W. Balkans General News

Serbia’s president abandons rerun for the top post


Belgrade, dtt-net.com – Tomislav Nikolic has agreed not to rerun and seek re-election in presidential vote set to take place in April, following today’s talks with premier Aleksandar Vucic, who is the likely winner of the upcoming vote according to all opinion survey’s made so far.

Kosovo president called to amend Law on EU and US backed special court on war crimes


Prishtina, dtt-net.com – An NGO representing relatives of Kosovan Albanian 86 victims slaughtered by Serb army during the 1998-1999 war called on Kosovo’s president to use his constitutional competencies and amend the EU and US sponsored law on Special Court of war crimes in The Hague, Netherlands.

Protesting Albania’s opposition wants caretaker government until June election


Tirana, dtt-net.com – Albanian main opposition party today took the streets in downtown of capital Tirana calling for a caretaker government until parliamentary election, which are to take place in June. >>>>

Trump congratulates Kosovo on independence anniversary


Prishtina, dtt-net.com – The US President Donald Trump has congratulated Kosovan president, Hashim Thaçi, on the ninth anniversary of independence. >>>>

Bosnia enters institutional crisis over genocide appeal plan against Serbia


Sarajevo, dtt-net.com – Announcement by Bosniaks to appeal acquittal of Serbia of genocide charges at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) has made Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) enter into a new institutional crisis. >>>>

EU Energy & Environment

Fossil fuels the main source of energy in the EU by far


Brussels, dtt-net.com - The dependency of the EU 28 countries on fossil fuels continues to be very high and represented 73 percent of consumption of energy last year, despite massive efforts of the European bloc to switch to alternative sources of energy, according to new figures. >>>>

Germany continues to be the largest EU energy consumer


Brussels, dtt-net.com - Germany continues to be the largest energy consumer in the European Union followed by France, UK, Italy, Spain and Poland, according to the new data for 2015 year, at the time when the energy consumption in the European bloc decreased below 1990 level.

EU agrees to support energy projects in Germany, Northern Ireland, Croatia and Slovenia


Brussels, dtt-net.com – EU member states agreed to support with €444 million 18 electricity and gas projects of total 195 identified as 'projects of common interest' in energy sector of the European bloc.

Revision of CO2 Emissions Trading System (ETS) at hands of EU members


Brussels, dtt-net.com - EU member states are now to launch talks on a proposal by the European Commission (EC) approved by the European Parliament to reform the ETS system on reduction of carbon emissions with officials hoping that a final deal will be reached by year's end. >>>>

EU parliament adopts ‘balanced’ C02 Emissions Trading System (ETS)


Brussels, dtt-net.com – The European Parliament has adopted a ‘balanced’ ETS reform aimed at reducing CO2 emissions as agreed by EU member countries in Paris Climate deal.


EU Euro area exports and imports on the rise


Brussels, dtt-net.com - Euro area exports in December 2016 increased for 6 percent and imports for 4 percent with the zone recording a €28.1 bn surplus in trade, according to the new figures published by EU’s agency of statistics, Eurostat.


EU lawmakers OK trade, partnership deal with Canada


Brussels, dtt-net.com - The European Parliament today approved the Trade Agreement and the Strategic Partnership Agreement with Canada (CETA) expected to boost trade exchanges between the two sides up to 23 percent, with many members of the EU’s legislative body seeing the deal as appropriate counter-response to Donald Trump’s protectionist announced policy.

EU investment fund to support SMEs in Kosovo, Serbia and Macedonia


Brussels/Skopje, dtt-net.com - The European Investment Fund (EIF) and three ProCredit bank group subsidiaries have signed guarantee agreements to support Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Serbia, Kosovo and Macedonia aimed at boosting SME’s activities in the three countries in Western Balkans region. >>>>

Macedonia lifts ban on imports from Albania


Skopje, dtt-net.com – Macedonian authorities said imports from Albania are resuming normally and agriculture products from neighbouring country are reaching clients in Macedonia, after complaints from Tirana over blockade of two lorries by Macedonian customs authorities. >>>>

Macedonia bans agriculture imports from Albania


Tirana/Skopje, dtt-net.com – Albanian government said Macedonia has re-introduced ban on agriculture products from Albania and warned it could retaliate if Skopje doesn’t end it immediately.


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. >>>>


[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

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

Earlier News

Ukraine’s diplomat says Russia’s Putin active to destabilize Bosnia, Western Balkans

Bosnia: Bosniaks protest federalization system mood inside EU parliament

Ex-minister of Milosevic likely to become president of Serbia

Albania and Kosovo vow joint defensive front against aggression threats from Serbia

Serbia citizens not ready to take arms and aggress Kosovo again (poll)

Trump to continue with U.S. policy over Kosovo, Western Balkans, official says

EU countries urge Macedonia parties to form new government ‘as soon as possible’

Albania and Montenegro join extended EU sanctions against Russia over Ukraine

Kosovo should indict Serbia leaders over war crimes, former PM says

EC reacts to Albania's media claims for EU funds misuse by office's head

Russia wants bloodshed in Montenegro, W. Balkans, pro-NATO leader says

EU official urges Macedonia parties to form government, end crisis

If Serbia attacks Kosovo then Albania would come to defend, minister says

Serbia’s PM preaches ‘peace’ to the EU for Balkans, but rearming the country by Russia, Belarus too

Serbia arming Kosovo Serbs similar to Russia aggression in Ukraine, President says

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