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Cumhuriyet: Erdogan has a parallel force

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  “Erdogan has a parallel force” is the front page title of the Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet. The Turkish opposition newspaper reports that Erdogan’s brother in law is the leader of a large group of the president’s loyal followers who have weapons, radios and even drones and can take to the streets in the event of […]

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Cavusoglu: Freedom, security and political equality are essential prerequisites for a Cyprus solution

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  The Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu defended the Turkish position on the topic of guarantees during a joint press conference with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, on the sidelines of his visit to northern Cyprus on Tuesday, referring to the issue of the unifying referendum. The talks reached the current point thanks to the […]

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The position of political sides in Kosovo on the demarcation with Montenegro

By   8 hours ago

The State Commission in charge measuring the territory of Kosovo has presented in parliament the results of the survey that it has carried out on field. According to the commission, Kosovo has not lost any territory with the agreement for the border demarcation with Montenegro. But these findings of the commission have not reduced tension […]

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Right wing opposition in Albania has launched an action to overthrow the government of the left wing Prime Minister Edi Rama

By   8 hours ago

The democrat leader, Lulzim Basha said today on the fourth day of the protest that “every day we are determined  until our condition is fully met: free and honest and a technical government alone could guarantee the free vote”. Basha said that he doesn’t withdraw from the condition for the creation of a technical government […]

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Brussels will not negotiate with the majority and opposition in Albania

By   8 hours ago

German MEP, Knut Fleckenstein has arrived to Tirana where he is holding meetings with political leaders and senior state officials. Fleckenstein said that his mission to Tirana is not to negotiate between the government and opposition, but to discuss with the sides for the process of the integration of Albania. The MEP said that “I […]

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Meta does not take a stand, political “gridlock” continues

By   11 hours ago

While the “ball” seems to be on the majority’s court, no clear movements seem to have been made to unblock the situation. Rama has asked his MPs to get ready for Thursday’s session, in spite of the opposition’s boycott, while Meta doesn’t answer if he accepts a technical government or not The leader of  SMI […]

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DP’s protest in the hands of Ilir Meta

By   11 hours ago

By Roland Qafoku The situation with the DP’s protest, which has entered its fourth day, is similar to this sentence which is in the form of an aphorism: All of Albania has set its eyes on the DP’s protest, but the DP’s protest has set its eyes on Ilir Meta. Not only because several representatives […]

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OP-ED/Motivation

By   11 hours ago

By Apollon Baçe According to the current leader of the Democratic Party, Basha, “Tirana has never seen such participation in a rally before” and according to yesterday’s chairman of the DP, Berisha, “over 500 thousand Albanians (participated) in the ‘redeath’ funeral”. Namely, twice as much as in Bucharest, which means that the expected overthrow of […]

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Athens agrees to legislate more measures; creditors set to return

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Prior to a crucial Eurogroup meeting on Monday evening, an agreement was reached an agreement was reached during a meeting in Brussels, in which participants included Greek Finance Minister Tsakalotos, Eurogroup president Jeroen Dijsselbloem, European Financial Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici, Eureopean Stability Mechanism chief Klaus Regling and other representatives of Greece’s creditors. The Greek side […]

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Athens hoping for “political agreement” at crucial Eurogroup meeting

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Greek Finance Minister will attend a crucial Eurogroup meeting on Monday hoping for “a political agreement” to wrap up the review of its bailout program, having pointed out in recent weeks that “delays are not in the benefit of Greece or Europe”. Over the last few days, deliberations have continued between Greek government officials and […]

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Analysts expect review of Greek program to drag on

By   6 days ago

  In recent notes to investors, financial analysts expect the Greek government and the country’s creditors to strike a deal to conclude the review of the adjustment program in the summer of 2017, as soon as the country begins to feel the pressure of deadlines for enormous debt repayments. Markets have been nervously waiting for […]

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Moscovici: There is convergence at certain points to conclude the review and move ahead

