Category: Balkans
Balkans 21.09.19 | 09:42

New EU Enlargement Commissioner Trocsanyi meets Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos

Enlargement and neighborhood are topics I have deep in my heart and it is a great honor for me,  Laszlo Trocsanyi, the EU enlargement commissioner nominee said at a meeting with Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos, and his host said Greece has firm and clear European position on enlargement, MIA correspondent...

Balkans 19.09.19 | 12:35

Radev: Bulgaria’s support for North Macedonia is not unconditional

Bulgaria should support Macedonia in its European integration, but not at the expense of Bulgarian history and identity, said Bulgarian President Rumen Radev at the start of his meeting with the Joint Multidisciplinary Expert Commission on Historical and Educational Issues between Bulgaria and  Macedonia. Radev...

Balkans 17.09.19 | 17:51

Petsas: No separation of Macedonia, Albania’s European process

Greek government spokesman Stelios Petsas said Tuesday there can be no separation of Macedonia and Albania’s Euro-integration process, MIA reports from Athens. From the discussions in Europe what we understand and what we see, our position is that there can be no separation, Petsas said, answering...

Balkans 16.09.19 | 10:51

Villages evacuated as wildfire rages on Greek island of Zakynthos

A large wildfire on the Greek island of Zakynthos fanned by strong winds forced the evacuation of two villages on Sunday, Reuters reports. No fatalities were reported and the winds were not expected to subside before Tuesday. “We evacuated about 300 residents and tourists from the villages of Keri...

Balkans 10.09.19 | 20:45

Trocsanyi says it’s a great honor to be nominated to lead the EU enlargement process

Laszlo Trocsanyi, the Hungarian candidate to be the European Commissioner for enlargement, said that it is a great honor for him to receive the nomination. I’m happy that the new Commission President Ursula von der Leyen expects me to assume the position of Commissioner for neighborhood policy...

Balkans 10.09.19 | 20:02

Von der Leyen says she wants to see the Balkan countries as close to the EU as possible

The newly appointed President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen said that she wants to maintain good relations with the Balkan countries in her five year term. I wish for the Western Balkans to be as close to EU as possible, Von der Leyen said, adding that the rules for joining the EU remain...

Balkans 09.09.19 | 19:35

Influx of new migrants in the Greek islands could soon be felt in Macedonia

While still far from the crisis 2015-2016 levels, the influx of migrants onto the larger Greek islands close to Greece continues. Lesvos saw 455 migrants over the weekend, and other islands saw about as many combined. The first eight days of September had a total of 2.500 new arrivals. The Mitsotakis...

Balkans 04.09.19 | 18:39

Zakharova: Kosovo continues turning into a terrorist stronghold

Kosovo continues turning into a terrorist stronghold. Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Wednesday, urging the states “behind Pristina” to pay serious attention to it. The whole territory of Kosovo continues turning into a terrorist stronghold, Zakharova said at...

Balkans 29.08.19 | 15:56

Mitsotakis to tell Merkel that he will respect the Prespa Agreement

Greece’s Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis at Thursday’s meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin will convey the view that the Greek government will respect the Prespa Agreement, Ekathimerini reports. As far as the Prespa name deal is concerned, Mitsotakis has every reason to...

Balkans 22.08.19 | 13:21

Kosovo’s parliament dissolved, forcing early elections

Kosovo’s parliament voted to dissolve itself on Thursday, a month after prime minister Ramush Haradinaj resigned over a war crime investigation. The move triggers early elections, which will be held amid persistently high tensions with Serbia and international pressure on both sides to renew their...

Balkans 21.08.19 | 12:22

Varvitsiotis: We follow every step Skopje takes

Any new irredentist claims and violation of rule of law could directly affect the EU accession process of the neighboring country, Greece’s Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs Miltiadis Varvitsiotis has stated. Varvitsiotis reiterates his stance that they inherited a bad deal that the SYRIZA...

Balkans 19.08.19 | 11:01

Who profited from “Racket”: Boki gave money to Vuk, Djilas, and Bosko, and he even met with Cedo!

The dirty money from the “Racket” affair, which shakes Macedonia and the entire region, went to the Alliance for Serbia (SZS) through Vuk Jeremic, Serbian “Kurir” revealed. Jeremic, who is one of the leaders of the SZS, came to Skopje various times to meet with people close to...

Balkans 19.08.19 | 09:39

Basha: Rama is Balkan’s most corrupt Prime Minister

Chairman of Democratic Party (DP) Lulzim Basha shared a video message announcing that all international reports point to Edi Rama as the most corrupt Prime Minister in the Balkans. Basha accuses his rival of ‘stealing Albania with a bunch of predatory oligarchs and laundering drug and crime money’....

Balkans 08.08.19 | 21:21

Brnabic: Integrated border crossings with Macedonia Albania and BiH to be opened soon

An integrated border crossing with Macedonia will be opened soon, and Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic said on Thursday that such crossings will soon be established with Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Prime Minister announced this at a meeting with representatives of the association of the...

Balkans 08.08.19 | 19:45

Vucic: No Kosovo solution if Serbia is humiliated

We are facing difficult talks with the West, which expects a swift resolution of the Kosovo issue, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic told Belgrade based TV Prva this morning. Serbian media quotes Vucic as saying that “it is not only a matter of deadline, it is a matter of substance when it comes to...

Balkans 06.08.19 | 15:56

Greece to promote “Macedonia” brand

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis appointed on Tuesday Maria Antoniou as head of the prime minister’s office in Thessaloniki, MIA’s Athens correspondent reports. “The prime minister’s office in Thessaloniki must acquire a key role and essence not only in the relations with the...

Balkans 03.08.19 | 15:47

Albania will begin issuing citizenship by blood and birth

The Government in Tirana proposed a law that would allow the issuing of Albanian citizenship to all ethnic Albanians, going back three generations. This would apply to ethnic Albanians living in neighboring countries as well as in the large Albanian diaspora across the world. A Government Minister can...

Balkans 17.07.19 | 20:57

Albania banned television from broadcasting Ceca’s songs

Albania’s Agency for Audiovisual Media (AMA) has warned Albanian national broadcaster not to broadcast songs to singer Svetlana Radatovic (Ceca Velichkovic), the wife of the late Jelko Radvanovic Arkan, after complaints that a minority program broadcast a song the Serbian singer. The decision was...

Balkans 16.07.19 | 10:25

Vucic after meeting with Marcon: I begged him to help us resolve the issue with Kosovo

For France, Kosovo is independent, for Serbia, it is not. We must understand that there are countries that think differently. Macron is one of the few leaders who want to hear us, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic told a press conference after meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron in Belgrade. He...

Balkans 15.07.19 | 10:03

Vucic to Zaev: Greetings comrade …

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, speaking on TV Pink on Sunday evening, among other topics, also referred to the last communication between him and the Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, in relation to the case with the Russian pranksters. According to Vucic, Zaev apologized after the media published...

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