Archive for March, 2013

OHR Urged to Resolve Bosnia Federation Crisis

Monday, March 25, 2013 Comments Off

The Federation entity’s ruling Social Democrats have urged the High Representative to impose a solution to the prolonged crisis afflicting the entity’s government.Aner Zuljevic, of the ruling Social Democratic Party, SDP, told TV1 that the party was demanding that the Office of the High Representative take a stand over the growing crisis in the Federation […]

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Croatia PM Accuses Opposition of Chauvinism

Monday, March 25, 2013 Comments Off

Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic has accused the opposition Croatian Democratic Union, HDZ, of fanning anti-Serbian sentiment to divert public opinion from their lack of other policies.Croatia’s Prime Minister, Zoran Milanovic, has expressed his regret that the country has to deal with fresh ethnic tensions in the middle of a grave economic and social crisis. “Our […]

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Croatia Withdrawing Syria Peacekeepers Following ‘Incidents’

Monday, March 25, 2013 Comments Off

Deputy Defence Minister Visnja Tafra has denied that Croatia was withdrawing peacekeepers from Syria because of the New York Times’ allegations that it had sold arms to anti-government rebels.Deputy Defence Minister Tafra said that Croatia was withdrawing its 100 or so peacekeeping troops from the Golan Heights on the Israel-Syria border because of incidents there, […]

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Romania’s Ex-Ruling Party Re-elects Leader

Monday, March 25, 2013 Comments Off

Vasile Blaga was re-elected head of the Democratic Liberal Party – but his victory won’t heal the splits that are hindering the former ruling party’s recovery.Vasile Blaga, 56, received around 51 per cent of the votes from delegates at the congress of the Democratic Liberal Party, PDL, which took place on Saturday in the Romanian […]

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Turkey says the EU needs fairer system

Monday, March 25, 2013 Comments Off

The European Union must preserve its solidarity and come up with a fairer system as its economic problems are only temporary, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan said at an informal meeting of EU leaders. “What makes the EU significant for us [Turkey] are the values

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Germany Urges Serbia to Allow Kosovo UN Seat

Monday, March 25, 2013 Comments Off

Hans-Joachim Falenski, advisor to Germany’s ruling Christian Democratic Union-Christian Social Union of Bavaria coalition, says normalization of the relations between Kosovo and Serbia should eventually include a UN seat for Kosovo.

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Greek Cypriots agree with EU and IMF on bailout package

Monday, March 25, 2013 Comments Off

Greek Cypriot administration of southern Cyprus agreed with the EU and the IMF on the new bailout package on early Monday. Following a 10-hour-long meeting in Brussels with head of the EU Council Herman Van Rompuy, head of the EU Commission

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Turkey reacts to Nicosia over gas

Monday, March 25, 2013 Comments Off

Turkey has reacted strongly against a possible Greek Cypriot plan to use oil and gas exploration rights around the eastern Mediterranean island as collateral for an international bailout package it desperately needs to protect its economy from going bankrupt.

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Macedonia hopes for EU accession after peaceful elections

Monday, March 25, 2013 Comments Off

Macedonia, an EU candidacy country since 2005, has boosted its chance of accession after a peaceful election. The interior minister Gordan Jankuloska said, “We’ve probably had the best and cleanest elections so far.

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Kosovo Praises NATO for 1999 Military Intervention

Monday, March 25, 2013 Comments Off

Kosovo president Atifete Jahjaga said that 14 years after the conflict with Serbian forces, Kosovo “is proud and thankful to all NATO’s soldiers and commanders who contributed to the end of genocide against the people of the country”.

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EU Croatia Won’t Leave Balkans Isolated, Josipovic

Friday, March 22, 2013 Comments Off

The Balkans will not become isolated after Croatia joins the EU this July, President Ivo Josipovic has said.Croatian President Ivo Josipovic said the rest of the Western Balkans would not become isolated by Croatia’s EU accession as a consequence of EU enlargement fatigue. “What seems very important to me is to say that Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, […]

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EU FMs to discuss arms embargo on Syria in Dublin

Friday, March 22, 2013 Comments Off

European foreign ministers will meet to discuss the EU arms embargo on Syria at an informal meeting in Dublin on Friday and Saturday. Arriving at Dublin Castle today, EU foreign ministers reiterated their positions on the question of arming Syria’s rebels.

