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Macedonia: Albanian opposition party returns to parliament

Oct 20, 2014

Skopje, 20 October 2014, dtt-net.com – Lawmakers of the Democratic Party of Albanians (DPA) from the opposition returned today to parliament after a two month boycott, but Macedonian social-democrats refuse to do so.
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Croatia: Zagreb mayor arrested over corruption charges

Oct 20, 2014

20 October 2014, Zagreb, dtt-net.com – Croatian police has launched a massive raid over involvement of top Zagreb town officials and owners of local companies in corruption affaires.
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EU FMs urge for quick formation of Bosnia government

Oct 20, 2014

20 October 2014, Luxemburg, dtt-net.com – EU ministers of 28 member nations called today for quick formation of new institutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) after 12 October general elections. >>>>

EU envoy, US senator urge Kosovo politicians to end stalemate

Oct 20, 2014

20 October 2014, Prishtina, dtt-net.com – EU diplomats and American senators called on Kosovan Albanian political parties to end the four-month stalemate over country’s new institutions.
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W. Balkans meeting on economy put into question amid postponement of Albanian PM visit

Oct 20, 2014

20 October 2014, Belgrade, dtt-net.com - A meeting on economic cooperation between Western Balkans countries planned to take place on Thursday (23rd October) in Belgrade is being put into question amid postponement of Albanian PM’s visit to Serbian capital.
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Business/Economy

World Bank agrees Macedonia strategy aid worth of US$400 million

Oct 17, 2014

17 October 2014, Skopje, dtt-net.com – The World Bank (WB) has agreed a new four-year partnership strategy for Macedonia of US$400 million aimed at growth, competitiveness and reduce of poverty in the Western Balkans country.
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Drastic fall of FDI in Albania in Q3

Oct 16, 2014

16 October 2014, Tirana, dtt-net.com - Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) in Albania in Q3 have retreated by half comparing to the same period of last year, according to latest data.
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Serbia taking advantage of Russia's trade ban on EU

Oct 15, 2014

15 October 2014, Belgrade, dtt-net.com – Serbian is taking advantage of the one-year trade ban Russia has introduced to agriculture products from EU and its allies in contra-reaction to EU and US financial sanctions against Moscow over Ukraine crises.
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Macedonia’s PM tries to attract investments from UK

Oct 15, 2014

15 October 2014, dtt-net.com – Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski made today a presentation of investment opportunities and incentives in his country to some 100 British business representatives.
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Fall of industrial products prices in Macedonia

Oct 15, 2014

15 October 2014, Skopje/Shkup, dtt-net.com – Prices of industrial products in Macedonia this year have fallen for 1.7 percent comparing to the 2013, according to country’s statistical office.
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Energy

Russia’s gas giant to obtain construction permit in Serbia ‘soon’ for South Stream pipeline

Oct 18, 2014

17 October 2014, Belgrade/Brussels, dtt-net.com – Gazprom said it will obtain permit for construction of South Stream pipeline stretch in Serbia ‘in the near future’ as Moscow and Belgrade are planning to launch construction works later this month or early November, despite EU discord amid breach of European energy rules by Russian and Serbian companies involved.
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W. Balkans countries to be among most affected by potential gas cut from Russia

Oct 16, 2014

16 October 2014, Brussels, dtt-net.com – Three countries from the Western Balkans region are to be among the most affected if Russia decides to reduce gas supplies to Europe for six months period, according to a report by the European Commission (EC).
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Albania, Czech Republic power company confirm EUR 100m compensation deal

Oct 16, 2014

16 October 2014, Tirana / Vienna, dtt-net.com – Albanian government and the power company from Czech Republic, CEZ Group, have confirmed their June agreement according to which the company will receive EUR 100 million compensation in annual instalments until 2018.
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Russia's Putin shows his gas muscles to EU from hosting Serbia

Oct 16, 2014

16 October 2014, Belgrade / Brussels, dtt-net.com - Russia’s strong-man Vladimir Putin warned during today’s visit to Serbia that EU and its aspirant countries are expected to face shortages of Russian gas this winter similar to 2008 because of the ongoing dispute between Moscow and Kiev.
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EBRD signs 30 million Euro loan to Kosovo electricity grid

Oct 15, 2014

15 October 2014, Prishtina, dtt-net.com – The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) signed today a €30 million loan aimed at helping Kosovo’s power grid.
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Opinions

(Opinion): Confirming Kosovo's European perspective

Oct 08, 2014

By Štefan Füle

dtt-net.com - When I joined the European Commission five years ago to deal with EU enlargement, who could have imagined that Kosovo would have made so much progress on its European path since? >>>>

(Comment) Macedonia – or the Queen of FDI in Western Balkans region

Aug 27, 2014

27 dtt-net.com, Brussels - French would say: 'Chapaeu' to Macedonia’s government led by premier Nikola Gruevski and his Albanian partner Ali Ahmeti for the extraordinary efforts and to-be-admired results when it comes to attracting foreign manufacturing investors, not only from the EU but also worldwide despite permanent internal and external threats to its inter-ethnic relations and instability.

By Eleonore Krasi
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(Comment) Kosovo youth cleans up the country from garbage, but not from its dirty politicians

May 24, 2014

By Edmond Luma

dtt-net.com - For the third year in a row thousands of youngsters across Kosovo are being active once a year to clean up the country from massive all type of waste but the day after the biggest garbage - dirty politicians - will continue to pollute without mercy the most underdeveloped country and poorest nation in the continent.
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[Comment] Kosovo, The truth beyond any doubt

Apr 10, 2014

By Samuel Žbogar

"May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears".
(Nelson Mandela)

Ever since the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe adopted the report "Inhuman treatment of people and illicit trafficking in human organs in Kosovo" in January 2011, we – Kosovars and internationals – knew that this day might come; a day when investigation of the events described in the report would lead to possible court procedures. >>>>

[Comment] EU integration – the ball is in Albania's court

Apr 08, 2014

By Stefan Füle

The road to the decision about candidate status for Albania in June is clear. The leaders of the EU Member States outlined it last December when they recognised the efforts, the commitment and the results already achieved by Albania in its reform efforts. Albania will need to build on this – to maintain and increase the tempo of reforms and address the challenges that lie ahead in the areas where most efforts and energy should be focused. Furthermore, we have identified five key priorities needed for opening negotiations.


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Earlier News

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Albania’s opposition wants PM to cancel visit to Serbia

Montenegro, Bosnia complete border demarcation

Incidents between Serbs, Albanians continue after football match

Albania, Montenegro join new EU sanctions on Russia, pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine

Serbia decorates Putin with ‘Order of Republic’

Kosovo radical cleric released from detention, put under house arrest

Montenegro says ready to join the fight against the ISIS

Serbia, Albania trade accusations over football incident

Unemployment, poverty, low income, high prices and corruption top Macedonia citizens’ concerns

Germany warns Albania over increasing numbers of asylum seekers

Montenegro to focus on further reforms for NATO entry, officials say



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