W. Balkans General News

Kosovo war veterans to protest against EU’s special war crimes court


Prishtina, dtt-net.com – Kosovo Albanian war veterans will stage a street protest on Friday (29 May) in capital Prishtina against the EU’s special war crimes court, as local parliament will vote on constitutional and legislative changes needed for its final approval of the court which could see some top Kosovan politicians stand trial in Netherlands over alleged human harvesting.

Albania vows not to give up on the maritime area dispute with Greece


Tirana, dtt-net.com – The Albanian Prime Minister, Edi Rama, said his government will not give up on the maritime area in the Ionian Sea that his country is in dispute with Greece, amid the 2009 deal of the previous government in Tirana, which was brought down the Constitutional Court of Albania a year later, as both Tirana and Athens want the area for oil and gas explorations.

Bosnia Serb leader says NATO entry should be decided in a referendum


Sarajevo, dtt-net.com – The nationalist leader of Bosnia Serbs, Milorad Dodik said that the membership of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) should be decided by the people of the country in a referendum, reiterating however his threats of independence referendum for the Serb entity in three years.

Romania could change position over Kosovo


Tirana, dtt-net.com - Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta said today that his country could move toward recognizing Kosovo’s independence.

Albania's PM softens position over Macedonia’s NATO path


Tirana, dtt-net.com - Seven days ago Albanian premier, Edi Rama, said: “Macedonia cannot be in the NATO without guaranteeing all of the Ohrid Agreement” over the rights of Ethnic Albanians, but today he said it was not a veto threat he made toward Skopje.


Macedonia double crisis hurting tourism sector already


Skopje, dtt-net.com – Tourism sector in Macedonia is already being hurt because of the double crisis in the country marred by political and inter-ethnic tensions in the EU candidate country from the Western Balkans.

World Bank approves $1.2 billion loan for Albania


Tirana, dtt-net.com - The World Bank endorsed the 2015-19 loan worth 1.2 billion USD aimed at supporting Albania’s aspirations to achieve equitable growth.

Albania to scrap visas for 13 countries for tourism reasons


Tirana, dtt-net.com – Albania will scrap visas for a total of 13 countries worldwide aimed at attracting foreign tourists as the summer holidays season approaches.

Albania becoming attractive to foreign companies


Tirana, dtt-net.com – The number of foreign companies doing business in Albania has increased last year for around 12 percent, with Italian ones topping the list.

Macedonia double crisis frightens foreign investors


Skopje, dtt-net.com – Macedonia has become the champion in the Western Balkans region for attracting foreign investments in recent years, but the current double crisis is causing concerns to foreign companies already installed here and many others which are planning to invest in the troubled country.


EU welcomes Macedonia’s PM alignment over Russia’s gas pipeline


Brussels, dtt-net.com – The statement of Macedonian prime minister conditioning the participation of Macedonia in the Russian planned gas pipeline ‘Turkish Stream’ with the EU’s decision on it - “is welcomed in principle”, EU officials in Brussels told dtt-net.com, recalling the European bloc’s strict position that any project which operates in the EU area must meet the EU legislation, the Third Energy Package, respectively. >>>>

Macedonia will not join Russia’s gas pipeline without EU consent, PM says


Skopje, dtt-net.com – The troubled Macedonian premier, Nikola Gruevski said his country will join the Russian gas pipeline – the ‘Turkish Stream’ - only if there is an agreement between the EU and Russia over it, vowing that Skopje's position over such important strategic project is based on country’s EU and NATO membership objective.

Albania’s gov’t, Canadian oil company at row over environmental impact of gas explosion


Tirana, dtt-net.com – Albanian government and Bankers Petroleum disagree over environmental impact of the gas explosion during oil drilling last month with authorities saying that oil has polluted potable waters and the company denying it.

Albania-Greece relations at standstill over oil and gas explorations


Tirana, dtt-net.com – The new government in Greece is refusing Albania demands to Athens to halt its oil and gas explorations in Albanian waters in the south of the country.

Serbia, Kosovo fail to reach deal on energy issues


Brussels, dtt-net.com – Serbian and Kosovan negotiators have failed to reach agreement at the EU mediated talks held in Brussels over energy issues.


