Western Balkans and EU News

W. Balkans General News

10.05.21

Tirana, 10 May 2021, dtt-net.com – The Democratic Party of Albania (PD) said it filed Sunday “hundreds of proofs” of what it called “vote buying” by the ruling leftist party of the Prime Minister Edi Rama in April elections.

10.05.21

Sarajevo, 10 May 2021, dtt-net.com – Croat intellectuals in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) Saturday called on their political parties to start official talks with Bosniak and Serb parties for a reorganizing the country on a federal basis system made of three entities for each ethnicity.

10.05.21

Belgrade, 10 May 2021, dtt-net.com – Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic Sunday awarded Austrian writer Peter Handke – both cheerleaders of the Butcher of Balkans, Slobodan Milosevic – with ‘Order of Karadjordje's First-Degree Star’, after being awarded by Serb entity in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) on Friday.

08.05.21

Banjaluka, 07 May 2021, dtt-net.com - Peter Handke, the controversial Austrian writer, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2019, denier of the Genocide in Srebrenica and supporters of “The Butcher of Balkans”- Slobodan Milosevic,  Friday received two awards in the Serb entity in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH).

07.05.21

Zagreb/Belgrade/Prishtina, dtt-net.com – Serbia’s minister of defence described Croats and Kosovo Albanians as “ brothers in arms” while Croatian troops - which are part of NATO-led mission (KFOR)  - as “occupation forces in the territory of Serbia”, prompting fierce reactions today from Croatia’s foreign ministry which called Aleksandar Vulin’s remarks as ““ridiculous and absurd” while at the same time recalling Belgrade that Croatian minority rights are not being respected as agreed seven years ago between Zagreb and Belgrade.


EU brief news

06.04.21

Ankara/Brussels, 06 April 2021, dtt-net.com – The European bloc is aiming for an “honest partnership” with Turkey, but the concern over the situation of human rights in the country is “hampering the process” of fresh attempts to restore relations between the two sides, according to the President of the European Commission (EC) Ursula von der Leyen.

 

02.04.21

Brussels, 02 April 2021, dtt-net.com – EU representatives together with those of China, France, Germany, Russia and the United Kingdom today held a virtual meeting agreeing to continue fresh efforts next week in Vienna, and try convince the government of the United States to return to the 2015 JCPOA deal with Iran, through eventual concessions Washington would be ready to make over economic sanctions to Tehran and at the same time convince the Islamic country to return to the implementation of previously agreed deal measures.

24.03.21

Brussels, 24 March 2021, dtt-net.com – Top representatives of the EU and the USA government of Joe Biden, reaffirmed today in Brussels efforts of the two western powers to reinstate trans-Atlantic relations and partnership damaged by Donald Trump for four years and tackle together worldwide common challenges from China to Africa, of which the fragile stability in the Western Balkans including Kosovo-Serbia talks are the crucial part of joint undertaking in the European bloc’s close neighbourhood.

05.03.21

Brussels, 05 March 2021, dtt-net.com – The President of EU’s executive body, Ursula von der Leyen and the President of the USA Joe Biden agreed today in a phone call to suspend export tariffs related to the two air-transport companies for a period of four-month.

01.03.21

Brussels, 01 March 2021, dtt-net.com – The EU’s chief of diplomacy, Josep Borrell, is trying to convince Iran and the USA and all other powers for an “informal consultations” meeting in a “appropriate time”, aimed at preserving the nuclear deal of 2015, according to officials in Brussels, as Tehran initially rejected direct informal talks seeking Washington ends economic sanctions first.

 


SPORT/Football News

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.

08.06.20

Prishtina/Istanbul, 08 June 2020, dtt-net.com – Kosovo’s forward Vedat Muriqi is likely to move to the Italian club for the 2020/2021 season as FC Lazio has made the offer of 20 Euro million to Fenerbahçe, according to Turkish media.

07.06.20

Prishtina, 07 June 2020, dtt-net.com – The 23-year forward of FC Prishtina shined today with three goals against FC Ferizaj, as the team of the Kosovan capital club is now only 2 points behind the leader of the Superliga, Ballkani, with 10 more games to go for the title.

