Archive for the ‘Balkans’ Category

Bulgaria, Greece, Romania, Croatia to support Western Balkans EU integration

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 Comments Off

Bulgaria, Greece, Romania and Croatia – will help together for the European integration of the Western Balkans countries. This is the reason why the foreign ministers, Ekaterina Zaharieva, Nikos Kodzias, Teodor Melescanu and Maria Peichinovic Bouric, met at a working meeting in New York. Ministers have reviewed what has been achieved so far by Albania, […]

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Pence: Western Balkans future lay with the West

Thursday, August 3, 2017 Comments Off

US Vice President Mike Pence said on Wednesday that the future of the Western Balkans lay “in the West,” on the last leg of a tour aimed at reassuring Eastern European allies worried by Russia. After visiting Baltic state Estonia and the Caucasus nation of Georgia, Pence arrived on Tuesday in NATO’s newest member Montenegro […]

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Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary sign gas network memorandum

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 Comments Off

Representatives of gas companies Bulgartransgaz EAD (Bulgaria), ICBG AD (Bulgaria), DESFA S.A. (Greece), FGSZ Ltd. (Hungary) and SNTGN TRANSGAZ S.A. (Romania) signed a memorandum of understanding about a project for implementation of the Vertical Gas Corridor. The document was signed Wednesday at a joint meeting in Bucharest, the Energy Ministry told BTA.

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Balkan trilateral summit to focus on security and stability

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 Comments Off

The issue of security and stability in the Western Balkans will be the focal point of a trilateral summit of Greek, Serbian and Bulgarian leaders at the Thessaloniki Concert Hall on Thursday. Prime ministers Alexis Tsipras, Boyko Borisov of Bulgaria and Aleksandar Vucic of Serbia are also expected to discuss Thessaloniki train links with Burgas […]

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Romanian, Bulgarian Presidents discuss Black Sea security

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 Comments Off

The EU recently agreed to extend sanctions against Russia on its actions in Ukraine following the annexation of the Crimean Peninsula, 3 years ago. Moscow also sees NATO with suspicion after the Alliance has strengthened its presence in Eastern Europe.

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Europol warns that Balkans remains key route for terrorists

Friday, June 16, 2017 Comments Off

New Europol report warns that the Balkan region remains vulnerable to Islamist terrorism – and remains a well-established route to and from the conflict zones for terrorist fighters. The EU’s annual Terrorism Situation and Trend Report, released June 15, says terrorists are still joining the conflict in Syria from the Balkans, which remains a route […]

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Macedonia aims NATO membership

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 Comments Off

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed the new Prime Minister of Macedonia Zoran Zaev to NATO headquarters on Monday for talks on the partnership between the Alliance and Macednia. Speaking to reporters after the meeting, the NATO chief congratulated Zaev on his appointment and welcomed the formation of a new government.

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Bulgarian General: NATO for Western Balkans would provide region stability

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 Comments Off

A NATO membership for Western Balkan countries would provide stability in the region, but it could materialise only after the main criteria are met, gen. Kircho Kirov, former head of the National Intelligence Service, told FOCUS Radio’s Good Morning Bulgaria. Macedonia’s attempts to join the EU and NATO should be appreciated, this would make our […]

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Bulgaria to support Bosnia’s EU integration

Monday, June 12, 2017 Comments Off

Bulgarian President Rumen Radev here on Monday said his country would advocate for the integration of Bosnia and Herzegovina into the European Union (EU). During its presidency of the EU Council in 2018, Bulgaria would support Sarajevo in the process of obtaining a candidate status for the EU membership, Radev said at a joint press […]

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THE EU ENLARGEMENT AFTER BREXIT Case Study: the Western Balkans

Monday, August 15, 2016 Comments Off

Among the complex consequences of United Kingdom’s recent decision to withdraw from the European Union (Brexit), one of the main problems for the Union’s leaders – indeed, a component of the EU’s future – is the EU enlargement process, notably the accession of the six countries of the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, […]

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Heads of Egypt, Cyprus and Greece to meet in Athens next week

Saturday, December 5, 2015 Comments Off

Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi will visit Greece next week where he will attend a summit meeting with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades, Egyptian state media said on Thursday.

