Category: Balkans
Balkans 12.11.19 | 11:59

Erdogan threatens to release ISIS prisoners back to Europe

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday issued a chilling threat to Europe over looming sanctions over Ankara’s unauthorized drilling in the Mediterranean: penalize us and we’ll release ISIS prisoners back to European countries. “You should revise your stance toward...

Balkans 07.11.19 | 14:50

V4: Erdogan arrives in Budapest for a meeting with Viktor Orban

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is the second major world leader to visit Budapest for meetings with Prime Minister Viktor Orban in only 8 days, after the visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Erdogan was welcomed by his counterpart, Hungarian President Janos Ader, and will meet Orban later...

Balkans 04.11.19 | 21:08

“Norwegian model” – a bird in the hand for Skopje and the neighborhood?

Gerald Knaus would have to know what was going on. He is the director of the European Stability Initiative, a highly influential think tank in Brussels. Knaus was the main creator of a refugee agreement between the EU and Turkey that significantly softened the refugee wave across the Balkans. The veto...

Balkans 02.11.19 | 22:01

Earthquake of 4.7 magnitude shakes Bosnia

Bosnian seismologists say a 4.7 magnitude earthquake has shaken the Balkan country, damaging some buildings and rattling residents. The earthquake’s epicenter on Saturday afternoon was near the central Bosnian village of Turbe, but was felt throughout the country. Bosnian media say citizens have reported...

Balkans 01.11.19 | 12:34

Dacic displays Serbian birth certificate of Kosovo Ambassador to US at UN headquarters

Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic made a real spectacle at the United Nations headquarters during the Kosovo debate. Dacic had a verbal duel with Kosovo Ambassador to the United States Vlora Citaku over the rights of Albanians and Serbs in the former Serbian province. At one point, Dacic spoke in Serbian...

Balkans 01.11.19 | 11:24

Tsipras to Mitsotakis MPs: Your leader will beg VMRO leader not to reject the agreement we signed

Former Greek Prime Minister and now leader of the opposition SYRIZA Alexis Tsipras, while discussing new asylum law in the Greek Parliament, speaking on national issues, also referred to the Prespa Agreement, saying they are proud of the solution between the two countries and at the same time criticized...

Balkans 31.10.19 | 10:42

Varvitsiotis: We are against those who want to decouple Skopje and Tirana’s EU perspective

We are against those who want to decouple the two countries, those that never gained momentum or numerical majority in the European Council, said Greek Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs Miltiadis Varvitsiotis, MIA reports from Athens. The Alternate Greek Foreign Minister briefed committee members...

Balkans 26.10.19 | 12:00

Despite the snub in Brussels, President Meta seeks to allay fears of Greater Albania

Albanian President Ilir Meta sought to allay fears of an Albanian nationalist project developing after the country had its EU prospects denied by France. Meta said that the Albanians in the region will remain committed to the EU project instead All the Albanians have one project and that is the unification...

Balkans 25.10.19 | 11:38

New German factory opens in Serbia, average salary to be 1,700 euros

German car parts manufacturer Brose will open a factory in Pancevo, in northern Serbia. What attracts residents of the region to apply for a job at the factory are the high salaries. The average salary will amount to EUR 1.700 which is above the European average. Brose is active in the production of electronic...

Balkans 24.10.19 | 14:38

Palmer: EU sending ‘unfortunate message’ to Serbia, Kosovo with snub

The U.S. special envoy to the Western Balkans, Matthew Palmer, said the European Union had sent to Serbia and Kosovo an ‘unfortunate message’, by refusing to open accession negotiations with Macedonia and Albania. Palmer told VOA that the goals of the United States and the EU when it comes...

Balkans 23.10.19 | 18:24

Albanian police claims it prevented an Iranian planned terror attack

Albanian police informed today that the country narrowly avoided a well planned terrorist attack that was supposed to occur on Nowruz, the Persian New Year. The attack, according to the Interior Ministry, was planned by Iran, and its notorious Quds force. Police chief Ardi Veliaj gave out the names of...

Balkans 23.10.19 | 10:44

Kathimerini: Skopje not obliged to call itself North Macedonia at home

The Greek daily Kathimerini, in an authorial comment, points out that the blockade on the start of EU accession negotiations with Macedonia threatens the erga omnia aspect of the Prespa Agreement regarding the use of the northern neighbor’s name. The provision included in the Prespes agreement...

Balkans 18.10.19 | 14:06

Rama rules out early elections in Albania

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama, who along with Zoran Zaev was the main loser at the European Council, ruled out allowing early general elections following his failure to open EU accession talks. Like in Macedonia, politicians in Albania are also calling on Rama to resign and allow early elections....

Balkans 17.10.19 | 15:43

Greek leftist radicals invade Turkish consulate in Thessaloniki

Greek police arrested at least 10 people on Thursday for invading the Turkish consulate in Thessaloniki in protest at Ankara’s incursion in Syria, the APA-MPE agency reported. The group presented themselves as visitors to the Mustafa Kemal Ataturk museum on the consulate grounds. A First World War...

Balkans 17.10.19 | 12:35

Fajon: Macron, wake up!

European Parliament rapporteur for Kosovo Tanja Fajon criticized France’s decision to block the start of negotiations with Macedonia and Albania, urging Emmanuel Macron to show political maturity and responsibility. It’s such a shame. Emmanuel Macron, wake up! It’s time for EU to show political...

Balkans 15.10.19 | 20:46

Avramopoulos warns that the fighting in Syria could cause another migrant wave

European Commissioner in charge of migration Dimitris Avramopoulos warned that the renewed fighting in Syria can cause a massive migration wave toward Greece. Avramopoulos discussed the Turkish operation in north Syria and said that it can dislodge thousands of Syrians to flee into Turkey. He blamed...

Balkans 15.10.19 | 16:33

Rama: The sun will rise again tomorrow

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama was stoical in face of the likely loss of the expected date to open EU accession talks in October. The sun will rise again and our efforts will continue, Rama said today. Albania, which is in a de-facto group with Macedonia, is seen as the weaker of the two candidates....

Balkans 10.10.19 | 17:11

V4: Romanian Government falls

The Romanian parliament passed a motion of no-confidence in the Dancila government on Thursday on the initiative of the opposition, with 238 votes in favour – ousting the government. President Klaus Iohannis will now hold consultations with all parliamentary parties to decide who can form the next...

Balkans 09.10.19 | 15:36

V4: Soros’s ally may lead Kosovo

“He is a politician in favour of Greater Albania endorsed by Soros,” an Albanian portal described Vetevendosje party’s founding president Albin Kurti, known for his radical statements. Vetevendosje (Self-determination) won the elections held over the weekend while only 11.63 percent...

Balkans 09.10.19 | 11:26

Stoltenberg to meet Mitsotakis and Pavlopoulos in Athens

Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg will visit Greece on Thursday to meet with Greek officials, the alliance said in a statement, Kathimerini reported. Stoltenberg will meet with President Prokopis Pavlopoulos and Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and hold a press conference with the latter at...

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