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Serbia has Germany’s backing to open of 3 more chapters in EU entry talks, PM says

06.12.2016

Belgrade, dtt-net.com - Germany wants the EU to open three more chapters with Serbia in country’s membership negotiations this month, Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic told country's parliament today.
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Serbia likely to open new chapters in EU entry talks this month

06.12.2016

Belgrade, dtt-net.com – Top officials of the European Union (EU) said Serbia is likely to open at least one more chapter in membership negotiations this month. >>>>

Merkel, Stoltenberg encourage new Montenegro’s PM over EU, NATO path

06.12.2016

Berlin/Brussels/Podgorica, dtt-net.com – German Chancelor and a top NATO official today expressed believe that new Montenegrin government will continue country’s path toward EU and NATO membership, amid tensions in the country with Serb pro-Russian opposition strongly rejecting NATO path. >>>>

Kosovo citizens fed up with their politicians, municipality vote shows

06.12.2016

Prishtina, dtt-net.com - Only 40,55 percent of Drenas/Gllogovc - a small municipality in central Kosovo - citizens eligible to vote, showed up in Sunday’s early municipal election, the lowest one since the end of 1998-1999 war in the new country.
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Belgium convicts 3 Serbia hired people for murder of a Kosovo dissident

25.11.2016

Brussels, dtt-net. Com - A Brussels court has sentenced in absentia Bozidar Spasic, Andrija Draskovic, and Veselin Vukotic to life imprisonment for the murder of Enver Hadri, a Kosovo Albanian activist of human rights in Brussels 26 years ago. >>>>


Energy

Albania delays energy market liberalization

06.12.2016

Tirana, dtt-net.com - Electricity market liberalization in the Western Balkans country has been delayed for 2017 because of failures by country’s authorities and institutions to adopt necessary legislation on time.
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Kosovo power plant in trouble as Germany tells World Bank to stop funding fossil fuels

04.12.2016

Berlin/Prishtina/Brussels - US company - Contour Global - plans to build a new coal-fired power plant in Kosovo is getting complicated as Germany has told World Bank (WB) to stop funding fossil fuel projects, which means the company could fail short of money and seek help to other lenders, while Kosovo government could be obliged to look to alternative energy projects instead.
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Germany and the EU to fund Albania-Macedonia interconnection power grid

18.11.2016

Tirana, dtt-net.com – The German government-owned development bank KfW and Albanian Power Transmission Operator (OST) today signed a deal for financing of a 400 kV interconnection power grid with Macedonia as Germany and the EU continue to help Western Balkans countries improve regional electricity exchange network.
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Serbia blocks Germany’s funded interconnection power grid between Albania and Kosovo

18.11.2016

Tirana, dtt-net.com – Serbia continues to block the functioning of recently constructed interconnection power grid between Albania and Kosovo funded by Germany with Albanian government planning to complain to Berlin over Belgrade’s obstacles.
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Construction of EU gas pipeline progressing well

28.10.2016

Tirana, dtt-net.com – Half of steel pipes needed for construction of the EU’s Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) which will bring gas to the Balkans and the European bloc territory have been delivered in Greece and Albania, according to the company.
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Business/Economy

World Bank approves loan to Albania for urban, tourism development

17.11.2016

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.
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Kosovo government to nationalize Trepça mining complex

05.10.2016

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.
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Unemployment in Macedonia at record low

28.07.2016

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.
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China accused of steel dumping to EU through Serbia

13.07.2016

Belgrade/Brussels, dtt-net.com – The Brussels based European Steel Association (EUROFER) has filed a complaint to the EU suspecting that China is attempting to dump its cheap steel production through Serbia, as a state owned Chinese company acquired in April Serbian largest steel producer Zelezara Smederevo.
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French investment project in Kosovo ski resort fails

28.06.2016

Prishtina, dtt-net.com – Is it Serbia who prevented it or the French consortium failed to find investment deposit for 430 Euro million Brezovica ski resort in Kosovo, it remains unclear, but the project is officially declared a failed one.
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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

[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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EU, US ‘resolved’ half of Macedonia crisis, ignored discrimination on Albanians

17.07.2015

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
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Energizing Balkan development and integration

12.07.2015

(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. >>>>



Earlier News

Albania could wait for 2018 to open EU entry talks, German MP suggests

Russia calls on Kosovo, EU to implement deal over special powers for Serbs

Montenegro pro-NATO parties reach deal over new government

Kosovo ruling parties reach deal over 2017 budget proposal

NATO 'respects' Serbia’s decision not to join, but cooperation welcomed

Albania’s PM tries to ease tensions with Greece amid fears of EU path blockade

Bosnia hopes to obtain EU candidate status next year

Kosovo ruling parties at row over 2017 budget proposal

NATO chief urges member countries to ratify protocol for Montenegro’s entry

Macedonia’s nationalist leader against making Albanian language fully official

Kosovo prosecution says detained opposition member committed suicide

EU ministers positive on new security checks for foreign visitors

Macedonia’s Prosecution unveils illegal wiretapping of politicians, journalists by country’s secret service

No special powers for Kosovo Serb minority without dissolution of Serbia’s illegal structures, minister says

Bosnia police questions nationalist Serb leader over denial of Srebrenica genocide



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