(ANSA) - MOSCOW, JAN 16 - Urging Serbia to choose between Russia and the European Union is a ''provocative'' attitude and is due to a ''colonialist'' way of thinking. That is what Serghei Lavrov, Russia's foreign minister, said at a press conference. ''It's necessary to overcome this logic, we favor…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, JANUARY 16 - The OTE group, Deutsche Telekom's subsidiary in Greece, has entered an agreement to sell its entire majority stake in Telekom Albania for 50 million euros, the specialized portal SeeNews reported today. According to a corporate media release, the share will be acquired…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, 16 GEN - The number of new passenger cars registered in Romania last year increased by 23% in a comparison with 2017, data from the Romanian car construction association ACAROM show, local media reported. However, the number of registered used cars remains much higher than the one…
(ANSA) - TIRANA, JAN 15 - The ministerial meeting of the CEI countries will take place in Trieste in June, Italy's foreign minister Enzo Moavero Milanesi announced today in Tirana, where he is making a state visit. ''I chose to make this announcement in Tirana as a sign of friendship'', Moavero said.…
(ANSA) - ROME, JAN 15 - Italy's foreign minister Enzo Moavero Milanesi is today in Tirana, the Foreign Ministry reports, underlining in a press release that ''Albania and Italy, in addition to geographical proximity, share historic bonds of culture and friendship. For reasons of political, economic…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, 15 GEN - Four European Union countries, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Bulgaria, have registered a very high percentage of pensioners at risk of poverty, much above the EU average of 14.2%. According to new Eurostat data, released today, in 2017 the proportion of pensioners at risk…
(AP-ANSA) - FRANKFURT - Germany's economic growth eased to 1.5 percent last year amid signs of a wider global slowdown, though the figures suggest Europe's largest economy at least escaped a feared recession in the fourth quarter. The figure announced Thursday by the government statistics agency was…
(ANSA) - BRUSSELS, 14 JAN - "We expect Serbia to act in line and in consistence with its EU commitment to regional cooperation and stabilisation," an EU spokesperson said today referring to Vladimir Putin's forthcoming visit to Belgrade. The Russian President will pay visit to Serbia on Thursday 17th,…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, 14 GEN - Serbia and Russia will sign an agreement worth 230 million euros for the Serbian transport and infrastructure sector, the Serbian minister of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure Zorana Mihajlovic anticipated today, the news agency Beta reported. The contract concerns…
(ANSA) - ROME, JAN 14 - In Greece, Alexis Tsipras's government is faltering. Panos Kammenos - leader of the rightwing nationalist party, ANEL, and coalition partner - resigned as defence minister after Macedonia finally approved a constitutional reform to change its name to 'Republic of Northern Macedonia',…
(AP-ANSA) - WARSAW - The popular liberal mayor of the Polish port city of Gdansk died on Monday after he was stabbed during a charity event the evening before by an ex-convict who stormed on stage and said it was revenge against a political party the politician once belonged to. Pawel Adamowicz, 53,…
(AP-ANSA) - TIRANA - Albania's prime minister says he will take over the foreign ministry himself after the country's president refused to accept his nominee for the post. Edi Rama on Monday tweeted that he will keep the post, and also threatened to take President Ilir Meta to the Constitutional Court.…
(AP-ANSA) - THE HAGUE - A court in The Hague has summoned a small group of former Kosovo freedom fighters for questioning about their roles in the 1998-99 war of independence. The orders to appear in The Hague haven't been confirmed by the prosecutor preparing cases for the court, who declined to be…
(AP-ANSA) - ATHENS - Greece's conservative defense minister, who leads the junior partner in the country's coalition government, resigned Sunday over the Macedonia name deal, which he opposes. Panos Kammenos announced his resignation after meeting with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Sunday morning.…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, 12 GEN - Thousands of people turned up in the Serbian capital Belgrade tonight for the sixth peaceful opposition protest against president Aleksandar Vucic and his ruling Progressive Party. Demonstrators criticise the policies of the government and the control on the media by the…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE - The New York Times, in its Travel section, has included three locations from the Balkans and Eastern Europe - Zadar, the Tatra mountains and Plovdiv - on a list of the '52 Places to Go' in 2019. The daily recommended the Croatian city of Zadar and the nearby islands. The Dalmatian…
