Conclusions from the Biden-Davutoglu meetingWeekly review: the promise of a new start in RomaniaIranian Justice Minister informed on ‘Turkish provocations’Hahn: Montenegro is one of the pillars of stability in the regionRomania’s top court validates president-electKCC demands for economy to replace politicsIBNA Interview/Strakosha: When you become the first image of the day that people seeBalkan citizens seduced by IS with financial and spiritual promises, says Albanian presidentDavutoglu to visit Greece on December 5-6Negotiations with Troika reach dead end

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Weekly review: the promise of a new start in Romania

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By   13 hours ago

  By Daniel Stroe – Bucharest The election of an ethnic German politician at the helm of Romania has rekindled hopes in a country in which voters turned the tables this time by a massive turnout and an ample mobilization of social media, marking the start of a new era in which TV spread manipulation […]

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Iranian Justice Minister informed on ‘Turkish provocations’

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By   14 hours ago

  By Kyriacos Kyriacou-Nicosia Acting President of the Cyprus House of Representatives Sophoclis Fyttis has met with the Iranian Justice Minister Mostafa Pourmohammadi, who is visiting the island at the invitation of Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou. Cyprus problem and the Turkish provocations in Cyprus` exclusive economic zone (EEZ) were on the agenda of the meeting. […]

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Hahn: Montenegro is one of the pillars of stability in the region

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  By Adnan Prekic – Podgorica The issue of enlargement and the accession negotiations remains one of our top priorities, said European Commissioner for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn during his visit to Montenegro. Your country is one of the pillars of stability in the region, said the commissioner, stating that a stronger […]

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Romania’s top court validates president-elect

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By   1 day ago

  By Daniel Stroe – Bucharest Romania’s Constitutional Court has today validated Klaus Iohannis as the country’s president-elect who called on a revision of Constitution and vowed to build a prosperous and powerful Romania. Iohannis is expected to take the official vow on 21 December, one day before the official term of acting President Traian […]

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Sekerinska: The government fears technical government, because it would lose the election

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Skopje, November 21, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti The vice chairwoman of the largest opposition party LSDM (Macedonian Social Democratic Union), Radmila Sekerinska declared today that the party in power, VMRO-DPMNE of Nikola Gruevski is not willing to accept a technical government because it fears the citizens and it fears a loss of […]

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Kosovo, Rama: New governing coalition must be congratulated

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Tirana, November 21, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency Prime Minister of Albania, Edi Rama has hailed the new governing coalition in Kosovo between PDK and LDK, considering it as a much anticipated development. He said that the new governing coalition is a light at the end of the tunnel for a new democracy, expressing his support […]

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Balkan citizens seduced by IS with financial and spiritual promises, says Albanian president

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Tirana, November 21, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency Citizens of the Balkan are more and more being seduced by financial and spiritual promises made by IS (Islamic State) to be mobilized in Syria and Iraq, says the Albanian president. Mr. Bujar Nishani says that the Balkan countries are trying to prevent the danger coming from this […]

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Davutoglu to visit Greece on December 5-6

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  Expectations for significant developments in the Cyprus issue By Manolis Kostidis – Ankara Crucial is expected to be the meeting between the Prime Minister of Greece Antonis Samaras and his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu in Athens on December 5-6. Cypriot and Turkish sources report that in the meeting’s agenda is expected to be included […]

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Negotiations with Troika reach dead end

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By   1 day ago

  By Spiros Sideris – Athens The Troika insists on its refusal to return to Athens, since it rejects the new positions presented as “final” by the government. No date for the return of the auditors has been set and the Troika sends the ball to the government once again for new concessions. In this […]

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KEPE: The greek economy has left the specter of recession but…

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By   2 days ago

  By Spiros Sideris – Athens The Greek has gotten out of the specter of recession and in the coming years it is expected to enter a period of strong recovery, which however, remains fragile because of the uncertainty surrounding the political situation in the country and the negotiations with the Troika. This is mentioned […]

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FAZ: Desperate moves from Antonis Samaras

