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Balkan Dams Spell Doom for Europe's Rarest Fish

Up to a tenth of Europe's fish species could be wiped out or decimated by planned hydropower dams in Bosnia, Serbia and Montenegro, according to new research by the University of Graz, the UK Guardian has reported.

Serbian PM attends working dinner in Skopje

The dinner was organized by EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev "for representatives of the Western Balkans as part of the visit of Mogherini to the region."

The topics discussed were European integration, current political and security situation, as well as regional political and economic cooperation, a statement said.

'Albania wants an American military base on its soil'

According to the Albanian Defence Minister, Olta Xhacka who spoke to reporters on Tuesday, Tirana want the United States to set up a military base on Albanian soil, so that the country could counter Russia's influence.

Pioneer Albanian Class Starts in Turkish School

Turkish and Albanian Education Ministers on Wednesday attended a first Albanian class in the village of Halil Beyli at the Alija Izetbegovic Middle School near Izmir, where a significant portion of the residents have Balkan origins.

Albania Offers to Host US Military Bases

Albania's defence minister, Olta Xhacka, has offered US Defense Secretary James Mattis the option of establishing US military bases on Albanian territory, claiming that a US military presence was needed to counter Russian, Chinese and Iranian influence.

Brnabic to attend dinner is Skopje with Haradinaj, other PMs

Tanjug is reporting that it received confirmation of this, and that beside Zaev and Brnabic, the dinner will be attended by prime ministers of Albania, Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina, as well as the Kosovo prime minister, Ramush Haradinaj.

After nod from EU, FYROM pledges new reforms

The prime minister of Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) has promised to press ahead with reforms in the justice system, public administration and anti-corruption arena to bolster the country's bid to join the European Union.

European Commission: Open EU Talks With Albania, Macedonia

The European Commission called on Tuesday for the start of EU accession negotiations with Albania and Macedonia.

"A step forward for the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Albania is a step forward for the entire west Balkans region," said the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini.

EU backs membership talks for Albania, FYROM

The European Commission is recommending that the EU launch membership talks with Albania and FYROM, even as enthusiasm for enlargement of the 28-nation bloc wanes.

The EU's executive arm, which monitors reform progress among countries hoping to join, said Tuesday that the two are on the right path.

EU Should Open Up to West Balkans: European Commission

The European Union must open up to accepting new members from the Western Balkans to avoid the return of war in the region, president of the European Commission said on Tuesday, quoted by Anadolu Agency. 

EU Commission will Recommend Opening Accession Negotiations with Albania and FYROM

The European Commission could recommend on Tuesday opening the accession negotiations for two Balkan countries, Albania and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, New Europe reported.

Skopje and Athens agreed this year to intensify negotiations to end the dispute blocking FYROM's accession to the European Union and NATO.

Mogul Promises New Start for Skopje's Old Fair

The owner of BALFIN Group, Albanian businessman Samir Mane, has said construction of a brand new "town" at the site of the neglected trade fair in the Macedonian capital is poised to start by the end of May, with a 300-million-euro investment.

"Balkans in strategic region for Europe," says EU official

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini addressed reporters ahead of the EU Foreign Affairs Council to announce that this will be "a chance with to exchange views on how to better work with our partners in the Western Balkans for our common security and prosperity."

Syria Strikes Win Support but Raise Concern in Balkans

The strikes on Saturday morning on suspected Syrian chemical weapons facilities by the US, Britain and France attracted support from political leaders in Kosovo, Albania and staunch NATO member Romania.

But in Serbia, the US-led attacks caused some to recall the NATO airstrikes on Yugoslavia in March to June 1999 during the Kosovo war.

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