W. Balkans General News

Kosovo's ex-PM freed by French court


Colmar/Prishtina, dtt-net.com – Judges of the court in French town of Colmar today rejected Serbia’s demand to extradite former premier of Kosovo and Commander of now disbanded Kosovan guerilla, Ramush Haradinaj.

US and EU should counter Russia’s influence in the Western Balkans, American lawmaker urges


Washington/Brussels, dtt-net.com – A US senator called on Washington administration and the EU to pay more attention to the Western Balkans and not allow Russia to wield its influence in the troubled region.

Extradition of ex-Kosovan PM to Serbia would be harmful to W. Balkans stability, politician warns


Prishtina, dtt-net.com – An eventual decision of French authorities to extradite to Serbia the former premier of Kosovo and Commander of now disbanded Ethnic Albanian guerilla, Ramush Haradinaj, would be in the detriment to the stability of Western Balkans, a member of his party said.

Macedonia’s President refuses to meet US official over crisis


Skopje-Shkup, dtt-net.com – Macedonian president Gjorge Ivanov will not be meeting an official from the US State Department next week, as the crisis in the country continues since December election.

Kosovo opposition party threatens to use force against border deal with Montenegro


Prishtina, dtt-net.com – A Kosovan opposition party renewed its threats to use force to stop local parliament from ratifying a contested border delineation with Montenegro, which Kosovo needs for obtaining visa liberalization by the EU.

EU Energy & Environment

EU urged to take action over wind turbines effects on health


Brussels, dtt-net.com – A French EU lawmaker called on the European Commission to act over allegations on harmful effects of wind turbines on health made in a report authorized by French government but never published.

EU lawmaker calls European Commission to tackle energy poverty


Brussels, dtt-net.com – A Greek member of the European parliament has asked EU’s legislative body to initiate legislative measures to push member countries tackle problems of dozen of millions of citizens across the European bloc over lack of energy, including in Greece.

EU reaches deal on rules to secure gas supplies in case of crisis


Brussels, dtt-net.com – Representatives of EU member countries and the European Parliament have agreed on new ‘solidarity’ rules on security of gas supplies aimed at better managing shortages in case of crisis with member countries pledging to help each other in difficult situations.

France’s gas imports from Russia on the rise


dtt-net.com – France”s gas imports from Russia increased for more than 11 per cent from January to April this year, compared to the same period of 2016, according to Gazprom figures.

EU clears Latvia state aid for renewable and cogeneration plants


Brussels, dtt-net.com - The European Commission ruled that state aid granted to renewable energy and cogeneration power plants built in Latvia between 2007 and 2012 was in compliance with EU rules.


Serbia’s president-elect pushes for trade area between W. Balkans countries


Belgrade/Prishtina/Skopje-Shkup, dtt-net.com – Serbia’s prime minister and president-elect Aleksandar Vucic says a common trade area between six countries in the Western Balkans would help stability in the region, but the idea backed by EU officials is opposed by Kosovo and Macedonia so far.

Kosovo and Macedonia dislike EU proposal on common trade area


Prishtina/Skopje/Brussels, dtt-net.com – Ruling parties in Kosovo and Macedonia say that a new proposal made by EU officials for a common trade area between Western Balkans countries is not what the region needs in addition to current free trade deals across the region and existing ones with the European bloc.


Inflation in the EU on the rise


Brussels, dtt-net.com - Inflation in the EU-28 and Euro area went up in January to 1.7 and 1.8 percent respectively, comparing to December 2016, with Belgium, Latvia, Spain and Estonia registering the highest annual rate, according to the new data from EU’s statistical agency, Eurostat.

EU ministers clinch deal to prevent tax avoidance in non-EU countries


Brussels, dtt-net.com - Finance ministers of EU member countries today agreed on new rules which will enter into force as of 2020, aimed at preventing tax avoidance by companies through non-EU countries.

EU Euro area exports and imports on the rise


Brussels, dtt-net.com - Euro area exports in December 2016 increased for 6 percent and imports for 4 percent with the zone recording a €28.1 bn surplus in trade, according to the new figures published by EU’s agency of statistics, Eurostat.