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Rebels, security forces battle in Burundi

Thursday, October 29, 2015 Comments Off

Nairobi – Gunmen and security forces clashed in a series of deadly clashes in Burundi, police said Tuesday, the latest violence since the controversial re-election of President Pierre Nkurunziza. At least seven people were killed and 15 others injured in clashes since Monday, the last months of unrest triggered by Nkurunziza successful bid to win […]

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NATO warships to hold military exercises in the Black Sea

Friday, July 10, 2015 Comments Off

NATO warships have entered the Black Sea ahead of military exercises this weekend. The training aims at reaffirming the US-led alliance’s commitment to defending the member states, in the wake of Russia’s apparent military aggression in eastern Ukraine.

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Greece to start talks with Egypt, Cyprus on maritime boundaries

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 Comments Off

Greece will launch consultations with Egypt and Greek Cyprus to establish maritime boundaries in the eastern Mediterranean, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on April 29. Tsipras, who was visiting Greek Cyprus, said those boundaries – which are normally a precursor to a state licensing for offshore oil and gas exploration – would be defined in […]

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Shebab militants kill 147 students in Garissa attack

Thursday, April 2, 2015 Comments Off

At least 147 students were massacred when Somalia’s Shebab group attacked a Kenyan university on Thursday, the interior minister said, the deadliest attack in the country since US embassy bombings in 1998. Masked gunmen stormed the university in the northeastern town of Garissa as students were sleeping, hurling grenades and shooting dead others, before setting […]

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Serbia welcomes Mali peace agreement

Monday, March 16, 2015 Comments Off

Serbia on Monday welcomed the peace and reconciliation agreement in Mali, signed on 28 February in Algiers following the inter-Malian inclusive negotiations under the auspices of Algeria. “The Republic of Serbia welcomes the peace and reconciliation agreement in Mali, signed on 28 February2015, after inter-Malian inclusive negotiations which lasted eight months under the auspices of […]

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NATO Chief meets Greek Defence Minister

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 Comments Off

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg met here on Wednesday the new Greek Minister of Defence Panos Kammenos and thanked Greece for its continued commitment to the 28-member alliance. He stressed that Greece has contributed substantially to NATO for over six decades and said he counts on the steadfast commitment of Greece to NATO, according to […]

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Hague Court rejects genocide claims by Serbia and Croatia

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 Comments Off

The International Court of Justice Tuesday dismissed claims of genocide by both Croatia and Serbia allegedly committed during the Balkan wars of the 1990s. “Croatia has failed to substantiate its allegation that genocide was committed. Accordingly, no issue of responsibility under the Convention for the commission of genocide can arise in the present case,” ruled […]

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Algerian, Greek Presidents discuss bilateral relations

Monday, December 8, 2014 Comments Off

President of Algeria Abdelaziz Bouteflika on Sunday in Algiers held one-to-one meeting with his Greek counterpart Karolos Papoulias, on a state visit to Algeria. President Papoulias started Saturday a three-day state visit to Algeria, at the invitation of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

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Turkish PM to visit Greece on Friday

Thursday, December 4, 2014 Comments Off

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is due in Athens for talks on Friday amid a tense atmosphere between Greece and Turkey, which has been exacerbated by the neighboring country’s decision to carry out naval exercises in the Aegean while discussions take place in the Greek capital. Turkish ships and submarines have been conducting exercises in […]

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Russia scraps South Stream

Thursday, December 4, 2014 Comments Off

Russian president Vladimir Putin says that the US$50bn South Stream gas pipeline has been scrapped in favour of a new route through Turkey. Putin blamed the cancellation of the project – which would have seen a pipe constructed along a route through Bulgaria, Serbia and Hungary- on opposition from within the EU. The bloc, which has […]

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EU urges Turkey to show restraint over dispute with Cyprus

