Albanian business must be part of the global market, accreditation remains a problemAlbanian ambassador to Athens: Greek media was intimidated by “Greater Albania”Miss Globe is held in Albania for the last timeGreece prepares for winter gas crisis in EuropeVucic, Nikolic and their plans 'for the next 15 years'Arguments of AFF for UEFA unveiled: Albanian players were attackedPreparations for serious projects in the Montenegrin energy sectorSIPA arrested seven persons in police operation 'Gibraltar'Opposition in Albania accuses the PM for increases in the power supply priceCroatia: War veterans continue their protest

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Greece prepares for winter gas crisis in Europe

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  By Lefteris Yallouros – Athens Greek Energy Minister Yannis Maniatis held talks with Greek LNG shipowners this week in order to enforce the country’s energy safety and adequate supply. In light of geopolitical developments and the possibility of winter gas shortages in Europe stemming from the Ukraine crisis, the Greek ministry of Energy has […]

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Fischer: You are on a positive course

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  By Spiros Sideris – Athens Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras briefed the Austrian President Heinz Fischer, who visited him at the Maximos Mansion, on the great progress made by Greece on reforms and competitiveness. “They are the last steps to get the country out of the recession, which has lasted for more than six […]

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Dimitris Avramopoulos to also get the portfolio of European Citizenship

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  By Spiros Sideris – Athens In the hands of Dimitris Avramopoulos passes the portfolio of the European citizenship by the decision of the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker. Introducing the new priorities of the European Commission, which shall be approved by the European Parliament, the new president of the European Commission announced […]

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New lead in the polls for SYRIZA with 5%

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  By Spiros Sideris – Athens SYRIZA continues to lead in the polls, as according to a new poll conducted by “Pulse”, and published on Thursday in the “Mouse”, the main opposition party is 5 percentile points ahead of Ned Democracy. More specifically, on voting intention, SYRIZA gathers 27%, followed by the ND with 22% […]

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Slovenian government considering savings to cover budget shortfall in 2015

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  Review Hari Stefanatos Slovenian Prime minister Miro Cerar will suggested on Tuesday that the government will need to make up for the budget shortfall, which is in the region of 2.8% of the GDP. To do that it will require to make shavings across the board in 2015. Cerar told reporters that apart from […]

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Vucic, Nikolic and their plans ‘for the next 15 years’

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  By Milos Mitrovic – Belgrade Serbian ruling Progressive Party (SNS) celebrated today its sixth anniversary. The group was founded in 2008 by the former high officials of ultra-nationalistic Serbian Radical Party – Tomislav Nikolic and Aleksandar Vucic. In 2012 Nikolic became Serbia’s president and in April this year Vucic, current SNS leader, formed his […]

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Kosovo in Belgrade, equal to the other states, says Kosovo PM

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Pristina, October 22, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota Acting prime minister of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci has confirmed today the participation of two of the ministers of his cabinet, Enver Hoxhaj and Fadil Ismaijli in the conference for Regional Cooperation in Belgrade, organized by the European Commission. Kosovo will have an equal representation in […]

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Croatia: War veterans continue their protest

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  By Marija Avramovic – Zagreb Late last night, the protest in front of the Ministry of Veterans was marked by the death of a 60-year-old Nevenka Topalusic, 100% disabled war veteran and a member of the 2nd Guards Brigade also known as “Thunders”. The portal of the war veterans on the internet announced that […]

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Sinn: To relieve Greece of its debt with a drastic ‘haircut’

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  By Spiros Sideris – Athens Conciliatory tones against the euro adopts the president of the institute Ifo, Hans-Werner Sinn, who advocates an active “haircut” of the greek debt. Introducing in Munich his new book entitled «The Euro Trap» published in English by the publisher Oxford University Press, one of the leading German economist Hans-Werner […]

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Greece: Eurobank predicts a 1% Increase of the GDP in the third quarter

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  By Spiros Sideris – Athens Eurobank predicts Greece returning to growth in the third quarter, with an increase of 1% of the GDP. For the first time since the second quarter of 2008, the sign is positive, while for the whole of 2014, the forecast of analysts of the bank speaks of “a slightly […]

