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W. Balkans General News

No progress at talks for expansion Macedonia’s ruling coalition

19.04.2018

Skopje, dtt-net.com – The talks of Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev with three Albanian parties from opposition for expansion of his ruling coalition and the parliamentary majority are proving difficult.
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Albania asks U.S. to set NATO base in its territory

19.04.2018

Tirana/Washington, dtt-net.com – Albanian government has asked the U.S. to set a NATO military - land and maritime - base in the territory of the country in the Western Balkans region which joined the alliance in 2009.
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Germany says Albania not yet ready to open EU entry talks

19.04.2018

Berlin/Tirana/Brussels, dtt-net.com – German government said Albania has more to do on reforms, especially against organized crime and corruption, in order to qualify for opening of EU accession negotiations, despite positive recommendation made on Tuesday by the European Commission (EC).
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Croatia’s delegation interrupts visit to Serbia amid incident

18.04.2018

Belgrade/Zagreb, dtt-net.com – A Croatian parliamentary delegation today interrupted a visit to Serbia after an incident caused by the leader of Serbia’s Radical Party (SRS) and the convicted of war crimes, the member of Serbian parliament Vojislav Seselj.
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Macron’s EU enlargement remarks cause discontent and fear in Albania

18.04.2018

Tirana/Brussels, dtt-net.com – Comments of French President Emmanuel Macron against enlargement of the EU in the Western Balkans before internal reforms of the European bloc have caused discontent and fear in Albania that France could block Tirana from opening accession negotiations despite recommendation by the European Commission (EC).
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Energy & Environment

EU energy body takes infringement case on Bosnia’s environmental impact assessment of thermal power plant further

19.03.2018

Vienna/Sarajevo, dtt-net.com – EU’s energy body, the Energy Community Secretariat has launched infringement procedures against Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) over breach of environment rules related to a planned thermal power plant.
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Ex-minister of Germany to mediate Serbia-Kosovo power grid dispute

08.03.2018

Berlin/Pristina, dtt-net.com – Germany is sending its former environment minister, Klaus Töpfer, to Belgrade and Pristina, in a new attempt to solve row between Serbia and Kosovo over Kosovan electricity grid, which according to ENTSO-E is causing system frequency deviation from the mean value of 50 Hertz to Europe’s synchronized high voltage electricity network.
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W. Balkans countries not making sufficient progress on energy reforms, EU body says

06.02.2018

Ljubljana, dtt-net.com – The Secretariat of Energy Community said that Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia are not making sufficient efforts in implementing energy reforms to meet EU set agenda.
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Albania urged to reform energy sector

31.01.2018

Tirana, dtt-net.com – Albania must continue with energy sector reforms, the Director of the Energy Community Secretariat Janez Kopac told today Albanian officials.
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Russia using it energy power to increase influence in Western Balkans, report says

25.01.2018

Sofia/Belgrade, dtt-net.com – Russia is using its energy power to increase its political and economic influence in the Western Balkans region, especially in Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), an Bulgarian think-tank said in a report.
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Business/Economy

EBRD launches Investment Platform for W. Balkans

26.02.2018

London, dtt-net.com - A new electronic tool has been launched today at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Western Balkans Investment Summit in London aimed at facilitating market access and raise the attractiveness to foreign direct investment in the EU aspirant region.
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Of six W. Balkans countries Serbia with lowest unemployment, Bosnia the highest

24.01.2018

Brussels, dtt-net.com - Serbia has the lowest unemployment rate and Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) the highest in the Western Balkans region, according to a report by the European Commission (EC).
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Serbia and Russia to boost energy, trade ties

21.12.2017

Belgrade/Moscow, dtt-net.com – Serbian and Russian governments signed in Moscow, a series of agreements on cooperation in energy, economy, trade, tourism and culture.
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Serbia to host EU - Western Balkans Transport Community

07.12.2017

Brussels, dtt-net.com – The recently decided by the EU transport body for the European bloc and the Western Balkans will have its headquarters in Serbia’s capital Belgrade, governments of six countries of the region agreed on Wednesday.
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China to increase business presence in W. Balkans

28.11.2017

Budapest, dtt-net.com – China is about to increase further its business presence in Western Balkans EU aspirant countries through multi-million loans in infrastructure projects, a Summit held in Hungarian capital shows.
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Football

Kosovo gets first ever Olympic gold medal and a HERO

08.08.2016

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.

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Kosovo granted FIFA membership

13.05.2016

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.
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FIFA Council proposes membership of Kosovo, Gibraltar

11.05.2016

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.
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Furious Serbia to appeal Kosovo UEFA's vote

03.05.2016

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

03.05.2016

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


Opinions

[Op-ed ] Is EU’s carrot big enough? Calling for a new accession policy towards the Western Balkans

01.06.2017

By Andor Deli

Brussels, dtt-net.com - Currently, six Western Balkans countries are huddled in the waiting-room of EU accession, when the EU has little more to offer than the carrot and the stick. With a renewed focus on enlargement policy, the Western Balkans could get a new stimulus in order to make the benefits of the EU accession process more tangible to their citizens >>>>

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

16.01.2017

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

18.11.2016

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.

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Kosovo: An example on how to fight radicalism 

27.05.2016

"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

06.09.2015

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
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Earlier News

Germany reiterates call to Serbia and Kosovo for ‘legally binding’ deal

Greece threatens Albania and Macedonia with its veto power on EU entry talks

EC proposes to EU members to open entry talks with Albania, Macedonia

Macron says will not back EU enlargement in W. Balkans for the time being

EU must integrate W. Balkans to avoid repetition of wars of ‘90s, Juncker warns

US bans Albania’s lawmaker over corruption allegations

Serbia’s president says referendum must be organized over Kosovo

EU lawmakers slam Kosovo leaders for unlawful deportation of Turkish nationals

W. Balkans is a 'strategic region' for the EU, chief of diplomacy says

Bulgaria urges Kosovo and Serbia to reach ‘legally binding’ deal for EU entry

Albania receives more military vehicles from US to bolster its army

Montenegro’s election commission confirms victory of Djukanovic

Djukanovic wins Montenegro’s presidential election, exit polls show

Serbia’s ultra-nationalist lawmaker refuses to step down despite war crimes conviction

Another judge in Albania sacked for failing to justify wealth



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