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Albania's Leaders Lock Horns Over New Foreign Minister

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama on Twitter on Thursday condemned President Ilir Meta's refusal to endorse his nominee Gent Cakaj as new foreign minister, calling it "not just unconstitutional but also shameful".

He also issued an apology to Kosovo "about this shame", as Cakaj has citizenship of both Kosovo and Albania.

Do Paris and Hague think South East Europe is Europe?

Kneissl told a press conference summarizing her country's foreign policy in 2018 that she was satisfied with the fact that during Vienna's EU presidency, new chapters were opened in Serbia's and Montenegro's EU accession negotiations.

"We must accept that Greater Albania will be created"

Drecun also pointed out that this will be done "in one form or the other" and that this is being done in order to create a counterpoint to Serbia - a territory that could, with its size, resources and population be able to compete with Serbia.

"Let's open borders between Montenegro, Serbia, and RS"

The initiative by these two opposition politicians in Montenegro is addressed at Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, and the chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia-Herzegovina Milorad Dodik.

Would Macedonian PM open border with Serbia and Bulgaria?

Rama previously said that "besides the border with Kosovo" he wants to also open Albania's borders with Macedonia, Montenegro and Greece.

Zaev stated on Thursday that he would "do the same, because it would benefit the region," the website is reporting.

"I would immediately open all borders," the Macedonian PM is quoted as saying.

"Pristina has taken dialogue 50 steps backwards"

This has been assessed by Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic.

Speaking for Pink TV on Friday in Belgrade, Brnabic pointed out that due to all these decisions of the provisional institutions in Pristina she "does not see any indication of a compromise" - and instead believes that Belgrade and Pristina are increasingly removed from one.

Bus driver arrested after deadly collision with train

Seven people died in the December 21 accident - five immediately, and two more later in the hospital.

The driver, who was injured, was questioned after recovering and put in detention for up to 30 days on December 31, the Basic Public Prosecution in Nis announced on Thursday.

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Albania looking to annex our territory, says Serbian MP

The chairman of the Serbian National Assembly's Committee on Kosovo and Metohija added that this would place a part of the international community that supports Serbia before "a fait accompli."

Drecun, a member of the ruling SNS party, told Serbia's public broadcaster RTS that Albania is doing everything to complete the violent annexation of Kosovo.

Kosovo President Accuses Opposition Leader of Illegal Subversion

At the trial of ten suspected members of 'People's Eye' on Friday, Hashim Thaci accused the leader of Kosovo's main opposition party Vetevendosje, Albin Kurti, and one of its MPs, Glauk Konjufca, of being behind the organisation.

Serbia 56th in Forbes Best Countries for Business list

Slovenia (31) is the top-ranked former Yugoslav state, followed by Croatia (52), with Macedonia (68), Montenegro (72) and Bosnia-Herzegovina (98) ranked behind Serbia.

As for other countries in the region, Albania is in the 74th place, while Hungary ranks 40th, followed by Romania (41), Greece (42) and Bulgaria (46).

Albania PM Axes Seven Ministers After Protests

Prime Minister Edi Rama on Friday axed seven of his 14 ministers after a year of popular protests against government policies.

Rama summoned the National Assembly of his governing Socialist Party in Tirana and insisted that the changes were "not the result of failures".