Category: Balkans
Balkans 10:01

Around 100 miners trapped underground in Trepca

Around 100 miners were trapped inside a mine in the Kosovo’s town of Mitrovica after an alleged elevator malfunction. But authorities announced that an alternative solution has been found and miners have been rescued and are in good health. The head of the trade union of Trepca miners, Shyqyri Sadiku,...

Balkans 10:51

Albanian PM Edi Rama assumes foreign minister position

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama will assume the duties of the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, following a refusal by the country’s President Ilir Meta to decree his previous proposal for the post, Gent Cakaj. The move was signaled by Rama himself in a recent tweet, where he confirmed the...

Balkans 10:15

With the Prespa agreement we protect our Macedonia, Tsipras says in a video message

“The Prespa agreement is a historic step, not only for the two countries and the wider region, but for the whole of Europe, establishing relationships of friendship, cooperation and stability.” This is the message associated with the new video being presented via the account of the Prime...

Balkans 09:52

OSCE condemns attacks on journalists in Athens

The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Harlem Désir, condemned the attacks yesterday on reporters and photojournalists by extremist groups in Athens. “I strongly condemn these terrible attacks, and urge the Greek authorities to swiftly investigate them,” said Désir, “Journalists must...

Balkans 14:57

Greece Parliament to vote on name deal ratification Thursday night

Greece’s Parliament will start debating the Prespa Agreement’s ratification on Wednesday at 10:00h local time ahead of a vote on the deal slated for Thursday evening, say sources of the Greek Parliament. This afternoon, the National Defense and Foreign Affairs Committee in the Greek Parliament...

Balkans 11:40

Seven arrested in Greece name protests which injured 25 police officers

Protesters clashed with police outside Greece’s parliament during a rally that drew tens of thousands of people Sunday against the Greek-Macedonia name deal. At least 25 police officers were injured and seven people arrested, police said, AP reports. Demonstrators threw rocks, flares, firebombs, paint...

Balkans 10:25

Turkey is ready to take over security in Syria’s Manbij, Erdogan tells Trump

Turkey is ready to take over security in Syria’s Manbij without delay, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told U.S. President Donald Trump in a telephone call on Sunday, the Turkish presidency said. Erdogan said an attack that left four U.S. personnel dead last week in Manbij was an act of provocation...

Balkans 09:41

Thaci sees territorial exchange as an advance for accession to the EU

Kosovo’s President Hashim Thaci sees plans for territorial exchange with Serbia as the best way forward for accession to the EU and NATO. “The agreement would create more stability and peace in the region, and Kosovo and Serbia would succeed.” Joining the EU and NATO, “said Thaci...

Balkans 13:14

Serbian leg of Turkish Stream will be finished in 2019

The construction of the Serbian leg of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline will have been completed by the end of 2019 – CEO of Gazprom, Alexei Miller has said, adding that the Serbian segment will be 403 kilometres long. “The pipeline will cross the Serbian-Bulgarian border and go all the way up to...

Balkans 12:07

Every Greek to get a copy of the Prespa Agreement

The Greek government will convince the Greeks that they have reached a good agreement with Macedonia so that every Greek will receive a copy of the Prespa Agreement and be able to analyze it in peace. Tsipras’ Government will print tens of thousands of copies of the agreement on normalizing relations...

Balkans 10:26

Dacic sang two songs to Putin during formal lunch

Serbia’s president, Aleksandar Vucic hosted a formal lunch for Vladimir Putin, which was attended by more than 100 officials of the two countries and public figures including film director Emir Kusturica and actor Milos Bikovic. Serbia’s Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic did not miss the opportunity...

Balkans 09:49

120,000 Serbs welcome Putin in Belgrade (video)

Russian President Vladimir Putin finished his one-day visit to Serbia on Wednesday evening with a visit to the Temple of St. Sava in Belgrade, b92.net reported. A huge crowd of people, estimated by police to be about 120,000 strong, gathered in front of this Serbian Orthodox church to welcome him,...

Balkans 09:34

Serbian leader presents Putin with Sarplaninac puppy during Belgrade visit

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic has presented a special gift – a Sarplaninac (or Yugoslavian Shepherd) puppy – to his visiting Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, TASS reported. Putin seemed to like his new pet, the four-month puppy nicknamed Pasha. “What a cutie!,” he said...

Balkans 09:30

Vladimir Putin gets lavish welcome on visit to ally Serbia

Amid a lavish welcome, Vladimir Putin arrived in Serbia on Thursday in a show of the Russian president’s support for the Balkan country’s populist leader and his pro-Moscow policies, AP reported. Putin landed at Belgrade airport after his presidential plane was escorted over Serbian airspace by MiG-29...

Balkans 13:52

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives in Belgrade (video)

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday arrived in Belgrade on an official visit to Serbia. After his presidential plane landed at 1.05 pm, Putin was given a ceremonial welcome at the Nikola Tesla Airport, where he was greeted by Serbian counterpart Aleksandar Vucic. Serbian Armed Forces MiG-29...

Balkans 11:30

Tsipras: Our neighbor’s note verbale clarifies that the term ‘nationality’ refers exclusively to citizenship

The note verbale informing Greece that the domestic processes related to the terms of the Prespes Agreement completed by Macedonia reached Athens on Wednesday evening, diplomatic sources told the Athens-Macedonian News Agency. During his address – the last speech before the roll-call vote –...

Balkans 09:53

Serbia to take high-level security measures during Putin’s visit

The official program of the visit has not yet been confirmed. It is expected, however, that Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit the government complex of the Palace of Serbia, the largest Orthodox Church of Saint Sava and the memorial to Russian soldiers in the Serbian capital, Sputnik reports. On...

Balkans 22:44

Tsipras survives no confidence motion by one vote, has to push Macedonia deal through Parliament next

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras survived the vote of no confidence with the narrowest possible margin of 151 votes in favor. The opposition had 148 votes against him. This means that the Government now has to maintain this narrow majority in the 300 seats Parliament to push through the Macedonia...

Balkans 15:40

Posters with lawmakers’ names and photos appeared in Greece, with message saying “It’s you who will betray our Macedonia”

As Greek P.M. Alexis Tsipras seeks to extend his mandate through a confidence vote in parliament, some government lawmakers have been targeted for their stance on the Prespa agreement through a campaign of “naming and shaming”, Greek Reporter reports. Posters with lawmakers’ names and photos appeared...

Balkans 12:42

Greek parliament gears up for midnight confidence vote

Greek lawmakers are gearing up for a confidence vote in the left-wing government, which lost its parliamentary majority after its coalition partner walked out to protest a deal to normalize relations with neighboring Macedonia, AP reports. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is expected to narrowly survive...

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