New caretaker PM, govt sworn in; election on Sept. 20Increase recorded in foreign population of the UK of Balkan originKosovo and Serbia heading toward reconciliation and normalization of relationsPoll sees slightly more optimism about Bulgaria's business climate in AugustAlbania’s foreign debt amounts to 7 billion eurosAlbania’s projects in the Vienna SummitPoverty in Kosovo growsVaroufakis: I will create a political European networkMeimarakis: Tsipras has shown a status quo mindsetVasiliki Thanou the first woman Prime Minister of Greece

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New caretaker PM, govt sworn in; election on Sept. 20

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Athens, August 28, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris A new caretaker government until snap elections next month will be sworn-in on Friday, with Supreme Court justice Vassiliki Thanou as prime minister. The Cabinet, as announced, includes: Meanwhile, a presidential decree dissolving Parliament and setting snap elections for Sept. 20 has been signed […]

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Looted church treasures return to Cyprus

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By   13 hours ago

Nicosia, August 28, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Kyriacos Kyriacou The Church of Cyprus has announced that 34 treasures which have been stolen from the island’s Turkish occupied areas, are expected to return on Friday afternoon to Cyprus, following a decision by the Munich Court of Appeals, on 16 March, in the case of […]

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Poll sees slightly more optimism about Bulgaria’s business climate in August

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By   18 hours ago

Sofia, August 28, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of The Sofia Globe A monthly survey of managers’ opinions about the business climate in Bulgaria has found a slight increase in optimism, boosted mainly by more positive views in industry and the retail trade. In August 2015, the total business climate indicator in […]

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Lafazanis: The President bluntly violates the Constitution

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By   24 hours ago

Athens, August 28, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris New attack against the President of the Republic launched for the second time in the day Panagiotis Lafazanis, because of his decision not to convene a council of political leaders. “The omission of the meeting, and what’s more after the telephone conversatin of the […]

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Varoufakis: I will create a political European network

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By   24 hours ago

Athens, August 28, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris The intention to create a political European network, which will oppose the rotten alliances announced the former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis in an interview on Australian radio ABC. Varoufakis argued that the European economy is the strongest economy in the world, and is […]

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Meimarakis: Tsipras has shown a status quo mindset

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Athens, August 28, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris New Democracy president unleashed a new strong attack to outgoing prime minister Alexis Tsipras during the meeting of the parliamentary group of the party, accusing him of “deciding to escape, only he refused the dialogue, demonstrated a status quo mindset, and that he is […]

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Vasiliki Thanou the first woman Prime Minister of Greece

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Athens, August 28, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris The first woman prime minister in the history of Greece is a fact. Vasiliki Thanou, from the presidency of the Supreme Court, takes over as interim prime minister of the country, until the conduct of the upcoming elections on September 20, as head of […]

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Polls show the pro-Kurdish HDP as third political power

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Ankara, August 27, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency Davutoglu invites the HDP for cooperation, but does not want Kurds in the Government By Manolis Kostidis Impressive are the figures of the latest survey announced by the survey company Metropol, which shows an impressive increase of the rates of the pro-Kurdish party HDP in connection with the […]

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Poll sees slightly more optimism about Bulgaria’s business climate in August

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By   18 hours ago

Sofia, August 28, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of The Sofia Globe A monthly survey of managers’ opinions about the business climate in Bulgaria has found a slight increase in optimism, boosted mainly by more positive views in industry and the retail trade. In August 2015, the total business climate indicator in […]

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EU Bank intensifies activity in Western Balkan countries

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Tirana, 28 August 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency Werner Hoyer (photo), President of the EIB, announced at the Western Balkans Summit in Vienna a number of projects which the EU Bank is ready to finance in the near future, including the “Rail Route 10” within Kosovo*. Further operations envisaged by the EU Bank include the Trans-Adriatic […]

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EBRD President Chakrabarti: We strongly believe in the potential of the Western Balkans region

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Tirana, 28 August 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency The President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Sir Suma Chakrabarti, attended the Western Balkans Summit in Vienna, where he met with Heads of States and Governments from the region. The one-day meeting in Vienna was hosted by the Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann and also […]

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Albania’s foreign debt amounts to 7 billion euros

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Tirana, 28 August 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency At the end of the first quarter of 2015, the value of Albania’s gross foreign debt was 6 billion and 997,4 million euros. During this quarter, debt went up by 331 million euros. Gross foreign debt represents all the foreign debt that an economy has. It includes the […]

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Poverty in Kosovo grows

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Pristina, 28 August 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota Falling standards of living and unemployment have caused delays in the payment of bank loans by individuals. Citizens have difficulties in paying local government taxes and many bank accounts have been frozen. According to the latest report of the Central Bank of Kosovo, level of […]

