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Nicosia to host international seminar on countering youth radicalisation

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An international seminar on countering violent extremism and youth radicalisation will take place in Nicosia next week in the framework of Cyprus` Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, which lasts until May 2017. The seminar, entitled “Countering violent extremism and youth radicalisation: using the European Youth Card to promote peaceful […]

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Bulgarian political parties trade barbs over ‘energy crisis’ claims

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Bulgaria’s two largest political parties – Boiko Borissov’s GERB and the opposition socialist party – are engaged in a war of words over the Bulgarian Socialist Party’s allegations that the country is on the brink of an energy collapse and that “power cuts practically already are in effect”. Senior Bulgarian goverment figures are dismissing the […]

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President Anastasiades addresses the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

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Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades will address on Tuesday, in Strasbourg, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). The Republic of Cyprus holds the presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe (CoE) from 22 November 2016 until 19 May 2017. According to an official press release, in the morning President […]

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IBNA Interview/Kasami: Besa Movement will not negotiate with Gruevski

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Besa Movement is the second biggest Albanian party in FYROM, which in the last elections won 5 MPs. In an interview for Balkaneu, its chairman, Bilall Kasami explains the stances of this party, saying that it will never be part of a government with PM Nikola Gruevski in it, he explains the Albanian platform which […]

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Athens takes first step towards conclusion of review

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Athens looks resigned to offering concessions to its creditors in order to wrap up the stalled bailout review. Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos is scheduled to take part in a crucial Eurogroup meeting in Brussels on Thursday which could pave the way for the troika to return to Athens next week. A spokesman for the European […]

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Greece accepted to join Libya Contact Group

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By   16 hours ago

Athens seems determined not to leave any opportunity for the cooperation and promotion of national interests untapped. In the framework of a multi-dimensional foreign policy, beyond important initiatives of its own (The Rhodes Conference, The Conference on Religious Pluralism in the Middle East, Four party- SEECP etc.), Greece has succeeded in a short period of […]

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Dalic presents gov’t action plan to Zadar entrepreneurs

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By   18 hours ago

The government’s action plan to relieve enterprises of red tape introduces more than a hundred measures designed to simplify existing legislation and ensure savings for employers, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts Martina Dalic said on Monday presenting the plan to entrepreneurs in Zadar. Earlier in the year the government adopted […]

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PM “lost trust in Pristina,” not optimistic ahead of talks

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Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said on Monday that he has “lost his trust in Pristina” and that for this reason, the dialogue in Brussels will be “difficult.” Speaking during a news conference with the chairman of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Vucic added that he “above all” expects EU’s “clear messages”: “I want to […]

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Slovenian FinMin says NLB privatisation procedures will continue as planned

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Finance Minister Mateja Vraničar Erman did not ask for an extension of the deadline by which Slovenia should privatise its largest bank. Slovenian Finance Minister  met Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager on Monday, but said the process would for the time being continue as planned. Speaking after the meeting in Brussels, Vraničar Erman said the key […]

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Athens takes first step towards conclusion of review

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Athens looks resigned to offering concessions to its creditors in order to wrap up the stalled bailout review. Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos is scheduled to take part in a crucial Eurogroup meeting in Brussels on Thursday which could pave the way for the troika to return to Athens next week. A spokesman for the European […]

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Greece set to offer concessions to creditors

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In an effort to swiftly conclude the review of its bailout program, Athens is contemplating slashing the tax-free threshold as a concession offered to creditors. The country’s Economy Minister, Dimitris Papadimitriou, told reporters over the weekend that reducing the tax-free threshold is “on the table”. This was the first time a Greek official has publicly […]

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Technical glitch on Romanian side causes 15km queue of lorries at Bulgaria’s Danube Bridge 2

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A technical problem on the Romanian side of the border caused a 15km-long queue of lorries at Bulgaria’s Danube Bridge 2 in the northern city of Vidin on January 22. Bulgaria’s Road Infrastructure Agency ordered restrictions on the movement of lorries on the E79 main road in the direction of Vidin. Because of waiting goods […]

