Category: Balkans
Balkans 25.10.20 | 20:27

Bulgarian Prime Minister Borisov contracted the coronavirus

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov informed the public that he has contracted the coronavirus. He informed the public that he has overall weakness and will continue to work from home. Borisov added that there is no need to have a Deputy Prime Minister replace him. His illness could affect the tense...

Balkans 16.10.20 | 14:40

Slovenia imposes partial lockdown to combat coronavirus spread

Slovenia on Friday began enforcing a partial lockdown in an effort to curb an explosion in new coronavirus infections, Sta news agency reported. Across the country, gatherings have been limited to 10 people and no more than six people can commute to work together in a group. Older school pupils will...

Balkans 13.10.20 | 12:33

Greek border remains closed for Macedonian nationals

Greece has extended the air, sea and land travel ban for third-country nationals until October 25, 2020, MIA’s Athens correspondent reported Tuesday. Regarding the land borders, the restrictions, “for preventive reasons to protect public health from further spread of Covid-19 on Greek territory”...

Balkans 12.10.20 | 17:27

The Council of Europe calls on Bulgaria to enter into dialogue with the Macedonian minority

Bulgaria has made progress in the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities through advancing non-discrimination legislation, promoting education for Roma children and supporting religious rights, the Council of Europe’s advisory committee said in a report. ...

Balkans 12.10.20 | 12:34

Croatian officer injured in an attack in front of the Government building

A Croatian police officer was badly injured after an attacker opened fire in front of the building of the Croatian Government, at the historic St. Marc square in Zagreb. The attacker committed suicide after firing on the officer. He was using an automatic rifle, likely an AK-47. He had posted a brief...

Balkans 02.10.20 | 15:41

Rama: Albania, Kosovo ambition is to remove the border

Albanian prime minister, Edi Rama, during today’s meeting of Kosovo and Albania governments taking place in Tirana, said the ambition of both countries is removing the border, Gazeta Express reports. If we refer the meeting of our cabinets held in Peja [Kosovo] all the documents are being implemented...

Balkans 30.09.20 | 12:15

Most shops in Slovenia to be closed on Sundays, holidays

Shops in Slovenia will be closed on Sundays and national holidays after a law which parliament adopted on Tuesday goes into force in a fortnight. Besides those from the ruling coalition, the law was supported by many opposition MPs. Seventy-two MPs voted for and 13 against. The law says that shops smaller...

Balkans 21.09.20 | 15:33

Greece to police Macedonia’s airspace with F-16 fighter jets and for 35,000 euros a year

Memorandum for speeding up Macedonia’s integration process in the EU; Memorandum for establishment of the Coordination Committee for Economic Cooperation and Technical Agreement for the supervision of FIR Skopje, are the three signed memoranda between Macedonia and Greece stemming from the Prespa...

Balkans 17.09.20 | 12:20

Bulgaria and Borissov have passed the point of no return

Boyko Borissov, the populist leader of Bulgaria, is facing a popular revolt that will not go away. For more than two months now, thousands of Bulgarians have taken to the streets of Sofia to demand his resignation. They are decrying the government’s failure to address rampant corruption, the influence...

Balkans 16.09.20 | 15:45

Greece extends entry ban until September 30

Greece until September 30 has extended the ban for entry of internationals outside the European Union, including Macedonia, Albania and Turkey, MIA reports from Athens. Limitations at land borders due to ‘preventative reasons to protect public health from the spread of COVID-19 in Greece’, involve...

Balkans 16.09.20 | 13:45

Zaev had dinner with Tsipras in Athens

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, who is paying a two-day working visit to Greece, on Tuesday night had dinner with Greece’s ex-PM Alexis Tsipras and France’s ex-President Francois Hollande. Writing on Facebook, Zaev said they agreed that ‘this is a time when alongside the national interests of every...

Balkans 15.09.20 | 14:09

Croatia’s border crossing regime extended until Sept 30

The Croatian national COVID response team has extended the border crossing regime introduced in mid-July after the lockdown until Sept. 30. Border crossing restrictions apply mainly to third-country nationals, whereas EU and Schengen Area citizens can freely cross the border. A number of categories of...

Balkans 10.09.20 | 10:39

Karakachanov: You changed the name, the flag, you will also change the history if you want in the EU

Krasimir Karakachanov once again clearly and unequivocally reaffirmed Bulgaria’s position regarding Macedonia and the Macedonian issue ahead of the opening of the country’s accession negotiations with the European Union. As many times before, the Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister...

Balkans 07.09.20 | 09:09

Albanian media outlets also report on scandal involving businessman Daka

Albanian media outlets are reporting on the scandalous deal to allow the controversial Montenegrin businessman Miodrag Davidovic – Daka in on a major real-estate development in Tetovo. The deal, approved by the two ruling parties in Macedonia, SDSM and DUI, would produce huge profits for Daka,...

Balkans 06.09.20 | 09:16

Albania considers holding a referendum on the Greek expansion into its territorial waters

Albanian President Ilir Meta has raised the issue of holding a referendum after Greece unilaterally decided to expand its territorial waters in the Ionian Sea from six to 12 miles. Meta met with civil society representatives to discuss the issue, and they announced they are calling for a referendum....

Balkans 04.09.20 | 20:32

Serbia and Kosovo sign a Trump negotiated deal for economic cooperation

Serbia and Kosovo signed a deal for deepening their economic cooperation in Washington, under the auspices of US President Donald Trump. Simultaneously, Israel announced that it is recognizing Kosovo while Serbia announced it will move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The deal does not...

Balkans 03.09.20 | 22:10

Serbian officials say they are under enormous US pressure to recognize Kosovo

Serbian representatives in Washington revealed that the White House has presented them with a 16 point plan which requires Serbia to recognize the independence of Kosovo. Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic is meeting with the Kosovan Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti at a summit convened by US diplomat Richard...

Balkans 03.09.20 | 09:40

Protesters clashed with the police in downtown Sofia

Bulgarian police detained 120 protesters and over 100 officers were injured in clashes that erupted in downtown Sofia yesterday. Opposition supporters summoned by President Rumen Radev took to the streets to demand the resignation of the Boyko Borisov Government, accusing him of corruption and violations...

Balkans 03.09.20 | 09:32

Trump makes another attempt to resolve the Kosovo issue

Serbian and Kosovan officials head to Washington for a new round of meetings meant to lead to a settlement between the two countries. This is the second time the Trump administration and his diplomat Richard Grenell have taken a crack at the Kosovo issue – the first summit collapsed after Kosovan...

Balkans 01.09.20 | 10:44

Protesters hurt as political tensions rise in Montenegro

Several protesters were injured in Podgorica in clashes between supporters of the ruling DPS party and the opposition coalition which narrowly won the general elections. Police was sent to keep the two sides apart. According to the Vijesti newspaper, DPS supporters were gathered in a cafe when they were...

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