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Merkel’s Balkan Farewell More than Just Symbolic

Germany's credibility was always high in the Western Balkans, much of it due to Merkel, whose Germany has been crucial to shaping the debate on EU enlargement to the region.

However, in order to maintain this credibility, the next German government will have to adapt to new challenges and circumstances pertaining to the region.

Most Balkan Countries Cheer Olympic Medal Scores

Several countries in the Balkans improved their Olympic scores or achieved even more notable successes at the Tokyo Games, with athletes responsible for the medals taking the centre stage in national celebrations.

Football Club’s Disputed Sell-Off Exposes Rot in Albanian Sport

A month later, the privatisation of the century-old Vllaznia, beloved by the people of Shkodra, is bogged down in legal wrangling, claim and counter-claim concerning the transparency and fairness of the auction process.

North Macedonia Seeks Austrian Footballer’s Punishment for ‘Ethnic Insult’

North Macedonia's Football Federation on Monday asked UEFA to harshly punish Arnautovic, an Austrian player of Serbian descent, for directing an ethnic insult at a player of ethnic Albanian origin from North Macedonia's team.

The federation said it "strongly condemns the nationalist rant of the Austrian representative".

Rama’s Election Win Cannot Bridge Albania’s Divisions

Albania's Socialist leader is savouring his unprecedented third election victory in a row, but his embittered opponents - convinced they lost an unfair race - won't easily be reconciled.

Turkey's opponents in 2022 World Cup quals unveiled

The Turkish National Football Team's opponents in the European Qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup were revealed on Dec. 7. 

Turkey will play against the Netherlands, Norway, Montenegro, Latvia and Gibraltar in the European Qualifiers Group G.

The draw was held in Zurich, Switzerland via videoconference amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Kosovo and Albania Ponder Unified Basketball League

Elvira Dushku, the secretary-general of the Kosovo Basketball Federation, said on Tuesday that the basketball governing bodies in Pristina and Tirana are discussing ideas for a potential league merger.

"For many years, we have discussed the creation of a common league at our meetings, but intensive discussions have started since last year," Dushku said.

Albanian, Kosovo Football Chiefs Plan Joint Cup Honouring Saint

Albania's governing football body, the FSHF, together with Kosovo's Football Federation, the FFK, has filed a request to UEFA to form a joint a new joint football competition named after the Catholic saint of Albanian origin, Mother Teresa. It will be called the "Mother Teresa Cup". 

Kosovo Teacher Probed for Turkish Military Salute with Pupils

The Ministry of Education said on Tuesday that it is looking into the incident at a school in the southern town of Prizren after the photo taken of the teacher and pupils holding a Turkish flag and saluting - an alleged tribute to the Turkish troops currently engaged in military action in Syria - went viral on social networks in Kosovo.

Football: Romania to host 2021 UEFA European Under-19 Championship

After analyzing the candidacy file of the Romanian Football Federation (FRF), the UEFA Executive Committee, which had a meeting in Ljubljana (Slovenia), announced its decision to have Romania as the host of the 2021 UEFA European Under-19 Championship, reads a press release of the FRF.

Mitroglou out, Sokratis in for Greece

Greece will miss talismanic striker Costas Mitroglou in its key clash with Bosnia on Tuesday due to his injury in the game at Liechtenstein, but at least it will welcome back captain Sokratis Papastathopoulos.

Mitroglou picked up a leg injury that is ruling him out of the game at Zenica, so coach Angelos Anastasiadis has called up Panionios striker Fiorin Durmishaj to replace him.

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