W. Balkans General News

19.08.22

Podgorica/Belgrade, 18 August 2022, dtt-net.com – The parliament of Montenegro will vote Friday on a no-confidence vote filed by parties of ethnic Montenegrins against the ethnic Albanian Prime Minister Dritan Abazovic, who has caused outrage amidst the first in meeting demands of Serbia and local Serbs so far, mainly related to the “basic contract” with Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC), ignoring independent past of Montenegrin church and the state.

18.08.22

Brussels, 18 August 2022, dtt-net.com – Leaders of Kosovo and Serbia found no common ground today after intensive meeting they had with EU mediators in Brussels today over their multiple differences and future relations of the two countries, as western powers are trying to ease renewed tensions in Serb-predominantly north of Kosovo, hoping for a final compromise for a “comprehensive agreement” which few believe it will include recognition of Kosovo by Serbia, and many expect Kosovo Albanians to swallow calls for more special powers for Serb minority – backed by the  EU and USA - - in exchange of EU visa liberalisation for isolated Kosovans.

17.08.22

Brussels/Washington, 17 August 2022, dtt-net.com – Western powers in both sides of Atlantic are currently at their full speed trying to convince Kosovan premier Albin Kurti and President Vjosa Osmani to accommodate Serbia demands for more special powers for Serb-majority municipalities, as Washington and the European bloc still hope that a rewarded Serbia will cut traditional strong political and business ties with Russia for the benefit of long term stability in the troubled Western Balkans region, which the EU fears it could explode any time soon as result of Putin aims to install instability and hurt the region in detriment of USA's allies in the old continent.

 

 

17.08.22

Brussels, 17 August 2022, dtt-net.com – Western powers in both sides of Atlantic are currently at their full speed of trying to convince Kosovan premier Albin Kurti and President Vjosa Osmani to accommodate Serbia demands for more special powers for Serb-majority municipalities, as Washington and Brussels still hope that a rewarded Serbia will cut traditional and strong political and business ties with Russia.

16.08.22

Belgrade/Brussels, 17 August 2022, dtt-net.com – USA Ambassador to Belgrade, Christopher Hill, said Kosovo and Serbia leaders should “focus on proposals, in the spirit of concessions and compromises," as the first refuse to grant more special autonomous powers for Serbs, and the second refuse to recognize Kosovo independence.


EU brief news

19.05.22

Berlin/Brussels, 19 May 2022, dtt-net.com – German Chancellor, Olaf Scholz, told national parliament that Ukraine can’t be granted a special treatment differently from Western Balkans six countries on their EU pathway, thus joining the position of French President, Emmanuel Macron, who last week said that the accession process is not a matter of a few months or a few years.

04.05.22

Strasbourg, 03 May 2022, dtt-net.com – Italian Prime  Minister Mario Draghi called Tuesday during a speech in the European Parliament (EP) for change of EU treaty on decision-making  to end the veto rule and switch to qualified-majority in EU’s foreign policy, defence sector and enlargement process, respectively.

08.04.22

Brussels, 08 April 2022, dtt-net.com - The fifth package approved today by the 27 governments of EU member states doesn't include ban on Russian oil and gas, despite yesterday's call by the European Parliament to immediately impose the full ban on the two main imports from Russia.

07.04.22

Strasbourg, 07 April 2022, dtt-net.com – The European Parliament (EP) today called governments of 27 member states for “additional punitive measures, including “an immediate full embargo on Russian imports of oil, coal, nuclear fuel and gas” over invasion of Ukraine, while at the same time calling also for stepping up arms deliveries to the Ukrainian army.

07.04.22

Brussels, 07 April 2022, dtt-net.com - G7 countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the USA) and EU today condemned “in the strongest terms” the atrocities committed by the Russian armed forces in Bucha and a number of other Ukrainian towns and at the same time warned against any threat or use of chemical, biological or nuclear weapons. 

“Any use by Russia of such a weapon would be unacceptable and result in severe consequences,” foreign ministers of the seven countries and EU’s chief of diplomacy, Josep Borrell said in a statementafter a meeting in Brussels.


SPORT/Football News

28.02.22

Zurich, 28 February 2022, dtt-net.com - The world and European football organizations today decided to kick out Russian national team and club clubs from all competitions organized by the two organizations temporarily, amid Russia’s military assault on Ukraine.

04.01.22

London, 04 January 2022, dtt-net.com – Southampton Football Club today confirmed that SportRepublic - backed by Lead Investor Dragan Solak - has completed the acquisition of a controlling stake of 80 percent in Southampton Football Club.

13.06.20

13 June 2020, dtt-net.com – The Kosovo right-foot forward of Werder Bremen is back for today’s match against Paderborn, as the two clubs are fighting for crucial points to avoid relegation.

13.06.20

13 June 2020, dtt-net.com – Xherdan Shaqiri and Liverpool are likely to go separate ways as the player is on the list of transfer, provided that interested clubs and the Reds agree on a transfer fee, British media reported.

