Archive for the ‘Balkan Press’ Category

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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THE FUTURE OF EUROPE: A NEW “VALEV PLAN”?

Saturday, December 15, 2012 Comments Off

Following last autumn’s “state of the Union” speech, that outlined a vision for a federal Europe[1], the “Blueprint for a deep and genuine economic and monetary union”, unveiled recently by José Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission, to be submitted at the December 2012 European Union Summit and debated until the European Parliament elections […]

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Albania’s EU Reform Efforts in 2012 Praised

Tuesday, October 9, 2012 Comments Off

A report released on Monday by the Open Society Foundation in Tirana says Albania strengthened the planning and implementation of EU reform priorities in 2012.The report said that by October 2012, 46 per cent of Albania’s EU reform commitments had been totally implemented and 32 per cent had been partially implemented. In 22 per cent […]

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Serbia Lifts Ban on Late Night Sale of Alcohol

Friday, October 5, 2012 Comments Off

Serbia’s Constitutional Court has ruled that a ban on the sale of alcohol after 10pm in Belgrade is unconstitutional.After a year and a half, Belgraders will again be able to buy alcohol after 10 pm after the court deemed the ban unconstitutional. The city authorities in the Serbian capital introduced the measure in the spring […]

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EUROSCEPTICISM: TRIGGERING EUROPE’S TRANSFORMATION

Monday, October 1, 2012 Comments Off

The recent violent manifestations in Greece, Spain and Portugal, as well as the developments of the Euro zone crisis indicate a clear increase of the Euroscepticism, as well as a disturbing trend towards the politisation of the economic problems that several European countries are currently facing. Analysts are currently assessing the possibilities that growing Euroscepticism […]

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EULEX Seeks Regional Help in Organ Trafficking Probe

Friday, September 21, 2012 Comments Off

During his visit to Montenegro, Clint Williamson, head of the EULEX task force in charge of the Kosovo organ trafficking case, has called for regional cooperation in the investigation.Williamson met the Montenegrin interior minister, Ivan Brajovic, on Thursday. He presented the efforts of his team, which was formed in October 2011, with the aim of […]

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Albania Downplays Risks of New Greek Border Talks

Friday, September 14, 2012 Comments Off

Albania’s Foreign Ministry on Thursday played down the risks of trying to renegotiate a maritime border deal with Greece, which Albania’s Constitutional Court has deemed unlawful.“There are no reports or secret scripts regarding the issue of the maritime border between Greece and Albania,” the Secretary General of the Foreign Ministry, Gazmend Turdiu, said.

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Regional Cooperation Vital for Security

Thursday, September 13, 2012 Comments Off

To fight modern organized crime, the Balkan countries must work together to improve security and stability in the region, a regional security conference in Sarajevo has concluded.The conference – titled “Balkan security – The challenges within cyber infrastructure“ – was held in Sarajevo on September 13, and it was attended by the Internal Affairs ministers […]

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Wife Tried to Dissuade US Embassy Gunman

Tuesday, September 11, 2012 Comments Off

The US embassy attacker, Mevlid Jasarevic, was removed from court for showing disrespect while his wife’s statement was read out; in it, she recalled her attempts to disssuade him from going to Sarajevo.The statement of Mirela Demirovic, Jasarevic’s unmarried wife, previously given to investigators, was read out at the trial on Monday. Jasarevic is accused […]

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“ANTI-SYSTEM” ON A RISING TREND – PERSPECTIVES FOR EUROPE

Monday, September 3, 2012 Comments Off

Recent developments in Europe, where the economic crisis continues to affect the political and social life, are showing a worrying rise of the “traditional” extreme – both right and left – parties, as well as of the newer “anti-system” or  “fringe” movements that oppose the existing institutions (especially the global and European ones), as well […]

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Serbia Helps Fight Fires in Greece

Friday, August 10, 2012 Comments Off

Serbia has sent 40 firefighters to help their colleagues extinguish a fire which broke out near the Serbian Orthodox monastery of Hilandar.Scorching summer heat and high winds caused blazes on the Greek Mount Athos in northern Greece on Thursday. The fire broke out on Wednesday afternoon in the vicinity of the Serbian Orthodox Hilandar Monastery, […]

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Albania Party Deadlock Threatens Immunity Reform

Thursday, July 26, 2012 Comments Off

Although all parties agree on the need to change the constitution to lift the immunity of high state officials, they remain divided on when the vote should taker place.Albania’s Council of Legislation, a parliamentary body tasked with drafting amending the constitution, on Tuesday approved a draft reform agreed by both the ruling Democrats and the […]

