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Hague Prosecutors to Issue Kosovo War Crimes Indictments Soon

Almost five years since Kosovo's parliament approved the establishment of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers and Prosecutor's Office, chief prosecutor Jack Smith has notified the president of the Specialist Chambers of his intention to initiate proceedings before the Hague-based 'special court', it was announced on Monday.

Cyprus ‘golden passports’ scheme a laundering risk, says watchdog

A European money laundering watchdog has cautioned that a secretive investment-for-passports program run by Cyprus was vulnerable to money laundering and fraught with risk.
The Mediterranean island launched the scheme offering passports for an investment in 2013, with more than 3,000 people gaining citizenship through the program.

EU-Turkey relations: Op-ed

With the latest worrying developments in the international scene, I believe it is time for the EU to rethink its policy approach towards Turkey. Both Turkey and the EU face the same difficulties, especially at the moment in the Middle East.

Greco Criticises Montenegro Over Judicial Council’s Independence

Montenegro has made no progress on the composition or independence of its Judicial Council, the body charged with upholding the independence and autonomy of courts in Montenegro. Nor has it made any progress in reviewing its disciplinary framework for judges, the report of the Group of States Against Corruption, GRECO, the Council of Europe's anti-corruption monitoring body, says.

Romanian Academy Dismisses Moldovan Claim to Own Language

The Romanian Academy of Sciences on Thursday dismissed claims put forward by the President of Moldova in Strasbourg that his country has its own language.

It said the theme of a "Moldovan language" promoted by President Igor Dodon at a speech to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on Wednesday was a revival of Soviet-era tropes.

Albania Socialists Step Back From Media Laws Showdown

Albania Prime Minister Edi Rama speaking in parliament on 30 January. Photo: Malton Dibra/LSA

The head of the Socialist parliamentary group, Taulant Balla, said the vote would be postponed while the Council of Venice, the advisory body to the Council of Europe, carried out an express evaluation.