Category: Balkans
Balkans 24.09.23 | 19:33

One Albanian police officer and three suspected Serbian fighters killed in Kosovo

Kosovo police killed at least three of the group of armed fighters that are entrenched in a monastery in the village of Banjska, at the north of the country, and who previously killed one and wounded another Kosovan police officer. Kosovo alleges that the group is 30 strong and includes Serbian and Russian...

Balkans 10.09.23 | 17:53

Regional leaders come to Skopje

A conference of the Brdo-Brioni process will take place in Skopje tomorrow, with leaders from the region coming together. In attendance will be the presidents of Serbia, Kosovo, Croatia, Slovenia, Albania, Montenegro and the three co-presidents of Bosnia. Their agenda will focus on EU integrations, climate...

Balkans 05.09.23 | 19:21

Greece hit by a major storm

Central Greece is hit by a major storm that caused flooding. The area of Volos is worst hit. Social media users from this country and tourists have shared videos of cars being swept off to sea and flooded homes and stores. This area was also badly hit by forest fires in July.    

Balkans 05.09.23 | 09:03

Macedonian nominated as Minister in the Albanian Government

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama appointed an ethnic Macedonian – Arbjan Mazniku – to the newly created post of Minister for Local Administration. Rama is conducting a Government reshuffle, and tapped Mazniku, who is currently deputy Mayor of Tirana. He originates from the village of Vrnica,...

Balkans 30.08.23 | 19:44

Under Macron’s plan, Balkan countries would sit in the EU, but won’t have the right to vote

Austrian Europe Minister Karoline Edtstadler discussed the proposal from French President Emmanuel Macron to create different tiers of EU member states, before any Balkan country is allowed to join the EU. Unlike Austria, which is enthusiastic about bringing new countries to the EU, France is a deep...

Balkans 29.08.23 | 21:18

Hungarian Minister Szijjarto calls on the EU not to wait until 2030 and admit the Balkan countries as soon as possible

Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto called on the European Union to open accession talks with the Balkan countries immediately, and to add them to the EU as soon as possible. Szijjarto spoke in response to comments from European Council President Charles Michel who cited 2030 as a year when the...

Balkans 29.08.23 | 18:46

Rama suggests that Balkan countries attack each other to get preferential treatment from the EU – like Ukraine

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama, known for comments such as announcing that Macedonia will be taken over by Bulgaria (which he later declared to be sarcasm), made a similar statement during the Balkan forum in Bled. Rama was visibly being ironic this time, commenting that Ukraine is advancing to the...

Balkans 29.08.23 | 16:51

Charles Michel’s hopeful announcement to the Balkans dismissed by the EU Commission

A day after European Council President Charles Michel hinted that the EU would be ready to bring in new members by 2030, a Commission spokeswoman Dana Spinant asked the press not to speculate with accession dates. Michel was trying to restore some hope in the long waiting Balkan countries – not...

Balkans 28.08.23 | 22:48

EU Council President calls for enlargement by 2030

European Council President Charles Michel made a call that the EU should prepare for enlargement by 2030, giving some encouragement to Balkan countries like Macedonia, after French President Emmanuel Macron clearly stated that no full membership is on the table. In his remarks in Slovenia, made before...

Balkans 22.08.23 | 20:21

18 migrants found dead after a forest fire in Greece

Greek firefighters found 18 burnt bodies in a village in the Marica-Evros region, close to the Turkish border. The dead were found in two groups, prompting rescuers to conclude that they were likely illegal migrants who crossed into the country. Greece has been affected by major forest fires for weeks,...

Balkans 21.08.23 | 21:26

Tucker after meeting Vucic: NATO’s war with Russia is destroying the European economy

US conservative commentator Tucker Carlson is in Budapest for meetings with political leaders such as his host Viktor Orban and the President of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic. Tucker met with Vucic and during their conversation the Serbian President reportedly said that NATO is waging war on Russia in Ukraine...

Balkans 21.08.23 | 09:17

Orban welcomes likeminded leaders to mark the Hungarian national holiday

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban welcomes leaders from the region, including President Erdogan of Turkey and Vucic of Serbia, to mark the Hungarian national holiday. The leaders, joined by American political commentator Tucker Carlson, will also attend the world athletics championship. During the...

Balkans 20.08.23 | 08:31

Several big wildfires in Albania, the largest one near Hymara

Albanian firefighters are struggling to deal with several huge wildfires around the country, the largest one burning near Hymara, a very popular tourist destination on the Albanian coast, where large police forces and a helicopter joined the fight against the fire. Near another tourist destination, the...

Balkans 16.08.23 | 20:15

Kosovo: US Ambassador Hovenier denies allegations of pressuring Kurti

US Ambassador to Kosovo Jeffrey Hovenier insisted that his country is not pressuring the Government of Albin Kurti to accept an unfavorable deal with Serbia, or trying to push Kurti out. According to Hovenier, the US is only interested to see progress in the issue of the status of majority Serbian municipalities...

Balkans 12.08.23 | 12:16

Bosnia shocked by the livestreamed murder of a young woman in front of her daughter

Bosnia and the Balkans are shocked after a Bosnian man, with a record of family violence, beat up and then shot to death his girlfriend, in front of their daughter, while sharing the video on Instagram. The horrific crime happened in Gradacac, a small town in Bosnia, where Nermin Sulejmanovic killed...

Balkans 09.08.23 | 13:08

Albanians belittle Serbs and sing about Great Albania in Ulcin, Monte Negro

A new video by young Albanian tourists in Monte Negro with terrifying hate speech against the Serbians in Monte Negro. The video features a beach club in Ulcin, a Montenegrin holiday resort, where dozens of young Albanian tourists shout hideous anti-Serbian paroles in the Albanian language and sing songs...

Balkans 08.08.23 | 18:24

Almost 100 people arrested after the deadly fight during the AEK – Dinamo match in Athens

Greek authorities have arrested dozens of Croatian football fans, as well as other participants in the massive fight that erupted during the match between AEK and Dinamo Zagreb, which left one Greek fan dead. In total, almost a 100 people have been arrested, and top Greek police officials in charge of...

Balkans 05.08.23 | 12:47

Montenegrin authorities are investigating an incident with the braking system of the PM Abazovikj’s vehicle

The competent Montenegrin institutions are investigating why the brakes of the Montenegrin PM Dritan Abazovikj’s office Mercedes suddenly stopped working, the Montenegrin MoI informed. According to the statement, the braking system of the vehicle abruptly stopped working immediately before a huge...

Balkans 05.08.23 | 09:53

Bulgaria could veto Serbia over its demand for reciprocity in minority rights

Bulgaria strongly protested against the statement from Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic, who demands equal treatment in minoritu issues between the two countries. Similarly to its approach toward Macedonia, where Bulgaria blocks the country’s EU accession as it demands that the Bulgarian minority...

Balkans 04.08.23 | 22:44

Floods in Slovenia – at least three killed

At least three people have did in the devastatubg fkiids that hit Slovenia today, as a storm front moved through the country. The fatalities include two Dutch tourists killed in the mountains above Kranj.Evacuation orders were given in the low laying areas and citizens fear that the worst is yet to come...

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