Archive for the ‘Balkan News’ Category

Serbs denied visit to Kosovo town on Good Friday

Friday, April 18, 2014 Comments Off

BELGRADE — Serbs driven out of Đakovica in Kosovo sent a protest to the Priština authorities for not being allowed to visit their town and property on Good Friday. “The Serbs from the Đakovica region are resentful of the institution in Priština, EULEX and KFOR for being unable to ensure safety for 120 Serbs who […]

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Bulgarian PM discusses prospects for energy diversification with the Minister of Energy of Azerbaijan

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Comments Off

Sofia. Prospects for diversification in the energy sector, the implementation of projects of common interest and potential areas for investment were among the highlights of the conversation between Bulgarian Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski and Minister of Energy of Azerbaijan Natig Aliyev, the government information service announced. During the meeting the two officials discussed the realization of […]

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Bulgaria to supply gas from Azerbaijan very soon

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Comments Off

The construction of the Interconnector Greece-Bulgaria gas pipeline will start in 2015, the Azerbaijani Minister of Energy Natig Aliyev said at a meeting with Bulgaria’s Economy and Energy Minister Dragomir Stoynev. Stoynev said that Bulgaria intends to secure gas supplies from Azerbaijan as soon as possible, ITAR-TASS reports.

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Euro zone’s richest investors cash in on stocks

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Comments Off

Europe’s wealthiest people are planning to put more of their cash into equities, believing they will outperform all other asset classes, new data shows. And it’s those ultra-high net worth individuals based in the crisis-hit countries like Spain and Greece who are more bullish than any other group.

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Vulin banned from entering Kosovo

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 Comments Off

BELGRADE — The Serbian Government’s Office for Kosovo said that Aleksandar Vulin was denied entry to Kosovo by the authorities in Priština on Tuesday. Vulin heads the office and is the minister without portfolio in charge of Kosovo and Metohija in the outgoing government.

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Serbia “hopes to open chapter 35 by June”

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 Comments Off

VIENNA — Tanja Miščević has stated that the accession talks with the EU may begin in June by opening Chapter 35 on normalization of relations with Priština. After this step, chapters on the judiciary and rule of law will be opened, Miščević explained in an interview for the Vienna-based daily Kurier.

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Tadić’s party “won’t join cabinet with Socialists”

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 Comments Off

BELGRADE — The New Democratic Party (NDS) has announced that it will not be part of a government to in the Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS) would also participate. The NDS, led by Serbia’s former president and former leader of the Democrats (DS), Boris Tadić, noted on Sunday that, after the talks with the Serb […]

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President reiterates neutral stance on Ukraine

Monday, April 14, 2014 Comments Off

BELGRADE — President Tomislav Nikolić has conferred with Russian Ambassador Aleksandr Chepurin “and restated Serbia’s neutral position on the situation in Ukraine.” Chepurin noted during the meeting held on Thursday that Russia “appreciates the friendship and the principled stance of Serbia.”

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Only Serbia and Montenegro could join EU “as package”

Monday, April 14, 2014 Comments Off

VIENNA — Belgrade is against a joint EU entry of all Western Balkan countries “as a package,” says Serbia’s chief negotiator in EU talks, Tanja Miščević. “The only such package possible is one that would include Montenegro besides Serbia,” she said on Friday. “We can only speak of a package that consists of Serbia and […]

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Biden Backs Montenegro’s EU, NATO Ambitions

Friday, April 11, 2014 Comments Off

US Vice-President Joseph Biden praised Montenegro’s progress towards joining NATO and said Washington supports Montenegro’s aspirations to closen ties with Europe. “Montenegro has achieved progress in pursuing reforms and standards within the integration processes, particularly in the field of security, rule of law and strengthening of the public support for NATO integration,” Biden said on […]

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Kosovo Constitution Still Challenged in North

Friday, April 11, 2014 Comments Off

Six years after Kosovo’s independence constitution came into force, authorities in Pristina are still struggling to implement it in the Serb-run north of the country. Kosovo President Atifete Jahjaga said the country’s “constitutionality and legality encompasses the whole of its territory, a country with functional and democratic institutions, based on all-inclusiveness.