By   7 days ago

  Greece’s talks with its official lenders on concluding the programme review have made progress but more steps are needed, EU Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs said on Wednesday upon his arrival at the Finance Ministry. “There is convergence at certain points so that we can conclude the review and move […]

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Informal Feb 20 deadline for Greek review conclusion to be missed

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  Uncertainty over the course of Greece’s bailout negotiations is expected to continue as negotiations look set to continue beyond the end of February, possibly into March. Eurogroup chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem revealed on Tuesday that an agreement at the 20 February Eurogroup meeting to conclude the review of the Greek bailout program is not likely. […]

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Lagarde defends IMF position on Greece; economy shows signs of recovery

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  After taking heavy criticism from Greek officials and the country’s Prime Minister last week, the International Monetary Fund insisted on Monday that it will not change its views on the Greek program. Speaking to Reuters, IMF Managing Director, Christine Lagarde, said: “We have been asked to help, but can only help at terms and […]

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EC has improved the forecasts for Romania: GDP to grow by 4.4 pc in 2017

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  Real GDP is forecast to grow by 4.4 percent in 2017 and 3.7 percent in 2018, European Commission (EC)’s Winter 2017 Economic Forecast reveals on Monday. The estimates were revised up from autumn forecast, when Community Executive estimated that the Romanian economy will register an advance by 3.9 percent in 2017 and of 3.6 […]

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Economy minister says government’s goal is permanent 5% economic growth

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  The government’s goal is to achieve a permanent economic growth rate of 5%, Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts Minister Martina Dalic said on Monday at a business lunch organised by the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham). Speaking of the government’s measures aimed at improving the business climate, she mentioned the tax reform, the new public […]

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Internationalization of businesses in FYROM

By   13 hours ago

44 companies in FYROM have signed cooperation contracts with foreign companies during the period 2015-2016, while 182 foreign companies have sought cooperation with domestic companies through the European Network for Business Opportunities. These figures have been issued by Macedonian Chamber of Commerce. Sofce Jovanovska of this chamber said that this network enables cooperation in the […]

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Pavlopoulos: Saudi Arabia plays a key role in the Arab World

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Greek President Pavlopoulos is in Riyadh from Monday afternoon for a two-day official visit, accompanied by Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias, Minister of Mercantile Marine and Island Policy and the Deputy Foreign Minister for European Affairs George Katrougalos. Prokopis Pavlopoulos met with the successor to the Saudi throne Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Prince […]

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Stier says Croatia strongly supports Kosovo, calls for enhancing economic cooperation

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Croatia strongly supports Kosovo’s independence and territorial integrity and wants to contribute, through the European partnership, to the strengthening of the Kosovo institutions, and to provide assistance in the implementation of the country’s Stabilisation and Association Agreement, Croatian Foreign Minister Davor Ivo Stier said after talks with his Kosovo counterpart Enver Hoxhaj in Zagreb on […]

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The strike blocks the railway transport

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Railway workers in FYROM have entered the third day of strike due to the fact that no salaries have been paid by the company in charge. This strike has blocked railway transport for passengers and goods in the country. According to the head of Railway Workers’ Union, Georgi Ilievski,  only two passenger trains are operating […]

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Greek President Pavlopoulos to visit Saudi Arabia

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The President of Greece Prokopis Pavlopoulos will be in Saudi Arabia on a two-day official visit on February 21-22 at the invitation of King of Saudi Arabia Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud. The Greek president will be accompanied by numerous ministerial delegations including Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias. The visit to Saudi Arabia, comes […]

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InvestBulgaria Agency projects 400 million leva investment and creation of 6000 jobs in 2017

By   6 days ago

  Bulgaria may expect to see investments of 400 milllion leva (about 204 million euro) with the potential to create 6000 jobs in 2017, according to a forecast by the state’s InvestBulgaria Agency based on applications for investor certificates. The agency said on February 15 that interest among investments was again directed towards the country’s […]

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Kosovo’s economic development praised