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By   2 days ago

  Review Hari Stefanatos To Greece and the government’s efforts to complete the last audit of the troika and finally set itself free, refers a yesterday’s article in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. The analyst notes that the country takes another risk that could lead back to destruction, and that rather than stimulating growth at 0.7%, […]

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Venizelos says no to new fiscal measures

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By   2 days ago

  By Spiros Sideris – Athens “Since January 1 there must be a new regime, the country being with a “breastplate” and money on the side if needed.We must have a safe and clean condition by January 1″, was the message sent by Evangelos Venizelos, speaking to the Coordinating Secretariat of the Democratic side. The […]

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Eurobank set to double financing to Greek businesses & households in 2015

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  By Lefteris Yallouros – Athens After the successful completion of the European Central Banks’ stress tests, the Greek banking system is now ready to provide much – needed liquidity to the real economy and help Greece sustain its return to growth which was achieved earlier this year. In an event organized on Wednesday, Eurobank […]

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Slovenian FinMin urges unionists to accept the revised austerity measures

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  Review Hari Stefanatos Slovenian Finance Minister Dušan Mramor has reportedly issued a warning to public sector trade union negotiators that a 7% pay cut would be inevitable if the unions reject any additional austerity measures, given that Brussels are not backing down on the issue. According to STA unofficial information,  Mramor met with unionists Branimir […]

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Unemployment in Turkey over the 10% phsychological thresshold

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  Economy is showing signs of fatigue By Manolis Kostidis – Ankara The slight increase in the unemployment rate causes concern in the economic team of Turkey, since for the first time after four years this figure has passed the psychological threshold of 10% and reached 10.1%. According to the Turkish Statistical Office, in August […]

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2015 tax package voted in principle by parliament in Albania

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By   4 days ago

Tirana, November 18, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency In Albania, parliament held yesterday a marathon plenary session, which discussed the 2015 state budget and the new tax package that was presented by the government. Many majority MPs spoke in this 14 hour session, which saw the absence of the opposition. At the end, all the drafts […]

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KCC demands for economy to replace politics

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Pristina, November 21, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota Kosovo Chamber of Commerce (KCC) has praised the creation of the governing coalition between the Democratic Party of Kosovo and Democratic League of Kosovo, considering it as very important for Kosovo. According to KCC, this agreement is the necessary step to overcome the political crisis, […]

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Unions’ call for Milanovic to rescue INA

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  By Marija Avramovic – Zagreb Six unions which are active in INA sent an open letter to Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic where they invited him to a protest rally on Monday at St. Mark’s Square in Zagreb under the slogan ‘Today INA, Croatia tomorrow’. At the protest about 1500 members of INA unions again […]

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Spanish bank acquired the second largest private bank of Turkey

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By   2 days ago

  By Manolis Kostidis – Ankara The second largest private bank in Turkey, “Garanti Bankasi”, which belonga to the group Doguş, was acquired by the Spanish banking group. The Spanish bank BBVA, agreed to pay 2.5 billion dollars for the 14.8% of the shares available to the Group Doguş. So the Spaniards will have 40% […]

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Bank of Cyprus elects new Board under protests of bondholders

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  By Kyriacos Kyriacou-Nicosia The Bank of Cyprus Annual General Meeting (AGM) elected Thursday a new Board of Directors, as angry protesters, outside the bank’s headquarters, tried to enter the building. The AGM elected the new board, following a recent €1.0 billion capital raise, the biggest foreign direct investment in the island`s history. The bank […]

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European Commission disburses more funds for Romania’s highways

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By   2 days ago

  By Daniel Stroe – Bucharest The European Commission decided to supplement the funds ascribed for Romania for building highways by over 260 million euros originating in the Cohesion Fund, a press release of the EU’s executive arms says. The Commission decided to cover the building costs of two motorway sections in Romania, initially funded […]

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Viniculture and winery joins Kosovo and Croatia together

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By   2 days ago

Pristina, November 20, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota An agreement has been signed today between the Department of Viniculture in Rahovec and Institute of Viniculture and Winery of Croatia, the scope of which is to hold trainings and offer expertise in the domain of viniculture and winery. This agreement also foresees the intensification […]

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Macedonian companies suspected of re-exporting goods to Russia

