Eastern & Central Europe
Latest news about eastern and central Europe and EU enlargement.
- Five Kosovo ex-guerrillas arrested in war crimes probe — 23 May 2013, 16:00 CET
Police on Thursday arrested five ethnic Albanian former guerrillas suspected of war crimes against civilians during the 1998-99 conflict in
Kosovo, the EU rule of law mission said.
- Kosovo's ex-anti-graft prosecutor jailed for bribe — 23 May 2013, 15:58 CET
A European Union-run court on Thursday sentenced Kosovo's former top
anti-graft prosecutor to five years in prison for corruption, said the
EU's rule-of-law mission.
- Lithuania approves growing hemp for textiles — 23 May 2013, 15:57 CET
Lithuania on Thursday legalised growing hemp as of January for the
industrial-scale production of textiles, making it the last of the EU's
27 members to give it the green light.
- Bosnia charges 12 over human trafficking — 22 May 2013, 16:48 CET
Bosnia prosecutors on Wednesday indicted 12 people, including two
Turkish nationals, of being part of an international criminal network
trafficking Turkish immigrants towards the European Union.
- New EU climate policy unlikely before 2015: Poland — 22 May 2013, 15:44 CET
The European Union is unlikely to hammer out its new policy on global
warming ahead of a global climate deal that could be clinched in 2015,
Poland's environment minister said Wednesday.
- 'High risk' of deeper Cyprus recession: central bank — 22 May 2013, 15:44 CET
Cyprus's central bank governor said on Wednesday the country's teetering economy could fall deeper into recession than previously thought.
- EU urges impartiality after Georgia ex-PM's arrest — 22 May 2013, 15:44 CET
EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on Wednesday called for fair
and impartial treatment of Georgia's former prime minister Vano
Merabishvili, arrested the previous day on corruption charges.
- Cyprus minister says 2013 GDP fall could be double-digit — 21 May 2013, 22:34 CET
Cypriot Finance Minister Haris Georgiades said on Tuesday the island could suffer a double-digit contraction in GDP this year as a result of swingeing cuts adopted in return for a eurozone bailout.
- Nabucco pipeline project awaits Azerbaijan commitment — 21 May 2013, 22:33 CET
Officials from five countries with stakes in the Nabucco European
pipeline project said Tuesday they were confident it will benefit from
crucial Azerbaijan gas supplies.
- Top Hungary court rejects appeal to block constitution changes — 23 May 2013, 16:04 CET
Hungary's constitutional court threw out Tuesday an appeal by the country's parliamentary ombudsman to annul a controversial set of constitutional changes which have drawn ire from the EU.
- Hungary moves to ease tensions after Orban Nazi slur — 21 May 2013, 13:09 CET
Hungary has sought to ease tensions with Berlin after Prime Minister Viktor Orban asked Germany not to "send in the tanks again" in a recent interview on state radio.
- Germany seeks 'visible' Kosovo-Serbia progress — 20 May 2013, 16:55 CET
Germany on Monday called for "visible" progress in implementing a landmark deal between Serbia and Kosovo before securing Berlin's backing for Belgrade's bid to join the European Union.
- EU "dismayed" by attack on gay rights rally in Georgia — 20 May 2013, 14:26 CET
The European Union on Monday condemned the violent disruption of a gay rights rally in Georgia by thousands of ultra-conservative Orthodox church supporters led by priests.
- IMF sees Cyprus growth in 2015, warns of pitfalls — 17 May 2013, 18:31 CET
Cyprus should return to growth in 2015 after three years of deep
recession, the International Monetary Fund said on Friday, but will need
to ensure that its sweeping austerity programme does not slip off the
- Bulgaria president to convene parliament May 21 — 17 May 2013, 17:31 CET
Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev said Friday he will convene
parliament on May 21 in hope of breaking a political deadlock following
inconclusive elections in the European Union's poorest country.
- Ashton hopes Balkan neighbours will follow Croatia — 16 May 2013, 17:37 CET
EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on Thursday expressed a hope
that all Balkan countries would follow the same path as Croatia, set to
join the European bloc on July 1.
- Human Rights Watch calls for EU action on Hungary — 16 May 2013, 17:13 CET
Human Rights Watch urged the European Union Thursday to put more pressure on Hungary including a possible suspension of voting rights to bring the country into line with EU law.
- Romania names new anti-corruption prosecutor — 16 May 2013, 00:26 CET
Romania, whose justice system is closely monitored by the European
Union, Wednesday announced the appointment of a new anti-corruption
prosecutor after months of controversy over the key post.
- IMF releases first bailout funds for Cyprus — 15 May 2013, 22:21 CET
The International Monetary Fund on Wednesday approved a 1.0 billion euro bailout loan for Cyprus and released the first $110.7 million to the Cypriot government.
- Croatia arrests 25 suspected human traffickers — 15 May 2013, 15:58 CET
Croatia has arrested 25 people suspected of being part of human trafficking networks smuggling mostly Kosovo and Turkish nationals to the European Union, police said on Wednesday.
- Serbia, Kosovo to meet next week on Brussels accord — 14 May 2013, 20:13 CET
The prime ministers of Serbia and Kosovo will meet in Brussels on May 21
for follow-up talks on an EU-brokered deal aimed at normalising their
ties, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton's office said Tuesday.
- Cyprus aims to regain trust by 2016 after bailout cash — 14 May 2013, 13:06 CET
Cyprus aims to recover market confidence by 2016 after receiving the first tranche of a 10 billion euro rescue package to save its recession-hit economy, Finance Minister Haris Georgiades said on Tuesday.
- Slovenia yet to dispel bailout concerns, warns Rehn — 14 May 2013, 12:00 CET
The European Union's top economic official warned Monday that Slovenia may not have done enough to escape becoming the eurozone's sixth bailout case.
- Warsaw, Prague want common gas market in Central Europe — 13 May 2013, 19:35 CET
The prime ministers of Poland and the Czech Republic on Monday called
for a common gas market in Central Europe that would span from the
Baltic sea to the Adriatic.
- Afghans, Croatians charged with human trafficking — 13 May 2013, 17:52 CET
Prosecutors in Croatia on Monday pressed charges on three Afghans and
seven Croatians for their alleged role in a human trafficking network
that smuggled people into the European Union.