By   7 days ago

In today’s government meeting, Prime Minister of Kosovo, Isa Mustafa, said that the economic reforms are being praised by relevant international organizations. “In the 2017 World Forum for Investors held in Istanbul, government of Kosovo won the award as the best government in Southeast Europe for the support offered to enterprise. This gratitude has been […]

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Economy minister says government’s goal is permanent 5% economic growth

By   1 week ago

  The government’s goal is to achieve a permanent economic growth rate of 5%, Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts Minister Martina Dalic said on Monday at a business lunch organised by the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham). Speaking of the government’s measures aimed at improving the business climate, she mentioned the tax reform, the new public […]

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50 million euros for energy, an agreement is signed between 6 states

By   2 weeks ago

Two agreements for renewable energy sources with a value of 50 million euros were signed today in the meeting held between ministers of Western Balkan countries in Skopje. The ministers of the six countries of the region said that the reforms in the energy sector are necessary. The agreements were also signed by representatives of […]

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The blockade of the Greek farmers, FYROM is alarmed about the oil crisis

By   2 weeks ago

Today is the 11th day that Greek farmers or blocking the border crossing point of “Evzoni” with FYROM as a sign of protest against tax and pension reforms. The blockade has led to many transporters from FYROM to remain on the border, especially lorries that carry fuel from Greece to FYROM. Biljana Muratovska of the […]

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Costly fuel pushes up annual inflation to 1.3% in January

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Fuelled by higher prices of petroleum products, Slovenia’s annual inflation rate rose to 1.3% in January, an increase of 0.8 percentage points on the month before. The annual spike comes after three years of low inflation and despite a 0.6% monthly drop in consumer prices, fresh data from the Statistics Office shows. Year-on-year, prices of […]

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Three Chinese chief specialists disappear in an Albanian mine

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Three Chinese chief specialists have gone missing for the past three days after they were blocked under the ground during a gas explosion in a mineral well in the mine of Bulqiza in the northeast of the Albania. The event took place on level 21 of the chrome mine in Bulqiza during the works taking […]

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Albanian government annuls the concession with “Transatlantic Albania”

By   3 weeks ago

The Albanian government has annulled the concessionary agreement with the oil company “Transatlantic Albania”. By annulling this concession, the government has taken two oil wells that Transatlantic Albania exploited and has transferred them to the state owned company Albpetrol. These are two wells located in the area of Gorisht and Cakran. The decision was taken […]

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“CEZ case”, testimony of the sun of former PM Berisha is required

By   3 weeks ago

The parliamentary committee which is inquiring on the privatization of OSHEE company by the Czech company CEZ, has requested a testimony from the family of the former Prime Minister. The committee has demanded to summon Shkelzen Berisha, son of former democrat PM, Sali Berisha, to testify. The head of the committee for the Privatization of […]

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Croatia’s energy minister to travel to Brussels on Friday for talks on INA

By   3 weeks ago

Croatia’s Energy and Environment Protection Minister Slaven Dobrovic, who is travelling to Brussels on Friday for talks with the European Commission concerning Croatian legislation on the privatisation of INA, said on Monday that he hoped that the Commission would show understanding and offer dialogue. In December, the EC requested Croatia to amend the 2002 law […]

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Lack of power supply damages businesses in Kosovo

By   4 weeks ago

The lack of a constant supply with power in Kosovo is threatening the activity of businesses and the economic development of the country. This was said today by the Minister of Commerce and Industry, Hykmete Bajrami during a meeting with business associations and Power Regulatory Office. “We know that power supply is a criterion for […]

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Kosovo becomes a member if IFACCA

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Kosovo has just become a member of another cultural mechanism. Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport has received the confirmation for accession in the International Federation of Arts Culture and Cultural Agencies (IFACCA), which is part of a global network of art councils and ministries of cultures, with member organizations in over 70 countries. Kosovo’s […]

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“The lesson”, a play premiered in Kumanovo

