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Albanian left wing demands early elections and a referendum for the reform in justice

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Tirana, 27 June 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency Former Albanian PM, Pandeli Majko calls on the majority which he’s part of as an MP, to stop the normal four year term in office and declare early elections. At the same time, Mr. Majko demands from the left to call a referendum for the reform in justice, […]

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Brexit continues to spark debates in FYROM

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Skopje, 27 June 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti Great Britain’s exist from the European Union continues to trigger debates in FYROM. Political analysts say that while a powerful country of the Union left it, FYROM has now been waiting 11 years for a date to launch accession talks in order to become part […]

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Op/Ed: Brexit, So what?

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Athens, June 27, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris Many pages and analysis have been written and a lot more are to come on what pushed the majority of the British people to vote to leave the EU. I feel however, that once again we will examine it from the wrong viewpoint, distorting the […]

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BiH will not change its path towards EU integration after the Brexit

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Sarajevo, June 28, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Mladen Dragojlovic Chairman of the Council of Ministers of BiH, Denis Zvizdic, said on Friday that the result of the referendum in the UK should not discourage the commitment of BiH to continue and accelerate the path towards EU Integration, because that is what the majority of […]

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Opinion Poll: Citizens in favour of proportional representation

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Athens, June 27, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris In favour of the introduction of proportional representation stands the majority of respondents of the public survey conducted by Public Issue, which was published by the pro government newspaper “Avgi”. Most respondents also request, coalition governments, the election of the President of the Republic by […]

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Samaras to attend the think tank of the EPP

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Athens, June 27, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris According to confirmed information of IBNA, both from Brussels and from the environment of Antonis Samaras, the former prime minister will be a member of the honourary presidency of the Wilfred Martens Centre, which is the think tank of the European People’s Party. The need […]

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Active participation of Greece in shaping the post-Brexit EU

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Athens, June 27, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris Series of telephone contacts had the Greek Foreign minister, Nikos Kotzias, with his counterparts in Cyprus, Bulgaria and Italy, a few hours before the luncheon to be held in Warsaw on Monday, June 27, at the initiative of the Polish Foreign minister Witold Waszczykowski, to […]

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Alexis Tsipras opts for electoral law revamp

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Athens, June 27, 2016/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Zacharias Petrou Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras presented the changes he will propose to the country’s electoral law. Speaking before members of his party’s central committee on the weekend, Alexis Tsipras announced his government will imminently introduce a draft bill to parliament to change the electoral […]

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New House subcommittee formed to examine public debt

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Athens, June 24, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris The formation of a subcommittee, which will discuss the impairment of debt with technical and political terms, proceeded the Economic Affairs Committee, during Thursday’s meeting, which ratified the decision of the Council of the European Union, Euratom on the own resources system of the European […]

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Albania has overcome the economic crisis, the right wing government says

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Tirana, 23 June 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency In Albania, the right wing government of PM Edi Rama suggests that the economic crisis has ended and that the country is facing a continuous and progressive economic growth. Speaking on the situation in the country, Minister of Finance, Arben Ahmetaj, said that “the Albanian government is moving […]

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Mitsotakis: Tax increase will stifle growth

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Athens, June 23, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris “Raising taxes will stifle growth”, says Kyriakos Mitsotakis in an interview with the Financial Times. The president of main opposition party New Democracy notes that “the Prime minister’s insistence on increasing taxes is a pernicious mistake”, and speaks of an accumulative impact of taxation that […]

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ECB Reinstates Greek Bond Waiver

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Athens, June 23, 2016/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Zacharias Petrou The European Central Bank (ECB) decided on Wednesday evening to reinstate a waiver for Greek bonds that will allow the country’s bank access to much-needed cheap funding. The ECB’s Governing Council, which convened on Wednesday, said the waiver will enter into force 29 June […]

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IBNA Analysis/The strategy of the Albanian opposition to overcome “the economic crisis”

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By   5 days ago

The leader of the Albanian opposition analyzes for IBNA the economic situation, which according to him, is and remains serious. The democrat leader, Lulzim Basha, has concrete plans for a positive change of the situation. He believes that the tax rises and the corruptive concessionary schemes have sunk the country into a crisis. Mr. Basha […]

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Tsipras calls for dialogue on labour market

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Athens, June 22, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris Invitation to social bodies for a “fruitful and constructive dialogue for the improvement and rehabilitation of industrial relations, to restore collective negotiations, moving to a new productive model” sent Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, speaking at the annual general meeting of the Federation of Hellenic Enterprises […]

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Athens receives bailout funds on day of high-profile visits

