Category: Balkans
Balkans 08.04.21 | 17:18

First he was Mandic, then Djukic, and now Gergi: The assassin with Macedonian passport often changes identities

The assassin Stefan Djukic, who was tasked with liquidating the leader of the Kavak gang, Radoje Zvicer, has a rich criminal record. He does not belong to either the Skaljarski or the Kavak clan, but is considered a hitman. Changing his identity was not his first time. His real name is Stefan Mandic....

Balkans 06.04.21 | 10:48

Bulgarian socialists offer Slavi Trifonov to lead a coalition that would unseat Prime Minister Borisov

The Bulgarian Socialist Party responded to the offer of a grand coalition by Prime Minister Boyko Borisov by pushing for an “everyone but Borisov” coalition. BSP called on Slavi Trifonov, the showman whose recently founded ITN party surprisingly came out in second place in the elections,...

Balkans 04.04.21 | 12:43

No PCR test required for Macedonian citizens traveling to Serbia

Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic says that the citizens of the “Mini Schengen” countries do not need a negative PCR test to enter Serbia, ie Macedonia and Albania, as well as the citizens of Hungary and Bulgaria, with the measure being lifted due to reciprocity. This is because there are...

Balkans 04.04.21 | 12:25

Brnabic: We showed solidarity, we gave 48,000 vaccines to Macedonia

We showed solidarity in the most difficult times – we send Macedonia 8,000 Pfizer vaccines and 40,000 Sputnik V vaccines, which is for 24,000 citizens, Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic told Prva TV. Brnabic added that this has nothing to do with politics, but says she hopes this will bring the...

Balkans 01.04.21 | 10:52

Macedonians with Bulgarian passports removed from voter lists ahead of Bulgaria’s elections

Just a few days before the parliamentary elections, the municipality of Blagoevgrad started a procedure to remove 3,526 voters from the village of Rilci. They are Bulgarian citizens from Macedonia, reports Fakti.bg. The removal started a year and a half after the signals received from the locals that...

Balkans 01.04.21 | 10:22

Vaccines not geopolitical but saving lives issue in Serbia, Vucic tells CNN

Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic told CNN on Wednesday that his country did not take the vaccination as a geopolitical but rather an issue of saving lives. During CNN’s Fred Pleitgenr report from Belgrade about the „country that offers free vaccine shots to foreigners,“ Vucic said he was...

Balkans 30.03.21 | 12:39

Zaharieva reluctantly distanced herself from Dzhambazki’s latest nationalist outburst

Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva distances herself from Angel Dzhambazki’s latest nationalist outburst but at the same time calls on the authorities in Skopje to distance themselves from what she says are “scandalous allegations” by the Slovenian...

Balkans 26.03.21 | 19:16

Croatia postpones the census for September

Croatian Parliament on Friday voted to postpone this year’s population census, which was originally set for the spring but will now be conducted in the autumn. The rescheduling, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, will see the census happen in two stages, from 13 September to 17 October. The first stage...

Balkans 24.03.21 | 18:20

Bulgaria will conduct its census in September

Bulgaria announced it will hold its census in September. The operation will begin on September 7th and will last a little under a month. Much of it will be conducted online, to avoid spreading the coronavirus among the population.  September is also the period when the Macedonian opposition VMRO-DPMNE...

Balkans 22.03.21 | 17:42

Bulgaria’s Foreign Ministry declares two Russian diplomats persona non grata

The Bulgarian Foreign Ministry has declared two Russian diplomats persona non grata and has given them 72 hours to leave the country, the Ministry said on Monday. The move was prompted by the diplomats’ involvement in “activities incompatible with the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations”. On...

Balkans 21.03.21 | 12:51

Man with criminal records in Serbia is an intermediary in the procurement of the Sputnik V vaccine for Macedonia

A man with a criminal records in Serbia and problems with the Serbian judiciary told Al Jazeera that he was the only one with an agreement with the Russian investment fund guaranteeing the delivery of the Sputnik V vaccine to Macedonia, BiH, Algeria and Bulgaria. Nikola Lakusic, a Serbian citizen living...

Balkans 19.03.21 | 13:57

Serbs angry with Zaev: We give him vaccines, and his ministers ask Spain to recognize Kosovo

Serbian media are reacting to the lobbying of two key ministers in Zaev’s government, Artan Grubi and Bujar Osmani, for Spain to recognize Kosovo’s independence. Republika.rs comments that this is a knife in the back of Serbia and “gratitude” that the first aid for vaccines came...

Balkans 06.03.21 | 17:55

Vucic explained how he got the vaccines: I’m more experienced than my friend Zaev, who relied entirely on the EU and didn’t get vaccines

In an extensive interview with Bosnian TV Face, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said that cooperation in the region was necessary, as it was the only way for countries to progress and develop, and to prevent young people from moving abroad. In the interview, Vucic talked about the procurement of vaccines,...

Balkans 04.03.21 | 20:32

Another quake hits Larisa, is felt across the region

Another strong earthquake struck Greece and was felt in Macedonia an hour ago. Just like in Wednesday, the epicenter of the quake was again near Larisa, and it is measured at 5.5 degrees. It was felt across Macedonia, especially in higher buildings which are often designed to sway with the earthquake...

Balkans 03.03.21 | 11:51

Earthquake hits Greece, is felt in Macedonia and across the region

An earthquake centered in Greece was felt in Macedonia this morning. Initial reports are that its epicenter was near Larisa in Greece. There are no reports of any damages or injuries yet. In Macedonia, its main effect reported so far was in the higher buildings, which shook and swayed as the wave passed.

Balkans 02.03.21 | 15:26

Serbian President Vučić delivers vaccine donation to Bosnia and Herzegovina

Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vučić on Tuesday arrived in Sarajevo and delivered 10,000 doses of vaccines against coronavirus which he had previously announced would be a gift to help Bosnia and Herzegovina, which is faced with difficulty in implementing it vaccination plans. The cargo was delivered...

Balkans 25.02.21 | 10:13

V4: Left could hinder Serbia’s accession talks

The European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET) adopted the 2019 and 2020 reports on Serbia at its session on Wednesday. The report was awaited with heightened interest, because the European Parliament last approved a document on the Western Balkan country in 2018. Unfortunately,...

Balkans 21.02.21 | 11:41

Karakachanov says he will suggest that Macedonia and Albania be separated, so that Albania’s EU path isn’t blocked

Bulgarian Defense Minister Krasimir Karakachanov claims that the Macedonian political elite has generated great hatred towards Bulgarians. In an interview with BNT, he said repression and pressure on Bulgarians in Macedonia had intensified, including from senior government officials. The Bulgarian minister...

Balkans 18.02.21 | 17:25

Serbian church appoints Porfirij as its new Patriarch

The Serbian Orthodox Church appointed bishop Porfirij as its new Patriarch. His appointment comes after Patriarch Irinej died of the coronavirus, likely contracted while he attended the funeral of bishop Amfilohij. Serbian media are reporting that the new Patriarch, who used to lead the bishopric of...

Balkans 17.02.21 | 09:18

Velja Nevolja organized the assassination attempt on Zaev’s partner, the Montenegrin businessman Daka?

The criminal Velja Nevolja was one of the organizers of the assassination attempt on Miodrag Davidovic-Daka, Pink TV reported. Velimir Belivuk hired hitman Nebojsa Jankovic to kill the controversial Montenegrin businessman at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, formerly the Intercontinental. It happened in 2019...

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