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4.88 million tourists visited Greece between January-August 2014

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  By Spiros Sideris – Athens More than 15.3 million tourists visited Greece between January – August, an increase of 22.1%, according to figures from the Bank of Greece. In August alone, the number of tourists who traveled to the country reached 4.88 million, an increase of 25% compared to the same month last year. […]

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Efe Agency: Four Greek banks will not pass the stress tests

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  By Spiros Sideris – Athens Once the next few days pending the results of stress tests for the Greek banks, a telegraph of the Spanish agency Efe comes to note that four Greek banks will not be able to complete the process successfully. Citing unnamed sources, Efe reports that a total of 11 banks […]

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Slovenian government considering savings to cover budget shortfall in 2015

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  Review Hari Stefanatos Slovenian Prime minister Miro Cerar will suggested on Tuesday that the government will need to make up for the budget shortfall, which is in the region of 2.8% of the GDP. To do that it will require to make shavings across the board in 2015. Cerar told reporters that apart from […]

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Tourism is locomotive pulling Greece out of crisis, PM says

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  By Lefteris Yallouros – Athens “We do not need another memorandum; we are not just exiting it but Greece will also be absolutely safe in the post-memorandum era” Prime Minister Antonis Samaras said Tuesday addressing the 13th Tourism & Development Conference of SETE, the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises. The PM went on to […]

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FEIR: Political reluctance to implement reforms

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  By Spiros Sideris – Athens According to the quarterly report of the Foundation of Economic and Industrial Research (FEIR), “in the framework of the official forecast of the state budget (0.6%), a return to growth for the Greek economy in 2014 is considered feasible. Furthermore, the study notes that the end of the deep […]

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Alexander Tourkolias: Optimism for the stress tests

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  By Spiros Sideris – Athens The support of the real economy prioritizes the “National Bank Group” NBG, combined of course with the implementation of a plan for its restructure. The CEO of the bank Alexander Tourkolias speaking at the conference of Greek Institute of Internal Auditors on “Internal control in the middle of developments”, […]

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Albanian business must be part of the global market, accreditation remains a problem

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Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Tirana and General Directorate of Accreditation sign a cooperation agreement Tirana, October 23, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency Businesses in Albania often face problems in selecting the certification and the organizations that issue it. In the majority of cases, they do not have information and often fall victims of false […]

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4.88 million tourists visited Greece between January-August 2014

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  By Spiros Sideris – Athens More than 15.3 million tourists visited Greece between January – August, an increase of 22.1%, according to figures from the Bank of Greece. In August alone, the number of tourists who traveled to the country reached 4.88 million, an increase of 25% compared to the same month last year. […]

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Tourism is locomotive pulling Greece out of crisis, PM says

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By   1 day ago

  By Lefteris Yallouros – Athens “We do not need another memorandum; we are not just exiting it but Greece will also be absolutely safe in the post-memorandum era” Prime Minister Antonis Samaras said Tuesday addressing the 13th Tourism & Development Conference of SETE, the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises. The PM went on to […]

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Alexander Tourkolias: Optimism for the stress tests

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By   1 day ago

  By Spiros Sideris – Athens The support of the real economy prioritizes the “National Bank Group” NBG, combined of course with the implementation of a plan for its restructure. The CEO of the bank Alexander Tourkolias speaking at the conference of Greek Institute of Internal Auditors on “Internal control in the middle of developments”, […]

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Long (TUI): The positive economic performance of Greece is important for tourism

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  By Spiros Sideris – Athens Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras met yesterday with the head of the travel company TUI and the Tourism minister, Olga Kefalogianni at the Maximos Mansion. CEO TUI Peter Long described the meeting with the Prime minister as excellent and said that “what the government has achieved with the political […]

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Bulgaria, Romania to sign memorandum on two new bridges across the Danube

