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Macedonian opposition leader charged with plot to topple government, espionage

01.02.2015

Skopje-Shkup, dtt-net.com - The leader of Macedonian main opposition party, Zoran Zaev was charged yesterday with attempts to topple the current conservative government and collaboration with foreign secret services.
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UN court upholds convictions of 5 Bosnia Serbs for war crimes

30.01.2015

The Hague, dtt-net.com - The Appeals Chamber of the UN war crimes court in The Hague today uphold jail sentences of five senior Bosnia Serb military members for crimes against Bosniak civilians in Srebrenica and Zepa, during the 1992-1995 war in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). >>>>

W. Balkans countries lagging on human rights protection, HRW says

30.01.2015

dtt-net.com - Governments in the Western Balkans should step up their efforts to improve human rights protection to further their European integration, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in its new report.
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18 arrested in Serbia over drug trafficking

30.01.2015

Belgrade, dtt-net.com - The Serbian police said it has arrested 18 people, including a policeman, for drug trafficking.
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NGO accuses Serbia’s army chief of war crimes in Kosovo

30.01.2015

Belgrade, dtt-net.com - The Belgrade based Humanitarian Law Center (FHP) NGO insists that the head of Serbia's army, General Ljubisa Dikovic, is directly responsible for war crimes against Kosovo Albanians during the 1998-1999 war.
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Business/Economy

Turkish textile company to launch production in Serbia

30.01.2015

Belgrade, dtt-net.com – A Turkish textile manufacturer is about to launch production in Serbia and employ some 300 people during next two years.
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Serbia industrial production falls

30.01.2015

Belgrade, dtt-net.com – Industrial production in Serbia last December was down for 5.3 percent comparing to the same month 2013, and down for 0.2 percent on year-to-year, country’s statistical office announced.
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Macedonia net average wages at 350 Euro

29.01.2015

Skopje-Shkup, dtt-net.com – Net average wages in Macedonia last November were at 21,588 Denars (350.594 Euro), increasing for 2.5 percent comparing to November 2013, country’s statistical office said.
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Serbia's gov't agrees draft-law on bankruptcy of banks, insurance companies

28.01.2015

Belgrade, dtt-net.com - The government of Serbia adopted yesterday a draft-law on bankruptcy and liquidation of banks and insurance companies, which clarifies and gives new powers to the country’s institutions.
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European bank set for big investments, purchases in Serbia

28.01.2015

Belgrade, dtt-net.com – The London based European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) says it’s planning huge investments and purchases this year in Serbia in several sectors, including telecom, insurance and renewable energy, on top of usual loans.
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Energy

EU’s energy body warns Macedonia for refusing to liberalize electricity market

30.01.2015

Vienna, dtt-net.com – The European Energy Community warned the EU candidate, Macedonia, for postponing until 2020 the electricity market liberalization.
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EU-U.S. FTA to have little impact on gas import in short-term, study says

30.01.2015

Brussels, dtt-net.com – EU Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) imports from the U.S. would increase in very small amounts in short term when the Free-Trade-Agreement is reached, but would be much more significant in longer term, provided that the U.S. increases domestic production and the EU builds its planned LNG terminals, a study commissioned by the European Parliament says.
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Serbia should intensify talks with Romania over gas supplies, experts say

30.01.2015

Belgrade, dtt-net.com – After failure of Russian South Stream project Serbia should look seriously over alternative gas supplies, including the connection with Romania through some 80 km of pipeline, Serbian experts say.
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Albania seeks investments from US in energy, mining

29.01.2015

Tirana, dtt-net.com – Albanian government called today for more investments from US companies in energy and mining sector.
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Belgian-Dutch company to start building wind park in Serbia

27.01.2015

Belgrade, dtt-net.com – The renewable energy Belgian-Dutch company, WindVision, is expected to start building this year a wind farm complex in north-east of Serbia with a total 250 wind turbines, an investment project worth of some 290 Euro millions. >>>>


Opinions

Confronting the roots of Kosovo’s downward spiral

13.01.2015

By Shirley Cloyes DioGuardi

dtt-net.com - With the election in the Kosova Assembly on December 8 of Isa Mustafa as Prime Minister, Hashim Thaci as Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, and Kadri Veseli, the former head of Kosova’s shadowy secret service, SHIK, as Speaker of the Parliament, along with the appointment of an excessive number of ministers and deputy ministers, the political elite that has prevented Kosova from flourishing and prospering for the past decade has returned to power. >>>>

Putin, Erdogan: A new year and new challenges in the EU neighbourhood

09.01.2015

By Marc Pierini

dtt-net.com - For decades, the European Union symbolised “liberal democracy” as a political project, one that would be disseminated through its enlargement and neighborhood policies. In 2014, the EU discovered two major hurdles in its near abroad. >>>>

Serbia leaders still camouflage their citizens with ‘Kosovo solution” plan

09.01.2015

By Eleonore Krasi

09 January 2015, Prishtina, dtt-net.com - Serbian leaders know that Kosovo independence is a done deal once and for ever, since it was declared in February 2008. But they are obliged to try camouflage to their voters the fairy- tail dream of what they call ‘Kosovo solution’ through what they call “new plan” despite the fact that its independence is recognized by 108 countries worldwide.

At the same time, while they may write in their computers some “new proposals”, they also are trying to gradually and indirectly explain to their voters that EU powers are putting it to them as simple as this: “No EU if no Kosovo recognition (by Serbia)… Take it or leave it”.
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Serbia, Serbs feel betrayed by Russia over gas pipeline, and they should

02.12.2014

By Ekrem Krasniqi

Brussels, dtt-net.com - With the Monday announcement by Moscow for ending the South Stream pipeline, Serbia’s leaders could finally understand that its old orthodox ally, Russia, and its ‘Tzar’ Vladimir Putin had no affection for Serbia and Serbs in Western Balkans, but it was all about business and using their blind sympathy toward Moscow for showing once more Russian gas muscles to the EU and the West.
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[Opinion] Kosovo in total mess over next government, EU too

19.11.2014

By Ekrem Krasniqi

Prishtina/Brussels, dtt-net.com – The famous Albanian ‘Besa’ (promise) is just a fairy-tail and an empty outspoken word when it comes to Kosovan politicians as every body is ready to flirt with everybody only for being part of the next coalition government. >>>>


Earlier News

Kosovo hit by general strikes of teachers and healthcare employees

All Bosnia party leaders should commit to Brussels-set reforms, EU says

Bosnia leaders sign paper plenty of promises for closer ties with EU

Kosovo opposition announces new protests for next week

Macedonia’s UN vote right frozen amid unpaid membership bill

Russia urges Bosnia to abandon ammunition supply to Ukraine

Kosovo court upholds detention measures against terrorism suspects

Albania ex-PM calls for street protests, early election

Hungary says Montenegro deserves NATO entry by the fall

EU wants Serbia to recognize Kosovo as key condition for membership, Russian FM says

Montenegro PM says No to int’l arbitration idea with Bosnia over Sutorina region

35 arrested over thousands of stolen cultural artifacts across EU, Balkans

Kosovo Serb minister could be dismissed or resign

EU warns of economic-social reasons behind Kosovo violent protest

Bosnia Serb leader keeps inciting Croats for third, own entity



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