W. Balkans General News

Serbia’s PM says western powers could be behind ‘Great Albania’ statements by Albania and Kosovo leaders


Belgrade, dtt-net.com – Serbian prime minister and president-elect Aleksandar Vucic said that recent statements by Albanian and Kosovan leaders over possible unification if EU path fades could be work of foreign services of western countries.

Diplomats of EU countries oppose calls for early election by Macedonian conservatives


Skopje-Shkup, dtt-net.com – Several ambassadors of EU member countries to Macedonia downplayed calls by Macedonian conservative VMRO-DPMNE party for early election and urged for new government to be formed by social-democrats and Albanian parties as foreseen by the constitution.

EU urges Kosovo’s parliament to vote on contested border deal with Montenegro


Brussels, dtt-net.com – Members of the European Commission today called on the Kosovan government and political parties to send ‘soon’ to the parliament a draft-law on contested border agreement with Montenegro.

German EU lawmakers trying to mediate between Albanian government and opposition


Tirana, dtt-net.com – Two German members of the European Parliament are today in Tirana trying to find a compromise between the socialist-led government and conservative opposition as the second has decided to boycott June election on top of boycott of the parliament for more than two months.

Kosovan President says EU ‘lacks vision’ over Kosovo


Prishtina, dtt-net.com – Kosovo’s President Hashim Thaçi said the EU lacks vision to advance Kosovo on its promised European perspective, urging on the European bloc to treat Kosovo as independent and sovereign country.

EU Energy & Environment

France’s gas imports from Russia on the rise


dtt-net.com – France”s gas imports from Russia increased for more than 11 per cent from January to April this year, compared to the same period of 2016, according to Gazprom figures.

EU clears Latvia state aid for renewable and cogeneration plants


Brussels, dtt-net.com - The European Commission ruled that state aid granted to renewable energy and cogeneration power plants built in Latvia between 2007 and 2012 was in compliance with EU rules.

EU to support financially synergies between transport and energy sectors


Brussels, dtt-net.com - EU countries approved a proposal by the European Commission to invest €22.1 million for seven projects aimed at developing ‘efficient’ transport and energy infrastructure in Belgium, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Croatia, Malta and Poland.

Georgia’s parliament ratifies entry to European Energy Community


dtt-net.com – Georgian parliament yesterday ratified a deal for accession to European Energy Community aimed to approximate Georgia’s energy sector with the EU energy market rules.

EU companies sign financial deal over Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline


Brussels, dtt-net.com – Five European companies signed a financial deal for the joint gas pipeline with Russia’s Gazrom, Nord Stream 2, the contested project by the European Commission and EU’s eastern countries.


Serbia’s president-elect pushes for trade area between W. Balkans countries


Belgrade/Prishtina/Skopje-Shkup, dtt-net.com – Serbia’s prime minister and president-elect Aleksandar Vucic says a common trade area between six countries in the Western Balkans would help stability in the region, but the idea backed by EU officials is opposed by Kosovo and Macedonia so far.

Kosovo and Macedonia dislike EU proposal on common trade area


Prishtina/Skopje/Brussels, dtt-net.com – Ruling parties in Kosovo and Macedonia say that a new proposal made by EU officials for a common trade area between Western Balkans countries is not what the region needs in addition to current free trade deals across the region and existing ones with the European bloc.


Inflation in the EU on the rise


Brussels, dtt-net.com - Inflation in the EU-28 and Euro area went up in January to 1.7 and 1.8 percent respectively, comparing to December 2016, with Belgium, Latvia, Spain and Estonia registering the highest annual rate, according to the new data from EU’s statistical agency, Eurostat.

EU ministers clinch deal to prevent tax avoidance in non-EU countries


Brussels, dtt-net.com - Finance ministers of EU member countries today agreed on new rules which will enter into force as of 2020, aimed at preventing tax avoidance by companies through non-EU countries.

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.



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

Serbia hopes to open 3 more chapters in EU entry talks

Macedonia's conservative party calls for meeting of parties’ leaders, new election

Map of Ethnic Albanian territories appears during football match in Macedonia

Albania-Kosovo union statements can’t pressure EU, official says

Albania opposition blocks roads in anti-government protest

EU ‘wobbling’ in W. Balkans would help Russia to “wrestle in”, official warns

Podgorica says Russia has launched ‘special media war’ against Montenegro's NATO entry

US, UK diplomats scold Albania, Kosovo leaders over «union» remarks

War warnings surface in Serbia after Albania’s PM remarks over union with Kosovo

Albanian opposition calls for popular vote to elect president

Montenegro parliament to vote on ratification of protocol for NATO entry next week

Albania opposition to radicalize anti-government street protests

Kosovo seeks way out of EU visa deadlock, border deal with Montenegro

Leaders of Macedonia parties holding secret talks for a compromise

17th day of protests in Serbia against president-elect

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