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  By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of the Sofia Globe Bulgaria and Romania are to sign a memorandum on beginning preparations for two new bridges over the Danube River, which forms the border between the two countries, Bulgaria’s caretaker Transport Minister Nikolina Angelkova said on October 21 2014. The bridges will connect Bulgaria’s Nikopol with Turnu Măgurele […]

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Danish royal couple to visit Croatia

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  By Marija Avramovic – Zagreb Danish Queen Margrethe II started today a four-day state visit to Croatia, where she will participate in a series of political, entrepreneurial, scientific and cultural events. The queen and her husband Prince Henrik will have a meeting with Croatian President Ivo Josipovic and his wife this afternoon, after which […]

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KCC: Albanian businesses in Serbia must be protected

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Pristina, October 21, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota Kosovo Chamber of Commerce has strongly reacted against the damage sustained by several Albanian businesses in Serbia. In a press releases issued today, KCC said that it’s worried about the vandal acts of the destruction of Albanian businesses and properties in Serbia. “We believe that […]

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Greece prepares for winter gas crisis in Europe

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By   5 hours ago

  By Lefteris Yallouros – Athens Greek Energy Minister Yannis Maniatis held talks with Greek LNG shipowners this week in order to enforce the country’s energy safety and adequate supply. In light of geopolitical developments and the possibility of winter gas shortages in Europe stemming from the Ukraine crisis, the Greek ministry of Energy has […]

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Preparations for serious projects in the Montenegrin energy sector

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By   19 hours ago

  By Adnan Prekic – Podgorica Within the regular reporting on the implementation of Montenegro’s priority development projects, the Government of Montenegro adopted information on the construction of small hydro power plants. Contracts on concession award to exploit 21 water stream, which have been signed, envisage the construction of 41 small hydro power plants with […]

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Opposition in Albania accuses the PM for increases in the power supply price

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Tirana, October 22, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency Former minister of Energy during the democrat government, Enno Bozdo, reacted against the declaration issued today by prime minister Edi Rama on the issue of electricity. He said that the prime minister confirmed the removal of the protective threshold, considering it as a penalization for all Albanians, especially […]

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New measures in place against energy theft in Albania

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Tirana, October 22, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency In a press statement issued today, the prime minister of Albania, Edi Rama, said that a big operation, as big as the one in Lazarat against narcotics, will soon be launched in order to catch all those who steal electricity. “Today, we have finalized an operational plan with […]

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Cyprus takes measures against Turkey

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By Kyriacos Kyriacou – Nicosia In a meeting today the National Council of Cyprus will finalize measures and actions discussed in yesterday’s meeting, following Ankara`s provocations in the island`s EEZ. These measures, most will be announced imitatively after the meeting, are going to be political, diplomatic and legal. According to sources, some of the measures will not be announced […]

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Antonis Samaras to visit Cyprus on November 7

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By   2 days ago

  By Spiros Sideris – Athens Greek Prime minister Antonis Samaras is scheduled to visit Cyprus on November 7. Cypriot government spokesperson Nikos Christodoulides, said that Samaras will visit Nicosia in order for the two countries to coordinate their actions, ahead of the summit in Cairo, always taking into account the latest developments, after the […]

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Turkish Cypriots claim a share on the hydrocarbons

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By   3 days ago

  Review Hari Stefanatos Turkish Cypriot leader, Derviş Eroğlu calls for the mediation of UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon. In the same context, Eroğlu asks the contribution of the United Nations for the return of the Greek Cypriot side at the negotiating table without any conditions. In a letter to Ban Ki-moon, Turkish Cypriot leader […]

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Anastasiades: I do not intend to return to a dialogue of the deaf

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By   3 days ago

  Review Hari Stefanatos Cypriot President Nikos Anastasiades stated that he does not plan to return to a “dialogue of the deaf”, despite the admonitions and suggestions, which as he revealed, receive from various sides to return to the talks with the Turkish Cypriot side. Cypriot president stressed that it would be unworthy of the […]

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Miss Globe is held in Albania for the last time

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Miss Serbia 2014 withdraws from the world beauty contest Tirana, October 23, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency The 11th edition of the beauty contest “Miss Globe” will be held today in the north of Albania. The organizers say that this will be the last time that this contest is held in Albania, after 11 editions in […]