10.06.20

Prishtina/Brussels, 09 June 2020, dtt-net.com – The 21-year left foot forward/midfielder of the Kosovan national team, Edon Zhegrova, nicknamed in Swiss and his home country as ‘Kosovo’s Lionel Messi’, is attracting the interest of several clubs in France, England, Germany and Italy as well, but dtt-net.com agency learns that the starlet is interested in staying with Swiss’s FC Basel and not return to Belgium’s Genk.

Energy & Environment

16.08.22

Prishtina, 15 August 2022, dtt-net.com – Kosovo authorities launched Monday daily electricity cuts, as the most underdeveloped country in the European continent enters again into deep energy crisis amid mismanagement of local power generation capacities and high prices of electricity it imports to meet consumption needs.

11.08.22

Belgrade, 10 August 2022, dtt-net.com – Serbian authorities have accelerated efforts to ensure sufficient gas storage for the winter which according to the President are at highest level ever.

29.07.22

Athens/Tirana, 29 July 2022, dtt-net.com – Saudi Arabia’s and Greece’s leaders signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoU) aimed at construction of an undersea electricity interconnector to supply the Balkans and EU with green electricity and also a undersea and terrestrial data transmission cable system that will connect Europe with Asia via Greece and Saudi Arabia and make Greece a data entry gateway to the EU, simultaneously connecting it to the Middle East and Asia.

25.07.22

Tirana, 25 July 2022, dtt-net.com – Governments of the three countries, part of the Open Balkan initiative, after a proposal by Belgrade today agreed to set up a joint working group on energy and on strategic projects.

22.07.22

Sarajevo, 22 July 2022, dtt-net.com – German Wpd Europe GmbH, through its subsidiary in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) is awarded by a canton in Bosniak-Croat entity in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) concessions to construct two wind power farms of total 274 MWh capacity.


Business / Economy

08.08.22

Prishtina, 08 August 2022, dtt-net.com -  Kosovan officials and Israel diplomats met today and talked about possibilities of Israel investing in Kosovo’s poorly managed healthcare system and also in potable water supply in the Western Balkans country - the most underdeveloped on in the European continent.

08.08.22

Belgrade/Prishtina, 08 August 2022, dtt-net.com – Serbia goods are coming reaching back fast Kosovo market and could soon approach to the 450 Euro million record of 2017, after a drastic fall since 2018 - when the then government of Kosovo of Ramush Haradinaj, imposed a 100 percent tax and which started to be lifted partially in early 2020 by today’s premier, Albin Kurti, and totally after his predecessor Avdullah Hoti.

26.07.22

Tirana, 26 July 2022, dtt-net.com – Serbian government officials today met with Albanian import companies as Belgrade aims to increase its exports, including of flour, cooking oil and sugar to Albania, through the Open Balkan initiative of free flow of goods and people it designed and entered with North Macedonia too.

26.07.22

Belgrade/Podgorica/Skopje, 26 July 2022, dtt-net.com – Average net salaries in Serbia in May reached 74 168 RSD (632 Euro) and gross salaries to 102 432 RSD (872,85 Euros), country’s statistical office said, but highest salaries in the Western Balkans region continue to be in Montenegro.

26.07.22

London/Prishtina, 26 July 2022, dtt-net.com – The London-based Western Tethyan Resources Limited today announced issuance of exploration license in a north-eastern part of Kosovo – the fourth this year and sixth in total - for gold after initial reconnaissance works on the project areas to date have indicated presence of gold and other raw materials.


opinions

06.07.22

   The present crisis is the culmination of a long historical drama that has the potential to spark a new Balkan war and seriously derail the integration of the Western Balkan states into the European Union and NATO.

 By Denis Rajic and Marko Attila Hoare

27.06.22

In the EU-Western Balkans summit, Edi Rama both in his published speech and in the following press conference with Aleksandar Vucic, went to great lengths to justify the Serbian position (refusal to join EU sanctions) towards Russia. Referring to distorted interpretations of historical and economic facts, Rama criticized the West for its pressure on Serbia.

 By Genc Pollo

17.06.22

 The Western Balkans Strategic Group, which works under the auspices of the Heinrich Boell Foundation, assesses the ‘Open Balkan’ project as an initiative that would be negatively competitive with the "Berlin Process", while leading regional integration in an unacceptable and fragmented direction.

 By Western Balkans Strategic Group - Heinrich Boell Foundation

21.03.22

“…even before the war in Ukraine, there was a worrying resurgence of tensions in the region, particularly within Bosnia and Herzegovina and between Serbia and Kosovo. We have seen outside interference seeking to destabilise our neighbours and weaken the European Union, notably through Russia’s insidious and well-documented disinformation campaigns”.

By Josep Borrell

13.03.22

By Miodrag Vlahovic

Podgorica, 13 March 2022, dtt-net.com / peacefare.net- Russian aggression against Ukraine has provoked a dramatic change in the Western approach to Russia. Confrontation with Russia has re-united the Euro-Atlantic community and given a new raison d'etre to NATO. It will have profound effects in the Balkans too.