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Montenegro police dismantles drug ring

29.05.2017

Podgorica, dtt-net.com - Montenegrin police said it arrested 21 people suspected of belonging to a criminal group trafficking drugs in Montenegro and abroad.
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Macedonia’s President calls on EU to open entry talks

29.05.2017

Skopje-Shkup, dtt-net.com – The EU should allow Macedonia to open membership negotiations and end the ‘status quo’ of country’s path toward the European bloc, Macedonian president called today, but the decision is still in Greek hands because of the dispute between Athens and Skopje over Macedonia's constitutional name.
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Russia deports Montenegro's lawmaker

29.05.2017

Podgorica, dtt-net.com – Russian authorities denied a transit passage of an Montenegrin lawmaker headed to Belarus and deported him back to Montenegro as ‘person non grata.’
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Serbia ready to open 5 more chapters in EU entry talks, official says

29.05.2017

Belgrade/Brussels, dtt-net.com – Serbian government is ready to open five new chapters in EU accession negotiations next month of which two certainly to be approved by the European bloc, according to Serbian officials.
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Macedonia’s parliament to approve new government

29.05.2017

Skopje-Shkup, dtt-net.com – Parliament of Macedonia is set to approve on Tuesday new government of the country after a deal reached between Macedonian social-democrats and two Albanian parties over its composition during the weekend.
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EU Energy & Environment

EU’s energy body submits infringements against Serbia, Ukraine, Albania and Bosnia

23.05.2017

Vienna, dtt-net.com - The Secretariat of Energy Community said it has submitted a total of seven dispute settlement cases against Serbia, Ukraine, Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) over breaches of energy acguis, asking on the ministers of member countries to take decision.
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Bulgaria to join W. Balkans electricity market

18.05.2017

Sofia/Wienna, 18 May 2017, dtt-net.com - Bulgaria has agreed to join Western Balkans (WB6) regional electricity market integration initiative, part of initiatives coordinated and supervised by EU’s energy body, the Secretariat of Energy Community, aimed at extending the EU internal energy market to South East Europe.
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EU gas pipeline celebrates 1st year of construction

16.05.2017

Tirana/Baar, dtt-net.com - The Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), which will bring gas to the EU and Balkans through Turkey, Greece, Albania and Italy as of 2020, marks the one-year anniversary since construction started.
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Construction works of EU gas pipeline in Albania suspended as ancient settlement uncovered

15.05.2017

Tirana, dtt-net.com - The Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) construction works are suspended for a month in Albania after uncovering of an ancient settlement in a village in south-eastern municipality of Korçë last week.
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EU agrees conditional approval of French state aid to gas-fired power plant

15.05.2017

Brussels, dtt-net.com – The European Commission said it conditionally approved state aid of French government to a local company for the construction of a gas-fired electricity plant in Brittany.
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Business/Economy

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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EU candidate countries in Balkans to have positive growth, EC says

11.05.2017

Brussels, dtt-net.com – The four EU candidate countries from the Western Balkans region (Albania, Macedonia, Montenegro) are set to have positive economic growth this and next year, according to a forecast by the European Commission (EC).
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EU expected to have ‘steady’ growth in 2017 and 2018

11.05.2017

Brussels, dtt-net.com – GDP in the EU is expected to be at 1.9 percent this and next year, while in the Euro area to 1.7 percent in 2017 and 1.8 percent in 2018, according to the European Commission (EC).
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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] 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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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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Earlier News

Outgoing President wishes Serbia and Bosnia’s Serb entity to form one union

Montenegro court acquits 2 pro-Russia lawmakers of violence charges

Kosovo President accused of meddling in election campaign

Bosnia to obtain EU candidate status by fall or early next year, PM says

Kosovo police arrest 4 suspected of terrorism

Serbia’s government defends presence of spy at Macedonia’s parliament on the day of incident

NATO leaders endorse Montenegro’s membership

New partner parties in Macedonia clash over Albanian language

PM hopes Albania will launch EU entry talks by fall

‘Berlin Process’ should speed up EU entry for W. Balkans, not replace it, Albania’s FM says

EU diplomat rebuffs accusations by Kosovo's president

Macedonia could get new government next week

EU’s chief of diplomacy urges W. Balkans PMs to focus on reforms for membership

Montenegro’s membership helpful to W. Balkans stability, NATO chief says

Serbia’s spy present in Macedonia’s parliament during the violent incident (report)



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