Liberal Progressive Slovakia nudges ahead of Robert Fico's Smer, according to exit polls

Robert Anderson in Prague September 30, 2023

If Michal Simecka succeeds in creating a majority coalition, he could become the most liberal prime minister in the V4 region, steering Slovakia into the core of European politics.

Serb List official takes responsibility for Banjska violence in Kosovo

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje September 30, 2023

Serb List deputy leader Milan Radoicic said he acted alone without informing Belgrade.

US warns of Serbian military buildup on Kosovan border

bne IntelliNews September 30, 2023

Nato said it is bolstering its KFOR forces in Kosovo after clashes between security forces and an armed Serb group in northern Kosovo.

EU ministers discuss multi-speed Europe to prepare for enlargement

bne IntelliNews September 29, 2023

To enable enlargement of the bloc from the current 27 members, changes to decision-making processes, agricultural policies and regional aid budgets are being considered.

Romania in talks to take over Moldova’s Giurgiulesti port ahead of Ukraine reconstruction

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest September 29, 2023

Romania seeks to take over Moldova’s only port, Giurgiulesti, from the EBRD as it prepares to play a key role in the reconstruction of Ukraine after the war.

Over 65,000 refugees have fled Nagorno-Karabakh so far

bne IntelliNews September 28, 2023

The figure is more than half of the overall population of the ethnic Armenians in the region

Beijing reportedly shelves construction of China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan railway

bne IntelIiNews September 28, 2023

Another big blow for ‘CKU’ proponents who have been trying to get the infrastructure project moving for a quarter of a century. Financing said to be a big and unresolved difficulty.

Thunderous explosion rocks Tashkent, one dead and 162 injured in customs warehouse blast

bne IntelIiNews September 28, 2023

President orders government commission to discover cause of incident within three days. Officials deny explosives involved.

Nagorno-Karabakh Republic dissolves itself

bne IntelliNews September 28, 2023

President of self-declared republic says all government institutions to be disbanded from January 2024 after Azerbaijani military victory.

Tajikistan hands control over border airports to armed forces

Eurasianet September 28, 2023

The airports have lain largely idle since the fall of the Soviet Union.

Georgia’s National Bank president confirms suspension of IMF programme

Tornike Mandaria in Tbilisi September 28, 2023

IMF takes action after a former official close to oligarch Bidzina Ivanishvili was shielded from US sanctions.

Turkey and Azerbaijan would settle for land corridor running via Iran rather than Armenia claims Erdogan

bne IntelIiNews September 27, 2023

Turkish strongman and Azerbaijani counterpart Aliyev appear to have eased up on ‘Zangezur’ demand. But analysts think it might only be a temporary tactical retreat.

Former Nagorno-Karabakh state minister Rubin Vardanyan arrested by Azerbaijan on enclave’s border

bne IntelliNews September 27, 2023

The former state minister of the Nagorno-Karabakh and leading Russian banker Ruben Vardanyan, was arrested on the Azerbaijani border as he attempted to depart for Goris in Armenia’s Syunik province with the other refugees fleeing the enclave.

Hungarian government gives ultimatum to banks to revive lending

Tamas Csonka in Budapest September 27, 2023

Economics ministry gave one week for the Hungarian Banking Association to present an action plan on restoring lending.

Progressive Slovakia looks best placed to form coalition in final opinion polls

bne IntelliNews September 27, 2023

One poll puts liberal party in first place and in all three it appears to have the best chance to form a government.

Lavrov confirms Ukraine war peace deal reached last April, but then abandoned

Ben Aris in Berlin September 27, 2023

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov claimed a peace deal was reached with Ukraine last April, saying all the points were initialled before the deal was abandoned under Western pressure in his “Empire of Lies” speech at the UN on September 23.

Serbian President Vucic urges KFOR to replace local police in northern Kosovo

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje September 26, 2023

Vucic asks for Nato-led KFOR to step in after deadly clashes between a group of Serbs and Kosovan police in Banjska, northern Kosovo.

Integrating LGBTI citizens could add $360mn to economies of Serbia and North Macedonia

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje September 26, 2023

World Bank study shows lost potential in Western Balkan countries from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Iranian paper warns Azerbaijan of ‘changes in Baku’ if it presses home advantage against Armenia

bne IntelliNews September 26, 2023

Iran says it will take action against any attempt by Turkey and Azerbaijan to try to create a land bridge between the two countries across Armenia’s Syunik region next to the Iranian border.

Moscow warns Armenia making ‘big mistake’ in choosing ‘Western direction’

bne IntelIiNews September 26, 2023

PM Pashinyan accused of “unacceptable outbursts” in describing security arrangement with Russia as “not effective” for national interests in wake of defeat of Nagorno-Karabakh’s ethnic-Armenians by Azerbaijan.