Category: Balkans
Balkans 19.09.21 | 11:02

Bulgaria: Borisov’s party opens lead, Plevneliev refused to run for another term as President

The conservative Bulgarian GERB party rose to the top in the polls ahead of the elections in November, amid a drop in popularity for the main protest party – ITN – which challenged GERB’s leader Boyko Borisov. After two inconclusive elections in which ITN was neck and neck with GERB,...

Balkans 16.09.21 | 15:42

Who is Albin Kurti: A covert radical, spent time in Serbian prison, the Americans overthrew his first government

A Kosovo delegation led by Prime Minister Albin Kurti is paying Thursday a visit to Macedonia for a joint session with the Macedonian government. Their arrival in Skopje caused chaos in the city and incredible crowds and dismay. Kurti is a frequent guest in the country, and he mostly came when he was...

Balkans 16.09.21 | 13:45

We will not give in, street violence has never brought anything good, says Jansa after protests in Ljubljana

Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa has spoken out against the protests against the strict COVID measures, which escalated into clashes with the police. The protest against the measures aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus took place Wednesday in Ljubljana, and the Slovenian Prime Minister...

Balkans 15.09.21 | 18:17

Bulgaria will hold another round of elections on November 14th

Bulgaria will hold another round of early general elections on November 14th, along with the regularly scheduled presidential elections. This will be the third general election in the country this year, after the first two attempts led to inconclusive results and a Parliament narrowly divided between...

Macedonia Balkans 14.09.21 | 18:23

Merkel expresses sorrow Macedonia was not allowed to open its EU talks, says Europe is held hostage to nationalism

During her meeting with Balkan leaders in Tirana, Albania, outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel again expressed her sorrow that Macedonia and Albania were not allowed to open their EU accession talks. Merkel said that the two countries met the criteria to open the accession talks, but that the Bulgarian...

Balkans 08.09.21 | 16:51

Bulgaria to donate Pfizer vaccines that expire in 22 days to Macedonia

The Bulgarian National Assembly ratified an agreement for donation of 51,480 Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines to the Republic of Macedonia, BTA reports. The vaccines, set to expire by 30 September 2021, are worth 1,560,635 leva (EUR 800,000). The Bulgarian lawmakers also adopted on first reading bills for donation...

Balkans 07.09.21 | 11:06

Bulgarian census system hacked on the first day

The electronic system used for the census in Bulgaria was hacked today, on the first day of the electronic portion of the census. The Bulgarian interim Government said that it expects the problem to be overcome quickly. The in-person portion of the census is expected to begin in ten days.

Sport Balkans 04.09.21 | 19:25

Modern new stadium in Backa Topola rivals those in much larger cities

The famous Hungarian team Ferencvarosh came to the grand opening of the new football stadium in the Serbian town of Backa Topola, to play against the home team TSC. The small city of 15,000 now has a modern stadium that sits 4,500 that serves as the envy of much larger cities. Fifteen million EUR went...

Balkans 02.09.21 | 19:51

Future Speaker of the Albanian Parliament speaks Macedonian

Albnaina Prime Minister Edi Rama nominated a Macedonian language speaker Lindita Nikola as the next Speaker of Parliament. Nikola is married to dean Ligor Nikola, who is an ethnic Macedonian, from the area of Golo Brdo in Albania. The future Speaker was Mayor of an administrative unit in the capital...

Balkans 02.09.21 | 17:15

Orban: Only way to prevent the EU dispute on migration is to return rights to member states

“The only way to prevent the dispute on migration from destroying the unity of the EU is to give all the rights back to the nation states,” said Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban at a leaders’ panel discussion at the Bled Strategic Forum (BSF) in Bled, Slovenia, on Wednesday, the...

Balkans 02.09.21 | 12:09

Vucic: Macedonia changed its name and what did it get?

Macedonia even changed its name, it was promised that the negotiation process would start, and did it happen?, asked Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic regarding the name dispute between Macedonia and Greece and the fact that the country’s start of EU accession talks is blocked by Bulgaria. I am...

Balkans 01.09.21 | 16:49

Erdogan vows to wipe out the Balkan branches of the FETO organization

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned that the country will continue to go after activists of the Fethullah Gulen network in the Balkans. Erdogan sent out a video message at the opening of the Turkish consulate in Novi Pazar in Serbia’s Sandzak district, in which he issued the warning. Turkey...

Balkans 30.08.21 | 10:51

Thousands of vaccine opponents gather against Greece’s Covid policy

Thousands of vaccine opponents took to the streets in two Greek cities on Sunday to demonstrate against the government’s coronavirus policies. Local media outlets estimated that 3,000 people took part in Athens, and more than 5,000 in the northern port city of Thessaloniki. Some 200 people broke away...

Macedonia Balkans 27.08.21 | 12:13

Greece introduces rapid corona tests for unvaccinated visitors

Greek authorities are introducing mandatory coronavirus tests for visitors from 16 countries, including Macedonia, who have not been vaccinated, or have not overcome the illness. Currently, Macedonian citizens are allowed to enter Greece with proof of vaccination, proof of overcoming the illness, or...

Balkans 27.08.21 | 12:07

First group of 121 Afghan refugees arrives in Albania

The first group 121 Afghan evacuees, including 11 babies, arrived to Albania yesterday. They were welcomed at the Tirana airport by the Albanian Foreign Minister Olta Xhacka and US Ambassador Yuri Kim. Albania agreed to take thousands of Afghans on a temporary basis. The initial group is made of Afghan...

Balkans 24.08.21 | 12:35

Bomb threats in Solun

A number of hotels in Solun (Thessaloniki) received bomb threats yesterday, prompting the police to conduct urgent checks. The threats were sent through email. Greek media report that bomb threats are frequent in the country, but not in such coordinated fashion.

Balkans 11.08.21 | 10:49

Rama: “Open Balkans” erases borders between Albanians

“Open Balkans” is not only a path for the future and prosperity of the Albanian nation, but also a new and great opportunity on the way for Serbia to recognize Kosovo, the Prime Minister of Albania Edi Rama wrote on Facebook on the occasion of the initiative which also includes Zoran Zaev...

Balkans 10.08.21 | 19:57

Bulgaria to hold new elections, dispute with Macedonia on a longer vacation

There Is Such a People (TISP) leader Slavi Trifonov said Tuesday in Sofia that his party will not present its draft cabinet to Bulgaria’s Parliament on Wednesday. This decision – unprecedented in Bulgaria’s recent history, came after TISP’s prime minister designate Plamen Nikolov received a cabinet-forming...

Balkans 04.08.21 | 16:59

While Zaev is selling them out, Vucic will pass a law to protect the Serbian language and history

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic announced that the Parliament will make a decision in the fall on the protection of the Serbian language and alphabet. There will be a special chapter in the law on Serbian history, geography, language, literature. It will be mandatory for all students. All the great...

Balkans 01.08.21 | 20:35

Open Balkans is historic opportunity for region, Vučić tells Politika

Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić said on Sunday that in circumstances when the EU does not have a clear strategy for the Western Balkans, the regional initiative called Open Balkans is a great opportunity for its signatories to create a different and better future for themselves. Writing in the Politika...