Category: Balkans
Balkans 29.06.19 | 10:25

Trump to appoint Yuri Kim as new US Ambassador to Albania

President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate Yuri Kim of Guam, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Albania, The White House informed. Ms. Kim is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Counselor, and has served in the Department of State...

Balkans 28.06.19 | 19:26

Police nab Greek smuggler with 13 migrants in fake ambulance

Greek police said on Friday they have arrested a driver transporting 13 migrants crammed into a fake ambulance. The 58-year-old driver led police on a wild chase near Thessaloniki, with blue lights flashing on both the ambulance, painted to appear like a medical vehicle, and the pursuing patrol cars. Police...

Balkans 27.06.19 | 11:08

Temelko in the race for mayor of Pustec for the fourth time

The candidate for mayor of the municipality of Pustec from the Macedonian Alliance for European Integration (MAEI), Edmond Temelko, as part of the election campaign, is holding meetings with the residents of Leska, Zrnosko, Globocani, Dolna and Gorna Gorica and other settlements. In the local elections...

Balkans 19.06.19 | 15:34

Albanian opposition protesters burn election material in a school to prevent the municipal elections

Political tensions in Albania have taken a turn to the worse after anti-Government protesters set fire to a school in Shkodra yesterday, to prevent the municipal elections from taking place on the 30th. The opposition Democratic Party rejects the elections and demands a technical Government to replace...

Balkans 18.06.19 | 14:38

Albanian President threatens to use the army to stop the Prime Minister from holding municipal elections

Albanian President Ilir Meta threatened to use the army and stop Prime Minister Edi Rama from holding municipal elections on June 30th. Meta declared the elections invalid, but Rama is ignoring his decision and wants to go ahead with the vote, even though the main opposition parties also reject the elections...

Balkans 18.06.19 | 11:33

Rama threatened to sue German journalist who published wiretaps accusing him of vote rigging

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama threatened to sue a German journalist who published wiretaps alleging Rama’s involvement in vote rigging and other criminal conspiracies. I decided to sue this journalist to German courts and in that blessed country, where justice is not a game of investigation...

Balkans 16.06.19 | 16:35

Albanian opposition says the municipal elections will turn into a political funeral for Prime Minister Rama

Albanian opposition leader Lulzim Basha said that the large protest planned for June 30th, the day of the planned municipal elections, will mark the “political funeral” of Prime Minister Edi Rama. Basha’s conservative Democratic Party has been in the streets for months, protesting Rama’s...

Balkans 14.06.19 | 11:18

Albanian Prime Minister’s convoy attacked by protesters (VIDEO)

Protesters pelted the convoy carrying Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama with rocks in the city of Librazhd. Police had difficulty containing the crowd from stopping Rama’s convoy. Rama managed to avoid the bulk of the crowd by using side roads. Several protesters were injured after being hit by...

Balkans 10.06.19 | 10:30

Romanian Defense Minister will assume control over a WWI grave site where Hungarians were attacked last week

The Romanian Ministry of National Defence is taking all the necessary steps to formally assume administrative control of the Uz Valley military cemetery, after the incident last week when Hungarians who came to honor their World War One dead, the V4 news agency reported. Romanian nationalists threw rocks...

Balkans 10.06.19 | 10:01

Tsipras officially begins the procedure for the early general elections in Greece

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will officially ask President Prokopis Pavlopoulos to call for early general elections, to be held on July 7th. Tsipras announced the elections after the major defeat his leftist SYRIZA party suffered in the European and municipal elections, where the conservative...

Balkans 09.06.19 | 15:54

Gruevski meets Hungarian official, attends a business event in Budapest

Former Prime Minister and VMRO leader Nikola Gruevski on Friday attended a business promotion event in Budapest, where he lives in political exile. Gruevski also met an official of the Hungarian Foreign Ministry, a move which the Ministry described as routine, given the high position Gruevski held in...

Balkans 08.06.19 | 21:48

Mass protests in Albania, President Meta cancels the local elections

Massive opposition protest is taking place in the Albanian capital of Tirana, as President Ilir Meta decided to cancel the municipal elections that were set for June 30th. Police is using tear-gas again to disperse the protesters who are gathered outside the Parliament. Opposition leader Lulzim Basha...

Balkans 08.06.19 | 11:24

Bulgarian police prevents an Islamist attack in Plovdiv

Bulgarian authorities say they’ve prevented an Islamist attack that was being planned in the city of Plovdiv. According to the BGNES news agency, a 16 year old man from the city was detained as he was attempting to put together an explosive device. The elements of the bomb are being analyzed. The...

Balkans 05.06.19 | 22:35

Dacic joins latest Instagram challenge, writes “Kosovo is Serbia” on $100 banknote

Serbian politician and foreign minister Ivica Dacic joined the latest Instagram challenge – to write “Kosovo is Serbia” on a €1 or €5 banknote.   View this post on Instagram   Ceo svet zna da Kosovo je Srbija! #kosovoisserbia #IvicaDacic #sps...

Balkans 05.06.19 | 13:37

UN report: The Balkans has the most polluted air in all of Europe

The United Nations have warned that people in the Balkans breathe the most polluted air in Europe. Concentrations of polluting materials such as PM2.5 and PM10 particles in the air in the Balkans are five times above maximum allowed levels. This, the UN environmental organization reports, affects health...

Balkans 03.06.19 | 14:11

Serbs work for the state five months of the year

During the course of one year, workers in Serbia effectively work five months for the state, with their families having to make do with the left over earnings from the remaining seven months. Experts say many in the country are unaware of the taxes and fees they pay, Serbia N1 TV station reports. In...

Balkans 03.06.19 | 11:42

In new sign of coming right wing backlash in Greece, Kostas Mitsotakis elected Mayor of Athens

Kostas Bakoyannis, from the powerful conservative Mitsotakis/Bakoyannis family, was easily elected as Mayor of Athens yesterday in the second round of the municipal elections. The conservative New Democracy swept Greece, leaving the leftist SYRIZA party in control only of Crete and portending a major...

Balkans 31.05.19 | 18:25

The Netherlands asks the EU to reintroduce visas for Albanian citizens

The Netherlands officially asked the European Commission to reintroduce visas for Albanian citizens visiting the Schengen zone. The move was prompted by the high levels of crime among Albanian immigrants in the Netherlands, an issue which prompted a vote in the Dutch Parliament to end the visa free regime. It...

Balkans 31.05.19 | 10:50

Serbian president slams Kosovo police raid as flagrant violation of Brussels Agreement

The self-proclaimed, unrecognized republic of Kosovo is flagrantly violating the Brussels Agreement and the Central European Free Trade Agreement (CEFTA), Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said on Thursday during a meeting with the Atlantic Council’s delegation, TASS reported. “[Vucic] highlighted...

Balkans 30.05.19 | 19:54

Terrible insult by Ivan Ivanović: Only Albanians live in Macedonia

The TV host of the popular Serbian talk show “Veče sa Ivanom Ivanovićem” in the last show apparently disappointed that the Macedonian jury did not award any points to the Serbian representative in the Eurovision Song Contest, threw a terrible insult at the Macedonians! According to Ivanović,...

Повеќе