Energy & Environment

23.04.21

Belgrade, 23 April 2021, dtt-net.com – EU official signed today a grant package for Serbia worth over 86 million Euros aimed at supporting the candidate country in protecting the environment – in particular safe drinking water, supporting the tourism sector and to support small and medium sized enterprises.

21.04.21

Belgrade, 21 April 2021, dtt-net.com – Serbian parliament approved new laws aiming at stimulating investments and boosting production of renewable energy and at the same time more use of its mineral resources in the service of economy.

12.04.21

Belgrade, 12 April 2021, dtt-net.com – The governments of Montenegro and Serbia today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the field of energy with the electricity interconnection as part of the Trans-Balkan corridor at the core of the cooperation.

31.03.21

Skopje, 31 March 2021, dtt-net.com –  North Macedonia’s energy companies today signed a MoU  with Greek counterparts paving the way for joint undertaking and investments in the LNG terminal in Greek port of Alexandroupoli and a gas power plant in the city both to be supplied with the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) from the USA exporters.

27.03.21

Sarajevo, 27 March 2021, dtt-net.com – Bosniak and Croat members of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) today accused Croatia of illegal construction of gas pipeline to a oil refinery in BiH’s Serb entity which passes under Sava river separating the two countries.


Business / Economy

30.11.20

Tirana, 30 November 2020, dtt-net.com – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) today said that Albanian economic growth is set to decline by 7.5 per cent this year amid consequences of Covid19 pandemic and the earthquake of November 2019.

07.10.20

Tirana, 07 October 2020, dtt-net.com – Because of Covid19 pandemic, economic growth in the Western Balkans six countries is expected to shrink by 4.8 percent in 2020 - a steeper recession than envisioned in June, the World Bank said in a report today.

03.10.20

Tirana, 03 October 2020, dtt-net.com - Albanian and American governments today signed a Memorandum of Understanging (MoU) aimed at boosting economic ties between the two countries, including on 5G technology standard for broadband cellular networks, on top of construction of a 120 MWh hydropower plant (HPP) by American company Bechtel.

30.09.20

Prishtina, 30 September 2020, dtt-net.com – The GDP of Kosovo decreased for -9,28 percent in the second trimester this year compared to the same period in 2019, according to Kosovan statistical agency.

29.09.20

Tirana, 29 September 2020, dtt-net.com – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said that Albanian economy is expected to contract by 7,5 percent this year because of Covid19 pandemic damages to the economy, thus revising its outlook of April.


opinions

05.05.21

EU delivers anti-COVID-19 vaccines to Western Balkans six countries, finally.

 By Ekrem Krasniqi

Prishtina, 05 May 2021, dtt-net.com – For yet unknown reasons, the European Commission (EC) and EU 27 member states had not included six Western Balkans countries, and region's 17,77 million inhabitants, from the list while making first deals with pharmaceutical companies for purchase of anti-COVID-19 vaccines last year.

27.02.21

By Ekrem Krasniqi, Brussels

Ibrahimovic is wrong when complains of only “undercover racism” when it comes to him personally and  totally ignores it when it’s about others. 

We should care and dare speak out and try to help as much as we can to those in need and what LeBron James does out of basketball pitch is just about that.

15.02.21

By Daniel Serwer

Washington/Prishtina, dtt-net.com - Kosovo's early elections have produced, as expected, a clear victory for Vetevendosje (VV or "Self-Determination"). According to preliminary results, it has won close to 48% and a commanding lead of something over 50 seats in the 120-seata Kosovo Assembly.

05.01.21

By Josep Borrell

Brussels, 05 January 2021, dtt-net.com - Over the last weeks, we have witnessed a serious humanitarian crisis concerning hundreds of migrants in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The crisis is largely due to the dysfunctioning governance in the country. However, it also reminds us of the urgent need to update our common asylum and migration policy.

15.12.20

By Maria Suokko and Karen Hermarck 

Prishtina, 15 December 2020, dtt-net.com - We are entering a new geological era - the Anthropocene, or the Age of Humans. For the first time in 300,000 years, humans have become the dominant force in shaping the future of the planet - instead of the planet shaping us. Our actions – particularly our dependence on fossil fuels and material consumption - are driving climate change, biodiversity collapse, air and water pollution, and land degradation. It is time to for all societies to re-think their development pathways.