Category: Balkans
Balkans 05.05.19 | 18:28

Pope Francis blesses the memory of Ss. Cyril and Methodius during his visit to Bulgaria

During his visit to Bulgaria, Pope Francis blessed the memory of Ss. Cyril and Methodius, the medieval missionaries who spread Christianity throughout the Slavic lands. Ss. Cyril and Methodius are patrons of Europe, whose prayer, dedication and apostolic promotion are examples for us and remain, a millennia...

Balkans 04.05.19 | 21:59

Erdogan signals he backs re-run of contested Istanbul vote

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan signaled on Saturday he backs a re-run of mayoral elections in Istanbul which resulted in a narrow victory for the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) for the first time in 25 years, Reuters reports. Erdogan’s ruling AK Party (AKP), which also lost control...

Balkans 29.04.19 | 10:15

Serbian President speaks out in defense of Albanian baker who faced threats over the “eagle sign”

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic expressed his support to Mon Gjuraj, an ethnic Albanian baker from Belgrade, who faced threatening messages after a picture showing off an Albanian symbol was shared online. Nationalist protesters left pig heads in front of his store after the picture, ostensibly of...

Balkans 22.04.19 | 19:23

Serbia pledges 1 million euros for Notre Dame

The Government of Serbia decides to help the reconstruction of fire-stricken Paris landmark the Notre Dame Cathedral with million Euros, the FoNet news agency has reported on Monday, citing a Government statement. The statement added that this donation “confirms a centuries-long friendship with French...

Balkans 20.04.19 | 15:55

Large group of ISIS camp followers returned to Kosovo

A group of 110 family members of Albanian Islamists were returned to Kosovo yesterday from Syria, where they accompanied ISIS fighters. The group includes four fighters, 32 women and 74 minors, including nine orphans. The fighters will be detained for initial 48 hours, Kosovan security sources said. It...

Balkans 19.04.19 | 13:40

Athens installs Alexander the Great statue

Athens on Friday installed its first Alexander the Great statue, a project mired in bureaucratic delays for nearly three decades. The 3,50-metre (11.5-foot) equestrian statue of a young Alexander, cast in bronze, was erected in central Athens opposite a statue of Lord Byron. According to the city of...

Balkans 19.04.19 | 12:47

Dacic says dual sovereignty in Kosovo unacceptable

Dual sovereignty is unacceptable to Serbia, Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic told the state TV (RTS) on Friday commenting speculation that the idea would be put forward at a meeting between top officials from Belgrade and Pristina in Berlin. He said that dual sovereignty means that north Kosovo will be allowed...

Balkans 17.04.19 | 18:13

‘First and only statue’ of Alexander the Great in Athens to be unveiled

The statue of Alexander the Great was raised in central Athens on Wednesday morning by workers from the municipality of Athens, the Greek Reporter reports. The statue is located at the intersection of Amalias and Vasilissis Olgas (Queen Olga) avenues in downtown Athens, just a few meters from the...

Balkans 17.04.19 | 14:37

Greek police disperses migrants attempting to enter Macedonia by train

Greek police dispersed a group of migrants who were attempting to enter Macedonia illegally, hidden in a cargo train. The engineer informed the police that he has spotted migrants in the wagon cars. When the police approached the train near Solun/Thessaloniki, the migrants fled. Greece houses tens of...

Balkans 16.04.19 | 22:21

Dutch Parliament wants to re-introduce visas for Albania, move could complicate its EU accession process

Concerned over the growing levels of Albanian criminal activity, the Dutch Parliament voted today to restore visas for Albanian citizens. Albanian media report that the decision of the Tweede Kamer will empower the Dutch Government to go to Brussels and request that the European Union again imposes a...

Balkans 10.04.19 | 12:13

Putin: Respect international law, remember Yugoslavia

Russian President Vladimir Putin has once again called for international law to be respected in order to avoid situations similar to the bombing of Yugoslavia. Putin, who spoke during plenary session of the International Arctic Forum in St. Petersburg, referenced NATO’s 1999 aerial war against...

Balkans 08.04.19 | 23:45

Ivan Pernar forced out of Croatia’s parliament building

The security in the Croatian Parliament removed Ivan Pernar from the building by force. The MP accused on Facebook that this time he was forced out of the building by order of Miljan Brkic.

Balkans 06.04.19 | 11:07

Protest in Athens railway station ends after small group of migrants allowed to head toward Macedonia

Several dozens migrants who were blocking a major railway station in Athens after they were not allowed to take a train north toward Macedonia, were allowed to depart on Friday evening. Greek authorities tried to prevent the movement of migrants north, toward Solun/Thessaloniki, after a riot erupted...

Balkans 28.03.19 | 21:09

European Parliament confirms its support for Kosovo visa liberalization

The European Parliament has once again confirmed its position towards the Kosovo visa liberalization issue. With a majority of 331 votes pro, 126 against and 12 abstentions, the Members of the European Parliament showed they are ready for negotiations with the Council so Kosovars can start traveling...

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...

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