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Athens, June 21, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Zacharias Petrou On a day that both European Commission president Jean Claude Juncker and European Stability Mechanism (ESM) chief Klaus Regling visited Athens, a total of 7.5 billion euros in bailout funds was disbursed to Greece after the successful conclusion of the country’s bailout program review. “ESM […]

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European Commission chief in Athens

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - FEBRUARY 04: Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (C) walks next to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (R) at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels on February 4, 2015. (Photo by Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

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Athens, June 21, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Zacharias Petrou European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker officially visits Athens on Tuesday in what is seen as an endoresement of Greece’s reform effort by the top European official. Juncker will meet with Greek Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, and the President of the Hellenic Republic, Prokopis Pavlopoulos […]

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PPC plans partial sale of its customer portfolio

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Athens, June 24, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris PPC plans to sell part of its customer portfolio, creating retail companies with other suppliers to reduce its stake under the terms of the third memorandum, albeit smoothly, said the head of the Corporation Manolis Panagiotakis speaking at the conference of the Economist. The first […]

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First flight from Belgrade to New York after 25 years

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Belgrade, June 24, 2016/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Milos Mitrovic Air Serbia’s “Airbus A-330” has landed in New York airport “John. F. Kennedy” in a first flight from Belgrade in 25 years. The plane was welcomed by water cannons and electronic billboard which states “Airport J.F. K.” welcomes Serbia”. The reintroducing Belgrade-New York flights […]

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BiH has wine for the world

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Sarajevo, June 23, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Mladen Dragojlovic The embassy of the Republic of Italy in BiH and the ICE agency from Sarajevo organized seminar on “Modern technologies in the production of wine and wine marketing” which was held in the Herceg ethno village near Medjugorje. Presenters at the seminar for winegrowers and […]

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Mitsotakis: Tax increase will stifle growth

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Athens, June 23, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris “Raising taxes will stifle growth”, says Kyriakos Mitsotakis in an interview with the Financial Times. The president of main opposition party New Democracy notes that “the Prime minister’s insistence on increasing taxes is a pernicious mistake”, and speaks of an accumulative impact of taxation that […]

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Exporters in Albania will be refunded VAT

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Tirana, 22 June 2016/ Independent Balkan News Agency In today’s meeting (21.06), the Albanian government has approved the decision to make an automatic refund of the Value Added Tax (VAT)within one month for all businesses which are 50% export companies. So far, this was only benefited by those businesses which dealt 100% with exports. After […]

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IBNA Analysis/The strategy of the Albanian opposition to overcome “the economic crisis”

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By   5 days ago

The leader of the Albanian opposition analyzes for IBNA the economic situation, which according to him, is and remains serious. The democrat leader, Lulzim Basha, has concrete plans for a positive change of the situation. He believes that the tax rises and the corruptive concessionary schemes have sunk the country into a crisis. Mr. Basha […]

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Mitsotakis: Investments with social sign

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Athens, June 22, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris Greek entrepreneurship that will give growth impetus to the country with investments, but at the same time with a social sign, is what the country needs, noted the president of the New Democracy, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, at the general meeting of the Federation of Hellenic Enterprises […]

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Tsipras calls for dialogue on labour market

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Athens, June 22, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris Invitation to social bodies for a “fruitful and constructive dialogue for the improvement and rehabilitation of industrial relations, to restore collective negotiations, moving to a new productive model” sent Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, speaking at the annual general meeting of the Federation of Hellenic Enterprises […]

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PPC plans partial sale of its customer portfolio

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By   3 days ago

Athens, June 24, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris PPC plans to sell part of its customer portfolio, creating retail companies with other suppliers to reduce its stake under the terms of the third memorandum, albeit smoothly, said the head of the Corporation Manolis Panagiotakis speaking at the conference of the Economist. The first […]

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Israel – Turkey close to signing cooperation Agreement

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Ankara, June 21, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Manolis Kostidis Hurriyet reveals the draft of the agreement Ankara-Tel Aviv negotiations concerning the normalization of the two countries’ relations have been officially concluded. Turkey launches a new era in its foreign policy in order to reduce tension with Israel and Russia, since as a result of […]

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Erdogan makes U-turn in the relations with Russia and Isreal

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Ankara, June 17, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Manolis Kostidis Once again friends with Moscow and Isreal? Important changes are coming in Turkey’s foreign policy, with Recep Tayyip Erdogan leading the country to realism, as it is widely accepted that that there isn’t a neighbouring country with which Ankara does not have problems and conflicts. […]

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Albanian Power Exchange is born

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Tirana, 16 June 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency With the new energy market model, the Transmission System Operator (OST) will receive the attributes of a power exchange. The Energy Regulatory Authority is on the verge of approving new rules for the energy market and in this framework, OST has received permission as a market operator. According […]

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Bulgarian, Romanian presidents urge energy independence for SEE

