The Balkans

23-09-2021

Russia: Ethnic cleansing continues in Kosovo

The deteriorating situation in northern parts of the “Serbian autonomous province of Kosovo” is extremely worrying, the Russian foreign ministry has said. Kosovo declared independence from Belgrade in 2008, which Serbia and Russia do not recognise. According to the Russian...
23-09-2021

Proposal to initiate procedure to dismiss President Đukanović supported

The Constitutional Committee supported the proposal to initiate a procedure to determine whether current Montenegrin President Milo Đukanović has violated the Constitution. The proposal was supported by seven members of the Committee from the parliamentary majority, while six from the...
23-09-2021

Croatian President says he is also president of Croats in BiH

Croatian President Zoran Milanović has caused fresh controversy as he said he was also the president of Croat citizens of Bosnia-Herzegovina who have Croatian citizenship. Bosnia and Herzegovina has three main ethnic groups – Bosniaks, Croats, and Serbs – and...
23-09-2021

Slovenia’s parliament votes down controversial indecent behaviour legislation

The Slovenian parliament has narrowly voted down controversial amendments that would introduce fines for indecent behaviour when detected by a police officer, with 43 votes in favour and 44 against. Originally, the amendments to the protection of public order act...
23-09-2021

Romania braces for new restrictions

COVID-19 infections are spreading rapidly in Romania and major cities are already preparing to reinforce restrictions, including limiting attendance at events, reintroducing the nightly curfew and possibly even quarantine measures. Timisoara, one of Romania’s largest cities, will enforce a nightly...
23-09-2021

Skopje promises not to call Bulgarians ‘fascist occupiers’

“We will not change the history textbooks, but we will change the term ‘Bulgarian fascist occupiers’,” North Macedonia’s Prime Minister Zoran Zaev has announced as Bulgaria continues to insist Skopje correct its history books. EU Enlargement Commissioner Olivér Várhelyi visited Skopje...
Politics 22-09-2021

Croat president Milanovic meets leaders in efforts to help define electoral law in BiH

Croatian President Zoran Milanović met Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, mainly to discuss the situation in Bosnia-Herzegovina, the president told Croatian TV. The Turkish side just announced that the...
Politics 22-09-2021

Former Serbian PM: Vucic’s politics responsible for everything now happening in Kosovo

The replacement of the status-neutral “KS” Kosovo license plates in North Kosovo was part of the agreement that Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić signed with the Albanians five years ago, and the current situation is a result of Vucic’s politics, former...
Politics 22-09-2021

Centre-left opposition finalises deal on post-election cooperation

Four Slovenian centre-left opposition parties have finalised an agreement on cooperation after the election as they attempt to form a more united leftist bloc to challenge Prime Minister Janez Janša’s Democrats (SDS). The leaders of the Marjan Šarec List (LMŠ),...
Politics 22-09-2021

100,000 suffer from dementia in Croatia with most having Alzheimer’s

An estimated 100,000 people in Croatia suffer from dementia, and 70% of them have Alzheimer’s disease, the most common cause of dementia, doctor Ninoslav Mimica told national news agency Hina on the occasion of World Alzheimer’s Day on Tuesday. Dr Mimica...
Politics 22-09-2021

Sofia wants EU to take its side in dispute with Skopje

Bulgaria expects effective actions from EU institutions to promote the values ​​of democracy and respect for human rights in the Republic of North Macedonia, Bulgarian President Rumen Radev said during his meeting on Tuesday with EU Enlargement Commissioner Olivér Várhelyi....
Politics 21-09-2021

Vučić urges EU to confirm whether Brussels Agreement with Pristina still stands

Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić called on the EU late on Monday to confirm whether the Brussels Agreement on the normalisation of relations between Belgrade and Pristina still stood. He said the seizing of status-neutral “KS” license plates off vehicles in...
Politics 21-09-2021

Romania running out of ICU beds

With the number of coronavirus cases rising over the past weeks, Romanian hospitals are running out of beds in intensive care units (ICUs) for COVID-19 patients. In Romania, 952 COVID-19 patients were in ICU on Monday, the Strategic Communications Group...
Politics 21-09-2021

US increases pressure on Sofia over Skopje’s EU integration

Washington is putting more pressure on Bulgaria, urging it to drop its veto on North Macedonia’s EU integration and quickly approve Skopje’s EU membership negotiating framework. “It is wrong for Bulgaria to use a bilateral dispute to stop North Macedonia’s...
Politics 20-09-2021

US, Kosovo in conflict regarding the gas pipeline

Economy Minister Artane Rizvanolli has said the government needs additional time to decide on building the infrastructure for the distribution of US natural gas. The project has been arranged with Millenium Challenge Corporation, “an innovative and independent US foreign assistance agency...
Politics 20-09-2021

High Representative Schmidt: BiH won’t become centralised

Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), made up of two autonomous entities,  will not become centralised on its EU journey, said Christian Schmidt, currently serving as the High Representative to BiH. “That concern among citizens is not justified and that will not...
Politics 20-09-2021

Pride parade, anti-globalist rally run parallel in Belgrade

As the Belgrade Pride march was taking place on Saturday, several hundred people assembled at an anti-globalist rally in downtown Belgrade, marching through the streets and chanting insults against Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić and Prime Minister Ana Brnabić in front...
Politics 20-09-2021

Slovenia now member of EU Med

Slovenia officially became a member of the club of Mediterranean EU countries henceforth known as EU Med, which has grown from seven to nine members with the inclusion of Slovenia and Croatia at a summit in Athens. Prime Minister Janez...
Politics 20-09-2021

Croatian Ombudswoman: continuous education solution to violence against women

The key to solving the problem of violence against women lies primarily in the continuous education of those applying laws and regulations, gender equality ombudswoman Višnja Ljubičić has said ahead of the National Day of Combating Violence Against Women on...
Politics 20-09-2021

Journalists beaten during illegal logging investigation in Romania

Two journalists and an environmental activist were attacked last week while filming a documentary about illegal deforestation in Romania, Greenpeace has said. They were severely beaten by around 20 attackers, some of whom were later arrested. The equipment and the...
Politics 20-09-2021

Bulgaria launches lottery to stimulate COVID-19 vaccination rates

Bulgaria plans to organise a lottery with prizes for those who have been vaccinated, caretaker Tourism Minister Selta Baltova announced in an interview with Nova TV, when asked if her ministry would consider implementing tourist vouchers for vaccinations as the...
Politics 17-09-2021

Đukanović: Russia tells us EU-NATO is not a good geopolitical choice

The geopolitical vacuum in the Balkans is being exploited by countries like Russia, Montenegrin President Milo Đukanović said during a visit to Zagreb. His Croatian counterpart, Zoran Milanović, said Montenegro is the victim of a lack of interest on the...
Politics 17-09-2021

Slovenian PM urges member states to back Lithuania in spat with China

Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Janša called on fellow EU leaders to back Lithuania in its dispute with China when they meet in Slovenia in early October, saying the country faced “unprecedented and regrettable challenges vis-à-vis China.” China has condemned the...
Politics 17-09-2021

Croatia to enjoy USA Visa Waiver program by end of year

Croatian citizens will be able to travel to the US without a visa as early as the end of this year. Serena Hoy, assistant secretary for international affairs at the US Department of Homeland Security, told Hina news agency that Secretary...