W. Balkans General News

W. Balkans of crucial importance for the US, Vice-President Biden says


Zagreb, dtt-net.com – The Western Balkans is of huge importance for the United States, the Vice President Joseph Biden told regional leaders today in Croatian capital, who gathered with top EU officials as well to coordinate over the migrant crisis and the increasing terrorism threat. >>>>

Serbia will not allow to become “collective centre” for migrants


Berlin, dtt-net.com – Serbian government said it will not allow the country to be transformed into a “collective centre” for Middle East migrants, as some EU countries are threatening to close their borders to stop the influx.

Albania ruling parties agree on decriminalisation draft-law


Tirana, dtt-net.com – Albanian ruling leftist parties have reached an deal over a draft-law which would see politicians, officials, civil servants, military and police forces members to be subject to criminal background verification.

Kosovo police closes down 16 NGOs suspected of links with terrorist groups


Prishtina, dtt-net.com - 16 NGOs in Kosovo suspected of close links with Radical Islam networks in the Western Balkans and Middle East were closed on Tuesday by Kosovan police, in yet another move by local authorities against terrorism threat.

Kosovo PM hopes EU will scrap visas next year


Prishtina, dtt-net.com – Kosovan premier believes that the EU will scrap visa regime for Kosovo citizens as of next year and allow its to travel freely in the EU Schengen zone for three months period as do the citizens of other Western Balkans countries already.


Montenegro to build more hydro-power plants


Podgorica, dtt-net.com – 41 hydro-power plants will be build in the EU candidate country with the investors from China, Turkey and Slovenia being interested in the electricity production as authorities in Podgorica are focusing on clean energy projects.

Albania’s Oil and Gas, the main magnet for foreign investors


Tirana, dtt-net.com – Albania’s oil and gas potentials represent nearly 60 percent of foreign direct investments, followed by telecommunication and real estate sectors.

Albania unprepared to make maximum benefit from Azerbaijan gas, EU pipeline - TAP


Tirana/Brussels, dtt-net.com – Albanian government is lacking behind with projects of gasification and will need many years to make maximum benefit from the Azerbaijan gas which will pass through the country and reach Italy and other EU members.

Macedonia court unblocks bank accounts of main oil company to avoid energy crises


Shkup-Skopje, dtt-net.com – A court in Macedonian capital of Skopje today ordered authorities to unblock bank accounts of the main oil distribution company and its subsidiary in order to avoid energy crises in the country, following charges raised against its CEO and several managers over suspected fraud.

Azerbaijan asks Iran to join its gas pipeline project to the EU through Turkey, Greece, Albania


dtt-net.com – Azerbaijan has asked Iran to join its gas project through the Turkish TANAP and the EU’s TAP pipelines through Albania and Greece to reach EU consumers, as the best option for Teheran to benefit from its huge gas capacities, according to Azeri media.


Austrian bank in Kosovo punished for cheating clients


Prishtina, dtt-net.com – Kosovo’s Central Bank has ordered the local Raiffeisen Bank to pay a 1 Euro million penalty for cheating its clients over an insurance product.

Macedonia ends ban on Albania agriculture products


Shkup-Skopje/Tirana, dtt-net.com – Macedonia today ended its nearly one-month long trade ban on Albanian agriculture products after Tirana’s warnings to hit back on Macedonian exports.

Albania calls on Macedonia to end trade ban, warns to hit back


Tirana, dtt-net.com – Albanian government called on Macedonia to end the ban on imports of agriculture products warning that Skopje will be faced with counter-measures by Tirana as of this week if not.

Macedonia: German manufacturer of automotive industry to open plant


Shkup-Skopje, dtt-net.com - The German company involved in spare parts manufacturing for automotive industry , Marquardt, will open today a plant in Macedonian central town Veles and employ 600 people following an investment of Euro 35 million in the EU candidate country.

Croatia unlikely to join Eurozone in 2017, EU lawmaker says


Brussels/Zagreb, dtt-net.com – The new EU member is having problems for joining the Eurozone by 2017, according to an Croatian member of the European Parliament. His scepticism is shared by EU officials as well.


Visiting Serbia beats Albania


Elbasan, dtt-net.com – The hosting national football team of the Land of Eagles was beaten today in Elbasan town by Serbia, for Euro 2016 qualifiers.

Germany's football investor in Belgium can't stop - to sign ex-Anderlecht, ex-Standard midfielder too


Brussels, dtt-net.com – The German Football Investor in Belgium, Jürgen Baatzsch is becoming more and more convincing of his high ambitions and hunger for results on the pitch with Union Saint Gilloise at second division (D2). >>>>

Belgian club - Union St Gilloise - negotiating with ex-Real Madrid German defender – Schorch


Brussels, dtt-net.com – The second Belgian division football club, the Royale Union Saint Gillloise has entered talks with Christopher Schorch ( former Real Madrid), who is also being targeted by Queens Park Rangers, England’s second division. >>>>

Kosovo born, Swiss national Shaqiri signs 5-year deal with Stoke City


dtt-net.com – The Swiss national team football player, the Kosovo-born Xherdan Shaqiri has signed with Stoke City a five-year deal after failure to settle at the Italian Inter-Milan. >>>>

Undecided Shaqiri continues to attract interest of clubs


dtt-net.com - The Kosovo born Swiss national football player, Xherdan Shaqiri is undecided whether to force himself at Inter for another year or move to another club in Germany or England. >>>>


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. >>>>

[Opinion] EU options on the Macedonia crisis


Brussels, dtt-net.com - Few would be surprised in Brussels or Skopje if the allegations against Macedonian PM Nikola Gruevski and his VMRO-DPMNE party - of corruption, electoral fraud, manipulation of judges and media - are true.

By Edmond Ekrem Krasniqi >>>>

Actualités - Français

Le club belge veut élargir la créativité du Bayern Munich et aider les réfugiés dans la capitale de l'UE


Bruxelles, dtt-net.com - Un club de football en Belgique a fait écho à l'action du club allemand à Munich et tente d'organiser la même dans le capital de l'Union Européen (UE), par le biais d'un match amical avec le club de Anderlecht pour aidée les réfugiés frappé par les guerre en Moyen-Orient, l'Afrique, l'Afghanistan, l'Érythrée et qui sont entrés récemment en Belgique. >>>>

Earlier News

Serbia’s general suspected of war crimes signs deal with NATO led force in Kosovo

Hand grenade attack against Bosnia police station

Albania, Macedonia and Kosovo step up security measures amid terrorism threats

EU’s chief of diplomacy praises Bosnia gov’t efforts against terrorism

EU’s President Tusk coordinates with Serbia, Macedonia and Albania over migrants influx

Macedonia’s Albanians insist on reforming 2001 post-war discriminatory constitution

Hands off Montenegro, NATO tells Russia

Macedonia’s Albanians hunt 2001 post-war discriminatory constitution

Bosnia: Wahhabi movement member kills 2 soldiers, commits suicide

Kosovo in deep crisis as clashes between Kosovo police and opposition continue over EU-brokered deal

Kosovo prosecution orders arrest of radical opposition leader

EU fears W. Balkans instability as Kosovo radical opposition party clashes again with police over Serbia deal

Serbia, Kosovo, Albania condemn terrorist attack in Paris (updated)

Kosovo hits back Serbia’s UNESCO ‘victory’, suspends EU-brokered deal over Serb minority

EC again recommends EU entry talks for Macedonia - with certain conditions - but Greece won’t allow it

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