W. Balkans General News

Russia pushes for controversial referendum of Bosnia Serbs


Sarajevo, dtt-net.com – Russia is encouraging Bosnia Serbs to hold unconstitutional referendum next month over entity’s controversial statehood day as EU countries and the US are urging them to abandon it.

Germany urges Serbia for neighborhood ties with Kosovo


Berlin/Belgrade, dtt-net.com German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Serbian premier Aleksandar Vucic to normalize neighborhood relations with Kosovo, reconciliation in the Western Balkans region and continue with reform efforts for Serbias path toward the EU.

Bosnia government approves single coordination body for working with EU


Sarajevo, dtt-net.com - The government of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) today approved the so-called 'coordination mechanism' body for country's EU integration efforts after accommodating positions of both, Serb and Bosniak-Croat entities.

Montenegro junior ruling members decide to remain in government


Podgorica, dtt-net.com - Two junior members of the care-taker interim government in Montenegro have decided to remain in the cabinet of Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic until October election, despite disputes with his Democratic Socialist Party (DPS). >>>>

Macedonia police detains 14 illegal migrants


Skopje, dtt-net.com – Macedonian police said it detained on Sunday fourteen illegal migrants after entering from neighboring Greece on their way further north to the EU territory. >>>>


Serbia in breach of EU energy rules with subsides to power company


Vienna/Belgrade, dtt-net.com – EU’s energy body, the Vienna based Energy Community Secretariat has initiates dispute settlement case against Serbia for non-compliance with the State aid acquis related to loans from international financial institutions to Elektroprivreda Srbije (EPS) for the Kolubara B power plant project and the transfer of property and land from Serbia to EPS for the same project.

EU announces more funds for infrastructure, energy projects in Western Balkans


Paris, dtt-net.com – The European Union (EU) today during a Summit held in French capital announced further financial support to infrastructure projects (railroads, energy efficiency and hydro-projects) for Western Balkans countries.

Albania and Kosovo get new Germany funded power interconnection grid


Tirana, dtt-net.com – Albania and Kosovo today inaugurated a 400 kv electricity interconnection infrastructure thanks to the funds from Germany aimed at improving electricity exchanges between the two countries and the Western Balkans countries.

SHELL launches oil explorations in Albania


Tirana, dtt-net.com – The Dutch-British oil company SHELL has launched explorations in Albanian south-eastern region of Shpirag which are expected to continue for more than a year.

Offshore oil & gas explorations in Montenegro to be launched this year


Podgorica, dtt-net.com - Montenegrin legislative parliamentary committee adopted a draft-law approving undersea oil and gas researches bids awarded to Italian and Russian companies earlier this year.


Unemployment in Macedonia at record low


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.

China accused of steel dumping to EU through Serbia


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.

French investment project in Kosovo ski resort fails


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.

FDI in Albania fall drastically


Tirana, dtt-net.com - Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) in Albania in Q1 decreased for 42 percent comparing to the same period last year, according to country’s statistical agency.

Macedonia and Montenegro to have best growth in W. Balkans


dtt-net.com – Of seven countries in the Western Balkans region, Macedonia and Montenegro are expected to have the best growth this year, according to the World Bank.


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. >>>>


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

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. >>>>

Earlier News

Albania police destroys more cannabis plants

Bosnia: EU, US and Russia postpone meeting over Serb entity referendum

Kosovo broadcaster attacked with hand grenade over EU, US backed border deal with Montenegro

Macedonia’s Albanian opposition ticket threatens to boycott election

Bosnia’s PM urges EU, US to act firmly against Serb referendum and prevent instability

Bosnia accommodates demands of Croats over coordination body with EU

Kosovo opposition announces massive protest against EU, US backed border deal with Montenegro

US calls on Bosnia Serbs to abandon unconstitutional referendum

Bosnia court sentences one for joining ISIL

US Vice-President calls on Kosovo to ratify border deal with Montenegro

Kosovo lawmaker resigns from post after wiretap affaire

US calls for good neighbourhood ties in Western Balkans

Bosnia police arrest one over terrorism financing

Bomb blast at the river bridge in northern divided Kosovo town

Bosnia: Bosniaks say Serb entity aiming secession

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