Category: Balkans
Balkans 25.05.19 | 18:31

Greeks go to the polls in elections which may affect the future implementation of the Macedonian name deal

Greeks go to the European and municipal elections tomorrow, in a vote that may determine whether the Alexis Tsipras Government will survive until the end of the year or will have to organize early elections. A significant win for the conservative New Democracy could topple Tsipras’ a few months...

Balkans 17.05.19 | 13:17

Zuckerberg celebrates wedding anniversary with wife in Acropolis

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has posted a photograph on social media posing with his wife, Priscilla Cham, on the Acropolis during a trip to Athens for their wedding anniversary. Celebrating 7 years of happy marriage at the temple for the goddess of wisdom,” Zuckerberg said on the popular social...

Balkans 14.05.19 | 14:58

Greek lawmakers give the green light to opening new border crossings to our country

An agreement between Greece and North Macedonia making travel across the border separating the two countries easier, was given the green light to go before the Parliament’s plenary on Tuesday, the ANA-MPA news agency reported. Greek Parliament’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee passed...

Balkans 13.05.19 | 16:34

Edi Rama for TV Pink: I don’t want borders with Kosovo, Montenegro, Macedonia or Serbia

In an interview with Belgrade-based TV Pink, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama said Albanians in Albania and Kosovo are brothers who now live in two different countries and they should unite. He pointed out that he wants a region without borders. I don’t want borders with Kosovo, Montenegro, Macedonia,...

Balkans 09.05.19 | 17:27

Dacic: Serbia talks about compromise, Pristina and Tirana look for ways to create ‘Greater Albania’

Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic has told the country’s public broadcaster RTS that Serbia is “a small, but not a stupid country.” He added that while Belgrade talks about compromise and dialogue, Pristina and Tirana are looking for ways to create Greater Albania – an expansionist...

Balkans 09.05.19 | 10:40

First Macedonian member of Parliament to be sworn in Albania

Vasil Sterjovski, a seasoned Macedonian rights activist from Albania, is being named member of the Albanian Parliament. Sterjovski’s Macedonian Alliance for European Integration was part of the coalition led by now President Ilir Meta in the 2017 elections. It’s expected that Sterjovski will...

Balkans 08.05.19 | 10:28

Vucic: As long as I am president, I will not recognize Kosovo

Aleksandar Vucic late on Tuesday spoke about possible solutions for Kosovo, but also about expectations from the upcoming meetings in Rome, but also in Tirana. The president was a guest on Serbia’s public broadcaster RTS when he spoke about solutions for Kosovo after the Berlin summit, noting that...

Balkans 05.05.19 | 18:28

Pope Francis blesses the memory of Ss. Cyril and Methodius during his visit to Bulgaria

During his visit to Bulgaria, Pope Francis blessed the memory of Ss. Cyril and Methodius, the medieval missionaries who spread Christianity throughout the Slavic lands. Ss. Cyril and Methodius are patrons of Europe, whose prayer, dedication and apostolic promotion are examples for us and remain, a millennia...

Balkans 04.05.19 | 21:59

Erdogan signals he backs re-run of contested Istanbul vote

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan signaled on Saturday he backs a re-run of mayoral elections in Istanbul which resulted in a narrow victory for the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) for the first time in 25 years, Reuters reports. Erdogan’s ruling AK Party (AKP), which also lost control...

Balkans 29.04.19 | 10:15

Serbian President speaks out in defense of Albanian baker who faced threats over the “eagle sign”

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic expressed his support to Mon Gjuraj, an ethnic Albanian baker from Belgrade, who faced threatening messages after a picture showing off an Albanian symbol was shared online. Nationalist protesters left pig heads in front of his store after the picture, ostensibly of...

Balkans 22.04.19 | 19:23

Serbia pledges 1 million euros for Notre Dame

The Government of Serbia decides to help the reconstruction of fire-stricken Paris landmark the Notre Dame Cathedral with million Euros, the FoNet news agency has reported on Monday, citing a Government statement. The statement added that this donation “confirms a centuries-long friendship with French...

Balkans 20.04.19 | 15:55

Large group of ISIS camp followers returned to Kosovo

A group of 110 family members of Albanian Islamists were returned to Kosovo yesterday from Syria, where they accompanied ISIS fighters. The group includes four fighters, 32 women and 74 minors, including nine orphans. The fighters will be detained for initial 48 hours, Kosovan security sources said. It...

Balkans 19.04.19 | 13:40

Athens installs Alexander the Great statue

Athens on Friday installed its first Alexander the Great statue, a project mired in bureaucratic delays for nearly three decades. The 3,50-metre (11.5-foot) equestrian statue of a young Alexander, cast in bronze, was erected in central Athens opposite a statue of Lord Byron. According to the city of...

Balkans 19.04.19 | 12:47

Dacic says dual sovereignty in Kosovo unacceptable

Dual sovereignty is unacceptable to Serbia, Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic told the state TV (RTS) on Friday commenting speculation that the idea would be put forward at a meeting between top officials from Belgrade and Pristina in Berlin. He said that dual sovereignty means that north Kosovo will be allowed...

Balkans 17.04.19 | 18:13

‘First and only statue’ of Alexander the Great in Athens to be unveiled

The statue of Alexander the Great was raised in central Athens on Wednesday morning by workers from the municipality of Athens, the Greek Reporter reports. The statue is located at the intersection of Amalias and Vasilissis Olgas (Queen Olga) avenues in downtown Athens, just a few meters from the...

Balkans 17.04.19 | 14:37

Greek police disperses migrants attempting to enter Macedonia by train

Greek police dispersed a group of migrants who were attempting to enter Macedonia illegally, hidden in a cargo train. The engineer informed the police that he has spotted migrants in the wagon cars. When the police approached the train near Solun/Thessaloniki, the migrants fled. Greece houses tens of...

Balkans 16.04.19 | 22:21

Dutch Parliament wants to re-introduce visas for Albania, move could complicate its EU accession process

Concerned over the growing levels of Albanian criminal activity, the Dutch Parliament voted today to restore visas for Albanian citizens. Albanian media report that the decision of the Tweede Kamer will empower the Dutch Government to go to Brussels and request that the European Union again imposes a...

Balkans 10.04.19 | 12:13

Putin: Respect international law, remember Yugoslavia

Russian President Vladimir Putin has once again called for international law to be respected in order to avoid situations similar to the bombing of Yugoslavia. Putin, who spoke during plenary session of the International Arctic Forum in St. Petersburg, referenced NATO’s 1999 aerial war against...

Balkans 08.04.19 | 23:45

Ivan Pernar forced out of Croatia’s parliament building

The security in the Croatian Parliament removed Ivan Pernar from the building by force. The MP accused on Facebook that this time he was forced out of the building by order of Miljan Brkic.

Balkans 06.04.19 | 11:07

Protest in Athens railway station ends after small group of migrants allowed to head toward Macedonia

Several dozens migrants who were blocking a major railway station in Athens after they were not allowed to take a train north toward Macedonia, were allowed to depart on Friday evening. Greek authorities tried to prevent the movement of migrants north, toward Solun/Thessaloniki, after a riot erupted...

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