Category: Balkans
Balkans 17.07.19 | 20:57

Albania banned television from broadcasting Ceca’s songs

Albania’s Agency for Audiovisual Media (AMA) has warned Albanian national broadcaster not to broadcast songs to singer Svetlana Radatovic (Ceca Velichkovic), the wife of the late Jelko Radvanovic Arkan, after complaints that a minority program broadcast a song the Serbian singer. The decision was...

Balkans 16.07.19 | 10:25

Vucic after meeting with Marcon: I begged him to help us resolve the issue with Kosovo

For France, Kosovo is independent, for Serbia, it is not. We must understand that there are countries that think differently. Macron is one of the few leaders who want to hear us, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic told a press conference after meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron in Belgrade. He...

Balkans 15.07.19 | 10:03

Vucic to Zaev: Greetings comrade …

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, speaking on TV Pink on Sunday evening, among other topics, also referred to the last communication between him and the Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, in relation to the case with the Russian pranksters. According to Vucic, Zaev apologized after the media published...

Balkans 13.07.19 | 16:40

Serbia targeted by foreign intelligence services, Vucic being spied from Macedonia, main center in auto salon

Two months ago, a team of intelligence services was set up in Skopje, which masked their activity by working in a representative office of a major car manufacturer from the West in order to block reaching a compromise solution for Kosovo and Metohija, Serbian lawmaker Milovan Drecun reveals, “Kurir.rs”...

Balkans 12.07.19 | 20:25

Haradinaj also tricked by the Russian pranksters

Russian Television Russia 24 published today pieces of a conversation between Kosovo Prime Minister, Ramush Haradinaj and Russian comedians Vladimir Kuznetsov (Vovan) and Alexei Stolyarov (Lexus). The recording shows how Haradinaj fell for a prank by this comedy duo back in April, when one of them introduced...

Balkans 12.07.19 | 12:30

Turkey receives first batch of the Russian S-400 system, as NATO protests

NATO officially expressed its concern after Turkey began installing parts of the Russian made S-400 missile system today. The rockets are installed as the new US Ambassador David Satterfield arrived in Turkey, and mere days from the anniversary of the 2016 failed coup against President Erdogan. Turkey...

Balkans 12.07.19 | 11:13

Chalkidiki still being cleared up after powerful storm left six dead and serious damage

The region of Chalkidiki in northern Greece, which is a major destination for Macedonian tourists, is clearing up after the major storm that killed six Russian, Czech and Romanian tourists and injured 23. Greek authorities report that the roads are now completely open, and cleared from fallen pylons...

Balkans 11.07.19 | 15:48

Russian comedians tried to prank Thaci, but failed

Kosovo’s President Hashim Thaci admitted that he was targeted by the Russian pranksters, but their attempt was unsuccessful. Thaci told local media that thanks to the government services, the attempt by Russian comedians Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexei Stolyarov was unsuccessful. One cannot talk...

Balkans 11.07.19 | 11:07

State of emergency declared in Halkidiki after severe weather

A state of emergency was declared in the northern Greek region of Halkidiki Thursday after six people died in deadly storms and gale-force winds that hit the area late Wednesday night, Kathimerini reported. Six foreign nationals from Romania, the Czech Republic and Russia, including two children died...

Balkans 11.07.19 | 10:42

Six foreign nationals killed as severe weather hits Greece

Six foreign nationals, including two children, were killed and more than 100 other people injured after gale-force winds, rain and hailstorms struck northern Greece late on Wednesday, uprooting trees and collapsing roofs, authorities said. Television footage showed strong winds sweeping through a restaurant...

Balkans 10.07.19 | 23:05

Haradinaj reacts to Zaev talking about Kosovo’s partition with Russian comedians

After last night’s statement by his Macedonian counterpart Zoran Zaev, Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj reacted that the idea of exchanging territories was still at the table and that Russia and Turkey are behind it, Kosovo’s “Gazeta Express” reports. Kosovo Prime Minister...

Balkans 10.07.19 | 11:58

Tahiri says Mogherini could’ve sparked a war in the Balkans

Former Kosovan negotiator with Serbia Edita Tahiri blamed former EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini that she could’ve sparked a war in the Balkans. Chasing after any kind of solution for the Kosovo – Serbia dispute, Mogherini endorsed the proposal of border changes between the two...

Balkans 09.07.19 | 16:56

New Greek government sworn in

Greece’s new conservative government was sworn in on Tuesday, a day after new Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis took office vowing to turn the page on a decade of economic crisis. The 51 members of the new government swore the oath of office on the Bible in a ceremony led by the Archbishop of...

Balkans 09.07.19 | 15:19

War of words between Serbia and Bulgaria over Kosovo escalates further

The war of words between Serbia and Bulgaria over Kosovo continued to escalate, with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov demanded a public apology from Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic and told Serbia it will not join the EU until it recognizes Kosovo. Dacic summoned our ambassador to tell him...

Balkans 08.07.19 | 13:14

Kyriakos Mitsotakis sworn in as Greece’s prime minister

Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the leader of the conservative New Democracy (ND) party, was sworn in as Greece’s new prime minister on Monday, just 15 hours after voting ended. In a swift move, the result of Sunday’s elections was formally submitted to President Prokopis Pavlopoulos and Mitsotakis was prime...

Balkans 08.07.19 | 10:28

Borisov: I know how painful is the Kosovo issue for the Serbs

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov said he did not allow Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva to react sharply to the statement of her Serbian counterpart Ivica Dacic because, as he noted, “he knows how painful is the Kosovo issue for the Serbs”. Borisov said this at Sunday’s...

Balkans 07.07.19 | 22:05

Tsipras calls Mitsotakis to concede defeat

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras conceded defeat in the early general elections held today, in which the opposition conservative New Democracy party won a convincing victory. Projections show that New Democracy will have at least 155 seats in Parliament, giving it the majority needed to form the next...

Balkans 07.07.19 | 16:14

Haradinaj grateful after Borisov asked the new EU foreign policy chief Borrell to recognize Kosovo

Kosovan Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj expressed gratitude to his Bulgarian counterpart Boyko Borisov for taking Kosovo’s side in the dispute with Serbia. Borisov called on the Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell, who is about to be named EU foreign policy chief, to amend his position on Kosovo’s...

Balkans 07.07.19 | 10:54

Greeks go to the polls in election expect to reflect on the Prespa treaty

Greeks go to the polls today in the early general elections which are widely expected to be a rebuke of the ruling far left SYRIZA party and to bring the conservative New Democracy back in power. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras suffered a drubbing at the recent municipal and European Parliament elections,...

Balkans 05.07.19 | 14:48

Borissov: The European perspective for the Western Balkans has no alternative

The key word is trust – this is what we need to work for, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said in his speech at the Berlin Process Summit in Poznan, the government press office said. The European perspective for the Western Balkans has no alternative, he said. “It is a guarantee for...

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