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Sofia, June 15, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of The Sofia Globe Energy dependency is the biggest weakness of South Eastern Europe and building a modern energy infrastructure and interconnection of the national gas and electricity grids should be a shared priority, Bulgarian President Rossen Plevneliev and his Romanian counterpart Klaus Iohannis agreed […]

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Bulgaria completes gas compressor upgrade at Greek border

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Sofia, June 13, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of The Sofia Globe Bulgaria has completed the upgrade of a gas compressor station at Petrich, near the border with Greece, which completes the first stage of upgrades to the country’s gas grid and allows for larger gas flows from Greece, the country’s Energy Ministry […]

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Bulgaria drops lawsuit to pull out of Bourgas-Alexandroupolis pipeline company – report

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Sofia, June 6, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of The Sofia Globe Bulgaria has withdrawn a lawsuit filed last year to liquidate the project company for the Bourgas-Alexandroupolis oil pipeline, according to a report in Bulgarian media on June 6. The claim, lodged in an Amsterdam court, was dropped because “the Greek side […]

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Bulgarian, Romanian PMs to ‘watch closely’ gas inter-connector project

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Sofia, June 1, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Clive leviev-Sawyer of The Sofia Globe Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borissov met with Romanian counterpart Dacian Ciolos on June 1 to discuss a number of subjects, ranging from the gas inter-connector pipeline between the two countries to the continuing efforts by Sofia and Bucharest to join the […]

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Tirana Ballet Troop wins the “Golden Nutcracker” international award in Italy

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Tirana, 27 June 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency The prestigious award “Golden Nutcracker” ( “Lo Schiaccianoci d’Oro 2016”), which is given in the International Ballet Festival, was won by the Ballet Troop of the Albanian National Opera and Ballet Theater, directed by Ilir Kerni. The Albanian Ballet Troop performed in this festival the “No Comeco” piece by […]

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Pavlopoulos: Christianity to the defence of Western civilization

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Crete, June 20, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris “Today’s Holy and Great Synod of the Orthodox Church is called upon to shield its unbroken unity as a fundamental factor of its Divine Mission” stressed on noon Sunday the President of Greece, Prokopis Pavlopoulos, during the lunch he hosted for the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew […]

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Holy yes. Great?

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Athens, June 20, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris The Holy and Great Synod of the Orthodox Church starts officially today, Monday June 20, where the Orthodox Church celebrates the Day of the Holy Spirit, since after the descent of the Holy Spirit, according to Orthodoxy, we learn that God is Triune. Father, Son […]

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French Film Festival in Skopje and Ohrid

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Skopje, 17 June 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti The ninth festival of French Film has started in Skopje and Ohrid with the film “Road to Istanbul” by the Algerian director, Rasid Bushareb. This film festival is being organized under the auspices of the French embassy and French Institute, with the support of the […]

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Antikythera Mechanism was presented at the European Parliament

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Brussels, June 15, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris The Antikythera Mechanism was presented on Tuesday to the European Parliament by Astrophysics Professor of Aristoteleio University of Thessaloniki Yannis Ch. Seiradakis at an event held on the initiative of The River MEP Giorgos Grammatikakis, which attended Greeks and foreign MEPs, officials of the European […]

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OP/ED: It’s a shame for living history to become the object of a statements war

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Athens, June 9, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris The nationalistic crowns on both sides at a time when Greece and Turkey are trying to overcome obsessions and centuries-old prejudices and open communication channels to settle their differences, the reading of the Koran after midnight in Hagia Sophia, has been converted in a war […]

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Vucic and Rama pay tribute to actor Bekim Fehmiu

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Belgrade, June 1, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Milos Mitrovic The “Mirdita, dobardan” (“good day” in Albanian and Serbian) festival opened its gates in Belgrade on Wednesday afternoon. The annual presentation of the cultural and social scene of Kosovo is set to run until Saturday, RTV B92 reports. Organizers have said that their goal was “to […]

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RTRS supports independent production

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Banja Luka, June 1, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Mladen Dragojlovic RS Radio Television (RTRS), as a public broadcasting service of this BiH entity, and Banja Luka production company “Buzz Consulting”, signed on Wednesday an agreement on cooperation, as an extremely important step in public service support to independent national production. The cooperation of the three-year […]

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Europa League: Shkendija-Cracovia, Rabotnicki-Buducnost and Silesk-Vaduz

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Skopje, 21 June 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti The football clubs from FYROM, Rabotnicki, Sileks and Shkendija now know their opponents in Europa League. Shkendija of Tetovo will face the Polish team of Cracovia. The first match will be played at home. The club from Tetovo says that it is ready for this […]

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The Albanian government issues diplomatic passports and grants 1 million euros for the national side players

