W. Balkans General News

Albania seeks Germany’s green light for EU accession talks


Berlin, dtt-net.com – Albanian officials travelled to Berlin today seeking Germany’s support for launching accession negotiations with the European Union amid some progress made in the country on judicial reforms and fight against corruption and organized crime.

Macedonia prosecution launches investigation against 2 top politicians


Skopje, dtt-net.com – The Office of Macedonia’s Special Prosecution today said it has launched an investigation against former Prime Minister and lawmaker Nikola Gruevski and the leader of Albanian junior governing partner, Ali Ahmeti, of damages caused to the state budget when they agreed in 2011 to halt population census.

Kosovo opposition turns to top court over controversial border deal with Montenegro


Pristina, dtt-net.com – An opposition party in Kosovo today said it will file a complain to the Constitutional Court over controversial bill on border demarcation with Montenegro approved yesterday by Kosovan parliament.

Macedonia’s deadlock over law on languages continues as President refuses to decree it


Skopje, dtt-net.com – The official eight-day deadline for Macedonia’s president to decree the new law on languages ended today, but Gjorge Ivanov hasn’t sign it, thus creating a total deadlock over the law approved for second time by the parliament last week.

Russian provocative motorcycle group arrives in Bosnia’s Serb entity


Sarajevo, dtt-net.com - Some 20 Russians of the motorcycle group "Night Wolves” arrived on Tuesday in Bosnia’s Serb entity, despite concerns of central authorities in Sarajevo of security concerns.

Energy & Environment

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


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.

Ex-minister of Germany to mediate Serbia-Kosovo power grid dispute


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.

W. Balkans countries not making sufficient progress on energy reforms, EU body says


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.

Albania urged to reform energy sector


Tirana, dtt-net.com – Albania must continue with energy sector reforms, the Director of the Energy Community Secretariat Janez Kopac told today Albanian officials.

Russia using it energy power to increase influence in Western Balkans, report says


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.


EBRD launches Investment Platform for W. Balkans


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.

Of six W. Balkans countries Serbia with lowest unemployment, Bosnia the highest


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).

Serbia and Russia to boost energy, trade ties


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.

Serbia to host EU - Western Balkans Transport Community


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.

China to increase business presence in W. Balkans


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.


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. >>>>


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


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


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

Earlier News

Macedonia’s Albanians protest reduced charges of a man over killing of a four-year-old boy

Kosovo parliament ratifies controversial border deal with Montenegro

Serbia and Kosovo presidents having secret talks for territory exchange, former FM says

No breakthrough at EU mediated Serbia-Kosovo talks

Teargas interrupts Kosovo parliament’s voting on border deal with Montenegro

Serbia’s PM eyes reshuffle of cabinet

Macedonia’s justice minister announces resignation

Greece proposes 5 options for Macedonia’s new name

Albania deserves to open EU accession talks, PM Rama says

Russia warns Macedonia over NATO entry plans

Montenegro: Djukanovic to run in presidential election again

Bosnia’s Croat leader believes that country will join EU together with Serbia and Montenegro by 2025

Kosovo government says it has ensured sufficient votes to ratify border deal with Montenegro

New round of EU-mediated talks between Serbia and Kosovo this week

Europol calls for more cooperation with W. Balkans against terrorism

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