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Party of Serbia’s president involved in massive money laundering, corruption (report)

25.07.2017

Belgrade, dtt-net.com – The ruling Serb Progressive Party (SNS) of president Aleksandar Vucic is involved for years already in a massive money laundering scheme by obliging citizens it employs in the public and private sector to pay a monthly fee of ten percent of their salaries and also a whole one-month salary in cash, according to the findings of a local daily.
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Macedonia court rejects detention for ex-PM

25.07.2017

Skopje, dtt-net.com - A court in Macedonia has rejected a request of the prosecution to detain former prime minister Nikola Gruevski charged of election fraud.
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UN war crimes court grants provisional release to 2 former Serbian security officials

25.07.2017

The Hague, dtt-net.com – The International Criminal Tribunal for former-Yugoslavia (ICTY) has granted provisional release to two former high-level officials of the Serbian State Security Service who are on re-trial over war crimes charges during the wars in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) in early ‘90s.
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Albania’s new President takes office

25.07.2017

Tirana, dtt-net.com – The leader of Albanian Socialist Movement for Integration (LSI), Ilir Meta took office as country’s new president.
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Kosovo president sets date for constitutive session of parliament

25.07.2017

Pristina, dtt-net.com – Constitutive session of Kosovan parliament will take place on August 3rd, after June 11 early election, country’s president decided.
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Energy & Environment

Serbia keen to link to Russia’s ‘Turkish Stream’ gas pipeline

11.07.2017

Istanbul/Belgrade, dtt-net.com – Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said his country expects that the Russian gas pipeline from Turkey will pas through Serbia to reach the Western Balkans and the EU, which would be the direct competitor to EU's Trans-Adriatic-Pipeline (TAP).
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Serbia attracted by Russia’s 'Turkish Stream' gas pipeline

06.07.2017

Belgrade, dtt-net.com – Serbia is showing interest to build a new gas pipeline with help from Russia and connect with Bulgaria to use Russian gas through 'Turkish Stream', with Belgrade and Moscow hoping that Bulgaria would join and make possible the project which would be a direct competitor to EU’s Trans-Adriatic-Pipeline (TAP).
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Construction of EU gas pipeline reaches nearly 50 percent in Albania, Greece

06.07.2017

Tirana, dtt-net.com - Nearly 50 percent of steel pipes of the EU Trans-Adriatic-Pipeline (TAP) are now welded in Albania and Greece, as the project is well advancing to bring gas from Azerbaijan to Balkan and EU consumers.
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Macedonia’s new government vows to comply with EU energy treaty

08.06.2017

Skopje, dtt-net.com – The new Macedonian government of prime minister Zoran Zaev vowed to comply with EU rules on energy as the previous government has failed to do so.
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EU regrets Trump’s withdrawal from Paris climate deal but will not renegotiate it

02.06.2017

Brussels, dtt-net.com – Representatives of EU institutions and its member countries have expressed regrets over yesterday’s decision of US president to withdraw from the 2015 Climate Paris agreement with French President Emanuel Macron firmly ruling out any renegotiation as solicited by Donald Trump.
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Business/Economy

Albania’s PM defends W. Balkans ‘economic area’ project sponsored by EU

14.07.2017

Tirana, dtt-net.com – Albanian Prime Minister today responded to critics of the ‘economic area’ plan agreed by Western Balkans countries on Wednesday in Italy saying that the idea behind the project is to increase trade cooperation within the region and prepare the countries to join the EU market.
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The EU and Japan reach free trade deal

06.07.2017

Brussels, dtt-net.com – The European bloc and Japan today reached “Economic Partnership Agreement” in principle subject to approval by EU member countries and the European Parliament.
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EU calls on W. Balkans, Turkey to focus on economic reforms

23.05.2017

Brussels, dtt-net.com – Western Balkans countries and Turkey today were called by the European Union to focus on economic reforms aimed at better preparing their economies for the EU path.
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Kosovo politician suggests suspension of trade deal with EU

17.05.2017

Prishtina, dtt-net.com - A Kosovan politician has criticized the Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA) between Kosovo and the EU saying that the deal is harmful to local production.
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Albanian authorities block tons of poultry imported from Brazil

15.05.2017

Tirana, 15 May 2017, dtt-net.com – Albanian food security authorities said today they have blocked a total of 26 tons of poultry imported from Brazil because of containing salmonella.

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Football

Kosovo gets first ever Olympic gold medal and a HERO

08.08.2016

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.

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Kosovo granted FIFA membership

13.05.2016

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.
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FIFA Council proposes membership of Kosovo, Gibraltar

11.05.2016

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.
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Furious Serbia to appeal Kosovo UEFA's vote

03.05.2016

Belgrade, dtt-net.com – Serbian authorities said Belgrade will file complaint against today’s UEFA vote in favour of Kosovo Football Federation membership.
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Kosovo to join UEFA

03.05.2016

Budapest, dtt-net.com – The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) today voted in favour of Football Federation of Kosovo membership. >>>>


Opinions

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

01.06.2017

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

16.01.2017

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.
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[Opinion] What to expect in the Balkans (after Donald Trump’s election) ?

18.11.2016

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.

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Kosovo: An example on how to fight radicalism 

27.05.2016

"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

06.09.2015

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
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Earlier News

Albania’s main opposition party re-elects leader

Nearly half of Serbia citizens support EU path

No NATO entry for Macedonia unless name row with Greece solved

Kosovo parties still deadlocked over formation of new government

Bosnia’s House of People approves election law changes

Montenegro court postpones trial of two pro-Russia lawmakers over coup attempt

Bosnia’s PM optimistic over EU candidate status

Macedonia’s PM vows to send draft-law on Albanian language to the parliament

Albania and Kosovo citizens the biggest hopefuls over EU membership benefits

EU officials encourage Macedonia to pursue with reforms despite blockade by Greece

Montenegro asks EU for help amid wildfires

Mogherini urges Bosnia to focus on reforms for EU path

UN mediator over Macedonia-Greece name row meets with Greek FM

EC recalls conditions to Kosovo over EU visa liberalisation

Bosnia’s minister says 2 terrorist threats foiled last month



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