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W. Balkans General News

Attempts to break-up Bosnia will be faced with war, Bosniak leader warns

17.11.2017

Sarajevo, dtt-net.com – A Bosniak leader today warned that Serb eventual attempts to break up the country and make Serb Republic (RS) entity independent, will be faced up with war by Bosniaks.
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Guinea-Bissau denies of recognizing Kosovo

17.11.2017

Belgrade/Pristina, dtt-net.com - The Prime Minister of Guinea-Bissau today said that his small African country hasn’t recognized Kosovo, despite announcement by Kosovan government six years ago.
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UN-mediated talks over Macedonia-Greece name row to resume next month

17.11.2017

New York/Skopje, dtt-net.com – UN-mediated negotiations between Macedonia and Greece over the row on the name of the first will resume next month, as Skopje is hoping to find a compromise with Athens which would allow the country to open EU accession talks and also join the NATO.
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Kosovo court convicts 4 opposition members over attack on parliament

17.11.2017

Pristina, dtt-net.com – Four members of an opposition party in Kosovo were convicted today with prison terms over an attack on the parliament with rocket-propelled grenade last year.
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Montenegro pro-Russia opposition calls for dismissal of prosecutor

16.11.2017

Podgorica, dtt-net.com – Montenegrin pro-Russia opposition today said it’s trying to initiate a parliamentary procedure for dismissal of State High Prosecutor who has filed indictments over money laundering against opposition members.
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Energy & Environment

Bosnia and Macedonia still failing to comply with EU energy rules

07.11.2017

Vienna, dtt-net.com – The Secretariat of Energy Community - an EU energy body - said that Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and Macedonia are not complying with Energy Community Treaty.
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Serbia to build largest wind farm in the W. Balkans

18.10.2017

Belgrade, dtt-net.com - The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) are providing a €215 million loan to ?ibuk 1 wind farm, the largest wind project in Serbia and the Western Balkans to date.
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Montenegro ratifies Paris Climate Agreement

12.10.2017

Podgorica, dtt-net.com - The Parliament of Montenegro ratified the 2015 Paris Climate deal, setting clear goals of reducing greenhouse gases to combat air pollution and climate change.
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Serbia’s gas imports from Russia increase to more than 30 percent

05.10.2017

Moscow/Belgrade, dtt-net.com - From January to September this year Serbia has increased gas imports from Russia for more than 30 percent comparing to the same period in 2016, according to latest figures.
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Germany calls on Serbia to end energy infrastructure blockade toward Kosovo

14.09.2017

Berlin/Pristina, dtt-net.com - German government has called on Serbia to end the long blockade toward Kosovo which is causing delays in integration of the regional energy market in the Western Balkans despite recent infrastructure investment efforts by Berlin and the EU.
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Business/Economy

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

16.11.2017

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.
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Macedonia best in W. Balkans for doing business, World Bank says

31.10.2017

dtt-net.com – A new report by the World Bank says that Macedonia is the best country in the Western Balkans region for doing business environment.
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Kosovo and Serbia enter into trade dispute

28.10.2017

Pristina/Belgrade, dtt-net.com - Kosovan government announced introduction of a special fee to flour imports from Serbia saying that the measure aims at protecting local production from Serbian dumping which Belgrade denies.
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Turkey eyes to boost trade ties with Bosnia and Kosovo

28.10.2017

Sarajevo/Ankara, dtt-net.com – After signing some 12 cooperation deals with Serbia earlier this month, Turkey is showing increasing interest to further boost trade relations with Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and Kosovo.
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Serbia and Turkey vow to boost economic ties

10.10.2017

Belgrade, dtt-net.com – Turkish President Recep Erdogan is in Serbian capital Belgrade today in a visit aimed at boosting economic and trade relations between the, what the first calls, “two key countries in the Balkan” region.
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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 police dismantles drug ring as authorities step up efforts against org. crime

UK judge resigns and accuses EU rule of law mission in Kosovo of corruption

EU wants Serbia to reach binding ‘normalization’ deal with Kosovo, President says

Macedonia’s government could reshuffle

Macedonia’s parliament approves draft-law on minorities' languages

Bosnia Serbs start boycotting institutions

EU hails Albania’s reform efforts, urges for more

Montenegro indicts pro-Russia politician over money laundering

Bulgaria hopes Albania will open EU entry talks next year

Kosovo PM eyes NATO entry by 2020

EU enlargement process not credible without Macedonia, minister says

Serbia’s President warns Bosniak leader over Kosovo independence remarks

Macedonia and Greece to intensify efforts to solve name row

US scolds Kosovo government over deadlock on border deal with Montenegro

11 policemen in Macedonia sacked over April incident in parliament



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