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Albanian Novelist Explores a Kosovo Boy’s Nightmares of War

Several years later, he would become the youngest witness to testify at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in the trial of Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic, giving evidence about what his forces did that day in Gjakova/Djakovica.

Kapllani was deeply affected by his meeting with the boy in the Tirana hospital.

Federica Mogherini: The Future of the Balkans in the EU Must be a Priority

Federica Mogherini reminded the European public that support for European integration in the Balkans is enormous, reported NOVA TV. 

Prior to the start of the EU summit in Sibiu, EU foreign policy and security chief Federica Mogherini sent a message to the European public about the importance of integrating the Western Balkans into the Union.

EU Leaders Keep Enlargement off Agenda in Sibiu

Weeks ahead of European Parliament elections that will see the formation of a new Commission, EU leaders adopted a Declaration on Thursday at the close of the European Council summit in Sibiu, Romania, emphasizing the bloc's main directions for the next five-year cycle.

Vucic: They're saying impossible things, others are silent

"They are saying impossible things and have accustomed the whole Europe to that," the Serbian president said in Tirana after his meeting with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini late on Wednesday.

"Serbia is small, not stupid. Albanians spit in EU's face"

He added that while Belgrade talks about compromise and dialogue, Pristina and Tirana are looking for ways to create Greater Albania - an expansionist nationalist project at the expense of Albanians' neighbors - and do it under the table.

OTE Q1 core profit slightly down, Romania hurts

Greece's biggest telecoms operator OTE posted a 0.9 percent drop in first-quarter core profit on Thursday as weakness in Romania outweighed growth in its home market.

North Macedonia’s Fugitive Former Leader Publishes Book

While the authorities in North Macedonia seek his arrest and extradition from Hungary, the country's fugitive ex-prime minister, Nikola Gruevski, has said he intends to release a new book, based on his PhD, at the ongoing Skopje Book Fair.

Greek FM raps Tirana after removal of bilingual signposts

Foreign Minister Giorgos Katrougalos on Monday warned that Greece will take legal recourse if the interests of ethnic Greeks in Albania are in "any way" compromised, following a decision by Albanian authorities to remove bilingual signposts from ethnic Greek villages in the area of Finiki.

BIRN Fact Check: Is Serbia Among Europe’s Fastest Growing Economies?

Speaking at an event organized by the ruling Serbian Progressive Party in Belgrade on May 4, Serbian Finance Minister Sinisa Mali said that Serbian GDP grew last year by 4.3 per cent.

The minister said this "has put Serbia among the [top] 10 economies of Europe in terms of GDP growth, and means we no longer compete with countries in the region".

Skopje is Expecting Pope Francis Who Arrives There Tomorrow

Tomorrow morning Pope Francis will travel from Bulgaria to Northern Macedonia. About the moods in Skopje in the expectation of the Holy Father tells Eliana Dimitrova, journalist from the BNT. 

Tomorrow at noon at Macedonia Square in Skopje Pope Francis will serve the Holy Mass. About 15,000 people are expected to attend, not only from Macedonia, but from Croatia, Albania, Kosovo.

"Give Serbs in Albania better education opportunities"

Sarcevic pointed out that the meeting focused on way to improve the learning opportunities for the Serb minority in Albania, the Ministry of Education announced on Monday.

Albania Army Officer Accidentally Killed in Latvia

Zarife Hasanaj. Photo courtesy: Ministry of Defence of Albania

"The incident occurred during a training mission," Bardhyl Kollcaku, a brigade general in the army told the media.

Zarife Hasanaj, 32, was part of a team participating in the Enhanced Forward Presence mission, a major NATO operation in Eastern Europe designed to encounter security threats from Russia.

"Abolishing taxes and changing borders ruled out"

At the first press conference after the Berlin summit, the Kosovo prime minister assessed that the "Berlin summit stabilized the region" and that the Paris summit in early July would be "a meeting of teams for the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina, which will be exclusively dedicated to this process."

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