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Tirana, 20 June 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency Prime Minister Edi Rama announced today a decision of the Albanian government which issues diplomatic passports for all players of the national football team and the delegation accompanying it. The red and blacks also receive a special reward of one million euros for Sunday’s victory against Romania as […]

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Albania scores its first victory in the Euro 2016

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Tirana, 20 June 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency Albanian football national team scored its first victory in a European football tournament, after scoring against Romania and holding on to the result until the end of the match. Albania faced Romania on Sunday in Lyon, France, as part of the Euro 2016 football championship being held in […]

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FYROM handball national team qualified for the 2018 World Championship

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Skopje, 17 June 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti FYROM’s national handball team has been qualified for the World Handball Championship which will be held next year in France. The participation in the championship was secured with the win against Czech Republic as part of the qualifying matches with the result 34:27. Manaskov was […]

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Albania loses the second match of Euro 2016 too, France scores two goals

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The Albanian side cannot escape to punishments in the last minutes Tirana, 16 June 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Edison Kurani The Albanian national football team has also lost its second match last night in Marseille against France. The French team scored twice in Albania’s goal. But the goals for France were scored at the […]

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Euro 2016: Three defeats and a victory for the Balkan teams

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Athens, June 13, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris France – Romania 2-1 Romania failed to overcome the obstacle of the hostess and lost to France in the Euro premiere 2-1. Dimitri Payet was the protagonist of the Euro 2016 premiere, who with an incredible goal in the 89 ‘gave the victory 2-1 to […]

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BiH wins Kirin cup in football

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Sarajevo, June 7, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Mladen Dragojlovic By winning the final game on Kirin cup in Japan, BiH national team in football also won the first trophy in its history. The dramatic final game took place in Japan and BiH played against the host of the tournament, the national team of Japan. […]

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FYROM national handball team doesn’t qualify for the European Championship

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Skopje, 7 June 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti FYROM national women handball team has completed the qualifying matches for the European Championship with a defeat conceded against Croatia. In the match played in Rijeka, FYROM’s handball players conceded a defeat with the score 35:19. In the framework of these qualifiers, FYROM was in […]

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Opinion Poll: Citizens in favour of proportional representation

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Athens, June 27, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris In favour of the introduction of proportional representation stands the majority of respondents of the public survey conducted by Public Issue, which was published by the pro government newspaper “Avgi”. Most respondents also request, coalition governments, the election of the President of the Republic by […]

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Alexis Tsipras opts for electoral law revamp

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Athens, June 27, 2016/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Zacharias Petrou Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras presented the changes he will propose to the country’s electoral law. Speaking before members of his party’s central committee on the weekend, Alexis Tsipras announced his government will imminently introduce a draft bill to parliament to change the electoral […]

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Mouzalas: After the Brexit I cannot estimate the relocation of refugees in the EU

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Athens, June 27, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris As a negative development for the relocation of refugees from Greece in the EU refers the Deputy Minister of Immigration Policy, Giannis Mouzalas, to the result of the referendum in Britain. “Before the Brexit, the EU’s will, particularly certain countries such as Germany, France and […]

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The Holy and Great Council concludes its work.

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Crete, June 26, 2016/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris The Holy and Great Council held its concluding session on the 25th of June 2016, at the Orthodox Academy of Crete.  The work of the Council had commenced with the Patriarchal Concelebration on the Sunday of Pentecost, the 19th of June 2016, when the […]

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Refugees stopped near Manastir

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Skopje, 24 June 2016/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti Ministry of Interior in FYROM continues its operation for the prevention of illegal emigrants. Around 10 refugees have been stopped near the city of Manastir while they were being transported by smugglers. According to police, refugees from Afghanistan were being taken from the Greek […]

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IBNA Interview/Punishing war crimes is a necessity for the stability of the Balkans

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In an exclusive interview for IBNA, publicist and professional collaborator of the Institute for Human Crimes Research (IHCR), Fetnete Ramosaj, talks about the necessity of the punishment of war crimes in the Balkans, the role of the international justice in this aspect, Special Tribunal on War Crimes in Kosovo, the role of the Serb government […]

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At risk of poverty 35.7% of the population

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Athens, June 24, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris At risk of poverty or social exclusion is 35.7% of the population and this risk is higher in the case of those aged 18-64 years (39.4%). According to the Survey on Income and Living Conditions 2015 (income 2014), the risk of poverty or social exclusion […]

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Political leadership honours the memory of Andreas G. Papandreou

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Athens, June 24, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris PPC plans to sell part of its customer portfolio, recommending retail companies with other suppliers to reduce its stake under the terms of the third memorandum, albeit smoothly, said the head of the Corporation Manolis Panagiotakis by step Conference the Economist. The first company to […]

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