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Hahn and Kurz praise Serbia and Vucic

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The Western Balkans countries should look up to Serbia which has achieved good economic performance, European Union’s enlargement commissioner Johannes Hahn said today after meeting prime minister Aleksandar Vucic on the margins of World Economic Forum in Davos. Hahn added he was hopeful that EU would soon open new chapters in accession negotiations with Serbia. […]

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Greek shipowners urge government to safeguard shipping competitiveness

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The President of Greece’s Union of Shipowners, Theodoros Veniamis, called on the Greek government and the country’s Seamen Unions to allow the maritime labor market to become internationally competitive by overcoming industrialist obstructions. Greece has continued to strengthen its position as the largest ship owning nation in recent years, controlling some 18% of the world […]

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There will be no pay cuts, says Kosovo’s Finance minister

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Kosovo’s Finance minister, Avdullah Hoti said in a press conference that the new bill on salaries will not affect people employed in the civil sector. “I would like to assure everyone that there will be no pay cuts. The new bill only aims at harmonizing salaries for officials who do the same job”, he said. […]

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Greece exceeding bailout program targets – Fin Min

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Greek Finance Minister, Euclid Tsakalotos, expressed optimism on Wednesday that Athens is on track to conclude the review of its bailout program, despite negotiations currently being on hold due to the differences of opinion between the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and European creditors over the goals of the program. “If we continue exceeding targets like […]

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Slovenia argues Teran case has broader implications

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Vinakras predstavljajo svoj izbran Teran in druga vina na 44. MOS mednarodnem obrtnem sejmu, ki vsako leto poteka na celjskem sejmiscu. Dogodek, posel, podjetja, prodaja, akcije, pogovori, korporacije, podjetja, firme, zabava, druzenje, nakupi, akcijske cene, reklamni materijali, ljudje, zanimanje, siroka ponudba
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Slovenia argued in Brussels on Monday that the case of Teran wine has implications beyond the narrow dispute with Croatia over the use of the name and could undermine the entire system of geographic protection in the EU. The attack on Teran is an attack on all 1,750 wine protections, Židan told the press after […]

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Slovenian FinMin says NLB privatisation procedures will continue as planned

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By   27 mins ago

Finance Minister Mateja Vraničar Erman did not ask for an extension of the deadline by which Slovenia should privatise its largest bank. Slovenian Finance Minister  met Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager on Monday, but said the process would for the time being continue as planned. Speaking after the meeting in Brussels, Vraničar Erman said the key […]

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Dalic presents gov’t action plan to Zadar entrepreneurs

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By   18 hours ago

The government’s action plan to relieve enterprises of red tape introduces more than a hundred measures designed to simplify existing legislation and ensure savings for employers, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts Martina Dalic said on Monday presenting the plan to entrepreneurs in Zadar. Earlier in the year the government adopted […]

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The new tax package is an opportunity to attract investors

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Representatives of economic associations in Kosovo have expressed the urgent need to finalize the new tax package, which among others, also includes tax exemptions and the enlargement of the list of raw materials exempted from customs taxes. According to the head of the American Chamber of Commerce, Arian Zeka, these two points must enter in […]

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Sale of new cars in FYROM sees a decrease

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The sale of new cars in FYROM has seen a decrease due to the constant import of old cars from EU member countries. Association of the importers of new cars has said that their business is falling and that there is no perspective. “Customers ask for cars which are 9 years old or less and […]

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Technical glitch on Romanian side causes 15km queue of lorries at Bulgaria’s Danube Bridge 2

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A technical problem on the Romanian side of the border caused a 15km-long queue of lorries at Bulgaria’s Danube Bridge 2 in the northern city of Vidin on January 22. Bulgaria’s Road Infrastructure Agency ordered restrictions on the movement of lorries on the E79 main road in the direction of Vidin. Because of waiting goods […]

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Kosovo: Dairy industry on the verge of bankruptcy

