Balkans

Serbia, Russia agree to gas deal in principle, Lavrov says

Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić and Russian President Vladimir Putin have discussed the terms of gas supply arrangements and reached an agreement in principle, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told the Bosnian Serb entity TV on Sunday in an interview. The agreement should be elaborated within the companies involved, Lavrov added.

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Government bars Hungarian municipalities, SMEs from energy price cap

Municipalities and small to medium enterprises (SMEs) will no longer be able to enjoy the capped utility bills now exclusively available to households, Minister of Economic Development Márton Nagy announced Sunday morning on the public radio. The government has decided to backtrack on an earlier decision from the end of …

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Ohne Ungarn ist die EU stärker

Viktor Orbán und Recep Tayyip Erdogan gehen vielen Europäern mächtig auf die Nerven. Sie torpedieren die Einigkeit gegen Wladimir Putins Krieg. Der türkische Präsident blockiert die Aufnahme Finnlands und Schwedens in die Nato. Der ungarische Premier das sechste Sanktionspaket der EU. Nach der vermeintlichen Einigung beim EU-Gipfel zum Ölembargo legt …

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Erdogan halts Turkey-Greece talks as rift widens

Turkish president says will pause talks, partly over dispute with Greek PM and what Ankara calls airspace violations. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said Turkey is halting talks with Greece, partly over a dispute with the Greek prime minister and what Ankara calls airspace violations, marking the latest reversal in …

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Saudi crown prince balances Turkey visit with stops in Greece and Cyprus

Mohammed bin Salman’s plan to visit Turkey as part of a regional tour shows that the kingdom has no intention to upset Greece and Cyprus while mending fences with Turkey. A forthcoming visit by the Saudi crown prince could have made Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan all smiles — had …

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Afghan refugees in Albania, forgotten and facing eviction

Afghan refugees staying in the Albanian coastal city of Shengjin until their visas for the US and other countries are processed say they are facing eviction, having their passports confiscated, and that many of the NGOs that were helping them have left. After western troops pulled out of Kabul in …

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Bulgarian president hints at North Macedonia referendum

Bulgarian President Rumen Radev has hinted that he could call a referendum on Bulgaria’s veto on North Macedonia’s EU integration but denied he would discuss the matter with French President Emmanuel Macron. Radev’s comments come after Bulgarian media reported that Macron invited Radev and Prime Minister Kiril Petkov to a …

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Πόσο επικίνδυνος μπορεί να γίνει ο στριμωγμένος Ερντογάν;

Το συμπέρασμα που προκύπτει αβίαστα από την εαρινή μάζωξη της παγκόσμιας οικονομικής και πολιτικής ελίτ στο Νταβός είναι πως τα μαύρα σύννεφα που μαζεύονται στον οικονομικό ορίζοντα προμηνύουν όχι μόνο φρενάρισμα στην ανάπτυξη αλλά και ύφεση που μπορεί σε κάποιες χώρες να είναι ολιγόμηνη, σε κάποιες άλλες όμως, που είναι …

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US rejects entry to 16 Afghans staying at base in Kosovo, seeks to relocate them to other countries

A group of 16 Afghan evacuees living at an American military base in Kosovo since the fall of their country to the Taliban last year have been deemed ineligible to enter the U.S., according to media reports and government officials. The State Department is seeking other countries willing to take …

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Erdogan writes off Greece’s Mitsotakis, maintains stance on NATO expansion

Enraged by the Greek premier’s remarks to US Congress against arms sales to Turkey, Erdogan denounces Greece, along with Sweden and Finland, for supporting terrorism. Opening up a new battlefront with NATO allies, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced late Monday that he had “written off” Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis …

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