Category: Balkans
Balkans 28.03.19 | 19:44

Rama: Local elections will be held even without opposition

Prime Minister Edi Rama, has commented on Thursday during his speech in the Parliament, the situation created in the protest and the black ink thrown to Interior Ministry. According to him, despite all the actions that the opposition takes, local elections will be conducted within the deadline, with or...

Balkans 28.03.19 | 19:16

Albania opposition supporters try to storm parliament

Albanian opposition protesters on Thursday made further attempts to enter the parliament by force as they demand the government’s resignation and an early election, Washington Post reported. A few thousand center-right Democratic Party-led protesters used smoke bombs and projectiles and repeatedly...

Balkans 28.03.19 | 11:18

Greeks hope that UNESCO will stop Erdogan’s plan to turn Hagia Sophia into a mosque

Greek media report that UNESCO officials have asked the Turkish Government to give up on the announced idea to turn Hagia Sophia into a mosque. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan recently criticized the 1935 decision to turn Hagia Sophia into a museum. The massive 6th century A.D. cathedral was the...

Balkans 27.03.19 | 15:47

Djilas: There are no conditions for fair elections in Serbia

Dragan Djilas, one of the founder of the opposition Alliance for Serbia (SzS) group, told the officials in Washington that Serbia had lost a free country status, N1 reported on Wednesday, quoting the group’s statement. It added the topics during the talks included the peaceful anti-government #1 in...

Macedonia Balkans 26.03.19 | 12:32

Siljanovska Davkova for Bulgarian “Dnevnik”: If I am elected president, it will be the end of SDSM’s government

The post of the President of the Republic is not a substitute for the Government. This Government will pay a high price for its inability, failure to work, indolence, corruption scandals, nepotism and everything else that has gone unnoticed due to international community praises for the Prespa Agreement,...

Balkans 25.03.19 | 18:31

Haradinaj fires Deputy Minister for accusing NATO of ‘genocide against Serbs’

Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj fired Deputy Justice Minister Vesna Mikic on Monday for her comment accusing NATO of ‘genocide’ on the 20th anniversary of the start of the military alliance’s bombing campaign against Yugoslavia on March 24, Balkan Insight reported. “The NATO alliance...

Balkans 25.03.19 | 10:58

Erdogan says he may convert Hagia Sophia into a mosque

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that the Hagia Sophia could be turned into a mosque again, after more than 80 years as a museum. That is not unlikely. We might even change its name to Ayasofya Mosque. That is not a strange proposal. As you know the mosque was converted to a museum in...

Balkans 24.03.19 | 12:24

Milo doesn’t see Montenegro protests as part of a “Macedonian scenario”

Montenegrin President Milo Gjukanovic, who is facing mass protests along with neighboring countries Serbia and Albania, told Deutsche Welle that he does not like using the term “Macedonian scenario” to describe what is happening to his country. Serbian authorities have adopted the term for...

Balkans 23.03.19 | 17:24

NZZ reports on Rama’s flirting with the idea of “Greater Albania”

In a report, the Swiss Neue Zurcher Zeitung paper details nationalist rhetoric from Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama which comes at a time when Kosovo and Serbia are negotiating a possible swap of cities along their border which would make both countries more ethnically homogeneous. In this light, NZZ...

Balkans 22.03.19 | 21:45

Council of Europe calls on Albania to allow ethnic minorities to be counted in its 2020 census

The Council of Europe demands that Albania conducts a realistic census of its ethnic minorities in 2020, allowing them to freely express their nationality. According to the Council, allowing the expression of national identity should definitely be one of the questions contained in the census forms, especially...

Balkans 22.03.19 | 15:22

Brnabic: We know our mistakes – but NATO bombing wasn’t one of them

Prime Minister Ana Brnabic says that Serbia is aware of the mistakes it has made in the past. However, she said, the NATO bombing in 1999 was a mistake made of others, not of the citizens of Serbia. At a conference on the occasion of the (March 24) 20th anniversary of the start of NATO’s aggression...

Balkans 22.03.19 | 15:03

Mitsotakis: Citizens will vote for a new Europe

Main opposition New Democracy (ND) leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis sent a message on the European elections on Thursday from Brussels expressing the certainty that ‘the citizens will leave behind them the lies and the populism”. In a statement upon his arrival to the European People’s Party summit,...

Balkans 21.03.19 | 23:23

Albania opposition holds new rally

Several thousand opposition protesters tried to enter Albania’s parliament building Thursday calling for the government’s resignation and an early election. The rally is part of the center-right Democratic Party-led opposition’s protests over the past month accusing the leftist Socialist Party...

Balkans 21.03.19 | 10:32

Rama sought treatment in Germany after developing heart issues

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama visit to Germany was due for health treatment after he developed heart issues, Albanian media report. According to the reports, Rama was noticeably tired and defocused during an even in the town of Berat, and an exam in a Tirana hospital revealed he is in a pre-cardiac...

Balkans 20.03.19 | 15:17

Radovan Karadzic sentenced to life in prison

The International War Crimes Tribunal for former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in the Hague sentenced former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic to life in prison, for his role in the brutal civil war. Karadzic was initially sentenced to 40 years in prison, and on appeal from prosecutors, a life sentence was declared. Applause...

Balkans 20.03.19 | 10:52

Serbian protesters who entered a TV station with a chainsaw released from detention

After Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic made a call for forgiveness and reconciliation, the courts reversed detention orders against three detained protesters who entered the public RTS radio – television with a chainsaw. A coalition of opposition nationalist and centrist parties engaged in a...

Balkans 19.03.19 | 14:44

China denies Greek company request over use of ‘Macedonian’

China denied on February 23 a request by a Greek company over the use of term ‘Macedonian’, elaborating that this requires an approval from the neighboring country, Maria Spyraki, spokesperson of Greek opposition party New Democracy, said at the briefing of political commentators on Monday. Without...

Balkans 17.03.19 | 15:57

Vucic: I’m here, at my workplace, I’m not running anywhere

Citizens, I am here, at my workplace, and I am not running anywhere, Serbia’s President, Aleksandar Vucic said after a group of demonstrators has been protesting in front of the presidency building in Belgrade for several hours. What I am fighting for and the principles I stand for are more valuable...

Balkans 17.03.19 | 15:43

Live: Protesters break fence in front of presidency building, Vucic plays chess with Stefanovic inside

Serbia’s president pledged on Sunday to defend the country’s law and order a day after opposition supporters stormed the national TV station protesting what they said is his autocratic rule, AP reported. As Aleksandar Vucic held a news conference in the presidency building in downtown Belgrade, thousands...

Balkans 15.03.19 | 16:27

Erdogan inaugurates Europe’s biggest city hospital

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan inaugurated Europe’s biggest city hospital in the capital Ankara on Thursday, Anadolu Agency reported. Erdogan attended the opening ceremony of Ankara Bilkent City Hospital, the world’s third biggest hospital which was constructed in one-go. “As we did in the...

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