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“The lesson”, a play directed by the Kosovar director, Ilirjan Himaj and written by Eugen Ionesko, was premiered in the theater of Kumanovo. Director Himaj says that the play belongs to the French avant-garde theater, talks about a teenage student who is very fond of studying. “The need for knowledge puts a student in front […]

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The freedom of speech is on

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  Our journey began four years ago. That’s when the Independent Balkan News Agency (IBNA), against all odds, embarked on a lonely and difficult journey during a tumultuous period. This was indeed a lonely road because IBNA was trying to do something which most thought was ludicrous; IBNA was going to bring the people of […]

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Days of the Chinese film in Skopje

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The days of thre Chinese film are being held in Skopje on the occasion of Chinese holidays. This activity is being held by the “Confucius” Institute, part of the “Saint Cyril and Methodus” in Skopje. Five Chinese films will be shown as part of these activities, but an exhibition with sculptures has also opened on […]

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Unlawful excavations in Apollonia

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The head of the Apollonia National Park in Fier has been arrested by police following the theft of 230 archaeological objects found in its territory. Along with the director, police have also arrested several people who have carried out unlawful excavations, but the inquest also includes the head of the park. Police confirmed that “a […]

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Kosovar-British film “Home” wins a BAFTA award

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Kosovar-British film “Home” has won the BAFTA award for the best short film category. The film directed and produced by Daniel Mulloy, starring Jack O’Connell, Holliday Grainger, Arta Dobroshi and others, handles the topic of war refugees through the characters of a British family that leaves the country to travel toward a country in war. […]

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Creativity and art expression with the use of old materials

By   2 weeks ago

  Stavros Loizou Paou sees art in all objects and old materials which could have ended up in recycle bins or in landfills. He wants to provide these items with a new form, shape and utility. He uses old screws, old plastic, such as pens, any kind of recyclable material, glass, old toys, everything in […]

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Slovenians celebrate culture and their finest poet

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Slovenians are expected to flock to cultural events on Wednesday as the country observes Culture Day, a bank holiday marking the death anniversary of Romantic poet France Prešeren (1800-1849). Many cultural institutions will open their doors to visitors admission free and cultural ceremonies and events will be held throughout the country, many involving the reading […]

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Sigal Prishtina wins Kosovo’s Cup

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“Sigal Prishtina” basketball club has won Kosovo’s Cup, after defeating Pec 77-66 in the final. The match between the two rivals saw an intensive start and the first quarter ended 18-18. In the second quarter, the club from Pec played a better game, ending this part 35-40 in their favor. In the third and fourth […]

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Kosovo wins two medals in Paris

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Kosovo has been presented in the best way possible in the international judo championship held in Paris. Judo fighter from Kosovo, Majlinda Kelmendi won a golden medal after defeating Natsumi Tsunoda from Japan in the final. On her way to the final, Kelmendi had defeated the Canadian Ecaterina Guica in the quarter final and the […]

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President of FSHF is a candidate for UEFA’s Executive Committee

By   2 weeks ago

Armand Duka is expected to be one of the members of the UEFA Executive Committee. In its meeting, the Executive Committee of the highest governing body of European football, has approved the candidacy of the president of the Albanian Football Association (FSHF). UEFA’s Executive Committee will be elected by the April 5 elections which will […]

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FIFA ranks FYROM on the 165th position

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FYROM’s football national team continues to mark a drop in the FIFA ranking. In the last ranking that has been published, the country has lost three spots, ranking 165th. Macedonian Football Association has not commented the constant drop in ranking, but football specialists have stressed that FYROM’s national team has constantly changed coaches and has […]

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IBNA Interview/Kosovo mountaineers ready for the mission of their life, to conquer Everest

By   2 weeks ago

For three years, they have been training for the most important mission of their lives. They are four mountaineers from Kosovo who have only one desire for 2017, to conquer Everest, the highest peak in the world. The expedition is expected to lead to Nepal at the end of March, while return to Kosovo is […]

