Category: Balkans
Balkans 15.01.20 | 15:50

Albanian police issue warrants for 40 people over quake damage

Albanian prosecutors have issued warrants for 40 people in connection with unsafe construction that contributed to damage in Tirana and surrounding municipalities in the November earthquake. Klan TV said, quoting sources, that 25 of the total were detained in a large-scale raid, while police were searching...

Balkans 12.01.20 | 11:49

8 Children among 11 migrants killed after boat sinks in the Aegean Sea

Eleven migrants died on Saturday, including eight children, when their vessel sank in the Aegean Sea off the coast of Turkey, state news agency Anadolu reported. The boat sank off Cesme, a popular tourist resort in western Turkey opposite the Greek island of Chios, Anadolu said, adding that eight others...

Balkans 02.01.20 | 13:31

V4: Migrant flow through the Balkans doubled in 2019

Hungarian authorities are warning that the number of illegal crossings along the Balkan migrant route have doubled in 2019 compared to 2018. Gyorgy Bakondi, security adviser at the Hungarian Government, said that the increased pressure against Hungary was seen mainly on the Serbian border, but also noticeable...

Balkans 01.01.20 | 22:51

V4: Croatia to take over EU presidency

Croatia takes over the rotating presidency of the European Union on 1 January. The Croatian government will follow the Finnish presidency and pass it on to Germany in July 2020. The slogan of the Croatian presidency is “A strong Europe in a challenging world”, the V4 news agency reported. Since its...

Balkans 29.12.19 | 13:49

Mitsotakis: I cannot cancel the Prespa Agreement

I did my best to prevent the deal, but also with complete sincerity I warned that if signed, it would be difficult to cancel it, now I look to improve Prespa deal’s troubling aspects, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis told Greek newspaper “To Vima”. Mitsotakis, as MIA reports from...

Balkans 27.12.19 | 18:59

Erdogan unveils Turkey’s first domestic electric car models

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan introduced Turkey‘s first domestically-developed electric car models on Friday, with production expected to start in 2022 with a total investment of 3.7 billion dollars. “Today we are witnessing a historical day for our country, witnessing Turkey‘s dream for 60...

Balkans 27.12.19 | 12:11

V4: Hungarian police intercept 139 illegal migrants on the Serbian border on Boxing Day

Hungarian police officers apprehended 101 foreign nationals along the Bacs-Kiskun county section of the Serbia-Hungary border on 26 December. The migrants, who claimed to be Palestinian, Syrian, Iraqi and Algerian citizens, entered Hungary illegally. Two migrants were prevented from crossing the Hungarian...

Balkans 27.12.19 | 10:58

Tensions in Montengro as Parliament adopts law that could lead to seizure of property of the Serbian church

Incidents occurred in the Parliament of Montenegro yesterday, when a law that could lead to the seizure of churches owned by the Serbian Orthodox Church was adopted. The opposition pro-Serbian Democratic Front protested before the vote, and a large security detail was sent in to remove them from the...

Balkans 24.12.19 | 16:06

V4: Hungary apprehends 1.000 illegal migrants as Greece struggles with the migrant crisis

Last week more than a thousand people attempted to illegally enter Hungary, and thus the territory of the EU, according to a statement issued by the Hungarian Police Headquarters. It is a record-high number, five times of last year’s figure. The pressure of migration has steadily increased in...

Balkans 24.12.19 | 11:05

Vucic on “Small Schengen”: Is it better to get a worker from Kumanovo or wait for a Canadian?

Many people in Europe do not want to see the Balkans make their own destiny. With all our disagreements on the issue of Albanian-Serbian relations, Edi Rama has shown absolute courage, Aleksandar Vucic said in relation to the “Small Schengen” initiative. The most important thing is for people...

Balkans 22.12.19 | 20:39

Social-democrat Milanovic leads both right wing candidates in the first round of presidential elections in Croatia

According to the early results from the Croatian presidential elections, Social-Democratic candidate Zoran Milanovic used the division in teh right wing field and won the most votes in the first round. Milanovic received about 30 percent of the vote, ahead of incumbent President Kolinda Grabar –...

Balkans 20.12.19 | 20:24

Protests against the Mini – Schengen summit in Tirana

Mass protests are taking place in Tirana, at the hotel where Prime Minister Edi Rama is hosting a Mini – Schengen summit with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and the outgoing Prime Minister of Macedonia Zoran Zaev. Protesters include Kosovo Albanians and representative of the Albanian opposition,...

Balkans 19.12.19 | 19:48

Another powerful earthquake hits Tirana

Another earthquake has hit Albania’s capital Tirana on Thursday evening. Albanians ran out into the streets as the city shook for 15 minutes. The earthquake happened at 17:03 h and it was 4.7 magnitude, The epicenter was in Vora, Albanian media report.

Balkans 17.12.19 | 17:11

Air pollution kills 5.000 people in 19 Balkan cities each year, RCC reports

The Regional Cooperation Council, a Balkan wide organization which among other issues deals with the environment, estimates that each year about 5.000 people die in 19 Balkan cities from consequences of air pollution. Majlinda Bregu from RCC warns that Skopje, Sarajevo and Belgrade are among the most...

Balkans 16.12.19 | 23:22

Macedonians in Albania demand that Orthodox Christmas is national holiday

Macedonians and other Orthodox minorities in Albania demand January 7th to be included on the official holiday calendar. According to the Ilinden daily, a Macedonian newspaper in Tirana, Vasil Sterjovski, MP from the Macedonian Alliance for European Integration (MAEI), submitted a request to the Albanian...

Balkans 15.12.19 | 12:23

Borissov: Countries that want to join the EU or NATO to show more wisdom and carefully consider their actions

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov hopes that Macedonia, once it becomes the 30th NATO member and joins the North-Atlantic family, will soon show a difference in development. He also said he expects the other countries that want to join the EU or NATO, to show more wisdom and carefully consider...

Balkans 15.12.19 | 11:34

Albania arrests nine people after earthquake

Nine people have been arrested in Albania on suspicion of murder and abuse of power over the collapse of buildings in last month’s earthquake, BBC reported. Two of those arrested on murder charges owned hotels that collapsed in the city of Durres, one of the areas worst hit. Both hotels had been...

Balkans 14.12.19 | 22:39

Albania seeks arrests for quake deaths in collapsed buildings

Albanian prosecutors have issued a series of arrest warrants on charges including murder and abuse of office over the deaths of 51 people killed when a 6.4-magnitude earthquake toppled dozens of buildings last month, police said on Saturday, Reuters reports. Police and prosecutors said initial investigations...

Balkans 08.12.19 | 12:04

Macedonian businessman was held by Albanian kidnappers demanding 250.000 EUR in ransom

A Macedonian businessman, identified by the police as Davor V. (23) was kidnapped yesterday in the Albanian capital Tirana. Three kidnapers held Davor and demanded he organizes a payment of 250.000 EUR for his release. Albanian police intervened and was able to free the hostage. The incident occurred...

Balkans 07.12.19 | 20:35

Number of injuries in the Macedonian bus accident near Prokuplje rose to 26

The number of passengers injured in the bus accident that occurred near Prokuplje in Serbia rose to 26. None are believed to be in critical danger, and one has sustained more serious injuries. The passengers are treated in the hospitals in Prokuplje and Bace, and more in depth examinations are being...

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