(ANSA-AP) - MOSCOW, APRIL 18 - The presidents of Russia and Estonia have sat down for talks at the Kremlin for the first time in nearly a decade. Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid arrived in Moscow on Thursday to hold talks with President Vladimir Putin. Putin told Kaljulaid in opening remarks that…
(ANSA) - MILAN, APR 18 - The solution of Saipem's negotiation with Gazprom could arrive "in a short time, maybe even very short", said the company's CEO Stefano Cao, presenting quarterly data to local media. "Obviously - he explained - after such a long dispute, the process is quite complex and is going…
(ANSA) - ROME, APR 18 - In Germany, the phase of weakness in the manufacturing sector continues. The PMI reported by Ihs Markit in April rose to 44.5 points from 44.1 in March. The figure did not meet the expectations of economists, who forecast a rise to 45 pts, and remained below 50, that is below…
(ANSA-AP) - BELGRADE, APRIL 17 - Serbia on Wednesday sought to secure a greater Russian role in European Union-mediated talks with the former province of Kosovo, which could further strain the Balkan country's relations with the West. Serbia's Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said after meeting his Russian…
(ANSA-AP) - KIEV, APRIL 17 - The Ukrainian Security Service says that it has arrested seven Russian nationals who it says have been plotting attacks in Ukraine. Ukraine's intelligence agency, which is also known as the SBU, said Wednesday that two of the seven men claim to work for Russian intelligence…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, APRIL 17 - German companies operating in Croatia are disappointed by the business climate in the country, a survey of the German-Croatian business association revealed, local media reported. According to the survey, only 54 percent of German companies currently in Croatia said that…
(ANSA) - STRASBOURG, APR 17 -''We have never had regrets over membership since we joined the EU'', Latvia's prime minister Krisjanis Karins said at the plenary session of the European Parliament, giving his speech on the future of Europe. Karins underlined that ''the EU is a union of values, freedom,…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, APR 17 - According to Slovenian president Borut Pahor, the EU enlargement to the Western Balkan countries is very important and should be considered a geopolitical issue, which is crucial to guarantee security in this region. Speaking at an international conference held in Sarajevo…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, APR 17 - The tenth edition of the Sarajevo Business Forum 2019 opened in the Bosnia capital on Wednesday, local media reported today. The Forum, organised by Bosnia Bank International (BBI) and the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) will host around 2,000 officials, investors and delegations…
(ANSA-AP) - BERLIN, 17 APR - The German government has slashed its 2019 economic growth forecast for the country for the second time this year and is now predicting growth of only 0.5%. Wednesday's forecast halves the 1% estimate the government presented in late January, when it cut its forecast from…
(ANSA-AP) - BERLIN, 16 APR - A German comedian has lost a court case against Chancellor Angela Merkel's description of a crude poem he wrote about Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as "deliberately hurtful." Amid tensions with Turkey over a TV satire poking fun at Erdogan, Jan Boehmermann read…
(ANSA-AP) - BERLIN, 16 APR - An index of investor sentiment about Germany bounced higher in April, adding to the contradictory signals about the strength of Europe's largest economy. The ZEW index published Tuesday rose for the sixth straight month, to plus 3.1 from minus 3.6 in March. The German economy…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, 15 APR - The population in Bulgaria, including the working age one, decreased in 2018 in a comparison year-on-year. New data recently made public by the Bulgarian National Statistical Institute (Nsi) show that the population in Bulgaria reached the 7,000,039 persons at the end of…
(ANSA-AP) - FRANKFURT, APRIL 15 - German prosecutors have indicted former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn and four others on charges of fraud and unfair competition, saying he failed to prevent manipulation of engine software that let Volkswagen cars cheat on diesel emission tests. Prosecutors in Braunschweig…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, APR 15 - Kosovo's president Hashim Thaci said he believes an agreement with Belgrade is possible this year. In an interview published by the British newspaper Guardian, taken up by the Serbian media, Thaci said, however, that has no plans to lift tariffs on Serbian goods (increased…