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Albanian Cup matches

By   3 weeks ago

Yesterday, the quarter final matches of the Albanian Cup were played yesterday. Laci played against Skenderbeu of Korca and the match ended 1-1. In Shkodra, the home team Vllaznia defeated Teuta of Durres 1-0. In Vlora, Flamurtari was defeated by Beselidhja of Lezha 1-2. In the capital, Tirana won against Kukes 2-1. The Albanian Cup […]

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Elections for the head of MFA, Jonuz’s candidacy is contested

By   3 weeks ago

The steering committee of the Macedonian Football Association has rejected Mirsad Jonuz’s candidacy for the head of this association. Jonuz, who is a former known player, has been nominated by the Football Association in Tetovo in the meeting held during the weekend. The Association’s steering committee said that this meeting was associated with many irregularities […]

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Lazarov is the best goal scorer in the world cup in handball

By   3 weeks ago

The captain of FYROM’s handball national team, Kire Lazarov has been announced the best goal scorer of the world cup in handball which was held in France. Besides this tournament, Lazarov was also announced best goal scorer in the world cup held in Croatia in 2009 and in the European championship held in Serbia in […]

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Cumhuriyet: Erdogan has a parallel force

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  “Erdogan has a parallel force” is the front page title of the Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet. The Turkish opposition newspaper reports that Erdogan’s brother in law is the leader of a large group of the president’s loyal followers who have weapons, radios and even drones and can take to the streets in the event of […]

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Prosecution in Albania requests finger prints for six MPs and three mayors

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Based on the decriminalization law, which has been recently introduced in Albania, prosecution is pushing investigations forward, aiming to discover if people with criminal records are occupying parliamentary seats. The same request has also been delivered to CEC for 3 mayors who are subject to the decriminalization law. The names of the MPs who are being […]

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Protestors demand Belgrade mayor resignation

By   6 days ago

  Several thousand protestors have demanded today  the resignation of Belgrade’s mayor Sinisa Mali over the 2016 illegal demolishing in the inner city. The protests were sparked by Mali’s ex-wife confession, according to which he admitted his central role in controversial events. Earlier, prime minister Aleksandar Vucic had claimed that Mali would not “remain too […]

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Six MPs and 3 mayors under criminal investigation by the Albanian Prosecution

By   6 days ago

In Albania, the General Prosecution Office is investigating six MPs and 3 mayors for different alleged criminal offenses. They are being investigated by the prosecution as part of the Decriminalization law. According to the prosecution, the list includes the following MPs: Armando Prenga, Artan Gaci, Mhill Fufi, Aqif Rakipi, Omer Mamo and Gledion Rehovica. Part […]

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Turkish military officers are requesting asylum all over Europe

By   7 days ago

Television host laid off for saying he will vote “NO” in the referendum The number of Turkish military officers serving abroad and seek asylum in European countries continues to grow. Fearful of being tried in Turkey on charges of having affiliations with the Islamic order Hizmet of Imam Fethullah Gulen. According to Turkish media, 86 […]

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Golden Dawn trial interrupted amidst tension in courtroom

By   7 days ago

  Golden Dawn’s trial continued on Tuesday amidst tensions and violent scuffles. The beginning of the examination of the new case file was the reason that dozens of anti-fascists and members of anti-authoritarian organisations gathered at the Court of Appeals in Athens. However, according to reports, the police guarding the area did not allow many […]

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IBNA/Analysis: Tensions in BiH still high

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  As the young generation in the entire BiH is united in the celebration of love and Valentine’s Day, politicians are still keeping tensions between nations in the state on the high level. Review of the BiH lawsuit against Serbia for genocide continues to burden relations and threats to be a trigger of the deepest […]

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Audit finds irregularities in more than 100 public procurements by Bulgaria’s Defence Ministry

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An audit has found irregularities in more than 100 public procuremens by the Ministry of Defence, Bulgaria’s caretaker Defence Minister Stefan Yanev said on February 14. On January 30, caretaker Prime Minister Ognyan Gerdzhikov gave his Cabinet ministers two weeks to complete check-ups of all their ministries, a few days after taking over from the […]

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