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Merkel Offers Montenegro Help to Fight Corruption

Montenegrin Prime Minister Dusko Markovic said he talked with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Friday about "shortcomings and weaknesses" related to the fight against organised crime and corruption in Montenegro. 

Greek-Albanian border region closely monitored

Despite a 31 percent drop in migrant inflows via the Greek-Albanian border since the beginning of the year, the European Union's border agency Frontex remains on the alert in Ioannina, northwestern Greece. 

Montenegro deploys army to border with Albania

Members of the Montenegrin army have joined police patrols there.

The soldiers have been sent to the Bozaj border crossing, the Montenegrin Ministry of Defense confirmed for the media on Friday, and added the border will be monitored by mixed patrols.

Montenegro to Deploy Troops to Deter Migrants

Montenegro's government has authorised the Defence Ministry to deploy the army to help handle a migrant crisis, granting the military the right to deploy a range of joint patrols with police forces.

Montenegrin PM Heads for First Meeting with Merkel

Montenegrin Prime Minister Dusko Markovic will be hosted by German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday in Berlin, in his first official visit to Germany since he took the post in 2016, with Podgorica's bid to join the EU expected to be discussed.

US, Allies Train for Enemies Big and Small in Bulgaria

U.S. forces on rotation in Bulgaria wrapped up counterinsurgency training that included troops from Serbia, one of Moscow's closest friends in Europe.

Exercise Platinum Lion began July 30 and marks the first large-scale exercise the 1st Cavalry's 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team has conducted in southeast Europe on their deployment.

Piraeus Bank to sell its Albanian unit

Greece's largest lender Piraeus Bank said on Tuesday it had agreed to sell its unit in Albania to Balfin Group and Komercijalna Banka.

The divestment is part of Piraeus Bank's EU-approved restructuring plan to boost its core capital and reduce its foreign exposure.

NATO to Build 1st Air Base in Western Balkans in Albania

BELGRADE (Sputnik) - NATO is planning to build its first air base in the Western Balkans near the municipality of Kucove in central Albania, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama said on Saturday.

"Kosovo will be debated in UN regardless of what UK wants"

He added that Kosovo would surely be debated in the council in the future, Beta agency reported.

Commenting on the decision by the United Kingdom, which holds the presidency of the UN Security Council in August, not to discuss Kosovo in August, Djuric described the decision as a diplomatic mobilization of those supporting Kosovo's independence.

"Essentially - this is Greater Albania idea being realized"

Dusan Prorokovic from the Institute for International Politics and Economy said this on Thursday, adding that the self-proclaimed state and Albania have signed more than ten "bilateral agreements" since 2009.

Croatian Police Accused Again of Brutality to Migrants

No Name Kitchen, NNK, an NGO that helps migrants and refugees in Bosnia and Herzegovina, on Wednesday on social networks accused Croatian police of beating a migrant and documented the claim with a photograph of his injured back.

It said its volunteers were dining on Tuesday in the town of Velika Kladusa when the man arrived and asked them to check his injuries.

"There's no need to ban plastic bags right away"

The minister added that it "turned out there was no need to immediately ban plastic bags, since charging them in big retail chains is producing good results."

Asked whether plastic bags would in fact be banned, Trivan said this was the goal that is being "moved toward," and noted that 30 countries have done it so far.

Djuric: Hoxha is dead, and Albania has no border with Kosovo

Director of the Office for Kosovo and Metohija Marko Djuric reacted in this way on Thursday, adding that the statement of the Albanian minister in charge of the diaspora only served to further aggravate relations in the region.

Croat fans rob gas station, draw fascist symbols/PHOTOS

They burst into the gas station at around 03:00 hours CET, robbed it, and demolished the shelves.

The Interior Ministry (MUP) said that the thieves took "a large quantity of beverages" from the gas station's store, "and left without paying."

"Border between Kosovo and Albania" to be opened - Tirana

"We want to open the border between Albania and Kosovo. The prime minister told me that a decision has been made. Starting on January 1, free movement between Albania and Kosovo began," Majko said.

He stated this on the occasion of the Diaspora Day held in the town of Srbica, in Kosovo.