W. Balkans General News

Germany tries to solve new tensions in Macedonia


Skopje, dtt-net.com – German diplomacy could have a key role in easing renewed inter-ethnic tensions in Macedonia in the aftermath of December early elections as Albanians seem firm with new demands for more and equal rights.

Balkans cannot be left to its own destiny, German minister warns


Zagreb, dtt-net.com – Despite its ever serious crisis over its future and for the sake of European continent's stability and peace the EU should reach out to the Western Balkans and not leave the region on its own destiny, a German minister said.

EU calls on Serbia and Kosovo to calm down over train row


Brussels/Prishtina/Belgrade, dtt-net.com - Officials of the European Union called on Serbian and Kosovo leaders to return to dialogue and avoid further tensions caused during the weekend over a Serbian train which Belgrade wanted to reach Kosovan territory with nationalist slogan claims over Kosovo.

Kosovo - Serbia tensions go high over Belgrade’s provocative train


Prishtina/Belgrade, dtt-net.com – Tensions between Kosovo and Serbia went high last night over an Russia made Serbian train decorated with nationalist slogans aiming for Kosovo north but which was halted at the border by Serbian premier as Kosovo threatened to stop it and not allow it to reach Kosovan territory.

Serbia arrests 2 wanted in Montenegro over coup plot


Belgrade/Podgorica, dtt-net.com – Serbian police has arrested two local Serbs on Montenegro arrest warrant over terrorism charges related to the coup attempt in October directed against pro-NATO government in Podgorica.


German bank agrees second loan to Albania for power transmission line


Tirana, dtt-net.com - The German development bank KfW has agreed a second loan to Albania for a new 400 kV power transmission line with Macedonia, Albanian government said.

EU gas pipeline boost Albania's geo-strategic importance


Tirana, dtt-net.com – Albanian representatives of the EU gas pipeline (TAP) say that the Albania has boosted its geo-strategic importance in the Western Balkans region thanks to the pipeline which will bring gas to the EU and the region from Azerbaijan, through Turkey, Greece and Albania.

Albania-Kosovo interconnection power grid still blocked by Serbia


Brussels/Tirana, dtt-net.com - The Vienna based EU’s energy body, the Secretariat of Energy Community called on Serbia and Kosovo to find a compromise over Germany funded interconnection power grid inaugurated in June but still being blocked by Belgrade.


EU warns Serbia over gas deal with Russia


Vienna, dtt-net.com - The Secretariat of the European Energy Community said the Serbia-Russia Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) on natural gas supply is in breach of energy rules of the European Union.

TAP gas pipeline construction advancing


Tirana, dtt-net.com – Construction works of the EU’s gas pipeline are well advancing in the two countries as a total of 95 km of tubes are installed so far.


Macedonia lifts ban on imports from Albania


Skopje, dtt-net.com – Macedonian authorities said imports from Albania are resuming normally and agriculture products from neighbouring country are reaching clients in Macedonia, after complaints from Tirana over blockade of two lorries by Macedonian customs authorities. >>>>

Macedonia bans agriculture imports from Albania


Tirana/Skopje, dtt-net.com – Albanian government said Macedonia has re-introduced ban on agriculture products from Albania and warned it could retaliate if Skopje doesn’t end it immediately.

World Bank approves loan to Albania for urban, tourism development


Tirana, dtt-net.com - The World Bank (WB) Board of Executive Directors has approved US$ 71 million financing for the Integrated Urban and Tourism Development Project in Albania.

Kosovo government to nationalize Trepça mining complex


Prishtina, dtt-net.com - Kosovan government will become main shareholder of the mining complex – the biggest natural wealth of Kosovo, according to a new draft-law approved by the ruling coalition in Prishtina but opposed by Serbia.

Unemployment in Macedonia at record low


Skopje, 28 July 2016, dtt-net.com – Unemployment in Macedonia has reached lowest level in country’s history at 24.5%, according to the government’s latest data.


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

US Embassy denies visa to leader of Bosnia Serbs

Macedonia Albanians could form their own parallel institutions, politician warns

Bosnia: Croatian Diaspora calls for formation of Croat federal unit

Extreme cold claims 24 lives in W. Balkans

No signs of ending deadlock over Kosovo - Montenegro border deal

Macedonia FM accuses Albania and Kosovo of interference in internal affairs

French court releases ex-PM of Kosovo on bail

Italy, Norway ratify protocol on Montenegro’s NATO entry

Leader calls for Bosnia Serb entity’s army

Kosovo gov’t offices in Serb-predominantly north attacked

Kosovo parliament rejects calls for halting EU mediated talks with Serbia

US should engage more in W. Balkans as EU is being too late, Kosovo president says

New Macedonia crisis looming as Albanians firm with demands for more rights

Serbia’s EU path depends on rule of law and relations with Kosovo, German MEP says

Bosnia’s Serb entity and northern Kosovo should join Serbia, leader says

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