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W. Balkans General News

Serbia’s president visits Kosovo north after murder of local politician

20.01.2018

Pristina, dtt-net.com- The President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic today visited Serb-predominantly north of Kosovo four days after a local Serb politician was killed by unknown perpetrators which increased fears of instability in Kosovo and the region. >>>>

US Ambassador warns again Kosovo leaders over attempts to abolish war crimes court

18.01.2018

Pristina, dtt-net.com – The Ambassador to Kosovo, Greg Delawie addressed strong warnings to Kosovan politicians who are still attempting to abrogate the law on special war crimes court.
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Bulgaria’s PM warns of W. Balkans instability

18.01.2018

Strasbourg, dtt-net.com – The Prime Minister of Bulgaria, Boiko Borissov, whose country holds rotating presidency of the EU, said that instability in the Western Balkan aspirant countries could harm entire European bloc and urged for a clear membership perspective for the region.
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No NATO entry for Macedonia unless name row with Greece is solved

18.01.2018

Skopje, dtt-net.com – Macedonia must first solve the long standing row over its name with Greece in order it can join the NATO, the Secretary General of the military alliance told country’s parliament today.
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Macedonia’s president vetoes law on languages

17.01.2018

Skopje, dtt-net.com - The President of Macedonia, Gjorge Ivanov said he is vetoing a law for wider official use of Albanian and other minorities’ languages, saying that the law passed last week by the parliament is unconstitutional.
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Energy & Environment

Construction of EU gas pipeline in Albania, Greece continues to progress well

10.01.2018

Tirana, dtt-net.com – The consortium of the Trans-Atlantic-Pipeline (TAP AG) said that half of the pipeline route in Albania and Greece is already restored to ‘original condition or better’.
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Kosovo signs deal for construction of new coal-fired power plant with US company

21.12.2017

Pristina, dtt-net.com - Kosovan government signed a commercial agreement with the US company Contour Global for construction of a new 500 MW coal-fired power plant.
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EU secures another pipeline for new gas supplies to lessen dependence from Russia

06.12.2017

Brussels, dtt-net.com – On top of the Tran-Adriatic-Pipeline (TAP) which will bring gas from Azerbaijan as of 2020 to Europe, the European Union is advancing with a new similar project which will secure more supplies of gas from Israel and Cyprus waters through Greece to reach the Italy and the rest of EU as of 2025, as the European bloc is determined to diminish its gas dependence from Russia.
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Serbia’s gas imports from Russia up for 26 percent

01.12.2017

Belgrade, dtt-net.com - Gas imports of Serbia from Russia have increased for 26.2 percent during January-November this year comparing to the same period of 2016, according to the data of Russian gas giant Gazprom.
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Bosnia and Macedonia still failing to comply with EU energy rules

07.11.2017

Vienna, dtt-net.com – The Secretariat of Energy Community - an EU energy body - said that Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and Macedonia are not complying with Energy Community Treaty.
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Business/Economy

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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World Bank forecasts lower growth in W. Balkans countries compared to EU predictions

16.11.2017

dtt-net.com – World Bank (WB) growth forecast for Western Balkans countries is different to the European Commission’s one published earlier this month. According to the bank growth in the six countries of the region (Albania, Bosnia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Macedonia and Serbia) is estimated to 2.6 percent in 2017 and region’s projected growth is less optimistic than the 3.2 percent expected when the Spring issue of this report was published. The WB also forecasted lower growth for the two years to come for the region.
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Macedonia best in W. Balkans for doing business, World Bank says

31.10.2017

dtt-net.com – A new report by the World Bank says that Macedonia is the best country in the Western Balkans region for doing business environment.
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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.

By Daniel Serwer >>>>

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

Bosnia’s minister insists on existence of Serb paramilitary unit

Albania begins vetting of judges and prosecutors

Leader of Macedonia’s Albanians calls for national consensus over name talks with Greece

Macedonia’s opposition party calls on President to veto law on languages

Kosovo Serb politician shot dead

Kosovo government appoints new team chief for EU-mediated talks with Serbia

UN war crimes court extends provisional release to former Serbia’s security official

EU calls Kosovo leaders to abandon attempts to ' repeal or amend' law on special war crimes court

Macedonia’s parliament approves new law on languages

US democrats call on White House to counter Russia’s influence in Serbia

No early elections in Serbia this year

US, EU step up pressure on Kosovo leaders over special war crimes court

UK must continue to engage in the W. Balkans post-Brexit, House of Lords report says

UN mediator to meet next week with Macedonia and Greece officials over name row

Macedonia’s parliament postpones voting on draft-law on languages because lack of quorum



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