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Juncker: There'll be war in Balkans if EU collapses

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has warned the United States that there would be "war in the Balkans" if the EU collapses.

The website euractiv.com is reporting this, citing Juncker's exclusive interview to the Financial Times during which he revealed details of his conversation with US Vice President Mike Pence, that took place in Brussels on February 20.

Two hurt in explosion in Albanian army base

An explosion that occurred in an army base in Albania on Wednesday resulted in two army personnel receiving light injuries.

The Albanian Defense Ministry announced this on Thursday.

Albania Reforms Senate Caucus to Boost US Ties

Albania is trying to woo important friends in Washington DC at a time when the policies of the new White House under Donald Trump towards the Balkans are still unsettled and unclear.

Albanian Foreign Minister Ditmir Bushati said a press release while on a US visit on Wednesday that the Senate's Albanian Issues Caucus had now been reformed.

Balkan States Linked to Russian Money-Laundering Scheme

Media reports about the massive money-laundering scheme which siphoned $20.8 billion (19.2 billion euros) from 19 Russian banks have named Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, Romania and Bosnia and Herzegovina among the countries where suspicious financial transactions took place.

Kosovo, Albania Give 'Common Market' Call Thumbs Down

EU Commissioner for Enlargement Johannes Hahn's support for the creation of a common market in the Western Balkans, raised during the recent summit of six leaders in Sarajevo, has drawn little enthusiasm in Kosovo and Albania.

EP Adopts Resolution on Bulgarians in Albania

A month ago, the European Parliament adopted a resolution on Albania, which included a text, put forward by Bulgarian MEPs Andrey Kovatchev and Angel Dzhambazki, reaffirming the rights of the Bulgarian population in Mala Prespa, Golo Brdo and Gora.

Kfor commander: Situation in Kosovo stable

BELGRADE - The situation in Kosovo is stable, Kfor Commander Giovanni Fungo said in the wake of a letter to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg from Albania and Croatia, in which they expressed concern over security in the province.

Albania warns FYROM: "Ethnic crisis could have serious consequences for everyone"

Albania on Thursday warned FYROM (Macedonia), where Albanians make up around a quarter of the population, not to try and turn a political crisis into an ethnic one, EurActiv.com reports.

Earlier this month, Macedonia's president, Gjorge Ivanov, refused to give Social Democrat Zoran Zaev a mandate to form a coalition government with ethnic Albanian parties.

More Serbian, Albanian companies want cooperation - PKS head

More and more Serbian and Albanian companies are interested in cooperation, Serbian Chamber of Commerce (PKS) President Marko Cadez has said.

Speaking in Tirana, Albania on Wednesday, Cadez explained that this primarily concerns the farming industry, wood processing, metalworking and the electric industry and tourism, Beta has reported, quoting a PKS statement.

Octogenarian arrested for raping child six years ago

An 81-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday at the Mavromati border station in Thesprotia, northwestern Greece, over the rape of a child six years ago.

The man, an Albanian national, was heading for Albania when he was nabbed by customs officers at passport control after it became apparent that there was a warrant for his arrest.

Montenegro Denies Russian Rocker Escaped from Jail

Montenegro's Justice Ministry has dismissed stories posted on social media by controversial Russian heavy metal bandleader Sergey 'Pauk' Troitsky claiming that he escaped from a jail in Podgorica.

Trotsky, who leads the group Korrozia Mettala, wrote on Facebook on March 6 that he escaped from "a secret underground prison" in Montenegro.

Albania Tops UK List as Modern Slavery Source

Albania is the main supplier nation of potential victims of modern slavery in the United Kindom, according to data from the National Referral Mechanism, NRM, the UK's framework for referring and supporting victims.

Albania supplies the highest number once the number of adult and children potential victims of modern slavery are combined, the NRM explained.

Albania PM Removes Ministers 'To Focus On Election'

Three months ahead of parliamentary elections on June 18, Albania's Socialist Prime Minister Edi Rama announced the departure of four ministers, allegedly to focus on the upcoming election campaign.

Rama named the four as Interior Minister Saimir Tahiri, Health Minister Ilir Beqaj, Youth and Social Welfare Minister Blendi Klosi and Local Issues Minister Bledi Cuci.

President of Kosovo Threatens to Quit

Kosovo's president said on Friday he would resign and force a parliamentary election if lawmakers do not approve changes that would effectively create a national army under a plan opposed by the country's ethnic Serb minority and its NATO and U.S allies, according to Reuters.

Kosovo: Police Seize Huge Haul Of Counterfeit Euros

Kosovar police say they have arrested two men after discovering counterfeit currency valued at more than 2 million euros in the trunk of a car crossing into the Balkan nation from Albania.

The counterfeit bills with a face value of 2.1 million euros ($2.2 million) were found early on March 10 in a bag in the trunk of the car driven by an Albanian citizen, a police statement said.

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