(AP-ANSA) - SKOPJE - Macedonia's parliament has approved constitutional changes to rename the country North Macedonia, under a deal with neighboring Greece that will clear the way for Macedonia to join NATO and potentially the European Union. All 81 lawmakers present voted in favor of the constitutional…
(ANSA) - BUCHAREST, JAN 11 - Romanian premier Viorica Dancila, who met today in Bucharest with the EC president Jean-Claude Juncker at the official start of the first half of Romania's EU presidency, gave reassurance that her country is willing to continue its European path. ''In today's meeting with…
(ANSA) - BRUSSELS, JANUARY 11 - As for spending on research and development, Slovenia's companies play a lead role in the EU, accounting for 75% of the country's total investment in this field. Eurostat reported, pointing out that, since 2007, Slovenian companies have increased by 15% their spending…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, JANUARY 11 - in 2016, Poland was the country in the European Union that registered the highest use of alternative fuels, other than petrol and diesel, for private cars, official data show. According to Eurostat, the percentage of alternative fuels was 16% in Poland, followed by Lithuania…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, JANUARY 11 - The Sarajevo International Airport has handled more than one million passengers in 2018, a 9.2% increase year-on-year and a new annual record for the Bosnian airport, for the first time surpassing the million-passengers quota, local media reported. The Sarajevo airport…
(ANSA) - BRUXELLES, JANUARY 10 - Albania opened the procedures to form the new Special Prosecution Office against Corruption and Organized Crime (SPAK) in the country. "Prosecutors have a chance to provide their decisive input to the fight against corruption and organised crime by applying to become…
(ANSA-AP) - BUCHAREST, JANUARY 10 - The chairman of Romania's ruling party, who has clashed with the European Union over the government's approach to fighting high-level corruption, is expected to miss events Thursday marking Romania's six-month presidency of the bloc. Liviu Dragnea, Romania's most…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, JANUARY 10 - The Simon Wiesenthal Center has urged the Croatian authorities to ban a book that "denies that mass murders of Serbs, Jews, Roma and Croatian anti-fascists were carried out in the notorious Jasenovac concentration camp" during World War Second. In a statement, Efraim…
(AP-ANSA) - SKOPJE - Macedonian lawmakers are entering the last phase of debate on constitutional changes to rename the country North Macedonia as part of a deal with neighboring Greece to pave the way for NATO membership. Lawmakers of the center-right opposition are to boycott the plenary session starting…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, JANUARY 9 - The World Bank has lifted its economic growth forecasts for 2019 for five countries in the Balkans and Eastern Europe in its 'January 2019 Global Economic Prospects' report. Albania's GDP is expected to grow by 3.6% in 2019, 0.1 percentage points higher than the previous…
(ANSA) - BRUSSELS, JANUARY 9 - EU Commissioner for Migration, Dimitris Avramopoulos, answered to a question presented on September 6 by 22 MEPs - including Elly Schlein (Possible/S&D) - on the difficult situation of migrants stuck at the border between Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia. "The Commission…
(ANSA) - WARSAW, JANUARY 9 - "Italy and Poland will play a key role in the new Europe, with less finance, less bureaucracy and more attention to families and security". This is what Italy's Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said at a press conference with his Polish counterpart. (ANSA).
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, JANUARY 9 - Last year, 2018, was the warmest year in Hungary since records began in 1901, the Hungarian National Meterological Service (OMSZ) announced. According to the preliminary climate assessment of OMSZ, in 2018 the national average temperature registered in the country was…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, JANUARY 8 - Almost 65% of Bulgarians support an upcoming protest of Bulgarian truck drivers against the so-called EU 'mobility package I', related to the road transport sector in the European Union, scheduled for January 10 in Brussels. According to a survey of the agency Exacta Research…

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