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The head of the Association of Dairy Products of Kosovo have presented the challenges that the dairy industry faces. According to the heads of this association, domestic milk and dairy products are not being given enough room to penetrate in shops and markets. The head of the Association of Dairy Products of Kosovo, Gani Durmishaj, […]

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If the political crisis continues, there will be a deep economic crisis in FYROM

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In case the political crisis continues in FYROM, then the economic crisis in the country will deepen. This warning comes from the chambers of commerce and economic experts. The head of the Economic Chamber of Northwestern Macedonia, Fatmir Bytyqi says that the long political crisis has its impact in the economy, especially in foreign and […]

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Bulgarian political parties trade barbs over ‘energy crisis’ claims

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Bulgaria’s two largest political parties – Boiko Borissov’s GERB and the opposition socialist party – are engaged in a war of words over the Bulgarian Socialist Party’s allegations that the country is on the brink of an energy collapse and that “power cuts practically already are in effect”. Senior Bulgarian goverment figures are dismissing the […]

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Price of power supply for a number of businesses to increase in Albania

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Some large and medium sized businesses in Albania are expected to face an increase of power supply charges next month. The expected rise for around 80 large businesses that use the 35 kilovolt network is 16%. These businesses have been included in the process of the liberalization of market and from now on they must […]

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BiH ready to harvest the power of Wind

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After many years of negotiations, missed opportunities and attempts to find the right place for a wind farm, which will be the first electric power plant on this energy in BiH, it seems that all problems are finally solved and that the country will begin to exploit renewable sources to produce electric power. The first […]

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Bulgaria, Serbia sign gas interconnector memorandum

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Bulgaria and Serbia energy ministers signed on January 19 a memorandum of understanding on the construction of the interconnector pipeline between the two countries. The document underscored the political will in the two countries to build the pipeline, Bulgarian Energy Minister Temenouzhka Petkova said in a statement. The project was a key component of Bulgaria’s […]

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Albania will turn into an exporter of power supply

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Minister Gjiknuri in Singapore: Invest in Albania During a visit held in Singapore, as part of a delegation led by PM Edi Rama, Minister of Energy and Industry, Mr. Damian Gjiknuri addressed a speech in front of investors in the Forum of Trade and Investments Singapore-Albania. Stopping on the domain of energy, minister Gjiknuri said […]

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20 million euro loan for Albania-FYROM power line

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Albanian parliament has ratified the agreement between Albania and Germany for the funding of the energy line that connects Albania to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. According to this agreement, government of Germany enables the Albanian side to receive a loan from KFW bank at a value of up to 20 million euros. This […]

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Kosovo is awaiting the new thermal power plant

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The postponement of the construction of the new thermal power plant “New Kosovo”, a project which has started over a decade ago, continues to keep “Kosovo A” thermal power plant in use, although this plant has been considered as the biggest environment polluter. Due to its age and inability to reduce pollution levels, the thermal […]

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Price of electric power peaks to EUR 100/MWh on the OPCOM spot market

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The price of electric power on the OPCOM spot market has peaked to RON 449 (EUR 100)/MWh Monday morning, during the interval 9.00h-10.00h, similar to the one on the markets in Hungary, Slovakia and Czech Republic, according to the OPCOM website. The development is the result of the huge increase in consumption in Romania during […]

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Kosovo film “Think Twice” travels to California

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The animated film “Think Twice” by the Kosovar director, Naser Shillova has registered great success during its presentation in 47national and international festivals. This cinematographic project will be presented on 18 and 19 February in the CIFF festival in California, USA. Think Twice is an animated short film. It is a tale that talks about […]

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Restored Idrija smelting plant opens to visitors

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The western town of Idrija, which is home to a UNESCO listed mercury mine, proudly displayed another major piece of its industrial heritage to the public with the launch of a renovated smelting plant. Along with the new visitors centre, the renovated plant houses an interactive exhibition on the development of smelting and mercury mining […]