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Skopje, November 20, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti Government of Skopje has ordered an inquiry in order to find out if a company from FYR Macedonia is involved in re-exporting agricultural products from EU countries to Russia. Minister of Economy, Bekim Neziri says that if these suspicions are confirmed, all companies involved will […]

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Plevneliev: Balkans have enormous potential for establishing successful business partnerships

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By   3 days ago

The Balkan region is working to ensure connectivity and integration and has enormous potential for establishing successful business partnerships, Bulgarian President Rossen Plevneliev told a business forum at the Warsaw Stock Exchange. Speaking on November 19, Plevneliev – visiting Poland at the invitation of his counterpart Bronislaw Komorowski – said that Eastern European countries should […]

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Davutoglu to visit Greece on December 5-6

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By   1 day ago

  Expectations for significant developments in the Cyprus issue By Manolis Kostidis – Ankara Crucial is expected to be the meeting between the Prime Minister of Greece Antonis Samaras and his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu in Athens on December 5-6. Cypriot and Turkish sources report that in the meeting’s agenda is expected to be included […]

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A study is conducted on the construction of a pipeline that will connect Cyprus and Greece

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By   2 days ago

  Review Hari Stefanatos Athens and Nicosia are studying whether it is financially and geological viable the construction of a pipeline that will directly connect Cyprus with Greece. This was stated by Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides when asked about the possibility of building a natural gas pipeline between Cyprus and Greece. “We haven’t decided yet […]

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USA: cooperation the “key” for the exploitation of natural gas in Eastern Mediterranean

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By   5 days ago

  Review Hari Stefanatos There must be determined a way to use the existing infrastructure for the supply of the gas that exists in Eastern Mediterranean to Europe, said US Undersecretary of State with responsibility for Energy Diplomacy, Amos Hochstein, saying that Cyprus’ natural gas should be seen in the light of the cooperation of […]

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“New energy player Cyprus annoys Turkey”

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By Kyriacos Kyriacou- Nicosia Energy reserves in the Eastern Mediterranean and the alliances forged by Cyprus with all countries in its region, except Turkey, as well as the prospects for Cyprus to become a major energy player have created a momentum “that has obviously annoyed Turkey,” Minister of Justice and Public Order Ionas Nicolaou said […]

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Op/Ed: Reading between the lines of the trilateral cooperation between Greece-Cyprus-Egypt

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By   6 days ago

  By Spiros Sideris The four millennia-long cultural relationship between Greece, Egypt and Cyprus, was definitely not the reason behind the trilateral cooperation of the three countries of the Eastern Mediterranean, even though I was the first reference in the joint statement of the three leaders. The main reason for this cooperation was the rapid […]

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Turkish Cypriot side: “EU resolution is unacceptable”

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By   1 week ago

By Kyriacos Kyriacou – Nicosia The so-called Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Turkish occupied North part of Cyprus announced that the European Parliament’s joint resolution condemning Turkeys’ violations in Cyprus’ EEZ is “one sided” and “unacceptable”. The so-called Ministry complains in an announcement that the Turkish Cypriot side has no right of speech in the European Parliament. It adds […]

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Interview/IBNA: Neoklis Sylikiotis MEP

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By   1 week ago

  By Spiros Sideris – Nicosia Neoklis Sylikiotis is Member of the Political Bureau of AKEL and AKEL MEP. He served as Minister of Interior and Minister of Commerce, Industry, Tourism and Energy of the Republic of Cyprus Mr. Sylikiotis, Cyprus is yet again facing a crisis with Turkey. What the underlying reasons for the […]

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Republic of Cyprus is contemplating taking measures against Turkey

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By   1 week ago

  MAXInews.gr Government of the Republic of Cyprus is contemplating taking civil measures of legal nature and arbitration against Turkey, in collaboration with international agencies, said at the House Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides, who said that the measures were examined at a meeting held yesterday with the legal department. He added that the measures will […]

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IBNA Interview/Strakosha: When you become the first image of the day that people see

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By   1 day ago

Two decades ago, when there were very few TV presenters in Albania and when the state owned TV was the only one that existed, the arrival of the democratic system brought plenty of opportunities for those talents who really loved communication with the public through the screen. One of the few and the best TV […]