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Book fair “Tetovo 2014”

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Skopje, October 22, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti “Tetovo 2014” traditional book fair opened in Tetovo, with the participation of publishing homes from FYROM and the region. The fair was opened by the state secretary of the Ministry of Culture, Behiduxin Sehapi and mayor of Tetovo, Teuta Arifi. The head of the Association […]

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Archeologists have found the head of one of the Sphinxes in Amphipolis

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  By Spiros Sideris – Athens The marble head of the Sphinx, which is located on the east side of the entrance of the burial monument of Amphipolis, was discovered by archaeologists during yesterday’s excavations in the tomb of Kasta in Amphipolis. According to the official information of the Culture ministry, the head is intact […]

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Pristina is hosting the Roma film festival

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Pristina, October 21, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota Pristina is hosting the Roma film festival, where 24 films which talk about the life of this community will be shown. The organizers say that the “Rolling Film Festival” is a good opportunity to overcome the prejudices existing about the Roma community, but also to […]

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“Izet Curri” International Fashion Institute opens in Skopje

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Skopje, October 20, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti World famous stylist and designer, Izet Curri, has opened in Skopje the “Izet Curri International Fasion Institute”. After a long experience in Paris, where Curri has worked, the artist has come back to FYROM in order to open his own institute, where he will offer […]

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National Geographic: A woman is buried in Amphipolis

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  By Spiros Sideris – Athens “The Queen of the Underworld sheds new light” on the grave of Amphipolis, as states in a publication on the latest findings in Amphipolis the magazine National Geographic, and especially for the mosaic, which depicts the abduction of Persephone. After describing the mosaic and referring to recent statements by […]

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The secret memo for claiming the Parthenon Marbles

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  By Spiros Sideris – Athens The visit of Amal Alamuddin-Clooney as a member of a legal team in Athens went round the world. The reason Mrs. Clooney traveled to Greece was the claim of Greece over the Parthenon Marbles. In the meetings the legal team had on greek soil they discussed a ten-page secret […]

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Beauty of mosaic in the Tomb of Amphipolis causes world admiration

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By   6 days ago

  By Spiros Sideris – Athens Intense emotions caused yesterday, throughout the global community, the full disclosure of the mosaic in the tomb of Amphipolis with the redhead Persephone wearing e white tunic. As explained the Secretary General of the Department of Culture, Lena Mendoni, the tomb of Kasta is not the first in which the […]

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Arguments of AFF for UEFA unveiled: Albanian players were attacked

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Tirana, October 22, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency In a press statement issued today, Albanian Football Federation (AFF) has revealed the steps that it has taken in order to submit the necessary documents to the UEFA Committee of Control of Ethic and Discipline, which will gather tomorrow in Switzerland. Upon receiving notification over the accusations raised […]

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Kosovo, a member of International Olympic Committee

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Pristina, October 22, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota Kosovo will participate in the 2016 Olympic Games as an independent state. As of this year, Kosovar sportsmen will be equal to others in Olympic sports. Kosovo’s Olympic Committee (KOK) is expected to adhere this week in the International Olympic Committee. Sources within KOK told […]

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Romania’s Halep beats Serena Williams, advances in semifinals of Singapore tournament

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By   22 hours ago

  By Daniel Stroe – Bucharest Simona Halep won against defending champion Serena Williams in a match which sent the Romanian tennis player to the semifinals of the WTA tournament in Singapore and which also marked a first for her, beating a top three opponent. Halep beat Williams by6-0, 6-2. “This is the greatest game […]

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Kozuf marks a victory in the Balkan Basketball League

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Skopje, October 22, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti FYROM’s basketball team, Kozuf, has marked the second victory in the regional basketball league, the Balkan League. The team from the town of Gevgelia faced the Romanian team, Krajova and won 87 to 84. The win was achieved in the last minutes of the game, […]

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Match between Serbia and Albania also reflected in FYROM