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“Legends of the city”, unique works by artists from Shkodra are exhibited in Strasbourg

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Albanian art this time reaches Strasbourg in a special selection of different artist from Shkodra, inspired by the legends and the city. These works were part of an exhibition that opened in the past few days in the French city and will remain open for a month. The exhibition “Legend of a castle” contains works […]

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Prominent actor Sefedin Nuredini passes away

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The prominent actor of the theater and film in FYROM, Sefedin Nuredini has passed away in Skopje. The 64 year old actor suffered from a serious illness, while three months ago he played his last show in the Albanian Theater in Skopje. “I will be on the stage until my last day”, had said Nuredini […]

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Kosovo’s comedy “A theater show with 4 actors…” will be shown in Bern

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Kosovo’s successful comedy, “A show with four actors” will be shown in front of the public in Bern, Switzerland in the Sclachthaus theater on 20, 21 and 22 January. Part of the show’s cast are actors Adrian Morina, Ernest Malazogu, Shengyl Ismaili, Shpetim Selmani and musicians Art Lokaj and Drin Tashi. The show was realized […]

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The diva of Albanian music, Anita Take dies at the age of 83

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One of the best singers of Albanian soft music, Anita Take has passed away at the age of 83. Considered as the diva of Albanian music, Anita Take will long be remembered by Albanians for her sweet voice and the love that she passed on to the public. For nearly 55 years, she sang to […]

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Cyprus Chairmanship of the CoE organizes a colloquy on the protection of cultural heritage

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High-level representatives from international organisations and national governments, as well as academic experts, will gather in Strasbourg on 13 January for a colloquy aimed at strengthening cooperation to protect cultural heritage from wanton destruction and preventing the illicit trafficking of cultural goods. Organised jointly by the Cypriot Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the […]

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Vienna concert comes in Tirana

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The Vienna Concert was held for the first time in Tirana on the evening of 2 January. A group of 36 members of the Ensemble of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, which regularly participates in the Vienna Concert, which is held every 1 January, were present last night in the House of Congress in Tirana. Conducted […]

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FYROM eliminated from the world cup in handball

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FYROM’s national handball team has ended the 1/8 stage of the world cup in handball which is being organized in France, after being defeated by Norway 34-24. The first half ended 12-10 in favor of Norway, but the second half was entirely controlled by the Norwegians. The best men for the Norwegian side were Hondal […]

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Pelister defeats Shkendija, Brdaric starts with e defeat

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Pelister football club has defeated Shkendija 2-0 in a friendly match played in Ohrid. Shkendija’s coach, Tomas Brdaric has started his new job with a defeat against Pelister, in a meeting which was lacking captain Ferhan Hasani and right wing defender, Blagoja Todorovski. Pelister scored on the 28th minute with Trifunovski, while the second goal […]

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The Albanian world champion, Ymer Pampuri dies at the age of 73

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Albanian sport will be missing another great sport figure. Ymer Pampuri has passed away following a heart attack at the age of 73. He remains one of the most successful sportsmen in Albania, after winning the only Olympic medal. Ymer Pampuri is the only Albanian sportsman that has won a world champion title. In the […]

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Kosovo to face Albania in the World Cup football qualifiers for women

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Kosovo’s national team will face Albania’s national team in women’s football in the preliminary round of the qualifiers for the World Cup 2019 which will be held in France. After the draw, Kosovo and Albania find themselves in the second group along with Greece and Malta. Thus, 4 mini tournaments will be held with the […]

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FYROM wins again in France

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FYROM’s handball national team has defeated last night Tunisia 34:30 in a match played in Metz, as part of the world championship being held in France. FYROM was the better side on the field since the first half. The best goal scorers were captain Kire Lazarov who scored 12 goals, Dejan Manaskov with 7 goals […]

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FYROM beaten by Slovenian national handball team