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EU Doubts About South Stream Alarm Serbia

Friday, April 11, 2014 Comments Off

Amid reports that the EU may freeze further work on the South Stream gas pipeline, Serbian leader Aleksandar Vucic insisted that the project remained important for both Europe and Serbia. Aleksandar Vucic, Serbian Deputy Prime Minister, said that Serbia was preserving vital national interests with regard to the construction of the South Stream gas pipeline […]

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Kosovo MPs Outraged as War Memorial Closes

Friday, April 11, 2014 Comments Off

Kosovo MPs have slated the authorities for neglecting a memorial dedicated to Kosovo fighters whose sponsors have now closed it, saying it was vandalised. The closure of a memorial dedicated to Kosovo Liberation Army fighters in the village of Marina, in Skenderaj/Srbice, has sparked a heated debate amongst lawmakers who have accused institutions of neglecting […]

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Macedonia Readies for Pre-Election Silence

Friday, April 11, 2014 Comments Off

The pre-election silence for Macedonia’s first round of presidential elections began on Friday at midnight and lasts until Sunday’s vote. Campaigning for the presidential election has halted in Macedonia ahead of Sunday, when more than 1.7 million registered voters will choose between four candidates. 

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Ramadani Urges Albanians to Avoid Syria War

Thursday, April 10, 2014 Comments Off

The well known Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadani has told Albanians to leave the fight against Bashar al-Assad to the Syrians and not join militant group fighting in the civil war. “Those who have sacrificed their lives, whether in Kosovo, Syria or in another country, for good causes, for freedom and democracy, may Allah bless them […]

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Pro-Govt Serbian Tabloid Blasts New TV Station

Thursday, April 10, 2014 Comments Off

A Serbian newspaper seen as close to the ruling Progessive Party has launched a blistering attack on a new cross-border TV station, N1, accusing it of working for the Americans. The Serbian tabloid Informer on Monday accused the US of trying to subvert Aleksandar Vucic, Serbia’s likely future Prime Minister, by setting up a new regional TV […]

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Bosniaks and Croats Unveil Joint Plan For Mostar

Thursday, April 10, 2014 Comments Off

Two key parties in Mostar, the Bosniak Party of Democratic Action, SDA, and the Croatian Democratic Union, HDZ, discussed development of the troubled Herzegovinian city, adding that they had come up with a strategic document to aid the economic situation. In a meeting on April 8, the two parties discussed the functioning of the city […]

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Biden Backs Montenegro’s EU, NATO Ambitions

Thursday, April 10, 2014 Comments Off

US Vice-President Joseph Biden praised Montenegro’s progress towards joining NATO and said Washington supports Montenegro’s aspirations to closen ties with Europe. “Montenegro has achieved progress in pursuing reforms and standards within the integration processes, particularly in the field of security, rule of law and strengthening of the public support for NATO integration,” Biden said on […]

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New War Crimes Tribunal Poses Dilemma for Kosovo

Thursday, April 10, 2014 Comments Off

While many in Kosovo resent the idea of yet another tribunal charged with probing war crimes committed in the late 1990s, pressure to agree to the court is proving irresistible. The European Union has asked the Dutch government to assist the EU’s special task force in possible criminal proceedings once an investigation into organ-trafficking allegation […]

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New round of Kosovo talks to continue in Brussels

Monday, March 31, 2014 Comments Off

Ivica Dacic and Hashim Thaci, will meet today with the EU High Representative Catherine Ashton on a new round of dialogue. Besides Dacic, Serbian Deputy Prime Minister will attend the meeting Aleksandar Vucic.