(ANSA-AP) - BERLIN, APR 15 - The German government is dismissing talk of a stimulus package for Europe's biggest economy as growth slows amid international trade tensions and one-off factors at home. A prominent lawmaker in the governing coalition had raised the possibility of a stimulus program and…
(AP-ANSA) - BELGRADE - Thousands in Serbia protested again Saturday against populist President Aleksandar Vucic as riot police deployed inside the country's parliament, saying they wanted to prevent the opposition from storming the building. The protest in central Belgrade in front of the parliament…
(ANSA-AP) - ZAGREB, 12 APR - Jewish, Serb, anti-fascist and Roma groups came together Friday to commemorate the victims of a World War II death camp in Croatia, boycotting upcoming official ceremonies for the fourth year in a row over what they say is government inaction over neo-Nazi sentiments in…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, APRIL 12 - Poland, Bulgaria and Hungary are the EU member countries that recorded the highest increases in the industrial production in February 2019, compared to the same month of 2018. According to new Eurostat data made public today, the production in Poland increased by 6.8% year-on-year,…
(ANSA-AP) - BERLIN, 12 APR - German Chancellor Angela Merkel has praised the "very close relations" her country has built with Ukraine over recent years as she welcomed beleaguered President Petro Poroshenko to Berlin shortly before Ukrainian voters decide on their next leader. Polls show Poroshenko…
(ANSA) - ZAGREB, APR 12 - The summit between China and the countries of Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans began today in Dubrovnik (Croatia), the so-called '16 +1' format. The meeting will focus on economic cooperation and the development of common projects, within the framework of the Chinese…
(by Stefano Giantin) (ANSA) - BELGRADE, 12 APR - The University of Southampton has announced an important archeological discovery in the Balkan peninsula. A team of archeologists has revealed the first example of Palaeolithic figurative cave art ever found in the region. Some red marks on the walls…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, 11 APR - Romania could register this year a record of exports, surpassing the 70 billion euros threshold, according to a study of the agency Moneycorp, the specialised portal Business Review reported. "In 2018, the Romanian economy exported goods and services of over EUR 67.7 billion,…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, 11 APR - Hourly labour costs in several EU countries in Central- and Eastern Europe significantly increased between 2017 and 2018, according to the new Eurostat data made public today. For EU members states within the euro area, the largest increases were recorded in Latvia (+12.9%),…
(ANSA-AP) - KIEV, 11 APR - A new public opinion poll shows comedian and political neophyte Volodymyr Zelenskiy with an enormous lead over the incumbent in the campaign for Ukraine's presidency. The poll released by the Reiting survey group found Zelenskiy with 61% support and President Petro Poroshenko…
(ANSA-AP) - BELGRADE, 11 APR - Construction of infrastructure such as power plants, mobile networks and bridges is booming throughout cash-strapped countries in central and eastern Europe thanks to Chinese funding, which has the European Union scrambling to counter Beijing's mounting influence. Croatia…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, 10 APR - The British company Mineco is planning to invest around 3.2 million euros in the development of a lead and zinc mine near Srebrenica, in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the specialized portal SeeNews informed today. "The investments will be focused on equipment and facility improvements…
(ANSA-AP) - WARSAW, APRIL 10 - Middle school students in Poland took important exams Wednesday even though a nationwide teachers' strike entered its third day, forcing exam authorities to ask for help from retired teachers, religion tutors and those not on strike. The exam in humanities for around 350,000…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, APR 10 - In Serbia, on the eve of a large protest of the opposition, the army said it would not allow any coup attempt. ''The Army's message to everybody, in the country and abroad, is that the military is not and will not be a tool to overthrow the legitimate authorities in Serbia,…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, 10 APR - The situation in Kosovo is stable and under control, said the KFOR commander, Italian major general Lorenzo D'Addario, who also invited political representatives of the various parties to be careful and show and a sense of responsibility when they make statements. ''My assessment…

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