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Kosovo withdraws Interpol membership bid amid insufficient votes

21.09.2017

Pristina, dtt-net.com – New Kosovan government today decided to withdraw recent application for membership in the Interpol amid failure to gather sufficient votes from member countries for this year meeting of Interpol's general Assembly, but vowed to re-apply in 2018.
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Solution to Kosovo important for Serbia, but no recognition of independence, Serbian President tell UN GA

21.09.2017

New York, dtt-net.com – Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic told the UN General Assembly that his country’s priority is to find a solution over Kosovo relations, but reiterated that Belgrade has no intention to recognize its independence.
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Macedonia’s PM hopes for opening of EU entry talks next year

21.09.2017

New York/Brussels, dtt-net.com – Macedonia’s new Prime Minister, Zoran Zaev expects from the European Commission yet another proposal this year to EU member countries to open membership negotiations with the candidate country, hoping that the talks will opened in 2018.
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Macedonia’s parliament vote on draft-law on languages postponed

21.09.2017

Skopje, dtt-net.com – The Parliament of Macedonia will not vote on a draft-law aimed at wider use of Albanian and other minorities languages before October municipal elections, a lawmaker from the governing coalition announced today.
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Kosovo could withdraw Interpol membership bid amid insufficient votes

21.09.2017

Pristina, dtt-net.com – New Kosovan government could withdraw Pristina's recent application for membership in the Interpol amid failure to gather sufficient votes from member countries, a minister said.
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Energy & Environment

Germany calls on Serbia to end energy infrastructure blockade toward Kosovo

14.09.2017

Berlin/Pristina, dtt-net.com - German government has called on Serbia to end the long blockade toward Kosovo which is causing delays in integration of the regional energy market in the Western Balkans despite recent infrastructure investment efforts by Berlin and the EU.
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EU gas pipeline TAP 50 % completed

08.09.2017

Baar, dtt-net.coom - The Trans-Adriatic-Pipeline (TAP) which will bring gas from Azerbaijan through Turkey to Greece, Albania, the rest of the Western Balkans and the EU as of 2020 is now more than 50% completed, nearly 16 months after construction began, the company said.
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Serbia keen to link to Russia’s ‘Turkish Stream’ gas pipeline

11.07.2017

Istanbul/Belgrade, dtt-net.com – Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said his country expects that the Russian gas pipeline from Turkey will pas through Serbia to reach the Western Balkans and the EU, which would be the direct competitor to EU's Trans-Adriatic-Pipeline (TAP).
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Serbia attracted by Russia’s 'Turkish Stream' gas pipeline

06.07.2017

Belgrade, dtt-net.com – Serbia is showing interest to build a new gas pipeline with help from Russia and connect with Bulgaria to use Russian gas through 'Turkish Stream', with Belgrade and Moscow hoping that Bulgaria would join and make possible the project which would be a direct competitor to EU’s Trans-Adriatic-Pipeline (TAP).
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Construction of EU gas pipeline reaches nearly 50 percent in Albania, Greece

06.07.2017

Tirana, dtt-net.com - Nearly 50 percent of steel pipes of the EU Trans-Adriatic-Pipeline (TAP) are now welded in Albania and Greece, as the project is well advancing to bring gas from Azerbaijan to Balkan and EU consumers.
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Business/Economy

Albania’s PM defends W. Balkans ‘economic area’ project sponsored by EU

14.07.2017

Tirana, dtt-net.com – Albanian Prime Minister today responded to critics of the ‘economic area’ plan agreed by Western Balkans countries on Wednesday in Italy saying that the idea behind the project is to increase trade cooperation within the region and prepare the countries to join the EU market.
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The EU and Japan reach free trade deal

06.07.2017

Brussels, dtt-net.com – The European bloc and Japan today reached “Economic Partnership Agreement” in principle subject to approval by EU member countries and the European Parliament.
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EU calls on W. Balkans, Turkey to focus on economic reforms

23.05.2017

Brussels, dtt-net.com – Western Balkans countries and Turkey today were called by the European Union to focus on economic reforms aimed at better preparing their economies for the EU path.
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Kosovo politician suggests suspension of trade deal with EU

17.05.2017

Prishtina, dtt-net.com - A Kosovan politician has criticized the Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA) between Kosovo and the EU saying that the deal is harmful to local production.
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Albanian authorities block tons of poultry imported from Brazil

15.05.2017

Tirana, 15 May 2017, dtt-net.com – Albanian food security authorities said today they have blocked a total of 26 tons of poultry imported from Brazil because of containing salmonella.

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Football

Kosovo gets first ever Olympic gold medal and a HERO

08.08.2016

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.

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Kosovo granted FIFA membership

13.05.2016

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.
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FIFA Council proposes membership of Kosovo, Gibraltar

11.05.2016

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.
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Furious Serbia to appeal Kosovo UEFA's vote

03.05.2016

Belgrade, dtt-net.com – Serbian authorities said Belgrade will file complaint against today’s UEFA vote in favour of Kosovo Football Federation membership.
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Kosovo to join UEFA

03.05.2016

Budapest, dtt-net.com – The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) today voted in favour of Football Federation of Kosovo membership. >>>>


Opinions

[Op-ed ] Is EU’s carrot big enough? Calling for a new accession policy towards the Western Balkans

01.06.2017

By Andor Deli

Brussels, dtt-net.com - Currently, six Western Balkans countries are huddled in the waiting-room of EU accession, when the EU has little more to offer than the carrot and the stick. With a renewed focus on enlargement policy, the Western Balkans could get a new stimulus in order to make the benefits of the EU accession process more tangible to their citizens >>>>

[Opinion] Europe's division cannot be overcome without W. Balkans joining the EU

16.01.2017

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.
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[Opinion] What to expect in the Balkans (after Donald Trump’s election) ?

18.11.2016

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 

27.05.2016

"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

06.09.2015

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
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Earlier News

Brussels officials confirm EU's ‘unequivocal’ support to W. Balkans over entry path

Macedonia’s government to launch international investigation over 2015 deadly incident

Montenegro's pro-Russia opposition involved in money laundering with Russians (report)

EU and US deploy observers to Albania to oversee judicial reform implementation

Bosnia’s Serb entity to suspend referendum against ties with prosecution office and court

Serbia’s and Kosovo’s EU path linked to dialogue, Mogherini reiterates

W. Balkans countries amidst 58 of joining forces to stop trade in goods used for torture & death penalty

Bosnia joins EU launched ‘Transport Community’ in W. Balkans

Kosovo PM says border row with Montenegro could be sent to international arbitration

EU lawmaker says Albania likely to open entry talks next year

EU envoy, US Embassy condemn Bosnia Serb leader’s statement on unification with Serbia

EU official urges Kosovo to ratify border deal with Montenegro

EU experts urge Macedonia to focus on rule of law reforms

EU’s Hahn reiterates Kosovo condition to Serbia

Serbia to offer guarantees to UN court for release of Bosnia Butcher



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