Category: Balkans
Balkans 02.04.20 | 17:15

EU Commissioner Varhelyi coordinates trans-Balkan actions in response to the coronavirus epidemic

European Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi said that the EU will work together with the Balkan countries to respond to the coronavirus epidemic. One of the steps that are being taken are easing procedures to move medicine and food across the transport corridors in the region. Fighting coronavirus...

Balkans 02.04.20 | 11:56

20 migrants in Greece infected with coronavirus

A refugee camp in Greece has been put under a 14-day quarantine after officials confirmed the presence of the new coronavirus there, reported state radio broadcaster ERT on Thursday. The virus was confirmed at the camp after doctors detected it in a resident who had travelled to an Athens hospital to...

Balkans 31.03.20 | 10:12

Kurz condemns EU for its calls to keep Austria’s borders open

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said that the European Union did not offer any constructive ideas to fight the coronavirus, just criticism of his order to close the borders. We can’t take ideas such as “please keep the borders open” seriously at a time like this, Kurz said. The Chancellor...

Balkans 31.03.20 | 10:10

Solun quay closed as part of the anti-viral measures

City authorities in Solun (Thessaloniki) are closing the popular walkway along the quay for pedestrians for the weekends and imposing a 14h-8h curfew during workdays. The move is meant to reduce traffic and the danger the coronavirus spreads in the city.

Balkans 29.03.20 | 19:54

Slovenia adopts a huge financial aid package to combat the effects of the corona epidemic

Slovenia is preparing a mega rescue package named the Corona Law, which will provide three billion EUR to prop up the economy in the expected economic downturn. Prime Minister Janez Jansa said that it will provide 700 EUR in assistance to self-employed citizens whose jobs evaporate, 150 EUR to students,...

Balkans 28.03.20 | 22:25

Albanian supporter in D.C. accuses the Trump administration of toppling the Albin Kurti Government

US Democratic congressman Eliot Engel accused the Trump administration of organizing the removal of the Albin Kurti Government in Kosovo. Engel, who is a long standing supporter of the Albanian nationalist cause in D.C. said that he has been “increasingly concerned with the heavy-handed tactics...

Balkans 26.03.20 | 09:41

Under international pressure, Kosovo Parliament ends Albin Kurti’s short-lived Government

The Parliament of Kosovo voted out the short-lived Albin Kurti Government. The populist leaders was undermined by open hostility from US diplomats, which pushed his coalition partner LDK to jump ship. A last minute intervention from a number of European Union countries, led by France and Germany, on...

Balkans 22.03.20 | 12:35

Zagreb hit by powerful earthquake

The earthquake that hit Zagreb early on Sunday morning had a magnitude of 5.5 on the Richter scale and it was followed by another two stronger tremors; strong quakes are usually followed by a number of tremors that cannot be predicted, Seismological Service head Ines Ivancic told a press conference.  This...

Balkans 18.03.20 | 10:17

Bulgaria quarantines the Bansko ski resort

Bulgarian authorities introduced a quarantine on the town and ski resort of Bansko, on Mt. Pirin. Bulgaria has a total of 81 coronavirus cases and three of them were diagnosed in Bansko, among people working in the ski resorts. The Government sees massively visited ski resorts as very dangerous for spreading...

Balkans 16.03.20 | 17:18

Albania will ban all evening gatherings

The Albanian Government ordered a ban on pedestrians and public gatherings after 18h. The measure is meant to prevent young people from holding parties in public spaces, as the cafes and clubs are closed. Prime Minister Edi Rama said that the public is free to mock his orders, but will have to respect...

Balkans 15.03.20 | 23:00

Serbia declares an emergency situation, closes its borders

Serbia declared a state of emergency because of the coronavirus. All borders are closed except for cargo and for Serbian citizens returning home, and the elderly are strongly advised to remain in their homes. Prime Minister Ana Brnabic said that the military will be sent to the borders to stop unregulated...

Balkans 12.03.20 | 09:33

Greece’s first coronavirus death confirmed

The 66-year-old retired professor who was hospitalised with coronavirus at the University Hospital of Patras in Rio, has passed away, Greek City Times reported. The patient developed symptoms of pneumonia as soon as he returned from a trip to the Holy Land. Several of his fellow travellers were also...

Balkans 11.03.20 | 16:44

Albania reports first coronavirus death

Albania on Wednesday reported the first death related to a coronavirus infection, of a 73-year-old woman in a hospital in Durres. The patient had spent two months in Bologna in Italy before returning home for a funeral. During that time, unaware of her infection, she had contact with many relatives,...

Balkans 10.03.20 | 12:23

Serbia shuts borders for people from coronavirus-affected countries

Serbia closed its borders on Tuesday for travelers from countries most affected by the coronavirus outbreak to prevent spreading of the disease, the government said in a statement, Reuters reported. The temporary ban applies to people arriving “from Italy, certain provinces in China, South Korea, Iran...

Balkans 09.03.20 | 11:43

V4: Hungary’s 2015 migrant stance is now the generally accepted approach in Europe

Hungary’s strong conviction expressed in 2015, when the first wave of migrants reached Europe, has become a generally accepted approach in Europe, the Hungarian foreign minister told Hungary’s public broadcaster. EU foreign ministers meeting in Zagreb adopted a statement which says the bloc’s...

Balkans 08.03.20 | 21:43

Erdogan: Greece should allow migrants through to other EU countries

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said Greece should let migrants travel on to other European countries, as tensions continue to rise at their shared border. “Hey Greece, these people aren’t coming to you to stay, they are coming to you and going into other European countries,” said Erdogan...

Balkans 06.03.20 | 20:54

Palmer: Greece has the right to protect its borders

US Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, Matthew Palmer, who is paying a visit to Greece, on Thursday underlined Greece’s right to protect its borders and noted that the US supports Greece with respect to this issue. “Greece has the right to protect its borders,...

Balkans 06.03.20 | 10:17

Kathimerini calls on Greek Americans to support Joe Biden for President

Greek daily Kathimerini called on Greek Americans to support Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential race. The paper welcomes the rise of the ageing Democratic candidate in the primaries against Socialist Bernie Sanders, and sees him as a more trustworthy ally on “Greek issues” than Donald Trump,...

Balkans 05.03.20 | 11:30

Germany rejects proposal from the Greens to accept 5.000 migrants stranded on the Greek islands

The German Bundestag rejected a proposal from the Green Party to admit 5.000 asylum seekers from the overcrowded Greek islands close to Turkey. Many of the several tens of thousands of migrants on islands such as Lesvos and Chios have been there since the 2015/16 migrant crisis, when the Balkan route...

Balkans 05.03.20 | 10:02

Austrian Chancellor Kurz counting on the Balkan countries to stop the migrant flow if Greece fails

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz assured the public that Balkan countries will be there to stop migrants if they manage to push through the Greek border. Thousands of migrants are pushing against Greek border guards on the Marica/Evros river for days now, after Turkey gave up on policing the border. Kurz...

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