The Balkans Archives

  • Zagreb mayor forms ruling coalition

    Politics 17-06-2021

    Newly appointed Zagreb Mayor Tomislav Tomašević from the left-green platform We Can! (Možemo!) has established a ruling coalition with the Social Democratic Party (SDP, S&D) at the City Council.  SDP's Mayor candidate Joško Klisović remains the opposition's party candidate for the …

  • Bulgaria will not lift its veto on Skopje’s EU talks

    Politics 17-06-2021

    The meeting of the General Affairs Council, scheduled for 22 June in Luxembourg, is expected to see Bulgaria maintain its current position on the negotiating framework for the accession of North Macedonia to the EU. The general affairs council will …

  • Croatian President: Reference to Dayton was opposed by other EU states

    Politics 16-06-2021

    The reference to the Dayton agreement in NATO's communique following its summit earlier this week was opposed by Germany, Italy and some other Western countries, Croatian President Zoran Milanović said on Tuesday (15 June), adding that possible changes in Bosnia …

  • German, Serbian companies criticise corruption in Serbia

    Politics 16-06-2021

    Serbia must do more to battle corruption and crime, representatives of the German-Serbian Chamber of Commerce (AHK Serbia) said on Tuesday (15 June) in Belgrade. German and Serbian companies operating in the country are also threatened by demand, a labour …

  • New justice minister appointed

    Politics 16-06-2021

    Slovenia has a new justice minister, Marjan Dikaučič, after his predecessor resigned in late May over the government's decision to suspend the appointment of Slovenia's members of the European Public Prosecutor's Office (EPPO). The 39-year-old Dikaučič is new to politics and …

  • Romania’s vaccination campaign shudders to a halt

    Politics 16-06-2021

    Romania is far from reaching its self-imposed targets for vaccination and has even started closing vaccination centres due to low demand. By Tuesday (15 June), fewer than 4.6 million people in Romania received at least one dose of a COVID-19 …

  • Bulgaria will lose 25% of its population by 2040

    Politics 16-06-2021

    Bulgaria has the fastest declining population in the world, and the population will decline by a quarter by 2040, according to a study by the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and Sofia University. Bulgaria's population is projected to plummet from close …

  • 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 …

  • Croatian football federation says why players did not take the knee

    Politics 11-06-2021

    Croatia’s football federation (HNS) explained in a statement the reason why the national football team players opted not to go down on one knee and bow before last Sunday’s friendly match with Belgium, but instead stood still to demonstrate their …

  • Negative EU feedback on Romania’s Recovery plan

    Politics 11-06-2021

    The European Commission has criticised multiple parts of Romania’s recovery and resilience plan, mainly because of unjustified costs or missing information about the projects, EURACTIV’s media partner HotNews reported. According to the report, the Commission’s experts and the government representatives …

  • EU chief prosecutor says 6 missing delegated prosecutors not ‘up for discussion’

    Politics 11-06-2021

    The agreement with the Bulgarian Prosecutor’s Office for the appointment of 10 delegated European prosecutors is still in force and the issue is not up for discussion, the EU’s new Chief Prosecutor Laura Kövesi was quoted as saying Thursday by …

  • Albanian President Ilir Meta impeached

    Politics 10-06-2021

    Albania's parliament has dismissed President Ilir Meta for “serious violations” of the Constitution during the April electoral campaign with 105 MPs in the 140-seat parliament voting in favour of Meta’s dismissal, while seven voted against, and three abstained. “Ilir Meta has …

  • Mladic tells son to protect Republika Srpska

    Politics 10-06-2021

    Convicted war criminal and former general of the Republika Srpska (RS) Army, Ratko Mladić, spoke to his son Darko Mladić after his life imprisonment sentence for genocide in Srebrenica and other crimes in Bosnia and Herzegovina was confirmed on Tuesday, …