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“ANTI-SYSTEM” ON A RISING TREND – PERSPECTIVES FOR EUROPE

Monday, June 18, 2012 Comments Off

Recent developments in Europe, where the economic crisis continues to affect the political and social life, are showing a worrying rise of the “traditional” extreme – both right and left – parties, as well as of the newer “anti-system” or  “fringe” movements that oppose the existing institutions (especially the global and European ones), as well […]

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Albania Builds First Major Power Plant in Decades

Monday, June 18, 2012 Comments Off

Albania’s Prime Minister Sali Berisha inaugurated Ashta 1 on Friday, the country’s first major hydro-power plant since the early 1980s.“The Ashta power plant is a novelty because it is the largest one in the world to use advanced tubular turbines technology,” said Berisha during the inauguration ceremony. “This power plant is also a masterpiece on […]

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Belgrade-Pristina meeting was delayed in Brussels

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 Comments Off

The negotiations between teams of Belgrade and Priština were set to continue on Tuesday in Brussels, with regional representation of Kosovo on the agenda. However today’s meeting, that was set to start at 10:00 CET, has

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Turkish FM to visit Balkan countries next week

Wednesday, August 17, 2011 Comments Off

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu is set to embark on a nine-day tour in four Balkan countries. Kosovo will be Davutoğlu’s first stop, where he will stay from Aug. 26-28 before heading off to Bosnia and Herzegovina for another

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Bosnia: Still no government, no progress, no EU softening of stance

Monday, July 25, 2011 Comments Off

Author: Anes Alic for ISA Intel. Six Bosnian political parties who won the majority of votes in October 2010 elections and are eligible to form the new government issued a total of 1,373 campaign promises, most of which will remained unfulfilled and forgotten. With 432 elections promises, the main Bosniak Party of Democratic Action (SDA) […]

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Bosnia: Republika Srpska Vows to Hold Referendum on War Crimes Cooperation; How will the International Community Respond?

Wednesday, April 27, 2011 Comments Off

by Anes Alic The parliament of Bosnia’s Serb-dominated entity of Republika Srpska decided on Wednesday to call for a referendum on whether Bosnian Serbs should continue to cooperate with the country’s war crimes court, citing the court’s alleged anti-Serb bias. Out of the 75 lawmakers present, 66 voted for the proposal presented by Bosnian Serb […]

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Trends in Balkan Organized Crime Activities

Monday, April 11, 2011 Comments Off

written by: Ioannis Michaletos The perennial issue of the existence of strong organized crime structures in the Balkan region is of great concern for the whole of Europe, due to the importance of this region as a main geo-economic hub between the European Union, Turkey and the Middle East, and Russia. The United Nations International […]

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Bosnia’s Federation Entity Names New Government, But Instability Will Govern

Tuesday, March 22, 2011 Comments Off

By Anes Alic After five months of back-and-forth negotiations following October 2010 general elections in Bosnia-Herzegovina, the new parliament and government have been named in the Bosniak and Croat-dominated Federation entity. There has been an inability to reach a consensus at the highest levels for the distribution of ministries and key posts, and the appointment […]

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Serbia: An outlook of Regional Cooperation and Border Issues Networks

Wednesday, March 16, 2011 Comments Off

written by: Ioannis Michaletos, Source: worldsecuritynetwork.com The outlook of Serbia in the field of regional cooperation and border issues, reveals that the country seem eager to implement regional cooperation policies aimed at the so-called “asymmetrical threats” of organized crime, international terrorism, illegal immigration, environmental pollution, money laundering and extremism. Most of its structures can be […]

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Albania: The Wider Implications of a Political Crisis-Turned Violent

Tuesday, February 8, 2011 Comments Off

By IsaIntel A fourth protester has died as a result of a gunshot wound during 21 January protest rallies outside the Albanian Prime Minister’s Office, bringing the death toll to four. At the same time, protesters, led by Socialist Party leader Edi Rama, have vowed to stage another round of demonstrations this Friday, and continue […]

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Kosovo: The View of the Serbian Minority

Tuesday, February 8, 2011 Comments Off

written by: Ioannis Michaletos Source: worldsecuritynetwork.com Ioannis Michaletos: How can the present day situation, as far as, the Serbian population is concerned can be described? Oilver Ivanovic: The situation of the Serbian people in Kosovo is in some respects better than it used to be some years ago, meaning that the attacks against them havedecreased. […]

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Italy May Reopen Smuggling Indictment Against Former Montenegrin Prime Minister

Thursday, January 20, 2011 Comments Off

Italy’s anti-mafia prosecutor has announced that the indictment against recently resigned Montenegrin Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic could now be reopened due to his loss of diplomatic immunity. Prosecutor Giuseppe Scelsi from the Italian city of Bari told local media that even though the crime of which Djukanovic is accused took place 10 years ago, the […]

