W. Balkans General News

Macedonia crisis harming its EU, NATO path, Germany, UK say


Brussels/Skopje, dtt-net.com – German and British officials warned today that the ongoing crisis in Macedonia is harming country’s path toward the European bloc and the western military alliance.

Croatia's FM 'optimistic' of solving disputes with Belgrade over Serbia's EU entry talks


Brussels, dtt-net.com - Croatian foreign minister Miro Kovac said he is optimistic that the row over Serbia's judiciary would be solved next month which would allow Belgrade to continue its membership negotiations and open more talks on accession chapters with the EU.

Kosovo opposition says border demarcation with Montenegro will not pass


Prishtina, dtt-net.com – Opposition parties in Kosovo say they will do the utmost, including radical measures inside the parliament, to prevent ratification of the border demarcation agreement with Montenegro and are urging the government to enter new talks with Podgorica authorities.

Serbia: EU, OSCE use soft language over massive dismissals at Vojvodina TV


Belgrade, dtt-net.com – The EU and OSCE missions to Serbia said they have “taken note” and are "closely following situation" over massive dismissals at the public TV station in northern province, after accusations by the opposition to the government of putting under political control of the Radio Television of Vojvodina (RTV).

Montenegro gov’t reshuffled, parliament speaker replaced


Podgorica, dtt-net.com - Montenegrin parliament has approved new ministers from opposition ranks to the interim care-taker cabinet and replaced the speaker of the legislative body until October parliamentary elections are held.


Construction of EU gas pipeline - TAP - launched in Greece


Athens, dtt-net.com – The construction of the 878 km long pipeline which will transport natural gas from the Azerbaijan to Western Balkans and the EU, by connecting with the Trans Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP) at the Turkish-Greek border at Kipoi through Greece and Albania and the Adriatic Sea to Southern Italy was launched on Tuesday in Greece in an official ceremony.


W. Balkans countries in multiple breach of EU energy rules


Vienna, dtt-net.com – Albania, Macedonia, Kosovo, Serbia and Bosnia are in multiple breaches of the EU’s Third Energy package directives, with the EU expected to take disciplinary measures against all of them.

Serbia hampering integration of Kosovo in the regional electricity market


Prishtina, dtt-net.com – Serbia is hampering Kosovo’s integration in the regional electricity market, with the new country refusing to sign a regional deal of the sector last month in Austrian capital of Vienna because of continued obstacles from Belgrade, electricity authorities in Prishtina said.

China approves huge loan to Bosnia for new power plant


Sarajevo, dtt-net.com – Chinese government has approved a 700 Euro million loan to Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) for a new power plant in town of Tuzla, but the final terms of the loan are yet to be agreed between the two sides.

Albania awards bid for hydro-power plant to Turkey's consortium


Tirana, dtt-net.com - A Turkish consortium was awarded a bid by Albanian government to build an hydro-power plant at Vjosa river, an investment worth of some 101 Euro million for a 35-year period.


Albania and Kosovo sign investment protection deal


Tirana, dtt-net.com - Albanian and Kosovan governments today signed an agreement of investment promotion and protection between the two countries as the economic and trade relations between the two sides are improving and increasing.

Kosovo exports fall, imports go up


Prishtina, dtt-net.com – Kosovan exports in March have fallen while the imports increased comparing to the same month last year, according to the statistical agency of the country.

Foreign investments in Macedonia fall due to crisis


Skopje, dtt-net.com – Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) in Macedonia are falling for the second year in a row due to the ongoing internal political crisis, latest data show.

Kosovo sets bizarre financial threshold to foreign investors


Prishtina, dtt-net.com – The government of the most underdeveloped country in Europe is drafting a law which sets financial threshold to potential foreign investors, despite the fact that the new country is in desperate need of foreign companies’ money.

Serbia gov’t eyes increase of net wages to 500 Euros


Belgrade, dtt-net.com – Serbian government is optimistic that net wages in the country can be increased to 500 Euros in two years time provided that current positive economic growth trends and investments continue with the same rythm.


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. >>>>

Macedonia football fans chant racist anti-Albanian slogans


Skopje, dtt-net.com - Macedonian football fans chanted racist anti-Albanian slogans on Sunday during and after a football match in capital Skopje. >>>>


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. >>>>

[Opinion] EU options on the Macedonia crisis


Brussels, dtt-net.com - Few would be surprised in Brussels or Skopje if the allegations against Macedonian PM Nikola Gruevski and his VMRO-DPMNE party - of corruption, electoral fraud, manipulation of judges and media - are true.

By Edmond Ekrem Krasniqi >>>>

Earlier News

Kosovo court sends to jail 7 over terrorism

EU lawmakers urge Albania to adopt judiciary reforms without further delay

Montenegro’s NATO entry makes Russia angry

NATO countries sign membership of Montenegro

Serbia’s ruling party accused of massive dismissals at Vojvodina’s public TV

Macedonia parliament amends amnesty law amid controversial pardon

Son of ex- Kosovo’s president among 20 indicted over Italian visa fraud, human trafficking

Kosovo seeks to renegotiate border demarcation with Montenegro and clear the way for EU visa liberalisation

Kosovo prosecution indicts 14 over organized crime

Serbia refuses to extradite SRS members to the UN court

Macedonia top court decides to reconvene parliament, June 5 election called off

Kosovo politician cleared of murder suspicion

Corruption suspected in EU agriculture subsidies to Croatia

EU trying to brake the ice between Kosovo gov’t and opposition over border deal with Montenegro

Macedonia in legal deadlock to call off early election

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