W. Balkans General News

Montenegro smaller ruling parties threaten to quit government


Podgorica, 28 July 2016, dtt-net.com - Three smaller parties in Montenegro are threatening to quit the interim care-taker government if their calls for the government to have full control of the power utility company are ignored by the main ruling party of Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic.

Serbia youth turning toward Russia, against EU membership


Belgrade, 28 July 2016, dtt-net.com – Youth in Serbia are not in favour of country’s membership in the European Union (EU), but want closer ties with traditional ally, Russia, instead, according to a fresh opinion survey.

Macedonia parliament adopts more laws aimed at early election


Skopje, 28 July 2016, dtt-net.com – Macedonian parliament adopted today another set of laws originating from the last week EU and US brokered deal aimed at setting up a new interim government and prepare the country for early election.

Montenegro rejects calls from Kosovo to review border deal


Podgorica/Prishtina, 28 July 2016, dtt-net.com – Montenegrin government reiterated is rejection to the calls by Kosovan opposition and also by some ruling majority lawmakers to review the last year signed border demarcation deal between the two countries.

EU and US urge Albania to adopt laws, implement judicial reform


Tirana, 28 July 2016, dtt-net.com - The EU and the US called on Albanian parliament to adoption seven laws related to the constitutional judicial reform adopted by the parliament last week, urging at the same time for starting implementation of the changes without delay.


Serbia in breach of EU energy rules with subsides to power company


Vienna/Belgrade, dtt-net.com – EU’s energy body, the Vienna based Energy Community Secretariat has initiates dispute settlement case against Serbia for non-compliance with the State aid acquis related to loans from international financial institutions to Elektroprivreda Srbije (EPS) for the Kolubara B power plant project and the transfer of property and land from Serbia to EPS for the same project.

EU announces more funds for infrastructure, energy projects in Western Balkans


Paris, dtt-net.com – The European Union (EU) today during a Summit held in French capital announced further financial support to infrastructure projects (railroads, energy efficiency and hydro-projects) for Western Balkans countries.

Albania and Kosovo get new Germany funded power interconnection grid


Tirana, dtt-net.com – Albania and Kosovo today inaugurated a 400 kv electricity interconnection infrastructure thanks to the funds from Germany aimed at improving electricity exchanges between the two countries and the Western Balkans countries.

SHELL launches oil explorations in Albania


Tirana, dtt-net.com – The Dutch-British oil company SHELL has launched explorations in Albanian south-eastern region of Shpirag which are expected to continue for more than a year.

Offshore oil & gas explorations in Montenegro to be launched this year


Podgorica, dtt-net.com - Montenegrin legislative parliamentary committee adopted a draft-law approving undersea oil and gas researches bids awarded to Italian and Russian companies earlier this year.


Unemployment in Macedonia at record low


Skopje, 28 July 2016, dtt-net.com – Unemployment in Macedonia has reached lowest level in country’s history at 24.5%, according to the government’s latest data.

China accused of steel dumping to EU through Serbia


Belgrade/Brussels, dtt-net.com – The Brussels based European Steel Association (EUROFER) has filed a complaint to the EU suspecting that China is attempting to dump its cheap steel production through Serbia, as a state owned Chinese company acquired in April Serbian largest steel producer Zelezara Smederevo.

French investment project in Kosovo ski resort fails


Prishtina, dtt-net.com – Is it Serbia who prevented it or the French consortium failed to find investment deposit for 430 Euro million Brezovica ski resort in Kosovo, it remains unclear, but the project is officially declared a failed one.

FDI in Albania fall drastically


Tirana, dtt-net.com - Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) in Albania in Q1 decreased for 42 percent comparing to the same period last year, according to country’s statistical agency.

Macedonia and Montenegro to have best growth in W. Balkans


dtt-net.com – Of seven countries in the Western Balkans region, Macedonia and Montenegro are expected to have the best growth this year, according to the World Bank.


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. >>>>

Macedonia football fans chant racist anti-Albanian slogans


Skopje, dtt-net.com - Macedonian football fans chanted racist anti-Albanian slogans on Sunday during and after a football match in capital Skopje. >>>>


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

EU, US ‘resolved’ half of Macedonia crisis, ignored discrimination on Albanians


dtt-net.com – The deal clinched by the EU and the US officials this week over Macedonia crisis has completely ignored the need for equal rights for Ethnic Albanians, as 14 years since the end of the 2001 armed conflict, Macedonians continue to treat them as second class citizens by limiting the use of Albanian language and bias approach on the economic front.

By Edmond Ekrem Krasniqi

Energizing Balkan development and integration


(Remarks by Victoria Nuland, US Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, at Dubrovnik forum, Croatia)

dtt-net.com - Croatia has come so far since this forum began ten years ago – now a member of both NATO and the EU, today Croatia is a net exporter of regional and global security and development, from Afghanistan, to Kosovo, to West Africa. The United States is grateful for the strong alliance between our two countries. >>>>

[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. >>>>

Earlier News

Kosovo authorities say no mass grave found in capital Prishtina

Albania police detains more illegal migrants

Serbia makes EU mission efforts over war crimes in Kosovo go in vain

Kosovo refutes Turkey’s demand to arrest journalist over coup sarcastic comment

Kosovo journalists, citizens want Turkey’s Ambassador expelled out of country

Macedonia publishes list of ‘contested’ voters with plenty of anomalies

Erdogan wants Kosovo journalists in jail too

Bosnia paper factory explosion kills one and injures five

Germany says Albania ties with EU dependent of reform implementation

Kosovo charges Iranian national over terrorism financing, money laundering

Serbia still without new government

Macedonia police detains 12 illegal migrants

Kosovo main party suggests international arbitration over border deal with Montenegro

Albania police detains 19 illegal migrants

Macedonia dPM says dozen of thousands of Albanians will be erased from voters list

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