Belgian football player dies of heart failure


Dtt-net.com - Lokeren’s defender, Gregory Mertens (24), died today of heart failure after a collapse during a match on Monday. >>>>

Ambitious German investor, Croatian coach mount football club to Belgium’s second division


Brussels, dtt-net.com – Jürgen Baatzsch, the majority shareholder and the Croatian coach, Drazen Brncic, have succeeded of returning the Belgian football club of Union Saint Gilloise (USG) to the second division. >>>>

Januzaj too proud to leave Manchester United temporarily for PSV


Dtt-net.com – Adnan Januzaj has not welcomed Manchester United’s plans to lease him for a year to the PSV Eindhoven as Louis Van Gaal is planning to bring in the Dutch forward Memphis Depay. >>>>

French media question Ibrahimovic’s PSG future


Dtt-net.com – French media have launched a campaign of questions whether the 33-year old Bosnia origin star, Zlatan Ibrahimovic should remain in Paris Saint German (PSG) or leave. >>>>

Barcelona – Bayern, the second and final test for Guardiola


Dtt-net.com – The semi-finals draw against his former Spanish club, Barcelona, will be the second real test and likely the final one for Pep Guardiola's future at Bayern Munich. >>>>


[Comment] For Kosovo and for what it can become


dtt-net.com - The Head of EU Office in Kosovo, Samuel Zbogar has listed three main reasons for establishing the Special War Crimes Court in The Hague: to establish the truth, to remain the sovereign of decision and to respect Kosovo's international commitments. >>>>

[Opinion] EU options on the Macedonia crisis


Brussels, dtt-net.com - Few would be surprised in Brussels or Skopje if the allegations against Macedonian PM Nikola Gruevski and his VMRO-DPMNE party - of corruption, electoral fraud, manipulation of judges and media - are true.

By Edmond Ekrem Krasniqi >>>>

Kosovo: EU mission's (EULEX) Ps and Qs


By Gabriele Meucci, head of EU mission in Kosovo (EULEX)

Prishtina, dtt-net.com - There is a lot of debate about the origin of the English expression “Mind your Ps and Qs.” Some say that it originally referred to Pints and Quarts, admonishing pub owners to mind their measures, while others claim that it warns printers’ apprentices to take care with the arrangement of these two letters. Regardless of whether it was printers or quarts, now the expression “Mind Your P’s and Q’s” means to be on your best behaviour. >>>>

Kosovo baby-face minister becomes ‘expert’ for family planning with insults, despise


By Ekrem Krasniqi

Prishtina, dtt-net.com – When your are rich or a minister, or a rich minister in Kosovo and your citizens are poor and leave the country seeking a better life abroad, all you have to do is blame the same citizens for their misery life with 'too many' kids; for receiving money from their relatives working in the EU; for not willing to work but do nothing… This is the life story of all Kosovan ministers for 16 years since the end of the war. >>>>

Kosovo’s minister of kebabs, pizzas, omelettes, sandwiches and flour for animals


By Ekrem Krasniqi

Prishtina, dtt-net.com – The best and the latest illustrations of how destructive government and parliament officials of Kosovo are toward their citizens and their complete detachment from the vulnerable life of their own citizens and taxpayers are the three latest following stories: >>>>

Earlier News

Albania, Serbia vow to improve relations despite differences over Kosovo

Top former Kosovo guerrilla members sentenced over war crimes

Serbia fails to send Seselj to the UN court on the requested deadline

Armed group threatens Macedonia and Kosovo Albanian leaders

Third meeting of Macedonia’s parties’ leaders fails too

Albania reiterates calls to Macedonia over full rights for E. Albanians

Montenegro ready for NATO entry, Italian president says

Macedonia armed incident orchestrated by Macedonian secret service, Kosovo intelligence report says

Russia against international probe on Macedonia armed incident

Kosovo too threatened by terrorism, US report says

Macedonia journalist attacked

Kosovo: EU mission vehicles shot at

Serbia’s defence minister suspected of fraud

Greece’s FM boycotts Albania regional meeting over maritime border row

US slams Russia’s “absurd” accusations over the Macedonia crisis

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