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“Skopje 2014” is an exaggerated project, Greek students say

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Skopje, November 21, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti Students from the Faculty for Balkan Studies at “Macedonia” University in Thessalonica have held a visit to Skopje in order to see the city and the “Skopje 2014” project. Greek students say that these new Baroque type buildings with historical figures, including Alexander the Great, […]

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French Alliance hosts the “Week of Taste” in Kosovo

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Pristina, November 21, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota French Alliance in Pristina organizes the “Week of Taste” in Kosovo from November 24 to November 29. According to a press statement, during the entire week in the premises of the French Alliance, visitors can enjoy French cakes along with coffee, tea and fruit juice. […]

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Voting in El. Venizelos for the return of the Parthenon Marbles

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By   2 days ago

  By Spiros Sideris – Athens “Are you in favor of the return of the Parthenon Marbles yes or no?”. Passengers and visitors to Athens, can answer to this question via an application that appears in special interactive screens, placed on arrivals and departures halls of Athens International Airport. Specifically, Greek and foreign passengers “piecing” […]

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IBNA Interview/Bushati: Our music is like Albania, still in transition

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By   2 days ago

At the start of ‘90s, when modern music, which was forbidden for half a century, started to be sung gain in Albania, Ervin Bushati was among the first ones that to sing youth music, making him loved by many Albanians. Two decades later, singer Ervin Bushati continues his career, not hiding his nostalgia for the […]

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Notable photographer Lupino opens an exhibition in Skopje

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Skopje, November 20, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti Notable Croatian photographer, Stefan Lupino comes with his photographic exhibition in Skopje. The exhibition will be open in “Gallery 8” in the Old Quarter of Skopje. The Croatian artist presents 30 photographs with different characters and profiles. He’s one of the most prominent photographers of […]

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Prominent Albanian singer “Dr. Flori” dies of a suspected drug overdose

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By   5 days ago

Tirana, November 17, 2014/ Independent Balkan News Agency The prominent Albanian singer, “Dr. Flori” (Florand Kondo), has died this morning in circumstances which still remain unclear. The singer has been rushed to the ER of “Mother Theresa” hospital in Tirana, where doctors said that he arrived dead. The preliminary suspicions indicate a drug overdose to […]

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Albanian authorities praise the figure of the English anthropologist, Edith Durham

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By   1 week ago

Tirana, November 14, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency Albanian authorities praise the figure of the notable British anthropologist, Mary Edith Durham. On the 70th anniversary of her death, the Albanian presidency has commemorated, through a special cultural activity, the traveler, artist, writer and notable English anthropologist, also known as the “Mountain Queen”. This activity was held […]

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Greek football scandal strikes again

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  By Eric Blackmore The “murderous attack” on an official of the Greek Central Refereeing Committee, Christoforos Zografos, on November 14, has reignited the debate about the rotten state of Greek football. Following the violent attack on the referee by two unidentified men with wooden bats, who swiftly sped away on a motorbike, the Hellenic Football […]

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BiH lost more than a match

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  By Mladen Dragojlovic – Banja Luka BiH football team lost the match against Israel with 3:0, but it is not the only lose which this team had. Executive Board of National soccer association BiH decided to break the contract with national team coach, Safet Susic, and the procedure for selection of his successor is […]

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All hopes are lost for FYROM’s qualification in the Euro 2016

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Skopje, November 17, 2014/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti FYR Macedonia has lost all hopes to qualify in the Euro 2016, after the loss conceded against Slovakia in the match played on Saturday in Skopje. Slovaks have maintained their position at the top of the table in group C with 12 points after […]

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Croatia-Italia football match draw stays in the shadow of outraged fans

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By   5 days ago

  By Marija Avramovic – Zagreb Italy was unable to register its first win against Croatia since last night in the San Siro for the fourth round of Group H qualifying stage for the European Championship the match ended in a draw 1:1, which allows Croatia to remain first in the table. Antonio Candreva scored […]

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Shock for the European champions of 2004

