Western Balkans, EU and World News

W. Balkans General News


Tirana, 23 May 2019, dtt-net.com – Albanian premier called yet again his political opponents to direct dialogue over ongoing crisis in the EU candidate country but he got negative answer as opposition leader wants government to resign and early parliamentary elections.


Tirana, 22 May 2019, dtt-net.com – The leader of the Vetevendosje (Self-determination), Albin Kurti reiterated the wish of the party and his own for Kosovo and Albania making a single unified country, a nightmare for the EU which fears redraw of borders would cause instability and new conflict across the Western Balkans region.


Paris/Tirana, 23 May 2019, dtt-net.com - According to former French Minister for European Affairs Nathalie Loiseau, France will not allow its European Union partners next month to decide on opening membership talks with the two countries of the Balkan region.


Skopje, 23 May 2019, dtt-net.com  -  Two years after its existence the government of North Macedonia today entered into a serious crisis as Albanian main partner party is strongly protesting appointment of intelligence agency’s new chief - by newly elected president of the country – whom it suspects of being involved in deadly incident of May 2015 in northern town Kumanovo.


Sarajevo, 22 May 2019, dtt-net.com – Serb chairman of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s (BiH) tri-partite presidency today blamed Bosniaks over delays on forming new coalition govermnet seven months since general elections.

European Union


Berlin, 08 May 2019, dtt-net.com – The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo yesterday cancelled his trip to Germany, where he was supposed to discuss with Chancellor Angela Merkel and Foreign Affairs Minister Heiko Maas many international topics including the situation in the Western Balkans region, the Kosovo-Serbia tense relations especially.


Brussels, 25 December 2018, dtt-net.com – Finns, French and German citizens are the most against enlargement of the EU, 64, 62 and 61 percent respectively, while in EU28 the percentage of opposition goes down to 45 and support to 43 percent, according to a new survey conducted by Eurobarometer done for the European Commission (EC).

Brussels, dtt-net.com – Heads of state and government of 27 EU members approved today a divorce agreement between the bloc and the UK, with all eyes now not set on the divided British parliament which has to green light the 585-page text in order it can enter into force as of end of March.

Energy & Environment


Belgrade/Sarajevo, 23 May 2019, dtt-net.com – Serb entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) will be linked to the northern stretch of the Russia owned Turkstream gas pipeline, officials in Belgrade said.



Belgrade, 22 May 2019, dtt-net.com – Russia has already started construction of the  northern stretch of the Turkstream pipeline in Serbia to link it from Bulgarian to Hungarian border, despite the EU criticising deals reached between Russian gas giant Gazprom with local companies which are in breach of European energy rules.



Pristina, 11 February 2019, dtt-net.com – Kosovo’s and Macedonia’s governments today signed a Memorandum (MoU) on energy cooperation aimed at linking Kosovo to the EU’s Trans-Atlantic-Pipeline (TAP) with the planned stretch from the neighbouring country.


Vienna/Belgrade, 04 January 2019, dtt-net.com – The Secretariat of Energy Community said Serbia has breached EU’s energy rules related to unbundling, third party access and tariff regulation exemptions made to the gas pipeline project Gastrans, which will pas through its territory from Bulgaria border to Hungary and which will bring Russian gas through Turkey to the Western Balkans and neighbouring countries members of the EU.


Sofia/Belgrade, 31 January 2019, dtt-net.com – Bulgarian Bulgartransgaz EAD gas transmission and storage system operator announced today that it has completed its investments plans for construction of the pipeline through its territory from Turkish to Serbian border.

Business / Economy


Tirana, dtt-net.com – Albanian and Qatar authorities vowed to boost further economic ties between the two countries with trade and investments in both countries at the center of topics discussed during a meeting held in Albanian capital Tirana.


Skopje, 28 February 2019, dtt-net.com – Macedonian government today reported a record foreign direct investments in the country last year of 624,5 Euro million, an increase of 244 percent compared to 2017.


Sarajevo/Pristina, 25 January 2019, dtt-net.com – Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) hopes that its proposal for suspension of 100 percent tax on its goods for a six-month period will be considered positively by Kosovan government despite certain conditions set by Pristina authorities.


Brussels/Belgrade, 23 January 2019, dtt-net.com – The European Union hasn’t exempted Serbia from recently imposed and updated tariffs on steel but top officials say the country is not expected to be damaged by the measure.


Belgrade/Brussels, 15 January 2019, dtt-net.com – Serbia called on the EU to exempt the country from its proposed new steel import quotas expected to be decided on Wednesday by the European bloc as consequence of the imposition of tariffs by the US on steel and aluminium imports.