W. Balkans General News

The US praises Albania efforts over EU-set reforms, urges for more


Tirana, dtt-net.com – The US Secretary of State, John Kerry today said Albania is on right track over rule of law reforms but urged for more as the government and the opposition are at standstill on how to complete major constitutional judiciary changes demanded by the European Union.


Albania gov’t agrees draft-law over new anti-corruption body, opposition against


Tirana, dtt-net.com - Albanian government has adopted a draft-law aimed at setting up a new National Investigation Bureau (NIB), initially aimed at better fight against corruption, but the opposition is against the terms of the proposal which foresees the bureau to be under control of the government and not the prosecution.

Bosnia police arrest bank’s owner in money laundering case against Serb leader


Sarajevo, dtt-net.com – Police in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) arrested a owner of a bank in the investigation related to money laundering charges against the president of the Serb entity, Milorad Dodik. >>>>

Austria tells Macedonia to close border to migrants in coming months


Skopje, 12 February 2016, dtt-net.com - Austrian officials today told their Macedonian counterparts that Skopje should prepare to stop entrance of migrants at its border with Greece, as Austria will close its border in ‘coming months’.

UN court says Serb ex-general died of natural causes


The Hague, 12 February 2016, dtt-net.com – The International Criminal Tribunal for former-Yugoslavia (ICTY) today said that autopsy confirmed that Zdravko Tolimir (67), a former general of Bosnia Serb forces sentenced to life imprisonment for war crimes in Bosnia, has died - Monday - of natural causes in the prison of the court in The Hague, Netherlands.


Crude oil production in Albania falls


Tirana, dtt-net.com - Production of crude oil in Albania in 2015 has decreased for about five percent comparing to 2014, while the loses of companies involved are much higher amid plunge of oil prices.

Albania to use peat for electricity production


Tirana, dtt-net.com – Albanian government has prepared a drafted a law for use of peat from more than 300 hectares of peatland in south of the country for electricity production.

Macedonia urged to meet EU demanded electricity reform


Dtt-net.com – EU’s energy body, the Secretariat of Energy Community says Macedonia is failing to remove the obstacles to the development of a regional electricity market by the deadlines agreed last year.

Italian, Russian companies win bids for oil and gas research in Montenegro


Podgorica, dtt-net.com – Montenegrin government today awarded bids for oil and gas research to Italian ENI and Russian Novatek, subject to approval by country’s parliament and implementation of the projects to be launched this year.

Kuwait eyes Russia owned oil refinery in Bosnia


Sarajevo, dtt-net.com – Kuwait is showing interest in acquiring an oil refinery in Bosnia’s Serb entity owned by Russian Neftegazinkor since 2007 amid losses reported, according to diplomats, local media reported.


British customs company leaves Albania


Tirana, dtt-net.com – The British 'Crown Agents' announced is departure from Albania after a two year contract aimed at helming country's authorities to improve customs fee collection.

Albania to boost promotion of tourism


Tirana, dtt-net.com – Albanian govetnment says it's developing a strategy and a plan to boost promotion of country's tourism, mainly its summer tourism in coastal areas aimed at attracting foreigners.

Foreign investments and Diaspora remitances in Albania fall


Tirana, dtt-net.com – Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) in Albania have decreased for 4.6 percent last year along a decrease of Diaspora remittances as well, according to the data of country's national bank.

Albania gov't fight for 2 more airports still inconclusive


Tirana, dtt-net.com – Albanian socialist-led government fight to break up the monopoly of an international corporation - which manages the main airport in capital Tirana - to build two more airports of low cost flights in south and north of the country is still continuing, despite claims by the authorities that a deal has been reached.

Albania adopts law banning wood-cutting


Tirana, dtt-net.com – Albanian parliament has adopted a law introducing a ten-year moratorium on wood-cutting aimed at halting damages to the country’s forests with authorities retaining the right to grant special permits, however.


Slovenia origin ex-PSG talent wanted by 5 football top clubs in Belgium and 1 in Netherlands


Brussels, dtt-net.com - The Slovenian origin football player and former Paris Saint German (PSG), Nicolas Rajsel - currently playing for the second Belgium’s division club the Royale Union Saint Gilloise (RUSG) - is attracting strong attention of first division clubs in Belgium but also in Netherlands, dtt-net.com learns. >>>>

Visiting Serbia beats Albania


Elbasan, dtt-net.com – The hosting national football team of the Land of Eagles was beaten today in Elbasan town by Serbia, for Euro 2016 qualifiers.

Germany's football investor in Belgium can't stop - to sign ex-Anderlecht, ex-Standard midfielder too


Brussels, dtt-net.com – The German Football Investor in Belgium, Jürgen Baatzsch is becoming more and more convincing of his high ambitions and hunger for results on the pitch with Union Saint Gilloise at second division (D2). >>>>

Belgian club - Union St Gilloise - negotiating with ex-Real Madrid German defender – Schorch


Brussels, dtt-net.com – The second Belgian division football club, the Royale Union Saint Gillloise has entered talks with Christopher Schorch ( former Real Madrid), who is also being targeted by Queens Park Rangers, England’s second division. >>>>

Kosovo born, Swiss national Shaqiri signs 5-year deal with Stoke City


dtt-net.com – The Swiss national team football player, the Kosovo-born Xherdan Shaqiri has signed with Stoke City a five-year deal after failure to settle at the Italian Inter-Milan. >>>>


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

EU, US trying to hold back rush of Kosovo FM for getting president post at any cost

Macedonia special prosecution charges 8 of election fraud

Croatia opposition seeks dismissal of minister of culture

UN judge accuses Serbia of refusing to cooperate, PM hits back over ‘disrespect’

4 surrendered gunmen executed in Macedonia police station to ‘hide truth', indictee says

Kosovo refuses to extradite two suspects to Macedonia over 2012 killings

Germany says Albania must adopt and implement reforms to deserve EU accession talks

Russia dPM not allowed to visit Montenegro due to EU sanctions

Serbia gov't enters into conflict with UN war crimes court

Nigerian medical association says Kosovo FM involved in organ trafficking with Nigeria governor

Russia calls again for referendum in Montenegro over NATO entry

Swine flu hits Montenegro too

Bosnia’s PM says ‘mechanism for coordination’ with EU adopted, Serb entity challenges it

Albania: EU lawmakers want the European Commission to monitor judiciary reforms

NATO chief urges Montenegro to continue with entry reforms

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