W. Balkans General News

Serbia backed Serb minority calls for special powers in Croatia too


Zagreb, dtt-net.com – Serbia backed Serb minority in Croatia today called for special powers in Croatia, similar ones to the demands in Kosovo for autonomous body of municipalities, which are likely to cause new tensions in the EU member country.

Serbia threatens to expel Belgian journalist over “ threats to national security”


Belgrade, dtt-net.com – A Belgian journalist is being threatened with expulsion by Serbian government over what it called ‘threats to national security’, prompting strong reaction by European media watchdogs.

Bosnia’s Croats drafting second proposal for electoral law reform


Sarajevo, dtt-net.com – Croat parties in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) are working on a new proposal for electoral law changes as a first one is brought down by Bosniaks, who fear creation of third entity by Croats in the already divided country on ethnic lines.

Kosovo government short of votes to ratify border deal with Montenegro


Pristina, dtt-net.com – Kosovan government is still lacking two-third of votes in the 120-seat parliament to ratify border demarcation agreement with Montenegro and is seeking help from Serb minority and opposition lawmakers, after a declaration signed last week with neighboring country vowing for its review and eventual correction after ratification by Pristina.

Albanian PM proposes joint Albania-Kosovo President post


Pristina, dtt-net.com – Kosovo and Albania should have ‘one president’ as "symbol of national unity " and to conduct “a national security policy” the prime minister of Albania, Edi Rama, suggested on Sunday in a speech in capital Pristina on the occasion of tenth anniversary of independence declaration of Kosovo.

Energy & Environment

W. Balkans countries not making sufficient progress on energy reforms, EU body says


Ljubljana, dtt-net.com – The Secretariat of Energy Community said that Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia are not making sufficient efforts in implementing energy reforms to meet EU set agenda.

Albania urged to reform energy sector


Tirana, dtt-net.com – Albania must continue with energy sector reforms, the Director of the Energy Community Secretariat Janez Kopac told today Albanian officials.

Russia using it energy power to increase influence in Western Balkans, report says


Sofia/Belgrade, dtt-net.com – Russia is using its energy power to increase its political and economic influence in the Western Balkans region, especially in Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), an Bulgarian think-tank said in a report.

Kosovo opposition party calls on parliament to vote down deal with US fund for new power plant


Pristina, dtt-net.com – Kosovo’s biggest political party today called on the national parliament to vote against a recently agreed deal between the government and an US fund for construction of new power plant assessing the deal as heavy damaging from financial aspect to Kosovan taxpayers and budget.

Construction of EU gas pipeline in Albania, Greece continues to progress well


Tirana, dtt-net.com – The consortium of the Trans-Atlantic-Pipeline (TAP AG) said that half of the pipeline route in Albania and Greece is already restored to ‘original condition or better’.


Of six W. Balkans countries Serbia with lowest unemployment, Bosnia the highest


Brussels, dtt-net.com - Serbia has the lowest unemployment rate and Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) the highest in the Western Balkans region, according to a report by the European Commission (EC).

Serbia and Russia to boost energy, trade ties


Belgrade/Moscow, dtt-net.com – Serbian and Russian governments signed in Moscow, a series of agreements on cooperation in energy, economy, trade, tourism and culture.

Serbia to host EU - Western Balkans Transport Community


Brussels, dtt-net.com – The recently decided by the EU transport body for the European bloc and the Western Balkans will have its headquarters in Serbia’s capital Belgrade, governments of six countries of the region agreed on Wednesday.

China to increase business presence in W. Balkans


Budapest, dtt-net.com – China is about to increase further its business presence in Western Balkans EU aspirant countries through multi-million loans in infrastructure projects, a Summit held in Hungarian capital shows.

World Bank forecasts lower growth in W. Balkans countries compared to EU predictions


dtt-net.com – World Bank (WB) growth forecast for Western Balkans countries is different to the European Commission’s one published earlier this month. According to the bank growth in the six countries of the region (Albania, Bosnia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Macedonia and Serbia) is estimated to 2.6 percent in 2017 and region’s projected growth is less optimistic than the 3.2 percent expected when the Spring issue of this report was published. The WB also forecasted lower growth for the two years to come for the region.


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. >>>>


[Op-ed ] Is EU’s carrot big enough? Calling for a new accession policy towards the Western Balkans


By Andor Deli

Brussels, dtt-net.com - Currently, six Western Balkans countries are huddled in the waiting-room of EU accession, when the EU has little more to offer than the carrot and the stick. With a renewed focus on enlargement policy, the Western Balkans could get a new stimulus in order to make the benefits of the EU accession process more tangible to their citizens >>>>

[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

Earlier News

EU’s Mogherini would like Albania and Macedonia to open entry talks until June

EU’s Hahn ‘confident’ that Macedonia-Greece name row will be solved this year

Serbia’s FM says Germany’s calls on Kosovo independence an ‘arrogant’ message

Kosovo and Montenegro vow to review border deal but after ratification by the first

EU countries divided over timetable for membership of W. Balkans

Leader of Bosnia Serbs to run for tripartite presidency in October elections

Chief prosecutor of Kosovo special war crimes court steps down

Serbia must ‘accept’ Kosovo’s independence if it wants to join the EU, Germany’s FM says

Bosnia to handover answers to EU questionnaire over entry application this month

Kosovo and Montenegro PMs meet over border row but no breakthrough reported

Serbia has key role to play for W. Balkans stability, Germany's FM says

Serbia and other W. Balkans countries should solve bilateral disputes before joining the EU, Juncker says

Croatia and Serbia vow to improve ties

EU to help Albania on better border control

EU countries, US welcome pledges of Kosovo leaders not to scrap special war crimes court

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