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PKK leader Ocalan calls for peace in historic message

Friday, March 22, 2013 Comments Off

Jailed leader of the terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) Abdullah Öcalan called on PKK forces for a cease-fire and withdrawal from Turkey, in a long-awaited, historic announcement during celebrations of Nevruz, a spring festival, in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır on Thursday.

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Serbian PM meets UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon

Friday, March 22, 2013 Comments Off

Serbia’s PM Ivica Dacic met with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon ahead on a UN Security Council session on Kosovo on Friday. Dacic informed Ban about the Belgrade-Priština dialogue and said that UNMIK should have a leading role in Kosovo.

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EU gives Greek Cyprus bailout ultimatum

Friday, March 22, 2013 Comments Off

The European Union gave Greeks Cyprus till March 25 to raise the billions of euros it needs to secure an international bailout or face a collapse of its financial system that could push it out of the euro currency zone.

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Kazakhstan opens new Embassy office in Croatia

Friday, March 22, 2013 Comments Off

On the eve of the spring festival Nowruz in the capital of Croatia has been opened a new office of the Kazakhstan Embassy. Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan is located in the trendy neighborhood Zagrebapo

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Greece begins to absorb Cyprus bank branches

Friday, March 22, 2013 Comments Off

Greece has begun proceedings to absorb the subsidiaries of three Cyprus banks which are active in Athens, the Greek finance ministry said on Friday. “The procedure for the acquisition of Cypriot banks in Greece by a Greek banking group has begun in cooperation with the Cyprus central bank,” a ministry statement said without identifying the […]

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Belgrade and Pristina close to agreement on North Kosovo

Friday, March 22, 2013 Comments Off

Prime Ministers Hashim Thaci and Ivica Dacic will anounce a deal on forming an Association of Serbian Municipalities in Kosovo on April 2. According to the plan, 10 Serbian municipalities – four in Serb-run northern

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Albania PM Excludes Return of Death Penalty

Thursday, March 21, 2013 Comments Off

Prime Minister Sali Berisha has slapped down calls for the return of the death penalty, following outrage over a suspected paedophile accused of murdering an 11-year-old.“This case was the act of a monster who killed a child and was prepared to kill another,” Berisha told the cabinet on Wednesday. “A lot of people asking for […]

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Croatia Starts European Parliament Election Campaign

Thursday, March 21, 2013 Comments Off

The first-ever election campaign for the European Parliament is under way in Croatia before the country joins the EU in July, but voter apathy could mar the landmark vote.The campaign got under way on Thursday, three weeks before the polls scheduled for April 14, but concerns have been raised that the historic vote could be […]

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Howitt Upbeat About Resolution on Macedonia

Thursday, March 21, 2013 Comments Off

The European Parliament rapporteur, Richard Howitt, says Macedonia can expect a positive resolution from the Parliament, now the recent political crisis has been defused.Howitt said the European Parliament will vote on April 8 on a resolution that he compiled, and the country can expect another recommendation to the European Council of an immediate start to […]

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Montenegro Acts to Solve Border Dispute With Croatia

Thursday, March 21, 2013 Comments Off

In an attempt to resolve a territorial row over the Prevlaka peninsula, the Montenegrin government will form a new commission to help demarcate the border with Croatia.Montenegro’s Foreign Minister Igor Luksic announced on Wednesday that a commission would be set up in order to address the long-standing dispute with Croatia over the strategically-located peninsula in […]

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Turkish parliament speaker vists Pristina

Thursday, March 21, 2013 Comments Off

Turkish Parliament Speaker Cemil Cicek held meetings with Kosovo’s President Atifete Jahjaga and Speaker of the Parliament Jakup Krasniqi in Pristina on Wednesday. Cicek told reporters thatTurkey had always supported Kosovo on every platform

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French President says Mali sovereignty will be restored within “a few days”

Thursday, March 21, 2013 Comments Off

Mali’s sovereignty over almost all of its territory will be restored within “a few days”, French President Francois Hollande promised as French troops prepare to pull out. The announcement came as Paris scrambled Wednesday to verify a claim

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Germany still not decided on Serbia’s EU talks date

Thursday, March 21, 2013 Comments Off

Germany has not yet made a final decision whether to vote for or against granting Serbia a date for the beginning of the EU accession negotiations in June. This is according to Andreas Schokenhoff who led a delegation of the German Bundestag during a visit to Belgrade.