Kosovo gets first ever Olympic gold medal and a HERO


dtt-net.com – The two time world champion Majlinda Kelmendi made history on Sunday (07 August) wining first ever Olympic gold medal for her country: Kosovo.


Kosovo granted FIFA membership


Mexico City / Prishtina – With 141 votes in favour and 23 against FIFA Congress today granted membership to Kosovo’s Football Federation, a second big news this month from the football world after the new country was admitted ten days ago as the new member of UEFA.

FIFA Council proposes membership of Kosovo, Gibraltar


Prishtina/Mexico City, dtt-net.com - The Council of the world football body today proposed to its Congress which takes place on Friday (13th May) to admit Kosovo and Gibraltar’ as its new members.

Furious Serbia to appeal Kosovo UEFA's vote


Belgrade, dtt-net.com – Serbian authorities said Belgrade will file complaint against today’s UEFA vote in favour of Kosovo Football Federation membership.

Kosovo to join UEFA


Budapest, dtt-net.com – The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) today voted in favour of Football Federation of Kosovo membership. >>>>


[Opinion] Europe's division cannot be overcome without W. Balkans joining the EU


Zagreb, dtt-net.com - "The division of Europe will not be overcome until all countries of the Western Balkans have joined the EU", the Germany's State Minister for European Affairs , Michael Roth said in a speech held in Zagreb, Croatia.

[Opinion] What to expect in the Balkans (after Donald Trump’s election) ?


If the new (US) president is inclined to accept a Russian sphere of influence in the Balkans, the consequences for the region’s relatively new democracies could be dramatic.

By Daniel Serwer >>>>

Kosovo: An example on how to fight radicalism 


"It would be imprecise to suggest that Kosovo is uniquely prone to radicalism or that the effort to radicalize a historically moderate population is succeeding. In fact, Kosovo merits our attention as a bellwether state and exemplar of how to undermine extremism".

By Rabbi Joshua M. Z. Stanton >>>>

EU, US pushing too fast with Serbia’s PM, forgot “mafia” victim Zoran Đinđić


Brussels, dtt-net.com – Imagine these world media headlines next month or next year:
- “Serbia’s PM killed in car accident” ;
- “Pro-EU Serbia's PM Aleksandar Vucic ill of brain cancer”;
- “Serb mafia executes Serbia's PM as in 2003 Zoran Djindjic”; or the most preferable headline of all Serb media together:
- “Vucic killed by Albanian Muslim terrorists-mafia, according to international intelligence and security experts.”

Imagine for a second that one of these headlines becomes true. What would Angela Merkel and Barack Obama do with or in the Western Balkans the next day or during another 12 years after it ???

By Edmond Ekrem Krasniqi

EU, US ‘resolved’ half of Macedonia crisis, ignored discrimination on Albanians


dtt-net.com – The deal clinched by the EU and the US officials this week over Macedonia crisis has completely ignored the need for equal rights for Ethnic Albanians, as 14 years since the end of the 2001 armed conflict, Macedonians continue to treat them as second class citizens by limiting the use of Albanian language and bias approach on the economic front.

By Edmond Ekrem Krasniqi

Earlier News

Albania on the brink of serious crisis, EU lawmaker warns

Bosnia’s war veterans protest for more social benefits

Albania opposition rejects proposals by EU lawmakers to end boycott of parliament, election

Serbia’s PM says western powers could be behind ‘Great Albania’ statements by Albania and Kosovo leaders

Diplomats of EU countries oppose calls for early election by Macedonian conservatives

EU urges Kosovo’s parliament to vote on contested border deal with Montenegro

German EU lawmakers trying to mediate between Albanian government and opposition

Kosovan President says EU ‘lacks vision’ over Kosovo

Serbia hopes to open 3 more chapters in EU entry talks

Macedonia's conservative party calls for meeting of parties’ leaders, new election

Map of Ethnic Albanian territories appears during football match in Macedonia

Albania-Kosovo union statements can’t pressure EU, official says

Albania opposition blocks roads in anti-government protest

EU ‘wobbling’ in W. Balkans would help Russia to “wrestle in”, official warns

Podgorica says Russia has launched ‘special media war’ against Montenegro's NATO entry

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