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Huge Anti-Graft Protests in Moldova Have Entered Their Second Week

September 15, 2015

They accuse the government of failing to bring to account those responsible for siphoning off $1.5 billion from three Moldovan banks. Huge anticorruption demonstrations in the Moldovan capital Chisinau have entered their eighth day, with protesters calling for the government’s ouster and early elections. About 20,000 people took to the streets Sunday to demand an […]

Waiting for a New Moldova

September 11, 2015

Have the citizens of Moldova had enough of leaders who have consistently turned a blind eye to corruption? Judging from the tens of thousands who over the past few days have taken to the streets of the capital, Chişinău, this may well be the case. And not before time for this small, poor country that […]

OSCE Chides Albania Over June Local Elections

September 11, 2015

In its report on the June 21 elections, the OSCE/ODIHR praised the calm environment but raised concerns about the voting list, pressure on voters, media bias and the use of government resources. The OSCE/ODIHR Election Observation Mission offered about 23 recommendations to Albania to improve elections standards in its final report on the June 21 […]

Prostitution Claims Shake Montenegrin Minister

September 10, 2015

Montenegro’s Interior Minister has been accused of using prostitutes after a months-long police probe into elite prostitution rings. Montenegrin Interior Minister Rasko Konjevic on Wednesday denied allegations that he has used prostitutes, calling it a “hideous lie”. At a press conference on Wednesday, Konjevic said he had filed charges with the Special Prosecutor, Milivoje Katnic, […]

Macedonian Politicians Deny Telecom Bribe Claims

September 10, 2015

Senior Macedonian politicians have dismissed new court testimony that alleges they took huge bribes in relation to Deutsche Telecom. Former Prime Minister Vlado Buckovski and the leaders of the junior ruling party, the Democratic Union for Integration, DUI, have rejected allegations contained in testimony recently made public by a US court that they took bribes […]

EU Pushes Macedonia on New Special Prosecutor

September 9, 2015

As talks between Macedonia’s parties on appointing new special prosecutor stall, European Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn has announced another visit to the country. Commisioner Hahn’s visit comes as inter-party talks in Macedonia within the EU facilitated working group are stuck on the matter of appointing a special prosecutor to investigate illegal surveillance cases. Hahn is […]

Albania Opposition Urges Interior Minister to Quit

September 9, 2015

The opposition has called for the resignation of Interior Minister Sajmir Tahiri, accusing him of ties to the criminals who use planes to trade Albanian-produced marijuana with Italy. Albanian Interior Minister Sajmir Tahiri told parliament that he does not intend to resign and called on the General Prosecutor to investigate oposition claims about his alleged […]

Bulgaria fails to adopt key anti-corruption law

September 9, 2015

Bulgaria’s Parliament has failed to approve a key piece of legislation to fight high-level corruption in a setback for the government of centre-right prime minister Boiko Borisov. The law was drafted by Bulgaria’s former EU Commissioner Meglena Kuneva, who is now Borisov’s deputy in charge of European affairs. (Photo: European Communities, 2008) Two small parties […]

Bulgaria MPs Rebuffed by 14 Diplomats over Anti-Corruption Bill

September 8, 2015

Bulgarian lawmakers have to come up with new ideas about tackling high-level corruption, foreign diplomats have said in a joint statement. In an open letter sent out to the media, the Ambassadors of 14 EU member states, with the support of diplomats from two non-EU countries (Norway and Switzerland) have reproached the Bulgarian Parliament for […]

Fed Up With Corruption, Moldovans Throw Down Gauntlet For Entire Political System

September 8, 2015

CHISINAU — Dozens of tents have been set up in the center of the Moldovan capital following a street protest that drew tens of thousands as public frustration over rampant corruption has reached the boiling point. But the question of what comes next remains unanswered. “Until their demands are met, the protesters say they will not […]



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