W. Balkans General News

Albania police keeps up with anti-cannabis operation across the country


Tirana, dtt-net.com – Albanian police is continuing with its hunt against cannabis cultivation and related drug networks launched since last year with this week newly launched rounds of operations focused in the northern regions of the country as the government shows determination to curb the several Euro billion worth wide-spread phenomena.

Macedonia court rejects opposition claims against gov’t over corruption and other wrongdoings


Shkup-Skopje, dtt-net.com – A court in Macedonian capital Skopje rejected as unfounded the arguments of the main opposition party in the country on the issue of wiretapping scandal against the Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski and his closests associates , heavily involved in corruption and other type of wrongdoings according to the SDSM party.


Kosovo accuses Serbia of boycotting free-circulation EU-brokered deal, issues ultimatum


Prishtina, dtt-net.com – Officials in Kosovo accused today Serbia for not respecting the EU brokered deal of last month over free circulation, which related to vehicles plates and insurance policies in both countries, and gave a one week ultimatum to Belgrade authorities to end the boycott.

Albania, Kosovo, EU, US turn blind and lip tightened over southern Serbia Albanians calls for special powers


Prishtina/Brussels, dtt-net.com – Governments of Albania, Kosovo, but the EU and the US as well are being silent over increased calls by leaders of Ethnic Albanians in southern Serbia region of Presevo Valley for similar special powers as Kosovan Serb minority and their municipalities are getting additionally in the new country.

Special EU-brokered powers to Kosovo Serbs “will bring war and bloodshed”, opposition leader warns


Prishtina, dtt-net.com – The new special powers promised to Kosovo’s Serbia backed Serbs at the EU mediated talks in Brussels will ‘unavoidably’ lead the country toward “a new war and bloodshed”, leader of the main Kosovan Albanian opposition party and lawmakers warns.


Macedonia court unblocks bank accounts of main oil company to avoid energy crises


Shkup-Skopje, dtt-net.com – A court in Macedonian capital of Skopje today ordered authorities to unblock bank accounts of the main oil distribution company and its subsidiary in order to avoid energy crises in the country, following charges raised against its CEO and several managers over suspected fraud.

Azerbaijan asks Iran to join its gas pipeline project to the EU through Turkey, Greece, Albania


dtt-net.com – Azerbaijan has asked Iran to join its gas project through the Turkish TANAP and the EU’s TAP pipelines through Albania and Greece to reach EU consumers, as the best option for Teheran to benefit from its huge gas capacities, according to Azeri media.

Albania hopes to benefit big from the EU gas pipeline -TAP


Tirana, dtt-net.com – Albanian government is hoping that the country will have huge cash benefits but also boost its economy once the European Tran-Adriatic-Pipeline (TAP) becomes functional in 2020 and start delivering its first gas to the Western Balkans and the EU countries from Azerbaijan’s Shah Deniz.

Macedonia on the verge of petrol, oil supplies collapse


Shkup-Skopje, dtt-net.com – Petrol imports in Macedonia are facing serious problems since last week and the energy crisis in the country is knocking on the door, as the government has blocked bank account of the main oil importer, Makpetrol, which is now unable to continue with the usual business and buy from neighbouring Greece.

Macedonia's gov't blocks bank account of main oil company, charges CEO with fraud


Shkup-Skopje, dtt-net.com - The government of Macedonia has blocked the bank account of the leading private oil distribution company in the country, MAKPETROL and charged its managers with fraud, but many believe that the real aim of the PM Nikola Gruevski is to bring down a TV station the company owns and which is becoming increasingly critical toward the government ahead of early elections of April.


Albania kicks off massive hunt against tax evasion, informality


Tirana, dtt-net.com – Albania’s authorities yesterday launched an extensive operation in capital Tirana and other cities across the country in an effort to combat massive informality and tax evasion by local and foreign businesses and individuals and households as well.

German manufactures to open more jobs in Macedonia


Shkup-Skopje, dtt-net.com - The German manufacturer of electronic components for car industry, Dräxlmaier Group is expected to open another 500 new jobs in Macedonia, thus increasing the number of the jobs in the country to more than 5000, since its first investment in 2012, Macedonian government announced.

