W. Balkans General News

Macedonia likely to have new cabinet, but top court to bring it down (report)


Skopje/Brussels, dtt-net.com – The new parliamentary majority comprised of Macedonian opposition social-democrats and Albanians is expected to form a new government ‘soon’ by direct vote of its lawmakers, but the Constitutional Court will rule it as unconstitutional because of bypassing the green light of country’s president, a local news website reported today.

EU urges Macedonia president to mandate opposition leader to form government


Skopje, 21 March 2017, dtt-net.com – A delegation of EU representatives on Tuesday called on Macedonia’s president to change his decision and mandate leader of main opposition party to form new government with Albanians parties, as Macedonian conservatives of VMRO-DPMNE are threatening with destabilization is ousted from the 12 years of ruling.

Hungary’s President calls on EU to open entry talks with Macedonia


Budapest/Skopje, dtt-net.com – Hungarian President Janos Ader on Monday called on EU member partners to allow Macedonia to open accession negotiations, as country's neighbour, Greece, is blocking them for nine years already. >>>>

Albania ruling party decides to go to election despite boycott threat by opposition


Tirana, dtt-net.com – Albanian ruling Socialist Party (PS) on Monday decided to participate in parliamentary election of June regardless of the threats by opposition to boycott the vote if an care-taker cabinet is not formed until the vote. >>>>

Macedonia protesters call for « death » to Albanians


Skopje, dtt-net.com – Street protests of Macedonian nationalists against wider use of Albanian language, incited by the conservative VMRO-DPMNE party, are continuing in Macedonia as the crisis is deepening and becoming of inter-ethnic dimensions. >>>>

EU Energy & Environment

EU body says Albania and Bosnia in breach of rules on energy efficiency


Vienna, dtt-net.com – The Vienna based, Secretariat of Energy Community has warned Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) of breaching EU energy rules when it comes to energy efficiency directive. >>>>

Russia’s gas exports to Austria increased to nearly 40 percent


St. Petersburg, dtt-net.com – Austria gas imports from Russia in 2016 increased for 37.9 per cent higher than in 2015 and the upward trend in first two months of this year continues, according to representatives of Russia’s gas giant Gazprom.

Swiss company to build Russia-Turkey gas pipeline offshore section


Amsterdam, dtt-net.com - South Stream Transport B.V. , a subsidiary of Gazprom and Allseas Group S.A., a Swiss-based company, signed a contract to build also the second string of the TurkStream gas pipeline’s offshore section meant to bring Russian gas to Turkey but also to the EU territory provided that the European bloc allows it.


Fossil fuels the main source of energy in the EU by far


Brussels, dtt-net.com - The dependency of the EU 28 countries on fossil fuels continues to be very high and represented 73 percent of consumption of energy last year, despite massive efforts of the European bloc to switch to alternative sources of energy, according to new figures. >>>>

Germany continues to be the largest EU energy consumer


Brussels, dtt-net.com - Germany continues to be the largest energy consumer in the European Union followed by France, UK, Italy, Spain and Poland, according to the new data for 2015 year, at the time when the energy consumption in the European bloc decreased below 1990 level.


Kosovo and Macedonia dislike EU proposal on common trade area


Prishtina/Skopje/Brussels, dtt-net.com – Ruling parties in Kosovo and Macedonia say that a new proposal made by EU officials for a common trade area between Western Balkans countries is not what the region needs in addition to current free trade deals across the region and existing ones with the European bloc.


Inflation in the EU on the rise


Brussels, dtt-net.com - Inflation in the EU-28 and Euro area went up in January to 1.7 and 1.8 percent respectively, comparing to December 2016, with Belgium, Latvia, Spain and Estonia registering the highest annual rate, according to the new data from EU’s statistical agency, Eurostat.

EU ministers clinch deal to prevent tax avoidance in non-EU countries


Brussels, dtt-net.com - Finance ministers of EU member countries today agreed on new rules which will enter into force as of 2020, aimed at preventing tax avoidance by companies through non-EU countries.

EU Euro area exports and imports on the rise


Brussels, dtt-net.com - Euro area exports in December 2016 increased for 6 percent and imports for 4 percent with the zone recording a €28.1 bn surplus in trade, according to the new figures published by EU’s agency of statistics, Eurostat.


EU lawmakers OK trade, partnership deal with Canada


Brussels, dtt-net.com - The European Parliament today approved the Trade Agreement and the Strategic Partnership Agreement with Canada (CETA) expected to boost trade exchanges between the two sides up to 23 percent, with many members of the EU’s legislative body seeing the deal as appropriate counter-response to Donald Trump’s protectionist announced policy.


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

Albania’s PM sacks 4 ministers

Germany encourages Albania's PM to continue with judicial reform

Albania opposition decides to boycott June election, unless government steps down

Kosovo cabinet will obey to Parliament’s call for suspension of talks with Serbia, minister says

Kosovo President in open discord with US Ambassador over ‘army’ plans

Rifts erupt between Macedonia social-democrats and Albanian parties

Top Kosovo leaders and opposition clash with the EU and the U.S. over ‘army’

EU countries split in 2 on Macedonia crisis, demands of Ethnic Albanians (report)

Protesters in EU candidate country, Macedonia, call for "gas chambers to finish with Albanians”

Leader of Bosnia Serbs talks with Russia officials over ‘peace and stability’ in EU aspirants Balkan countries

Albania’s conservative ex-PM threatens socialist-led government

Detained former-Kosovo's PM to remain in France until April

Serbia sets date for presidential election

Russia accuses EU and US of being pro-Albanian over Macedonia crisis

EU, US call for quick formation of Macedonia government

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