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Skopje, October 16, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti The suspended match between Serbia and Albania in Belgrade has also been reflected in FYR Macedonia. Thousands of Albanians celebrated in different cities after the suspension of the match, as a sign of support for the Albanian national side players. But, celebrations didn’t go without […]

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Tensioned game between Serbia and Albania, UEFA decides to suspend it (Photo-Video)

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Tirana, October 15, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency A tensioned match was held on Tuesday evening in the “Partizani” stadium of Belgrade between the Serbian football national side and the Albanian one. This match was being held in the framework of the France 2013 Euro Qualifiers. Only 41 minutes were able to be played in the […]

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Rama’s brother provokes chaos at Belgrade stadium

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  By Milos Mitrovic – Belgrade A drone carrying Albanian flag and the map of the “Greater Albania” which has appeared above the pitch during the tense football match between Serbian and Albanian national teams in Belgrade on Tuesday evening has caused fight between players. Serbian funs have subsequently invaded the pitch and European Championship […]

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Bulgaria’s Euro 2016 qualifying chances dwindle

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  By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of the Sofia Globe Bulgaria’s national football team lost twice in the span of four days to see its chances of qualification to the 2016 European championship final tournament drastically reduced. After losing to Croatia 0-1 in Sofia on October 10, the team was expected to put up more of a […]

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Albanian ambassador to Athens: Greek media was intimidated by “Greater Albania”

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Tirana, October 23, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency The Albanian ambassador to Athens, Dashnor Dervishi has expressed his stance on the events taken place in Belgrade during the match between Serbia and Albania, by accusing the Greek media of not dealing with what happened in the Serb capital, but with comments about nationalist dangers. “I have […]

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SIPA arrested seven persons in police operation ‘Gibraltar’

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By   19 hours ago

  By Mladen Dragojlovic – Banja Luka BiH State investigation and protection agency (SIPA) police officers arrested on Wednesday morning seven out of the nine members of the group suspected of frauds and money laundering worth more than EUR 5 million. As it is announced from BiH Prosecution office, which gave the order for the […]

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Croatia: War veterans continue their protest

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By   22 hours ago

  By Marija Avramovic – Zagreb Late last night, the protest in front of the Ministry of Veterans was marked by the death of a 60-year-old Nevenka Topalusic, 100% disabled war veteran and a member of the 2nd Guards Brigade also known as “Thunders”. The portal of the war veterans on the internet announced that […]

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Kosovo’s institutions are not transparent in offering information

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IBNA Special report Pristina, October 22, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota The situation in the domain of free access of information in Kosovo leaves much to desire, although legislation for access to official documents exists. Main state institutions are not transparent with civil society to make public the official documents that they possess. […]

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Greece: Prosecutor intervenes for the occupation of the University of Athens

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  By Spiros Sideris – Athens An emergency preliminary examination ordered the head of the Misdemeanors Prosecutor Elias Zagoraios, after a lawsuit filed by the dean of the University of Athens Theodoros Fortsakis, for the misdemeanor offense of the disruption of a University function. Earlier, a clear position in favor of the rector of the […]

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Long (TUI): The positive economic performance of Greece is important for tourism

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By   1 day ago

  By Spiros Sideris – Athens Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras met yesterday with the head of the travel company TUI and the Tourism minister, Olga Kefalogianni at the Maximos Mansion. CEO TUI Peter Long described the meeting with the Prime minister as excellent and said that “what the government has achieved with the political […]

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Pope to visit Turkey in November – he will meet Erdogan and Bartholomew

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  Review Hari Stefanatos Head of the Roman Catholic Church Pope Francis will have an official visit to Turkey from November 28 to 30, where he will go to Ankara and Istanbul for a series of meetings with the Turkish political leadership and the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. Pope Francis will visit the Hagia Sophia and […]

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Union of Flour Producers of Albania shut down their activity

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Tirana, October 21, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency The Union of Flour Producers of Albania has decided to shut down its activity, based on a decision of the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Administration of Waters. The news was announced by the Union, which said through a press release that “Yesterday’s instruction of the Ministry […]

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