Croatia blocks Bosnia milk exports to the EU


Sarajevo, dtt-net.com – Croatia has blocked milk exports of its neighbouring country to the European Union citing consumer protection reasons, with Sarajevo filing a complaint to the European Commission and threatening to block imports from Croatia in counter-response.

EU bank to co-finance Serbia-Kosovo-Macedonia railway


Vienna, dtt-net.com – The European Investment Bank (EIB) pledged today to co-finance - in form of a loan – half of the 155 Euro million for the rehabilitation of 149 km of the railway from central Serbia through Kosovo to the Macedonian capital Skopje.

Serbia too wants to invest in Iran


Belgrade, dtt-net.com - Serbian government has accelerated and increased meeting with Iranian officials aiming to boost trade ties with Tehran and explore joint investment opportunities. >>>>


Kosovo born, Swiss national Shaqiri signs 5-year deal with Stoke City


dtt-net.com – The Swiss national team football player, the Kosovo-born Xherdan Shaqiri has signed with Stoke City a five-year deal after failure to settle at the Italian Inter-Milan. >>>>

Undecided Shaqiri continues to attract interest of clubs


dtt-net.com - The Kosovo born Swiss national football player, Xherdan Shaqiri is undecided whether to force himself at Inter for another year or move to another club in Germany or England. >>>>

Januzaj’s chance at Manchester United opens as Di Maria moving to PSG


dtt-net.com – The Belgian, Kosovo origin football starlet, Adnan Januzaj has all reasons to be happy for departure of Angel Di Maria from Manchester United PSG as his chance for proving him self to the Dutch coach is at the player’s hands now after a season of bench in the Premier League. >>>>

UEFA punishes Croatia with deducted point for swastika on the pitch


Zagreb, dtt-net - The Croatian national football team today was deducted a point for the European Qualifiers, is ordered to play two matches behind closed doors by the UEFA and the national federation (HNS) was fined with Euro 100,000 for a swastica brought on the pitch by supporters against last month match with Italy. >>>>

Albania gets 3 points for abandoned European championship qualifier with Serbia


dtt-net.com - The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland today handed Albania a 3-0 victory in the abandoned football European Championship qualifier played in October against Serbia in Belgrade.


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

Energizing Balkan development and integration


(Remarks by Victoria Nuland, US Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, at Dubrovnik forum, Croatia)

dtt-net.com - Croatia has come so far since this forum began ten years ago – now a member of both NATO and the EU, today Croatia is a net exporter of regional and global security and development, from Afghanistan, to Kosovo, to West Africa. The United States is grateful for the strong alliance between our two countries. >>>>

[Comment] For Kosovo and for what it can become


dtt-net.com - The Head of EU Office in Kosovo, Samuel Zbogar has listed three main reasons for establishing the Special War Crimes Court in The Hague: to establish the truth, to remain the sovereign of decision and to respect Kosovo's international commitments. >>>>

[Opinion] EU options on the Macedonia crisis


Brussels, dtt-net.com - Few would be surprised in Brussels or Skopje if the allegations against Macedonian PM Nikola Gruevski and his VMRO-DPMNE party - of corruption, electoral fraud, manipulation of judges and media - are true.

By Edmond Ekrem Krasniqi >>>>

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. >>>>

Earlier News

Macedonian opposition ends parliament’s boycott

Kosovo government steps up security amid anger of opposition over deal with Serbia

Racist doctors in Macedonia refuse to offer medical care to vulnerable migrants

Albania’s PM addresses harsh criticism to the EU over visa-regime for Kosovo

Southern Serbia Albanians gear up for special powers similar to Kosovo Serbs

Bosnia and Montenegro sign border demarcation deal

Migrations crisis dominates EU - W. Balkans Summit

Bosnia prosecution indicts Bosniak Srebrenica wartime Commander of war crimes

Deal with Kosovo increases Serbia chances for opening chapters in EU entry talks

Macedonia Albanians incited by special powers of Kosovo Serbs too

Montenegro, Kosovo governments sign controversial border demarcation deal

Southern Serbia Albanians call on Albania, Kosovo to help for their own entity

EU, Germany release 2.5 Euro million to Serbia and Macedonia amid migrants crisis

Montenegro: CoE calls for sharpened measures to fight corruption among politicians, judiciary officials

Serbia claims ‘victory’ at EU mediated talks with Kosovo

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