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Varoufakis: I will create a political European network

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By   24 hours ago

Athens, August 28, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris The intention to create a political European network, which will oppose the rotten alliances announced the former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis in an interview on Australian radio ABC. Varoufakis argued that the European economy is the strongest economy in the world, and is […]

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EU is not ATM, Hahn says to Western Balkans leaders

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By   2 days ago

Belgrade, August 27, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Milos Mitrovic European Union is not just the economic project, it is also the system of the principles, EU Enlargement and Neighboring Policy Commissioner Johannes Hahn said in Vienna late on Wednesday. “Sometimes it seems to me that certain people consider EU to be cash machine, […]

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Primary surplus EUR 3.7 bn in first 7 months of 2015

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Athens, August 27, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris The shortfall in state revenues surpassed EUR 4 bn in the 7 months January – July 2015, however the dramatic containment of costs led to a primary surplus. The shortfall in revenues is mainly due to the extension of submission of the first installment […]

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Poll sees slightly more optimism about Bulgaria’s business climate in August

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By   18 hours ago

Sofia, August 28, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of The Sofia Globe A monthly survey of managers’ opinions about the business climate in Bulgaria has found a slight increase in optimism, boosted mainly by more positive views in industry and the retail trade. In August 2015, the total business climate indicator in […]

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Bulgaria’s gas inter-connector to Romania runs into new delay – report

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Sofia, August 27, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of The Sofia Globe Bulgaria’s much-postponed gas inter-connector pipeline with Romania has run into a new delay, with the company picked to drill under the Danube River reluctant to sign a contract, a report by news website Mediapool.bg claimed on August 27. Initially slated […]

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Tax reforms will bring new investments in Kosovo

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Pristina, 27 August 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota The new tax package which is expected to be applied as of 1 September of this year, will no longer include VAT on production machinery, on raw materials and IT. The tax package also foresees changes in tax relieves for corporations and other tax concessions […]

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Informality, submission to corrupt systems

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Tirana, 27 August 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency Controls carried out by public administration in Albania, are often made in an abusive way and force many businesses to be involved in corrupt affairs by paying bribes to tax inspectors. This is claimed by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Tirana, which calls upon all […]

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Bulgaria seeks closer ties with Turkmenistan, eyes possible gas deliveries

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Sofia, August 25, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of The Sofia  Globe Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borissov wrapped up a two-day visit to Turkmenistan on August 25, during which he met Turkmenistan president Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedov to discuss closer economic co-operation between the two countries. One particular area where Bulgarian firms had the […]

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Kosovo faces a high trade deficit

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Pristina, 25 August 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota In spite of the tax reforms launched by the government, Kosovo continues to face a high trade deficit. Based on official statistics, 80% of products found in the market of Kosovo, are imported from the countries of the region and beyond, while products made in […]

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Cyprus Telecommunications to be privatised

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Nicosia, August 24, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Kyriacos Kyriacou Proposed legislation aiming at transforming the Cyprus Telecommunications Authority (Cyta), a semi-government organisation, into a company governed by private law must be approved by the House of Representatives by December at the latest. The Cabinet is expected to approve on Wednesday the first bill […]

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Kosovo Chamber of Commerce invites Serb businesses to invest in Kosovo

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Pristina, 24 August 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota The head of the Kosovo Chamber of Commerce, Safert Gerxhaliu has encouraged Serb businesses to come and invest in Kosovo. “Large Serb companies, which export millions of Euros worth of products in Kosovo, must start and think about investments and the growth of production capacities in […]

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Bulgaria seeks closer ties with Turkmenistan, eyes possible gas deliveries

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Sofia, August 25, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of The Sofia  Globe Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borissov wrapped up a two-day visit to Turkmenistan on August 25, during which he met Turkmenistan president Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedov to discuss closer economic co-operation between the two countries. One particular area where Bulgarian firms had the […]

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Albania, the only country in Europe that increased the price of fuel

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Tirana, 21 August 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency Albania and Ukraine are the only two countries in Europe which have increased the price of fuel. This is the conclusion of “Autotraveler” in Russia, which ranks Albania and Ukraine as the countries which haven’t reflected any drops in the price during the past two months. Twice a […]

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Russian gas pipeline extension in Balkans mooted – report

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Sofia, August 18, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of The Sofia Globe Even as talks between Moscow and Ankara on the Turkish Stream gas pipeline remain deadlocked, four Balkan countries are set to discuss an extension of the pipeline into Central Europe, a report in Russian daily Vedomosti claimed on August 19, […]

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1,207 power stations supply Croatia with renewable energy

