Category: Balkans
Balkans 21.01.21 | 14:06

Brnabic: Macedonia can’t start immunization, hasn’t registered the vaccine and doesn’t have a vaccination plan

Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic, said on the show “Good Morning Serbia”, that her country has an agreement with Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic on the Covid-19 vaccines. Vucic decided to help them with 8,000 doses. We help the Pfizer vaccines...

Balkans 14.01.21 | 12:31

V4: Illegal immigration into Europe decreased only slightly in 2020

Migration remains a serious problem southern Europe because, despite the pandemic-related restrictions, the number of newcomers reaching the continent has only decreased minimally, the V4 news agency reports. The year 2020, for the most part, was about movement restrictions, border closures and the cessation...

Balkans 11.01.21 | 10:12

Albania to begin vaccinations as Macedonia lags behind its neighbors

Albania is the latest neighboring country that beat Macedonia to the begin its coronavirus vaccination process. Of all our neighbors, only Kosovo remains yet to begin the process. Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama said that he has secured 500,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine and that the use of the initial...

Balkans 09.01.21 | 20:22

Karakachanov says Macedonia will get a date for negotiations if it accepts that the common history is Bulgarian

The Republic of Macedonia has a chance to get a date for negotiations in January or February, if they sign the 12-point Annex, which we have prepared, Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Krasimir Karakachanov told NOVA-News. According to him, Macedonia had a chance to set a date for...

Balkans 07.01.21 | 11:02

New magnitude 5.0 quake in Croatia damages some buildings, evacuation of Petrinja’s center possible

Wednesday’s evening tremor measuring 5.0 on the Richter scale caused additional damage on buildings in Petrinja, and later in the night the police banned people from entering the center of the town. The spokesman for the task force dealing with the aftermath of the Dec. 29 earthquake, Mladen Pavic,...

Balkans 05.01.21 | 16:43

Many injured after a gas explosion in a cafe in Kosovo

A large gas canister explosion ripped through a cafe in the city of Urosevac/Ferizaj in Kosovo, injuring dozens. Local authorities say that four people are in critical condition. Patients were rushed to Pristina for treatment due to the severity of the burns they sustained.

Balkans 04.01.21 | 10:37

New, 4.2 magnitude earthquake rocks Petrinja area

A new earthquake rocked the area of Petrinja at 7.49 a.m. Monday, measuring 4.2 on the Richter scale, Ines Ivancic of the Croatian Seismological Survey told Croatian Radio. Earlier today, at 4.20 a.m., seismographs of the Croatian Seismological Survey registered a 3.5 earthquake two kilometers northeast...

Balkans 30.12.20 | 20:30

Bulgarian Foreign Ministry: Authorities in Skopje to protect citizens with Bulgarian identity

Authorities in Skopje should take measures to end hate speech and protect their citizens with Bulgarian identity, the Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs wrote in a Facebook post. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs closely monitors the constant posts on social networks with lists of Bulgarian citizens...

Balkans 30.12.20 | 18:04

January 2 declared day of mourning in Croatia

Croatia’s Education Minister Radovan Fuchs said on Wednesday that Tuesday’s deadly quake in Sisak-Moslavina County had destroyed five schools, damaged nine that would need serious repairs before they could reopen, and left 13 schools standing. “Five school buildings are out of use. Nine could be...

Balkans 29.12.20 | 18:45

Number of casualties in Croatia earthquake rises

The number of people killed in Tuesday’s devastating 6.2 magnitude earthquake that struck Petrinja has climbed to five, a number of people have been injured and significant damage has been caused. Four people have been killed in Majske Poljane near the town of Glina, Glina Deputy Mayor Branka Mitic...

Balkans 29.12.20 | 17:16

Croatian military helping Petrinja residents clear up earthquake damage

Croatian military personnel are helping residents of Petrinja in clearing up and repairing the damage after a 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck the area at 12.19 pm on Tuesday, Croatia’s Defense Ministry said. President Zoran Milanovic, Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic and Defense Minister Mario Banozic...

Balkans 29.12.20 | 15:37

Jeremic: Mini Schengen is a migrant control project

Serbian opposition official Vuk Jeremic blamed President Aleksandar Vucic of initiating the so-called Mini Schengen scheme as a plan to control migrant movement through the region and toward the EU. Macedonia has subscribed to the plan, mainly as a “participation trophy” as our European Union...

Balkans 29.12.20 | 15:05

Young girl died in the Croatia quake, father and son saved from the rubble

A 12 year old girl has reportedly died in the powerful quake that struck central Croatia today. N1 TV reports that the tragedy occurred in the city of Petrinja, which is the worst hit. The girl’s mother is also in critical condition. In another instance, a father and son were carried out from...

Balkans 29.12.20 | 13:31

Strong earthquake hits Croatia

A powerful earthquake hit Croatia earlier today. There are reports of significant damage being caused and at least one fatality – a child that was reportedly killed. The quake is estimated at 6.3 on the Richter scale. It was felt across the region, as far as Italy and Hungary, and the epicenter...

Balkans 27.12.20 | 10:47

Scandal in Bulgaria: Covid-19 vaccines transported by hot dog trucks

Just two hours after the arrival of the first shipment of coronavirus vaccines in Bulgaria, they were distributed from Sofia to Plovdiv. The vaccines were distributed in a transport vehicle transporting deli products, accompanied by four police vehicles. The vaccines were transported to the Regional...

Balkans 26.12.20 | 16:09

Slovenia no longer accepting PCR tests from Macedonia, region

The Slovenian government has decided as of Saturday to no longer accept negative PCR tests from non-EU member states, the Slovenian Embassy in Belgrade posted on its website. As MIA’s correspondent in Belgrade reported, PCR tests from Serbia, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Kosovo...

Balkans 26.12.20 | 12:31

Turkey to require negative PCR test for all incoming passengers

All passengers to Turkey will be required to produce a negative coronavirus test result taken within the past 72 hours of their travel starting Monday, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said. Passengers will not be allowed on board planes to Turkey unless they provide a negative PCR test, Koca said on Twitter...

Balkans 25.12.20 | 18:07

Bulgaria and Greece receive the first shipment of coronavirus vaccines tomorrow

Greece expects to receive its shipment of coronavirus vaccines tomorrow, and to start inoculating the most critical categories of citizens on Sunday. The same day Bulgaria will begin its vaccination campaign. Greek hospitals will open over 1,000 vaccination sites and will begin by inoculating the Prime...

Balkans 24.12.20 | 15:24

Serbian PM Ana Brnabic receives first coronavirus vaccine dose

Serbia on Thursday officially launched its coronavirus vaccination programme, with Prime Minister Ana Brnabic and a member of the epidemic crisis management group, Darija Kisic-Tepavcevic, taking the first shots. “I want to personally demonstrate that the vaccine is safe,” Kisic-Tepavcevic said in...

Balkans 23.12.20 | 12:06

Vucic procured vaccines on time, Zaev is waiting for mercy from Borisov

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said Wednesday that the vaccination with the Pfizer vaccine against coronavirus would start on Thursday. The first to receive the vaccine will be residents in nursing homes. They are the most endangered category, so we start with them, he said. He said that someone...

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