W. Balkans General News

Kosovo: EU, US applaud approval of special war crimes court


Prishtina/Brussels, dtt-net.com – The EU and the US authorities have welcomed yesterday’s approval by the Kosovan parliament constitutional and law changes which pave the way for establishment of an special war crimes court in Netherlands which could see former leaders of Kosovo Albanian guerrilla and some current top politicians stand trial over human harvesting allegations.

Four dead, one missing in Macedonia amid flash floods


Tetovë, dtt-net.com – Four people are dead, a children is missing and thirteen others have been injured in Macedonia after Monday’s heavy rains which caused severe flash floods in western areas of the country.

Kosovo parliament approves EU, US wanted special court


Prishtina, dtt-net.com - Kosovan lawmakers today approved the EU and US wanted war crimes special court, which could see some top leaders and politicians from the former Kosovo Albanian guerrilla (KLA) stand trial in Netherlands over human organ harvesting allegations originating from an 2010 report adopted by the Council of Europe.

Russia recognizes passports of ‘independent’ Kosovo


Prishtina, dtt-net.com – Russia announced it will allow Kosovan citizens to enter its territory with their passports, but only on special occasions and participation in sport events.

Kosovo MPs reject resolution over war crimes of Serbia, ‘genocide’


Prishtina, dtt-net.com – In a unprecedented decision the parliament of Kosovo today rejected a motion for resolution proposed by the opposition parties over war crimes of Serbia against Ethnic Albanians during the 1998-1999 war, with the ruling majority arguing that it will harm EU mediated negotiations for what is called ‘normalization’ of relations between the two neighbouring countries.


Electricity price in Serbia goes up


Belgrade, dtt-net.com – Electricity price in Serbia as of this month is higher for 12 percent, following an suggestion by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to country’s government to stabilize its finances loopholes.

Shell, Navitas Petroleum awarded oil exploration bids in Albania


Tirana, dtt-net.com – The Dutch company, Shell and the UK based Navitas Petroleum Limited today were awarded bids for onshore oil exploration, Albanian government announced. >>>>

Iran deal could affect Russia-Turkey gas pipeline


Brussels, dtt-net.com – The historic deal between the western powers and Iran could affect negatively Russia strategy to drag Turkey into its plans for rerouting its gas to the EU through Turkish territory amid increasing interest of the EU and US on Iranian gas capacities and its export to the 500 million European consumers but also in the Balkan region.

Albania tells Greece no oil and gas exploration unless border row solved


Tirana, dtt-net.com – Albanian government said oil and gas exploration in south of the country cannot pursue unless the two neighbouring countries resolve the maritime border row - caused by previous government in 2009 - is resolved.

Albania signs loan from Italy over electricity grid improvement


Tirana, dtt-net.com – Albanian government today signed a loan deal worth of 16.5 Euro million from Italy aimed at improving electricity infrastructure in coastal areas in south of Albania.


Diaspora in EU the main ‘investor’ in corrupted, org. crime plunged Kosovo


Prishtina, dtt-net.com – With more than 700 Euro million per year sent to their families and relatives, Kosovo Albanian Diaspora in the 28 EU member nations and Switzerland has become the main ‘investor’ and ‘stabilizer’ of the most underdeveloped economy in the European continent, plunged in high level of corruption and organized crime led by local ruling and opposition politicians.

Albania's gov't revises budget


Tirana, dtt-net.com – Albanian government today decided to cut this year’s budget for a total of 117 Euro million amid decrease of customs fees collection during the first six months.

Italy helps Albania improve port


Tirana, dtt-net.com – Italy is helping Albania improve the infrastructure of its second biggest coastal port of Vlora with an investment of 15 Euro million as the EU candidate country is aiming to increase trade activities amid increasing local and regional demands for its use.

Serbia eyes to strengthen economic ties with Iran


Belgrade, dtt-net.com – A delegation of Serbian government travelled to Iran aimed at strengthening economic cooperation between the two countries as Tehran prepares to re-establish its trade relations with the world.

Investments in Kosovo on the downfall


Prishtina, dtt-net.com – Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) in Kosovo last year were at 151 Euro million - the lowest one since the independence declared in 2008 - as foreign companies fear to put their money in the most corrupted country in the European continent.


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. >>>>

Januzaj’s chance at Manchester United opens as Di Maria moving to PSG


dtt-net.com – The Belgian, Kosovo origin football starlet, Adnan Januzaj has all reasons to be happy for departure of Angel Di Maria from Manchester United PSG as his chance for proving him self to the Dutch coach is at the player’s hands now after a season of bench in the Premier League. >>>>

UEFA punishes Croatia with deducted point for swastika on the pitch


Zagreb, dtt-net - The Croatian national football team today was deducted a point for the European Qualifiers, is ordered to play two matches behind closed doors by the UEFA and the national federation (HNS) was fined with Euro 100,000 for a swastica brought on the pitch by supporters against last month match with Italy. >>>>

Albania gets 3 points for abandoned European championship qualifier with Serbia


dtt-net.com - The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland today handed Albania a 3-0 victory in the abandoned football European Championship qualifier played in October against Serbia in Belgrade.

Belgian football player dies of heart failure


Dtt-net.com - Lokeren’s defender, Gregory Mertens (24), died today of heart failure after a collapse during a match on Monday. >>>>


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 >>>>

Kosovo: EU mission's (EULEX) Ps and Qs


By Gabriele Meucci, head of EU mission in Kosovo (EULEX)

Prishtina, dtt-net.com - There is a lot of debate about the origin of the English expression “Mind your Ps and Qs.” Some say that it originally referred to Pints and Quarts, admonishing pub owners to mind their measures, while others claim that it warns printers’ apprentices to take care with the arrangement of these two letters. Regardless of whether it was printers or quarts, now the expression “Mind Your P’s and Q’s” means to be on your best behaviour. >>>>

Earlier News

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Macedonia’s nationalist PM frightens citizens with Albanian “terrorist threats”

Kosovo PM uncertain over needed votes for EU’s special court

Serbia’s main ruling party continues to enjoy highest support

Kosovo parliament sets voting date for EU’s special war crimes court

EU allocates symbolic aid to Macedonia for migrants and asylum seekers

Bosnia: Bosniak-Croat entity’s MPs approve labour bill despite protest

Referendum in Bosnia’s Serb entity to be decided by top court

Bosnia workers protest against EU sponsored new labour draft-law

Kosovo FM makes promise over special war crimes court, again

Croatia parliament votes FOR withdrawal from border row arbitration with Slovenia

Bosnia Serb entity insists on referendum despite opposition from EU, US

Bosnia authorities adopt reform agenda set by the EU

Croatia withdraws from border row arbitration with Slovenia

UNESCO membership becomes another row between Kosovo and Serbia

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