The Balkans Archives

  • Bilcik: Military drills with Russia, Belarus ‘not helpful’ for Serbia’s EU path

    Politics 15-06-2021

    The Russian-Belarusian-Serbian military exercise is “not helpful” for Serbia’s EU path, said the European Parliament’s Serbia rapporteur, Vladimir Bilčik, adding that clear “foreign policy choices” would instead help the country advance toward EU membership. “As Serbian diplomacy is seeking EU support …

  • Croatia did not lose 1 billion kuna in recovery plan

    Politics 15-06-2021

    Croatia's government has dismissed allegations made by EURACTIV partner Jutarnji List that the European Commission found an imprecision in the country’s recovery and resilience plan, resulting in the amount allocated to the country being reduced by 1 billion kuna (€133 …

  • Romanian president invites Biden for state visit

    Politics 15-06-2021

    Romanian President Klaus Iohannis who had two short discussions with his US counterpart Joe Biden on the margins of the NATO summit in Brussels, said he invited the US president to visit Romania. Iohannis said after the summit that he had …

  • Bulgaria’s former deputy PM accused of anti-Roma discrimination

    Politics 15-06-2021

    Bulgaria's Supreme Administrative Court (SAC) has found the leader of the nationalist party VMRO and former deputy prime minister Krassimir Karakachanov guilty of discrimination against Roma people. The case arose after two men of Roma origin attacked a Bulgarian native from …

  • US, Albania sign 5G tech coordination agreement

    Politics 14-06-2021

    Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama met Sunday with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Brussels, where they jointly signed the US-Albania agreement on 5G Albanian coordination, Albania Daily News reported. “Thank you [...] for the work we have done …

  • EURO 2020 triggers spat between Athens, Skopje

    Politics 14-06-2021

    After Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias sent a letter to his counterpart Bujar Osmani requesting full and consistent implementation of the Prespa Agreement in response to the logo of the Football Federation of Macedonia (FFM) that features on the national …

  • Slovenian oversight institutions want political pressure to end

    Politics 14-06-2021

    The heads of four independent Slovenian oversight institutions have signed an unprecedented joint statement demanding respect for independent state bodies which they say are being undermined by political pressure and attacks. The statement, signed by the leaders of the Information …

  • Croatian president, foreign minister bicker over NATO declaration

    Politics 14-06-2021

    Some countries do not want the closing declaration of the coming NATO summit in Brussels to mention the Dayton Peace Agreement and Bosnia and Herzegovina's three constituent peoples but Croatia will not agree to that, President Zoran Milanović said on …

  • OLAF uncovers fraud in Ancient city under Sofia project

    Politics 14-06-2021

    The European Commission has allocated €8 million for a project to expose the ruins of the ancient city of Serdica, located in the centre of Sofia, but an investigation from European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) shows that half of these funds …

  • Romania asks Commission to delay recovery plan evaluation

    Politics 14-06-2021

    Romania has officially requested an extension of the evaluation period for the recovery and resilience plan after it received wide-ranging criticism from the European Commission. The Romanian government and Commission representatives decided the two month deadline laid down in the …

  • Huawei plans logistic hub for Central, SE Europe in Slovenia

    Politics 11-06-2021

    Chinese tech company Huawei plans to set up a regional logistic hub in Slovenia for 19 markets of Central and Southeastern Europe, which will necessitate the construction of new warehousing facilities adjacent to the Jože Pučnik Ljubljana Airport. The company said …

  • Russia expels Macedonian diplomat

    Politics 11-06-2021

    “On June 10, the Russian Foreign Ministry invited North Macedonia’s Charge d’Affaires in Russia Olivera Čauševska-Dimovska to hand her a note declaring a North Macedonian embassy official persona non grata,” according to a statement released by the Russian foreign …