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Dutch to Quit Bosnia Mission by November at the Latest

Monday, January 17, 2011 Comments Off

The Dutch government will end its mission to Bosnia-Herzegovina in mid-November this year at the latest, bringing to a conclusion the Netherland’s participation in Operation Althea since December 2004. Initially, 530 Dutch soldiers were stationed in Bosnia which was ravaged by a civil war between 1992 and 1995, but today there remain only 85, that […]

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A New Generation of Extremists Threaten Bosnia

Friday, January 14, 2011 Comments Off

By Anes Alic in Sarajevo Five people were indicted on terrorism charges following the June 2010 bombing of a police station in the Bosnian city of Bugojno, but today, prosecutors are focusing more on the international aspect of the case, as leads in the investigation show that the attack may have been organized abroad. The […]

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EU: Controversial Population Census a Top Priority for New Bosnian Government

Wednesday, January 12, 2011 Comments Off

The European Union is urging Bosnian political leaders to speed up the creation the ruling coalition following October 2010 general elections, saying that the adoption of a national census law should be the new government’s top priority. EU officials have repeatedly warned Bosnia that the failure to hold a national census in 2011, at the […]

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Kosovo: The View of the Serbian Minority

Wednesday, January 12, 2011 Comments Off

Written by: Ioannis Michaletos Ioannis Michaletos: How can the present day situation, as far as, the Serbian population is concerned can be described? Oilver Ivanovic: The situation of the Serbian people in Kosovo is in some respects better than it used to be some years ago, meaning that the attacks against them havedecreased. Nevertheless, there […]

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Bosnia Diminishes UNSC Presidency by Sending Low-Ranking Official to Chair Topic Session

Thursday, January 6, 2011 Comments Off

The decision of the tripartite Presidency of Bosnia-Herzegovina to have its UN ambassador chair an upcoming topic session of the UN Security Council is perhaps inappropriate, but not unexpected. Traditionally, these topic sessions are led by a country’s foreign minister (or an official of a similar ranking), and the Bosnian Presidency’s decision to have its […]

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Bosniaks in Republika Srpska Veto New Cabinet for Lack of Proper Representation

Wednesday, January 5, 2011 Comments Off

The Bosniak (Bosnian Muslim) parliamentary group in the Council of Peoples of the Serb-dominated entity of Republika Srpska has raised a question about the protection of their vital national interest in the formation of the entity’s new cabinet. The Bosniak parliamentary group has vetoed a decision to appoint the new RS government of Prime Minister […]

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Bosnians to be Hit Hard by Response to Financial Crisis as Price Rises and Tax Hikes Eat Away at Meager Salaries

Wednesday, January 5, 2011 Comments Off

Bosnian officials are keen to impress upon the public that the financial crisis is in receding; however, statistics tell a different story for 2011 – a new year that is likely to be a more financially trying one for the citizens of Bosnia-Herzegovina. As of first day of the year, food and utilities prices rose […]

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Dodik Threatens to Sue Ashdown in Another Political Opportunity Trick Meant for the Stage (Members Only)

Tuesday, January 4, 2011 Comments Off

Milorad Dodik, president of Bosnia’s Serb-dominated entity Republika Srpska, has announced that he will begin legal proceedings against former High Representative to Bosnia, British diplomat Paddy Ashdown. According to the outspoken Dodik, who enjoys the spotlight, Ashdown will be sued before the UK court by early February for his “arrogant behavior and violations of the […]

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Bosnia’s Post-Election Future Bleaker Than Ever

Monday, December 6, 2010 Comments Off

Bosnia’s multi-ethnic moderate party was the big winner in October elections, but the lack of viable coalition partners has left the playing field open once again to ethno-nationalist parties who are bent on maintaining politically opportunistic instability. By Anes Alic for ISN Insights. Three ethno-nationalist parties and one moderate, multi-ethnic party are likely to form […]

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Terrorist organizations are adaptable and flexible

Tuesday, November 16, 2010 Comments Off

Charles S. Faddis, expert on international terrorism: “Terrorist organizations are adaptable and flexible” Interview conducted by Ioannis Micheletos, WSN Editor South East Europe, Coordinator of Southeastern European Office The continuous assymetrical warfare against international terrorism seems to be far from over, and it spans through the entire globe with terror incidents happening almost on a […]

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An outlook of radical Islamism in Bosnia

Wednesday, November 3, 2010 Comments Off

Information available to experts on international terrorism indicate that Bosnia Herzegovina is presently one of the epicentres of extremist Islamic circles in Europe, as it represents a hub for potential Islamic terrorists – the so called “white” or “European” Al-Qaeda . Money from Islamic countries that is laundered through “humanitarian” organizations finances the religious education […]

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