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Zagreb, August 17, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency Review Hari Stefanatos According to the Croatian Association of Renewable Energetics, in early August 1,207 power stations running on renewable energy, with a total capacity of 430.88 MW, had been included in the system of subsidies. One hundred thirty seven of these power stations, capable of producing […]

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Oil and gas exploration on Bulgarian shelf to start in 2016 – PM

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Sofia, August 17, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of The Sofia Globe  Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borissov has said that oil and gas exploration on the country’s Black Sea shelf was slated to start in February 2016, blaming his predecessor in government for failing to make a better effort to reduce reliance […]

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FYROM: State suspends Makpetrol’s activity

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Skopje, 17 August 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti State authorities in FYR Macedonia have pressed criminal charges and launched an inquiry against oil processing company Malpetrol, which is the oil giant in the countery. Charges have been pressed against the head of the company, Andreja Josifovski, who also owns the independent TV network, […]

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Contraband of fuel and high prices are damaging Albanians

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Tirana, 14 August 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency Household and business economies are significantly being damaged due to the high fuel prices, which have a low quality, do not meet standards and which are smuggled. The truth is that a number of petrol stations in the country sell fuel which has been produced in local refineries, […]

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Agreement on energy and telephone code to be reached until the end of the month, Kosovo’s PM says

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Pristina, 13 August 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota The agreement on energy, telephone code and Association of Serb Communes, is expected to be reached at the end of this month in Brussels. This was declared today by Kosovo’s PM, Isa Mustafa in a press conference, where he presented the achievements of the government […]

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Looted church treasures return to Cyprus

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Nicosia, August 28, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Kyriacos Kyriacou The Church of Cyprus has announced that 34 treasures which have been stolen from the island’s Turkish occupied areas, are expected to return on Friday afternoon to Cyprus, following a decision by the Munich Court of Appeals, on 16 March, in the case of […]

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International poetry festival in Struga

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Struga, 28 August 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti The 54th edition of the international poetry festival “Struga Poetry Nights” is taking place in Struga. Around 50 poets from different countries of the world are participating in this festival, while the festival was opened by the winner of the “Golden Crown” award last year, […]

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Monuments of Cultural Heritage in Albania are being restored

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Tirana, 27 August 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency An important part of cultural heritage monuments in Albania are being restored, especially in the south of the country. As you can see from the photos that IBNA brings you below, the church of “Shen Spiridhon” in Vuno, is being fully restored. The project consists on reinforcing the […]

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Demolition of St. Athanasios in Himara brings the strong reaction of Athens

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Athens, August 27, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris The demolition of the church St. Athanasios was completed at dawn on Wednesday in Himara by the planning authorities of Albania, despite the reactions of the Greek minority, the Orthodox Church of Albania and the intervention of the Greek Foreign Ministry. According to information, […]

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Serb cinema and art presented in Pristina

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Pristina, 26 August 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota Serb films in cinemas and concerts with Serb singers in the bars of Pristina will be shown during an entire month as part of the project “Belgrade Month in Pristina”. Artists from the Serb capital have arrived to Pristina in an effort “to break the […]

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Albania prepares the exploration of 45 years communist regime

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Tirana, 26 August 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency Albanian Ministry of Culture and Berlin Hohenschönhausen Memorial have initiated cooperation for expertise and evaluation in the domain of museums and the preparation of projects for memorial museums in Spac and Shkoder, known as places that offer testimonies and memories. This is an effort to set up memorial […]

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Notable singer Anastacia in Tirana to offer a message for the fight against cancer

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Tirana, 25 August 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency One of the most notable singers of the millennium, Anastacia, performs for the first time today for the Albanian public. Anastacia, considered as one of the best voices in the world, will sing live in “Qemal Stafa” stadium. Besides entertainment, this concert also supports a very humane incentive, […]

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Films by artists from Albania and the region presented in Moscow

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 A selection of the most relevant audio-visual movies produced by arTVision crews in the MARS Center of Moscow, featured by Savina Gallery Tirana, 18 August 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency From August 13th to September 30th 2015, ArTVision will be hosted in MARS Center’s new area: an exhibition and educational program dedicated to visual media. On show […]

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Olympiakos pitted with Bayern, Arsenal and Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League

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Athens, August 28, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris Olympiakos was drawn to face in the group stage of the Champions League this year: Bayern, Arsenal and Dinamo Zagreb. Undoubtedly it is a tough draw for the Reds, pitting them against the giant of German football, Bayern Munich, Arsenal, which is established in […]

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Kosovo is admitted in the International Athletics Association

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Pristina, 19 August 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota International Association of the Athletics Federations (IAAF) has accepted Kosovo as a full member in this association. The decision was taken on Wednesday by the IAAF’s congress held in Beijing. This decision enables Kosovo athletes to participate in the world championship which will be held […]