Thursday, November 13, 2014 Comments Off

The European Parliament held a debate on the topic, “Turkish actions creating tensions in the exclusive economic zone of Cyprus,” stressing support for the EU member state Cyprus. Johannes Hahn, EU Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, said the EU stands firmly by the sovereign rights of its member states to enter into […]

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Egypt, Greece, Greek Cyprus create a new regional energy cooperation

Monday, November 10, 2014 Comments Off

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi hosted a meeting in Cairo with the attendance of Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades and Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras on Saturday and announced a new regional energy cooperation deal among Egypt, Greece and Greek Cyprus. Speaking at a joint press conference in Cairo, Greek Cypriot leader Anastasiades said the […]

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Egypt, Cyprus, Greek foreign ministers discuss energy and security issues

Friday, October 31, 2014 Comments Off

The Egyptian, Cypriot and Greek foreign ministers met in the Cypriot capital Nicosia Wednesday to discuss shared interests and issues relating to energy, security, and tourism. The meeting took place in preparation for a new round of talks in Cairo on 8 November. A statement released by the Cypriot foreign ministry said that the main […]

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Putin makes official visit to Serbia

Friday, October 17, 2014 Comments Off

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Serbia and Russia have strong political ties. He underscored that Moscow’s position on the issue of Kosovo and Metohija will not change and that Russia insists on it being resolved in line with UNSC Resolution 1244.

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Russian FM visits Sofia

Friday, July 11, 2014 Comments Off

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is meeting his counterpart Kristian Vigenin on July 7, during his official visit to Bulgaria. He is to mark the 135th anniversary since diplomatic relations were established between Bulgaria and Russia, the Foreign Ministry in Sofia said in a statement to the media.

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Defence focus on Baghdad – Jihadists consolidate gains

Friday, June 27, 2014 Comments Off

BAGHDAD, June 25, (Agencies): Militants attacked one of Iraq’s largest air bases and seized control of several small oilfields on Wednesday as US special forces troops and intelligence analysts arrived to help Iraqi security forces counter a mounting Sunni insurgency. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who is fighting for his job and is under international […]

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‘British forces can’t monitor jihadists fighting in Mideast’

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 Comments Off

LONDON, June 23, (Agencies): British security forces will find it impossible to monitor all the estimated 500 jihadists fighting in Syria and Iraq after they return home, a former top intelligence official said Monday. Richard Barrett, ex-head of counter-terrorism at the MI6 overseas security agency, told the BBC that authorities would have to try to […]

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Slow Count Keeps New Kosovo Govt in Limbo

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 Comments Off

With the last votes from the general election yet to be counted, the political parties are still squabbling over who has the right to form a new government in Kosovo.

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Kosovo MP Candidate Gunned Down Outside Restaurant

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 Comments Off

Kosovo police have launched a probe into the murder of Elvis Pista, a prospective MP from the Democratic Party of Kosovo, who was shot dead in his hometown of Rahovec/Orahovac.

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UN Urges Kosovo to Help Refugees Return

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 Comments Off

The UN refugee agency called on the authorities to ensure that people who fled Kosovo during the 1998-99 war have places to live and security if they choose to return home.

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Bosnia Arrests Serb Fighter Over Bihac Killings

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 Comments Off

Former military policeman Zeljko Stanarevic was arrested on suspicion of having participating in the killings of Bosniak civilians in the north-western Bihac municipality.

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Whatever Happened to the Plenums in Bosnia?

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 Comments Off

The protest movement that swept Bosnia earlier this year may have faded, but its principal legacy – a new sense of empowerment among the people – will endure.

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Balkan ‘Dysfunctional’ Govts Blamed For Democratic Failings

Friday, June 13, 2014 Comments Off

Dysfunctional governments in Balkan countries continue to drive down democracy ratings in the region, according to Freedom Houses’s latest study, ‘Nations in Transit 2014′.

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A Challenge for Kosovo: Justice for All

Friday, June 13, 2014 Comments Off

If Kosovo is serious about its European future, whoever forms the next government faces a big job to improve its justice system and human rights record.

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