Category: Balkans
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...

Balkans 12:39

Bakoyannis sees ‘political transaction’ ahead of no confidence vote

Former conservative foreign minister Dora Bakoyannis suggested Wednesday that the government was offering incentives to non-SYRIZA lawmakers for their support in the vote of confidence, Kathimerini writes. In comments made on Skai, Bakoyannis said she believed that leftist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras...

Balkans 12:35

Security agency prevents terrorist attack in Serbia

Armin Alibasic, a member of a Wahhabi movement dubbed “Dava Tim Centar” who was arrested on January 13 in Novi Pazar, was preparing a terrorist attack. According to Blic, Alibasic was prevented in this attempt by officers from the Security and Information Agency (BIA) and by the police. Alibasic...

Balkans 10:04

Tsipras on track to win confidence vote as ND leader says coalition breakup staged

The divorce on Sunday between ruling SYRIZA and junior coalition partner Independent Greeks (ANEL) over the latter’s opposition to the Prespa agreement with Macedonia amounted to nothing more than a trade-off which will work in the government’s favor in Wednesday’s confidence vote, according to...

Balkans 09:49

Pompeo: Trump’s Turkey threat will not alter Syria troop withdrawal

U.S. President Donald Trump’s threat to devastate Turkey economically should it attack a Washington-backed Kurdish militia in Syria would not change plans to withdraw troops from the country, Reuters reported Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as saying on Monday. Asked what Trump meant by economic devastation,...

Balkans 15:16

Greek parliamentary row over Macedonia name change as Alexis Tsipras calls confidence vote

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tspiras Sunday called an “immediate” no-confidence vote in parliament over the resignation of a top minister opposed to the country’s name change deal with Macedonia. “We will proceed immediately to the renewal of the confidence in our government by...

Balkans 11:12

Body of last victim of Dubrovnik power plant fire found in drainage canal

The body of the third worker who died in a fire which broke out at the Dubrovnik hydro-power plant on Thursday morning was found in the plant’s drainage canal on Sunday evening after an extensive search operation involving local police, mountainous Croatian Mountain Rescue Service, firefighters, local...

Balkans 10:25

Junior coalition partner leaves Greek government

Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos, leader of the junior Independence Greek (ANEL) coalition partner in government, announced Sunday that his party is withdrawing from the government due to its opposition to the Prespa agreement. The announcement came after his meeting with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras,...

Balkans 10:16

Serbian protesters hit the streets for sixth weekend demonstration

Several thousand people have turned out in Belgrade for the sixth week of street protests against populist Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and his government. Demonstrations first started after thugs beat up an opposition politician in November, prompting calls for more democracy and an end to political...

Balkans 15:08

Kammenos: I am not an outgoing minister

Greek junior coalition partner and defense minister Panos Kammenos on Friday denied that he is an “outgoing minister” during a session of Parliament’s defense committee and ahead of a much-awaited meeting with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras during which the former’s anticipated...

Balkans 13:42

Croatian gov’t to annul decision on Israeli F-16 fighters

Croatia’s government stated on Thursday evening that it would cancel its decision on the purchase of F-16 Barak fighter jets for the national Air Force, after an Israeli delegation earlier in the day informed Zagreb that it had not managed to obtain the approval from the United States for the delivery...

Balkans 12:06

German Chancellor Angela Merkel sparks violent clash in Athens

Protesters have clashed with police in Athens during a demonstration against German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s two-day visit to Greece. The riots were sparked by the German Chancellor’s arrival in Athens on Thursday for talks with Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. #Breaking: Police disperses...

Balkans 15:12

Fire at Dubrovnik hydro-plant kills 1 worker, 2 still missing

Croatia’s state TV says a fire at a hydroelectric plant in southern Croatia has killed one worker and authorities are still searching for two more. The report said that three more people have been hospitalized after the fire erupted in the Plat plant on Thursday that is located near the ancient...

Balkans 11:34

Security tight in Athens ahead of Merkel visit

A total of 2,000 police officers are to be deployed across Athens for a two-day visit of German Chancellor Angela Merkel starting on Thursday afternoon, daily Kathimerini reports. Security is expected to be tight in the city centre with an intensified police presence around buildings such as the German...

Balkans 10:31

Lightning strikes Eurowings flight EW652 from Cologne to Thessaloniki

A shock for Eurowings passengers heading to Thessaloniki in North Greece from Cologne in Germany on Wednesday morning. A lightning stroke Eurowings flight EW652 forcing the pilot to return to departure airport for safety reasons. Eurowings flight EW652 had to return to Cologne, Germany, on Wednesday...

Balkans 10:05

Angela Merkel in Athens, Prespa deal one of the topics on the agenda

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s two-day visit to Athens is taking place in a completely different political environment than the last one in April 2014. Then, Alexis Tsipras had described the visit as a stunt aimed at “showing support for her representative Mr [Antonis] Samaras,” Kathimerini...

Balkans 11:53

Who is ‘Betty’, the partner of Alexis Tsipras

Peristera Batziana is the media-shy partner and childhood sweetheart of Greece’s Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras. ‘Betty’, as she is known, is the country’s first unmarried first lady: marriage, perhaps unsurprisingly, was never on the cards. The two have kept their 30-year relationship largely...

Balkans 11:38

Haradinaj: 100-percent tax to be lifted when Serbia recognizes Kosovo

Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj said after meeting the Minister of Trade and Industry Endrit Shala on Tuesday, that the Kosovo government is interested to rescind the 100-percent tax if Serbia recognizes Kosovo’s statehood. Haradinaj did not want to comment on President Hashim Thaci’s remarks...

Balkans 12:06

Joint Turkish-Greek anti-narcotics operation fetches large amount of drugs

Turkish and Greek anti-narcotics forces seized ‘large amounts’ of opiate drugs in Greece’s Piraeus port in capital Athens, according to security sources on Monday. Turkish narcotics police, acting on intelligence that a vessel from Syria carrying drugs was heading for the Greek port...

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