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BiH welcomes European champions

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Sarajevo, August 17, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Mladen Dragojlovic BiH Youth basketball team beat on Sunday evening the team of Lithuania and won the European championship in Kaunas bringing happiness to the majority of citizens, who after game organized celebrations on the streets of BiH cities. The team led by selector Josif Pandza […]

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Sport violence encouraged by governments in the Balkans

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Pristina, 11 August 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota Nationalist feelings seem to have driven crazy many fans of sport clubs in the Balkan countries. Love for football is gradually being lost. Football fields are more and more filled with folklore nationalist propaganda. A while ago, the Albanian national football time was involved in […]

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Greece third in water polo WC – Serbia World Champion

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Athens, August 10, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris The men’s Greek national team of water polo won the bronze medal in the ‘small’ final of the World Championship, held in Kazan, beating the Italians on penalties 11-9 (7-7 regular time). At the same time, the Greek team secured its participation to the […]

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An Albanian football club reaches the Champions League play-offs for the first time

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The football club from Korca, “Skenderbeu”, wins against a Moldavian club, thus securing its participation in the Champions League play-off stage. The coach of the team, Mirel Josa: We realized not only our dream, but of all Albanians Tirana, 6 August 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency By Edison Kurani For the first time in the history of […]

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Romania tops the rankings at the Balkan Athletics Championships

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Bucharest, August 3, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Daniel Stroe Romania won 5 gold, 10 silver and 11 bronze medals at the 74th edition of the Balkan Senior Athletics Championships, held Saturday and Sunday in Pitesti, a city in south-central Romania, finishing 1st in the nation rankings, with 267 points, with Turkey coming second […]

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‘Pristina’ climbing club reaches the highest peak in Europe, Mount Blanc

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Pristina, 16 July 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota Members of ‘Pristina’ climbing club have reached the highest peak in Europe, Mount Blanc. They have risen for the very first time Kosov’s flag in this peak. After a dangerous and tiring climb, which lasted three and a half days, 12 climbers from Kosovo have […]

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Increase recorded in foreign population of the UK of Balkan origin

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London, August 28, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Thanasis Gavos In the midst of a highly charged public debate in the UK about immigration, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) published its latest annual report which shows a significant increase in the number of foreign people who opted for a life in Great Britain and […]

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Kosovo and Serbia heading toward reconciliation and normalization of relations

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Pristina, 28 August 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota The talks for the normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia yield the first results for good neighboring relations between Kosovars and Serbs. The head of the Office for Kosovo in the Serb government, Marko Djuric, says that after the signing of the Brussels’ agreements, […]

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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals, Deaths at Sea Soar

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August 28, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency Italy – IOM’s Chief of Mission for Libya, Othman Belbeisi, reported today on the latest deaths from that country’s coastal waters. “We are still waiting for more details, but we have learned there were 400 migrants on one of two boats; 100 have already been rescued – nine of them […]

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1/3 of the population in FYROM is pensioners

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Skopje, 28 August 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti Over 1/3 of the population in FYROM is pensioners. According to the data of the Agency for Employment, 30% of the population in the country is unemployed, while the country is gradually becoming a country of pensioners. According to the Pension Trust data, the country […]

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Albania’s projects in the Vienna Summit

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Tirana, 28 August 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency The Vienna Summit held its proceedings in three parallel sessions: round table of the ministers of Economy, ministers of Foreign Affairs and Prime Ministers. The round table of the ministers of Economy was presided by vice Chancellor and Austrian Federal Minister of Economy, Mr. Mitterlehner, with the presence […]

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Op-Ed/It’s not a refugee crisis, it’s the result of certain policies

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Nicosia, August 27, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Neoklis Sylikiotis – AKEL MEP, Vice President of the Group of the European United Left Since early 2015, 235.000 refugees arrived on the coasts of Italy and Greece (over 100,000 in Italy and around 135,000 in Greece). At the same time the International Organisation for Migration […]

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Better days are coming for the Serbs of Kosovo, Mayor of Gracanica says

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Pristina, 27 August 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota Mayor of Gracanica, Vladeta Kostic, declared today that the signing of the agreement between Pristina and Belgrade in Brussels is contributing for the improvement of the quality of life of the Serb community in Kosovo. “Commune of Gracanica and I are happy about the signing […]

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Association of Serb communes is not the ideal solution, Kosovo’s PM says

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Pristina, 27 August 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota Premier of Kosovo, Isa Mustafa has justified the agreement reached in Brussels, which enables the creation of the Association of Serb Communes in the country. “The Association of Serb Communes is a good solution, but not an ideal one. We must not be scared of […]

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