Category: Balkans
Balkans 13:34

Kammenos says Greece could take Macedonia in 20 minutes

Former defence minister Panos Kammenos lambasted the Prespes accord in a new television interview late Wednesday night, suggesting Greece could take over the small country in 20 minutes, Kathimerini reported. “We do not feel any threat. Skopje is a 20-minute job. If a troop of tanks decided to cross...

Balkans 20:54

Albania in turmoil as opposition protests and leaves parliament

Thousands of Albanians protested against the Socialist government as the opposition abandoned the parliament demanding Prime Minister Edi Rama’s resignation and a transitional government to prepare fair elections. Demonstrators marched peacefully after a rally, in contrast to the previous protest on...

Balkans 11:55

Albanian opposition prepares new protest, EU warns them against it

Albanian opposition parties are preparing a new protest on Thursday, after the Democratic Party and the Socialist Movement for Integration resigned their seats in Parliament and are pushing for early elections. Over the weekend, their protests turned violent as the crowd was attempting to storm the office...

Balkans 20:50

Bomb threat in Greek opposition leader’s office

Police officers and a bomb disposal unit were searching the office of main opposition leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Tuesday evening after a bomb threat was called in. Greek media said the threat came in around 18:45, prompting authorities to cordon off the area.

Balkans 12:26

Record breaking 15,000 tickets sold for FEST in the first two days of sale in Belgrade

In the first two days of sale, a record-breaking 15,000 tickets were sold for FEST. Our audience likes film, and cinemas still live – an unequivocal message sent by the Belgrade audience after 15,000 tickets for the 47th FEST were sold in only two days! Tickets for the opening ceremony and the...

Balkans 23:37

Kotzias sues Kammenos for slander, threats and spreading fake news

Former Greek foreign minister Nikos Kotzias has lodged a suit with the Supreme Court prosecutor against former defense minister Panos Kammenos for slander, threats and the spreading of fake news, it emerged on Monday, Kathimerini reported. Specifically the suit takes action against Kammenos for verbal...

Balkans 09:41

Albanian opposition walks out of Parliament after unruly protests, demands early elections

The Albanian opposition Democratic Party walked out of the Parliament in protest against corruption and political abuse by the ruling Socialist Party led by Prime Minister Edi Rama, and instructed its members of Parliament to resign. The move comes after unruly protests in downtown Tirana on Saturday,...

Balkans 21:35

Bulgarian MoFA also warns of possible terrorist attacks in Macedonia

Bulgaria’s Foreign Ministry also warned of possible terrorist attacks in Macedonia following the announcement by the Macedonian Ministry of Interior that it had thwarted a planned terrorist attack by members of radical structures that supported ISIS and the warning issued by the U.S. Embassy in Skopje. Bulgaria’s...

Balkans 12:21

Vucic and Thaci clash during Munich Security Conference debate

Even though their panel on the security in South East Europe at the Munich Security Conference came immediately after the panel with Prime Ministers of Greece and North Macedonia, Alexis Tsipras and Zoran Zaev, Presidents of Serbia and Kosovo Aleksandar Vučić and Hashim Thaçi agreed that the relations...

Balkans 19:17

Greek PM hands over foreign ministry to deputy min George Katrougalos

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras appointed George Katrougalos as foreign minister, relinquishing a post he temporarily filled after the departure of former foreign minister Nikos Kotzias in October 2018, the government’s spokesman said on Friday. Katrougalos had served as alternate foreign minister,...

Balkans 10:28

Tsipras nominates Greek President Pavlopoulos for a second term in office

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras proposed that President Prokopis Pavlopoulos is elected for a second term after his first term expires in 2020. Tsipras said that he believes that the President should be elected by consensus. Pavlopoulos comes from the conservative New Democracy party, but has cooperated...

Balkans 14:32

Lawmaker throws ink at Rama, disrupts Albania parliament session on North Macedonia’s NATO accession

Albania’s parliament on Thursday suspended a session on neighbor North Macedonia’s accession to NATO after an opposition lawmaker threw ink at the prime minister. Lawmakers were to vote to ratify North Macedonia’s NATO accession. But the session was disrupted when Lulzim Basha, main...

Balkans 14:19

Albanian Parliament ratifies North Macedonia’s NATO Accession Protocol

The Albanian Parliament ratified North Macedonia’s NATO Accession Protocol on Thursday with 130 votes in favor, none against. The plenary session of the Albanian Parliament started with a minute of silence for the victims of Wednesday’s bus accident at Skopje-Tetovo highway. Macedonia’s...

Balkans 12:42

Greek Foreign Ministry expresses condolences over tragic road accident

Greece’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs expresses deep regret as well as sympathies and solidarity with the people and government of North Macedonia over the tragic road accident on Skopje – Tetovo highway, MIA’s Athens correspondent reports. “Deeply saddened by tragic road accident on the Skopje-Tetovo...

Balkans 11:54

Kosovo government begins session with minute of silence for bus accident victims

The Kosovo government began Thursday’s session with a minute of silence for the victims of Wednesday’s bus accident at Skopje-Tetovo motorway, MIA reports from Pristina. The news, along with a picture from the beginning of the session, was posted by Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj...

Balkans 19:14

Haradinaj declares Mogherini an “enemy of Kosovo”

Kosovan Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj declared EU foreign policy and security chief as an “enemy of Kosovo” because of her position that the country must drop the high tariffs it imposed on Serbian products. Kosovo’s success can’t be tied under Mogherini’s timetable. Nobody...

Balkans 14:34

Thaci denies secret meetings with Vucic

Kosovo President Hashim Thaci has told Radio Television of Albania he did not have any secret meetings with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic. Kosovo-based broadcaster RTK is reporting this. “I met with President Vucic at various meetings of leaders and at various ceremonies outside the cameras,...

Balkans 14:08

Katrougalos: New era of good, bilateral and friendly relations between two countries begins

Greece’s Alternate Foreign Minister Georgios Katrougalos in an interview with the Greek radio Sto Kokkino on Wednesday said that the Prespa Agreement opens a new era of good, bilateral and friendly relations between the two countries, MIA’s Athens correspondent reported. Katrougalos explained...

Balkans 12:02

Albania to ratify Macedonia’s NATO accession protocol on Thursday

The Albanian Parliament will ratify Macedonia’s NATO accession protocol on Thursday. The session will be attended by the Parliament Speaker, Talat Xhaferi. “The Parliament Speaker of the Republic of North Macedonia, Talat Xhaferi will pay a working visit to the Republic of Albania where...

Balkans 10:44

US officials criticize Pristina for ignoring advice on tariffs

Three US officials have criticized Pristina for ignoring Washington’s advice to revoke the 100 percent tariffs on goods from Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina, the KoSSev portal reported. “After our requests to suspend the tariffs went unheeded, we have decided to take steps to show our concern, including...

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