Category: Balkans
Balkans 15:57

Vucic: I’m here, at my workplace, I’m not running anywhere

Citizens, I am here, at my workplace, and I am not running anywhere, Serbia’s President, Aleksandar Vucic said after a group of demonstrators has been protesting in front of the presidency building in Belgrade for several hours. What I am fighting for and the principles I stand for are more valuable...

Balkans 15:43

Live: Protesters break fence in front of presidency building, Vucic plays chess with Stefanovic inside

Serbia’s president pledged on Sunday to defend the country’s law and order a day after opposition supporters stormed the national TV station protesting what they said is his autocratic rule, AP reported. As Aleksandar Vucic held a news conference in the presidency building in downtown Belgrade, thousands...

Balkans 16:27

Erdogan inaugurates Europe’s biggest city hospital

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan inaugurated Europe’s biggest city hospital in the capital Ankara on Thursday, Anadolu Agency reported. Erdogan attended the opening ceremony of Ankara Bilkent City Hospital, the world’s third biggest hospital which was constructed in one-go. “As we did in the...

Balkans 10:34

Erdogan accuses women’s march of disrespecting Islam

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday accused a women’s march in central Istanbul on Friday of disrespecting Islam by booing the Islamic call to prayer, Reuters reported. Several thousand women had gathered in central Istanbul on Friday evening for a march to celebrate International Women’s...

Balkans 10:23

Istanbul police block Women’s Day march, disperse crowd with tear gas

Police in Istanbul used tear gas to disperse a peaceful crowd of demonstrators who tried to carry out an International Women’s Day march on the city’s pedestrian shopping avenue Istiklal Street on Friday, Turkish media reported. Police earlier in the evening blocked the roads leading to Istiklal...

Balkans 13:42

Katrougalos and Melescanu to host breakfast for North Macedonia’s friends in Brussels

Greek and Romanian Foreign Ministers, Georgios Katrougalos and Teodor Melescanu respectively, will host a breakfast for North Macedonia’s friends in Brussels on March 18, also including Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov, MIA reports from Athens. The breakfast for North Macedonia’s friends...

Balkans 12:28

Albanian opposition urges snap election as protesters rally outside parliament

Albania’s main opposition leader on Tuesday urged Prime Minister Edi Rama to call a snap election over allegations of corruption and vote fraud, as anti-government protesters rallied outside parliament, Reuters reported. They burnt portraits of Rama and threw firecrackers at the building, but the demonstration...

Balkans 10:53

Vucic hints at possible progress toward recognizing Kosovo

President Aleksandar Vucic hinted Monday that Serbia may be willing to recognise Kosovo as a sovereign state, but would require something in return from its former province as part of a broader compromise deal, AFP reported. We must first find the compromise, we can not recognise Kosovo without getting...

Balkans 13:41

BBC changes report on Macedonian minority following Greek uproar

After a public outcry over a BBC story referring to a Macedonian minority in Greece and a Macedonian language, the British broadcaster added a section to the report on Saturday outlining Greece’s position, Kathimerini reported. The section says that the Greek government officially recognizes only one...

Balkans 15:39

Serbia’s President Vucic meets Johnny Depp

Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic has met Hollywood star Johnny Depp who produces and plays war photographer W. Eugene Smith in the independent drama “Minamata.” The production that started in Japan now continues in Belgrade. Vucic thanked Depp because “he believed in Serbia” and decided...

Balkans 10:23

Vucic: They are waiting for a favorable moment to attack northern Kosovo

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said Saturday that Pristina’s accusations of vice-president of the Serbian list Milan Radojicic are aimed at weakening the Serbian defense of northern Kosovo. Commenting on the statement made by Kosovo President Hashim Thaci that he expelled Radojicic, Vucic in...

Balkans 09:51

Thaci: Partition in Kosovo can only happen over my dead body

The president of Kosovo claims that “partition and territory swap” in Kosovo can only happen “over his dead body.” According to Hashim Thaci, people who talk about this are those who “helped Slobodan Milosevic” and are “friends to Milan Radoicic.” Territory...

Balkans 15:13

Croatian man threw his four children off the balcony, one girl badly injured

A disturbed 54 year old man from the Croatian island of Pag shocked the country when he threw his four small children from the balcony of his house. Fortunately all the children survived the ordeal, but a seven year old girl is in surgery with head injuries. I heard cries, came out of the house and saw...

Balkans 21:38

Greek protesters and officers injured in incident over the Macedonian name issue

At least four Greek police officers and one civilian were left badly injured in the protests which erupted in the industrial city of Kajlari/Ptolemaida in northern Greece – the area Macedonians refer to as Aegean Macedonia. Greek protesters were marching against the Prespa treaty under which Macedonia...

Balkans 11:27

Protests in Tirana escalate, protesters try to enter parliament building

Supporters of Albania’s opposition threw flares and torched a car tire outside the country’s parliament Tuesday in an attempt to block ruling lawmakers entering the building amid calls for the government to quit. The center-right Democratic Party-led opposition claims the leftist government of Prime...

Balkans 14:30

Hashim Thaci announces: I will resign

Kosovo President Hashim Thaci says he would resign or call a referendum if the Assembly did not approve an agreement with Belgrade. According to this agreement, Kosovo would be given three municipalities of central Serbia – Bujanovac, Presevo and Medvedja. Thaci told Pristina’s Report TV...

Balkans 22:25

Kocijancic: There is no “Balkan Spring”

The boycott of parliament is not acceptable, there won’t be a “Balkan spring”, this is the stance of the European Union regarding the events in Albania, Montenegro, and Serbia. In the light of recent events in the Balkan region spokesperson of EU, Maja Kocijančić stated that the protest in those...

Balkans 16:08

Opposition boycotts Belgrade Assembly session

The opposition councillors to the Belgrade City Assembly boycotted Monday’s sitting on a budget rebalance keeping a promise they gave to the #1 in 5 million protest participants not to take part in the work of the republic’s and local parliaments, the agencies reported. They said they would talk...

Balkans 12:20

Kammenos claims he has evidence to indict Kotzias over the Macedonian name treaty

Former Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos claims he has evidence to indict former Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias, over his role in the Macedonian name issue talks. Kammenos forced Kotzias to resign amid the talks, but ultimately failed to stop the signing and Greek ratification of the treaty renaming...

Balkans 19:51

Head of the Red Star handball club killed in a workplace argument in Belgrade

Mirko Butulija, director of the Serbian Red Star handball club, was killed today after he tried to intervene in an argument between two employees. Butulija was also head of the associations of motorists of Serbia. After he witnessed an argument in the office, he tried to separate the two employees, when...

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