W. Balkans General News

Kosovo opposition stages peaceful anti-gov’t protest


Prishtina, dtt-net.com - Some 20,000 protesters, according to the organizers, and 2,500 according to the police, today protested peacefully against the new ruling coalition of Kosovo accusing the government of ‘seizure’ of the state, massive corruption and being the cause of vulnerable economic and social situation of Kosovans.

EU tells Serbia to allow visit of Kosovo FM, ignore arrest warrant


Brussels, dtt-net.com - The EU told Serbia today that the announced visit by Kosovan foreign minister, Hashim Thaçi, to Belgrade next week, should be allowed amid Belgrade-Prishtina deals which foresee also mutual visits of officials of both countries and as such ignore arrest warrant against the Kosovan FM.

Macedonia opposition gears up for anti-gov’t protests if EU, US mediation fails


Skopje, dtt-net.com – Macedonian main opposition party said it will stage massive anti-government street protests if the EU and US attempts to find a compromise over the current political tensions and stalemate fail.

Kosovo buries remains of 21 victims slaughtered by Serbia forces 16 years ago


Prishtina, dtt-net.com - The remains of 21 Kosovan Albanian civilians killed by Serbian army and police during the 1998-1999 war were buried today in central Kosovo, after being hiden by the then-Milosevic led regime in Serbia’s territory proper.

Serbia-Kosovo EU mediated talks to continue next week


Brussels, dtt-net.com – Prime Ministers of Serbia and Kosovo will meet on Tuesday (April 21st) in Brussels to continue the EU mediated talks over the so-called ‘normalizaton’ of relations between the two neighbouring countries.


UAE group eyes airport, tourist resort in Montenegro, near Albania border


Podgorica, dtt-net.com – The United Arab Emirates's Royal Grop company is eying an alternative massive project in southern coastal town of Montenegro, Ulcinj - near the border with Albania - with ten luxury hotels and a small airport after failed attempt of Euro 300 million investment in Budva.

Albania, Serbia to seek EU money for joint infrastructure projects next week


Brussels, dtt-net.com – Albanian and Serbian government will present joint projects on highway and railway infrastructure to the EU next week, hoping to get funds from the European bloc, which would ease access of Serbia to the Albania’s ports.

China eyes medical tourism, shipbuilding investment in Croatia


Zagreb, dtt-net.com - A delegation of Chinese province of Guangdong is visiting Croatia's northern region of Medjimurje aiming at investing in medical tourism but also in the shipbuilding in the new EU member country.

Croatia increases taxes on fuel and cigarettes


Zagreb, dtt-net.com – Croatian government today decided to increase excise duties for fuel and cigarettes with the new measures expected to contribute to country’s budget with 37 million Euros this year and 60 million Euros as of 2015.

Macedonia aims to reduce unemployment with EU funds


Skopje, dtt-net.com – Macedonia is about to launch a new EU funded training programme for youth and women aimed at creating some 5000 new jobs and reduce further the unemployment in the country which currently stands at 27.6 percent.


Albania can revive its economy thanks to oil, minerals and tourism, WB offical says


Tirana, dtt-net.com – Representatives of the World Bank say that the EU candidate country from the Western Balkans has good prospects of reviving its economy thanks to better use of natural resources, mainly of oil and minerals and development of tourism.

Electricity prices in Albania the highest in the W. Balkans


Tirana, dtt-net.com – Albanian consumers are paying the highest prices of electricity in the Western Balkans region, while Kosovo has the lowest ones.

EU still without clear position on Russia’s ‘Turkish Stream’ gas pipeline


Brussels, dtt-net.com – As two of EU members (Greece and Hungary) and three candidate countries (Turkey, Macedonia and Serbia) have already expressed readiness to join Russia’s ‘Turkish Stream’ gas pipeline, EU’s mayor powers, institutions in Brussels and the European Energy Community are still observing the project idea closely while reiterating that the new pipeline must meet the European bloc’s rules on energy.

EU gas pipeline awards first major contract in Albania


Tirana, dtt-net.com – The Trans-Adriatic-Pipeline AG (TAP) awarded today a major contract for the construction and rehabilitation of access roads and bridges in Albania, with the pipeline construction expected to begin next year.

Albania to amend law on oil


Tirana, dtt-net.com – Albanian government is drafting new amendments aimed at improving oil quality and tax collection from local importers and distributors.


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. >>>>

Kosovo baby-face minister becomes ‘expert’ for family planning with insults, despise


By Ekrem Krasniqi

Prishtina, dtt-net.com – When your are rich or a minister, or a rich minister in Kosovo and your citizens are poor and leave the country seeking a better life abroad, all you have to do is blame the same citizens for their misery life with 'too many' kids; for receiving money from their relatives working in the EU; for not willing to work but do nothing… This is the life story of all Kosovan ministers for 16 years since the end of the war. >>>>

Kosovo’s minister of kebabs, pizzas, omelettes, sandwiches and flour for animals


By Ekrem Krasniqi

Prishtina, dtt-net.com – The best and the latest illustrations of how destructive government and parliament officials of Kosovo are toward their citizens and their complete detachment from the vulnerable life of their own citizens and taxpayers are the three latest following stories: >>>>

Paving the road to Albania’s regional integration



Travelling on Albania’s roads is a much better experience than even a decade ago. Extensive investments are gradually and steadily improving the roads’ paving and safety conditions for the increasing number of citizens, traders and tourists that drive in the country every day. >>>>

Confronting the roots of Kosovo’s downward spiral


By Shirley Cloyes DioGuardi

dtt-net.com - With the election in the Kosova Assembly on December 8 of Isa Mustafa as Prime Minister, Hashim Thaci as Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, and Kadri Veseli, the former head of Kosova’s shadowy secret service, SHIK, as Speaker of the Parliament, along with the appointment of an excessive number of ministers and deputy ministers, the political elite that has prevented Kosova from flourishing and prospering for the past decade has returned to power. >>>>

Earlier News

Montenegro police arrest 16 over human trafficking

Serbia’s president cancels visit to Vatican due to plane problems

Bosnia could face sanctions over insufficient reforms against money laundering, terrorism financing

US addresses serious warnings to Kosovo leaders amid resistance on special war crimes court

Serbia vows to arrest Kosovo FM if he goes to Belgrade for NGO conference

Kosovo opposition announces boycott of parliament

Bosnia Serb leader makes first visit to Srebrenica site, but refuses to recognize genocide

Bosnia court upholds sentences of organized crime gang members

Macedonia’s former premier incites E. Albanians with PM post

Serbia to join EU Civil Protection body

OSCE urges Bosnia to implement economic and social reforms

EU urges Kosovo to deal with special war crimes court as matter of ‘priority'

No progress at second EP mediated meeting between Macedonia's ruling and opposition parties

NATO chief praises Montenegro reform progress

US calls on Kosovo parliament to vote FOR special war crimes court

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