An estimated 206m-euro debt, due mainly to Serbian companies, and 41m euros of obligations to other foreign companies, hinders Trepca's privatisation.
Some analysts argue that the entry of Russia's Sberbank into regional markets is a good thing because it diversifies banking.
For the first time in Macedonia, two longtime political opponents join forces.
Statistics show the gap between female and male unemployment rates in Bulgaria to have widened in favour of women since the crisis began in late 2008.
On major foreign policy matters, Turks are generally united. On how the government should handle the crisis in neighbouring Syria, however, there is a deep division.
The tiny country issued 12,500 seasonal work permits. Also in business news: Serbia will get $400m in budget support from the World Bank.
The ongoing economic crisis and a surge of the neo-Nazi group Golden Dawn has targeted immigrants.
While Exit is largely known as a four-day music festival, it also retains its activist roots and continues to promote progressive ideas.