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By   6 days ago

  By Spiros Sideris – Athens The Greek football national team was forced to a humiliating defeat from the Faroe Islands, 0-1 in Karaiskakis. This was the third defeat in as many games for the qualifiers of Euro 2016, at home. Greece has also been defeated 2-0 from Romania and Northern Ireland. Greece’s only point […]

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Thirteen arrested after brawl at Levski – Partizan Belgrade basketball match

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By   6 days ago

By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of the Sofia Globe Thirteen people were arrested a fight in the stands between fans at a Levski Sofia – Partizan Belgrade basketball match, Bulgaria’s Interior Ministry said on November 16 2014. Levski faces sanctions over the incident, in which police had to intervene after the private security firm hired for the […]

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EURO 2016: Montenegro – Sweden 1-1

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  By Adnan Prekic – Podgorica Group G match between Montenegro and Sweden ended without a winner. Sweden took the lead in the first half after a mistake of the Montenegrin defence. Montenegro was the better team in the second half, with Jovetic equalising from the penalty spot. Montenegro started with passion, pushedon by their […]

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EURO 2016:  Montenegro – Sweden

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  By Adnan Prekic – Podgorica Montenegro national football team will play the match, which may be crucial for the further course of qualification for the European Championship “France 2016″, without its captain Mirko Vucinic. National team coach Branko Brnovic is optimistic before tomorrow’s match against Sweden. “We’re going for a win. Sweden is a […]

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Serb basketball fan murdered in Turkey by hooligans

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By   9 hours ago

  He was stabbed in the heart! By Manolis Kostidis – Ankara Turkish security authorities are deeply concerned over the death of the 25-year old Serbian fan Makro Ivkovic in Istanbul, after being assaulted by Turkish hooligans. The incident occurred a few minutes before the basketball match between the Turkish team Galatasaray and Serbian Red […]

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The oldest driver in Europe – 101 years old – lives in Greece

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  By Spiros Sideris – Athens For one more year renewed his driving license the 101-years old Charalampos Rallis, since he passed all medical tests provided by the law. He now is the oldest European driver as he surpassed the British Francis Morris, who renewed his driving license when he was 100-years old. “I drive […]

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Religious clerics are in favor of a lustration process within their ranks

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IBNA Special Report Skopje, November 21, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti Debates have been going on for years in FYROM about the large number of religious clerics who have worked and collaborated with secret services in the past. This topic has been once again brought to the attention as the Macedonian Orthodox Church […]

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Bulgaria’s Plovdiv shocked by mass poisoning of cats – reports

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  Animal lovers in Plovdiv have been outraged by widespread poisoning of cats in recent days. Poison, placed in cheap mince and sausages, has led to the deaths of cats and kittens in many parts of Bulgaria’s second city, and has taken the lives of dogs too, according to local media reports. The poisonings in […]

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Greece: The hunger strike continues in immigrant detention center in Amygdaleza

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By   2 days ago

  By Spiros Sideris – Athens Bitterness and anger over the death of the 25-year old detainee Mohamed Asfak and indignation for the inhuman conditions of detention and its expansion even after eighteen months, have prompted hundreds of prisoners in the Detention Center of Amygdaleza in a dynamic hunger strike since Monday, November 17. Current […]

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A Greek citizen lost his life in Donetsk

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  By Spiros Sideris – Athens A Greek citizen, who came from the village Razdolnoye of Donetsk, was reportedly killed by gunfire near the airport controlled by the separatist province of eastern Ukraine. The 49-year old had joined the Russian-speaking militia to fight against the Ukrainian government forces. According to the correspondent of AMNA in […]

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Albania and Greece decide to revise school texts

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Tirana, November 20, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency Albania and Greece have decided to reappoint a joint committee for issues relating to texts that circulate in both countries, but also on other issues concerning education. The heads of education of Albania and Greece met in Tirana in order to make this cooperation concrete (photo). Minister of […]

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Romanian prosecutors launch investigation into flawed elections in the Diaspora

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  By Daniel Stroe – Bucharest Romania’s Prosecutor-General Tiberiu Nitu (photo) has revealed today that a criminal investigation had been launched to clarify under which circumstances thousands of Romanians’ constitutional right of voting had been encroached upon in the two rounds of presidential elections on November 2 and 16. Nitu said a number of complaints had […]

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