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Nuland to visit Bulgaria

Monday, March 31, 2014 Comments Off

Victoria Nuland, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, will visit Bulgaria on Monday. The talks were scheduled between Nuland and government representatives from Bulgaria, where bilateral cooperation

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British FM says Balkans borders will remain unchanged

Friday, March 28, 2014 Comments Off

British Foreign Minister says there will be no drawing of borders in the Balkans and that only a united Bosnia in its current boundaries can join the EU.

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EULEX mission will be extended for two years

Friday, March 28, 2014 Comments Off

EU’s EULEX Kosovo will be extended by two years, despite resistance from officials of the country. Representatives of the 28-nation bloc have informed the authorities of Kosovo, who will continue to work on investigations into

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Croatian court decides former Yugoslav Agent Mustać can be extradited to Germany

Friday, March 28, 2014 Comments Off

Council of Northern Croatian town of Varazdin court ruled Thursday that Mustać, who is wanted in connection with the murder of Stjepan Djurekovic a political emigrant would be assassinated by the Yugoslav secret services near Munich, in 1983, can be sent to Germany for to be judged.

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EU pushes for solving Cyprus problem

Thursday, March 27, 2014 Comments Off

President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso Thursday chaired a meeting of the Cyprus Steering Group in Brussels. The Group assessed the situation in Cyprus following the resumption of fully-fledged settlement talks in February.

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Romania, Albania discuss bilateral relations

Friday, March 21, 2014 Comments Off

Albanian Foreign Minister Ditmir Bushati and his Romanian counterpart Titus Corlatean stressed the need to intensify political dialogue and relations between the two countries in the future.

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Ashton to visit Bosnia

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 Comments Off

EU High Representative for foreign affairs and security policy, Catherine Ashton, will visit Bosnia and Herzegovina on Wednesday to discuss the situation in the country. “I am returning to Sarajevo to meet the leaders of the institutions and civil society to hear their views about

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Serbian FM in two-day visit to Armenia

Monday, March 10, 2014 Comments Off

Serbian Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivan Mrkić has arrived in Yerevan where he will confer with Armenian top officials over the next two days.

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Bulgaria, Romania support Serbia’s EU accession

Monday, March 10, 2014 Comments Off

Prime Ministers of Bulgaria and Romania have agreed to support Serbia’s EU accession at a meeting in the Danube town of Ruse.

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US destroyer to hold military exercises with Romanian, Bulgarian naval forces

Friday, March 7, 2014 Comments Off

The U.S. guided-missile destroyer Truxtun is preparing for Black Sea military exercises with Bulgarian and Romanian naval forces. The ship departed from Greece early

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Bulgarian, Romanian, Serbian PMs to hold trilateral meeting in Ruse

Friday, March 7, 2014 Comments Off

The Prime Ministers of Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia will hold a trilateral meeting in Bulgaria’s Danube city of Ruse on Friday.

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Bulgaria, Montenegro discuss bilateral ties

Thursday, February 27, 2014 Comments Off

Montenegro’s Prime Minister, Milo Djukanovic, invited the Bulgarian business to invest in his country at a meeting with President Rosen Plevneliev. The Bulgarian head of state is on an official two day visit to the western Balkan country.

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Turkish, Bulgarian FMs to discuss region issues

Thursday, February 27, 2014 Comments Off

Bulgaria’s Foreign Minister Kristian Vigenin will meet with his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu in Sofia on Thursday.

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Bulgaria supports Montenegro’s NATO membership

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 Comments Off

Montenegro supports Bulgaria for NATO membership, President of Bulgaria, Rosen Plevneliev said during his two-day visit to Podgorica.

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Bulgaria voices concern over Ukraine decision to not recognize regional languages

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 Comments Off

The Bulgarian government is not satisfied with Ukraine’s decision to cancel the recognition of the Bulgarian language as regional language. Earlier this week the Supreme Rada of Ukraine canceled the Language Policy Act state that the status of “regional language” the

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