Kosovo: Vetevendosje Movement wins 58 seats with 49.95% of the vote based on final results
Kosovo's Central Election Commission announced today the final results of the February 14th early elections. According to the results, the Vetevendosje Movement clinched the electoral battle by garnering 49.95% or 438,334 votes, electing 58 deputies. The Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) came in second with 16.9% or148,296 votes, and 19 deputies. It was followed by the LDK with 12.64% or 119,978 votes, and 15 seats. Finally, the AAK with 7.07% and 62,111, elected 8 deputies. No other Albanian party reached the threshold for entering the National Assembly. The remaining MPs who will fill the 120 seats in the National Assembly belong to the minority parties....
North Macedonia: Skopje urges Sofia to pay attention to narrative, avoid provocations
Officials from North Macedonia are calling on Sofia to pay attention to the narrative and avoid provocations. This came after Bulgarian President Rumen Radev's initiative to convene a meeting of the heads of the security services to examine the alleged violation of the right of self-determination of Bulgarians in North Macedonia. In Skopje, they consider these moves non-aligned with the practice of European values, the NATO alliance and the expected close co-operation within the EU, in the context of further strengthening bilateral relations between North Macedonia and Bulgaria. Through its representative Dusko Arsovski, the Government reiterated yesterday its official position regarding talks with Bulgaria, that...
Croatia: COVID passport is discriminatory, says Ostojić
Veljko Ostojić, Director of the Croatian Tourism Association, said on Thursday that the COVID passport was discriminatory. During a guest appearance at the Dobro Jutro, Hrvatska show, Ostojić discussed COVID passports and the vaccination of tourist workers. "First, we need to define what a COVID passport is. In my opinion, if it is a precondition for crossing the border, then it is discrimination. If it is a document that will allow those who have been vaccinated to cross the border faster and easier – I am all in," Ostojić said. Although it is not yet fully defined, the COVID passport is expected to be provided...
Slovenia: NBI carries out large money laundering investigation
A total of 28 house searches were carried out in Slovenia on Wednesday by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in relation to a suspected money laundering scheme worth millions of euros. It unofficially involves tax advisor Rok Snežič and Bosnia and Herzegovina citizen Dijana Đuđić. In addition to Slovenia, house searches were also carried out in Croatia and BiH as a number of BiH citizens are allegedly involved in the case, while Slovenian Rok Snežič was the mastermind. Unofficial information by POP TV reports that Snežič carried out the money laundering scheme with the help of Dijana Đuđić, a BiH citizen known for a...
Albania: Kurti met with Meta and Basha in Tirana
Albanian President Ilir Meta received on Wednesday the leader of the Vetëvendosje Movement, and possibly the new Prime Minister of Kosovo, Albin Kurti. The Albanian President described the meeting with Kurti as fraternal, referring to the topics of their conversation. "Today (yesterday) I had the pleasure of expecting in a fraternal meeting, the leader of the Vetëvendosje Movement, Albin Kurti, winner of the last elections in Kosovo", Meta said. "I congratulate him on his victory, but above all on the excellent electoral process that Kosovo has achieved. We shared many valuable ideas for the overall strengthening of the cooperation between our two countries and the...
North Macedonia: Government receives vote of confidence, in a surprise move by Zaev
In a surprise move Wednesday afternoon, the Prime Minister of North Macedonia, Zoran Zaev, asked Parliament for a vote of confidence in the Government, receiving 62 votes out of 120. In the process, Zaev has somewhat reduced the turmoil in the governing coalition, especially after disagreements in the DUI and the announcements of some smaller parties that they will run independently in Parliament. It was also a blow to the opposition, which did not expect such a move, as it was constantly building its policy with vague claims that the majority was falling apart and that it was going to form a new coalition to...
Serbia: Vučić met with Lajčák
EU Special Representative for Belgrade-Priština Dialogue and other regional issues in the Western Balkans, Miroslav Lajčák, had a meeting with Aleksandar Vučić in Belgrade on Wednesday. President of the Republic of Serbia said on Wednesday, following the talks with Miroslav Lajčák that Serbia is committed to a dialogue with Priština and is ready for its continuation, and that it supports the efforts of reaching a solution without ultimatums and imposed resolutions. President Vučić pointed out that Serbia supports the activities, efforts and intentions of Miroslav Lajčák to reach a solution through a policy of compromise, without ultimatums and imposed resolutions. He also stated that Serbia...
Greece: El-Sisi receives a phone call from Greek Prime Minister
President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi received a phone call from Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis this evening. The Spokesman for the Egyptian Presidency stated that President El-Sisi and the Greek Prime Minister discussed close bilateral relations between the two countries in various fields, especially cooperation in the field of energy and eastern Mediterranean issues. The Greek Prime Minister expressed his keenness to exchange views and hold consultations with President El-Sisi on regional issues of common interest. He stressed the importance of mutual coordination in this regard, especially in the field of energy and the Eastern Mediterranean files, in a way that would contribute to achieving the...
Serbia: Selakovic addresses the Bundestag as he kicks off visit to Germany
Serbian Foreign Minister Nikola Selakovic kicked off his official visit to Berlin by addressing Bundestag's Committee on European  Union Affairs where he said that Serbia, whose foreign policy priority is full EU membership, remains committed to dialogue with Pristina under the auspices of the Union, pointing out however that a major problem with this process lies in the lack of trust. Selakovic stressed that the issue of Kosovo and Metohija is of the utmost importance not only for Serbia, but also for maintaining peace and stability throughout the region. "I am therefore convinced that this issue is also important for Germany, because we have seen...
Gjonaj: EU accession is a state-building process for Albania
"Albania has shown political will and ability to take all necessary measures to meet the conditions of the European Union," Etilda Gjonaj said today. Justice Minister Etilda Gjonaj attended a virtual panel organized by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung together with Katarina Barley, Vice President of the European Parliament and Justice Minister of North Macedonia Bojan Maricik. Gjonaj stressed that at the meeting, "we discussed the mechanisms for ensuring the rule of law in the EU and the candidate countries, as well as the importance of EU support for the region and the European values ​​that we aspire to unite with EU countries." "In this panel, I stressed that...