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FYROM’s national handball team has conceded its first defeat in the World Cup taking place in France, after losing to Slovenia last night 29:22 in a match played in Metz. After two victories, this is the first defeat for FYROM. The best goal scorers for FYROM were Cyril Lazarov, Stojanco Stoilov and Stefan Drogriski. Meanwhile, […]

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Albania presents its music and culinary in the Stuttgart’s Expo

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Albania is being presented in the Stuttgart’s Fair, Germany, where participants and visitors have been amazed with what this small country in Southeast Europe, not very known to them, has to offer. Albania is being promoted in several dimensions: tourism, culture and culinary. The Stuttgart’s Expo is visited by 250 thousand visitors a week and […]

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Serb football player dreams of playing for Kosovo’s national team

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Serb football player, Demir Avdic from Novi Pazar, is the first player from Serbia who plays in the Kosovo Super League. His arrival in the “Trepca 89” football club has been considered as the most interesting transfer in Kosovo. “Since Kosovo proclaimed its independence, I am the first Serb to arrive here. People in Serbia […]

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Nicosia to host international seminar on countering youth radicalisation

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An international seminar on countering violent extremism and youth radicalisation will take place in Nicosia next week in the framework of Cyprus` Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, which lasts until May 2017. The seminar, entitled “Countering violent extremism and youth radicalisation: using the European Youth Card to promote peaceful […]

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Problems in the healthcare system are a real burden for the pockets of Kosovar patients

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The lack of professional staff and the necessary infrastructure in public healthcare institutions has a great cost for the citizens of Kosovo. In order to receive quality service, they often travel to the countries of the region or the European Union. According to official data, in 2016 alone, the Ministry of Health has allocated 10 […]

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Extreme weather conditions in BiH claim 7 lives since the beginning of the year

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Sarajevo Rescue service found on Monday the man who was reported missing on mount Igman, in the famous winter resort. The report was received at 4 am when the family of the man released that he is not in his room. The rescue mission was tough because the temperature outside was one of extremly law […]

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Informal labour in Albania

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The level of unemployment in Albania in 2016 was 16,9%, meanwhile 37% of employed people work in black According to official data for 2016, in Albania, at least 15.9% of the labour force lacks a job. Meanwhile, 37% of people who have a job, declare their incomes partially or not at all. The figures relating […]

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Aleks Lipe, the first martyr of the religious elite in Albania

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One of the ugliest missions that the communist regime had engaged in was to eliminate religion and its missionaries. Aleks Lipe was an orthodox priest and the first martyr of the religious elite that was killed in Albania. 70 years after he was executed by the communist regime, the figure of father Aleks Lipe was […]

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People take to the streets to protest against pardon, criminal code amendment

Protesters hold banners reading "Corruption kills" and "The Church washes brains and launders public money" during a rally joined by thirty-five thousand people, according to local media quoting the Romanian Gendarmerie, calling for early elections, in Bucharest, Romania, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. Prime Minister Victor Ponta announced the resignation of his government Wednesday following huge protests the day before in the wake of a nightclub fire that killed more than 30 people. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

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President Iohannis temporarily joins the rally About 15,000 people took to the streets in Bucharest on Sunday evening and another thousands in the Romanian big cities, to protest against the Government’s intention to amend the criminal codes and decriminalize the conflict of interests and to table a draft bill on amnesty and pardon. Some TV […]

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Decision on the 8 Turkish military officers to be announced Monday

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The Criminal Department of the Supreme Court is expected to announce the decision concerning the fate of the eight Turkish soldiers, who one day after the failed coup of July 15, 2016 landed by helicopter in Alexandroupolis, on Monday. Conflicting decisions have been issued for the eight Turks by the Athens Appeals Council by three […]

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Officials of the Ministry of Agriculture arrested for abuse with duty

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Police of Kosovo have arrested four people, three of whom are reported to be officials of the Ministry of Agriculture. The three officials are accused of “abusing with duty”. Police of Kosovo say that they have also arrested the owner of “Calabrija” company in Gjilan, on suspicion of “fraud with subsidies”. Law enforcement authorities  say […]

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