.dpuf
    As local election campaigns launch officially on Friday, analysts spy little chance of a fair or free fight. - See more at: http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/bosnians-urged-to-avoid-divisive-election-battle-09-01-2016#sthash.8aKSlZVt.dpufAs local election campaigns launch officially on Friday, analysts spy little chance of a fair or free fight. - See more at: http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/bosnians-urged-to-avoid-divisive-election-battle-09-01-2016#sthash.8aKSlZVt.dpuf
    As local election campaigns launch officially on Friday, analysts spy little chance of a fair or free fight. - See more at: http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/bosnians-urged-to-avoid-divisive-election-battle-09-01-2016#sthash.8aKSlZVt.dpuf
  • Albania’s transport minister, Edmond Haxhinasto, resigned at midday on Friday to focus more on his duties within his party, the government’s junior coalition partner, the Socialist Movement for Integration, LSI. 
     
    Haxhinasto, who has held this ministerial position since September 2013, will be replaced by his party colleague Sokol Dervishi, sources from within LSI told the media.
     
    The leader of LSI, Ilir Meta, has often said in recent months, when asked about the functioning of the coalition, that there is always a need for changes within the cabinet to give it new energy.
     
    The resigned Minister of Transport, Edmond Haxhinasto. Photo: transporti.gov.al
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  • A 37-year-old man threw seven Molotov cocktails at a McDonald’s building in the New Belgrade neighbourhood of the Serbian capital around noon on Friday.

    The suspect was arrested immediately after the event, Serbian police confirmed.

  • Croatia will work to humanely help resolve the migrant crisis in Europe, which is worsening again, Croatian 'technical' Interior Minister Vlaho Orepic stated while speaking at a transit reception centre for foreigners on Friday in the eastern Croatian city of Tovarnik, near the Serbian border.

    Orepic said that Croatia is a safe country that is fulfilling its obligations as an EU member state and which is ready for a potential new migrant influx.

    He also added that Croatia will not put a fence on its borders, despite such comments from the 'technical' foreign minister, Miro Kovac.

    Vlaho Orepic. Photo: Facebook 


  • Bulgaria’s economy grew by 3 per cent in the second quarter of 2016 compared with the same period in the year prior, the National Statistics Institute announced on Friday, confirming its initial data published earlier in August. 

    Compared to the first quarter of 2016, Bulgaria’s GDP registered 0.7 per cent growth.



  • Milorad Dodik, president of Bosnia’s Serb-dominated entity Republika Srpska, RS, said on Friday that a decision has been made to hold the controversial referendum on the entity’s statehood day on September 25, following consultations with the relevant authorities in the entity.

    He called on all the citizens of RS to vote in the referendum, although he admitted that there is a risk of it being banned.


    Dodik also announced that procedures will be launched to eliminate the state election commission, CIK, from the process of managing electoral rolls for the entity, after CIK decided on Thursday to deny RS’s authorities from gaining access to the electoral rolls ahead of the referendum.


    The Bosnian Serb leader also emphasized that the vote is not about RS breaking away from Bosnia, stating: "This referendum is not about territorial integrity, it is about RS statehood day and does not have anything to do with secession.

    Milorad Dodik. Photo: Beta.


  • Kosovo’s President, Hashim Thaci, met with the new EU special representative in Kosovo, Nataliya Apostolova, on Friday – her first day in this post - during which he stressed that Kosovo had made tangible progress in its aspirations to join the European Union.

    Apostolova also reaffirmed the EU’s support for Kosovo’s aim to become a member state.
    Apostolova has replaced Slovenian diplomat Samuel Zbogar in the role.

     Hashim Thaci at the meeting with Nataliya Apostolova | Photo: Kosovo Presidency 


  • A 68-year-old Serbian pensioner, Ratko Jerinic, has been fined 450 euros by the misdemeanor court in the town of Valjevo in Western Serbia for cursing Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic.

    Jerinic allegedly cursed Vucic while riding as a passenger in a van with the window down as it went past a traffic officer, local media Morava Info reported the police as saying.

    Serbian PM Aleksandar Vucic. Photo: Beta 




  • Romania's government said it decided to move forward to December 11 the date for regular parliamentary elections, fearing low turnout, Seenews reported.

    The elections were planned for November 27 or December 4, a few days before or after the country's national day, December 1, prompting concerns that many Romanians would be away on vacation.

    The government has allocated a total of 227.7 million lei (51 million euro) to the organisation of the elections, it said in a statement.

  • #UK Foreign Secretary @BorisJohnson wrote to #Montenegro PM Đukanović: UK to continue supporting Montenegro. http://pbs.twimg.com/media/CrWrBXcXEAE22nG.jpg

  • A spokesman for the Higher Public Prosecutor’s Office, Tatjana Sekulic, confirmed to Tanjug news agency that the Serbian security services, BIA, with the cooperation of the Prosecutor’s Office, arrested an individual on Friday, but could not specify details of the case.
     
    Belgrade-based media have alleged the detained person is a member of the Croatian intelligence service with dual Serbian and Croatian citizenship.
     
    Sekulic did state that the arrested individual will be held in custody for 48 hours.

     

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