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Still no agreement between Belgrade and Pristina after 7th round of negotiations

Thursday, March 21, 2013 Comments Off

The 7th round of dialogue between Kosovar Prime Minister Hashim Thaci and his Serbian counterpart Ivica Dacic have lasted 12 hours under the observation of Ashton, in the Belgian capital of Brussels. EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Catherine Ashton has stated that they have come close to an end in the dialogue […]

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Montenegro and Croatia to discuss border issue

Thursday, March 21, 2013 Comments Off

In an attempt to resolve a territorial row over the Prevlaka peninsula, the Montenegrin government will form a new commission to help demarcate the border with Croatia. Montenegro’s Foreign Minister Igor Luksic announced on Wednesday that

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Serbia Urged to Aid Threatened Savers in Cyprus

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 Comments Off

As Cyprus crisis worsens, secretary of Serbian banks association says Belgrade should compile a list of Serbian savers and help those most in need.Veroljub Dugalic, from the Association of Serbian Banks, says Serbia should compile a list of its citizens with savings in Cypriot banks and offer them aid if their money is clean. Belgrade […]

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Croatia TV Punishes Staff Over Anti-Serb Rant

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 Comments Off

Croatian public broadcaster HRT replaced two editors and a presenter after Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic said they allowed hate speech to be aired on prime-time news.Katja Kusec, presenter of the evening news show Dnevnik 3, and two of Dnevnik 3′s editors, Ruzica Renic and Denis Latin, were replaced on Tuesday after airing inflammatory comments by […]

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Macedonia Parties Abusing Election Campaign, NGOs Say

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 Comments Off

Politicians are routinely misusing public resources and offering electoral sweeteners to voters ahead of the March 24 polls, leading NGOs say.In its preliminary report on the campaign for the March 24 local election, Civil, a Skopje-based NGO, highlighted numerous violations of the campaign rules. Alleged abuses range from promises of state jobs in exchange for […]

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Cost of Mismanagement Rises in Albania

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 Comments Off

The annual report of the High State Audit office says poor management of state-owned companies cost Albania twice as much in 2012 as it did the previous year.The head of Albania’s State Audit Office, Bujar Leskaj, told parliament on Tuesday that audits in 2012 brought to light €97.3 million worth of irregularities in collection of […]

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Serbia Leaders to Attend UN Session on Kosovo

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 Comments Off

Prime Minister Ivica Dacic and Foreign Minister Ivan Mrkic are to attend the March 22 Security Council session on the latest report of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Kosovo.The Security Council session was scheduled for February 22 but was postponed by a month in order to allow the EU-mediated dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia […]

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Serbia Leaders to Attend UN Session on Kosovo

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 Comments Off

Prime Minister Ivica Dacic and Foreign Minister Ivan Mrkic are to attend the March 22 Security Council session on the latest report of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Kosovo.The Security Council session was scheduled for February 22 but was postponed by a month in order to allow the EU-mediated dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia […]

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Croatia Labour Costs Quarter of EU Average

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 Comments Off

Workers in Croatia earn only a quarter of the average hourly wage in the European Union, according to the country’s statistics bureau.The gross hourly rate in Croatia is just 6 euro, four times less than the EU average, five times less than the rate in Germany and Austria and half the rate in Hungary, Poland, […]

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Serbia Tops Balkans For Illicit Financial Flows

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 Comments Off

The organisation Global Financial Integrity has ranked Serbia worst of all Balkan countries when it comes to illegal financial flows.About 5 billion dollars worth of money has “disappeared” every year in Serbia from 2001 to 2010 through illegal financial flows, the research and advocacy organisation Global Financial Integrity says. It ranked Serbia 16th out of […]

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