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A poster relating to the European election campaign at European Parliament in Brussels. Photo: EPA-EFE/OLIVIER HOSLET.

Media Freedom Vanishing in Some Balkan States, Report Warns

Photo: Wikimedia/Narih Lee

The latest report by Reporters Without Borders published on Thursday noted significant declines over the past year in levels of press freedom in Serbia, Albania and Moldova while the situation was improving in North Macedonia, Croatia and Kosovo.

Chinese Visit Raises Croatian Shipyards’ Hopes of Survival

Chinese PM Li Keqiang with Croatian PM Andrej Plenkovic during the 16+1 Initiative Summit. Photo: EPA-EFE/STR

Darko Horvat, the Croatian Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts Minister, said on Thursday that a delegation from "the world's largest shipbuilding industry" will visit the Uljanik and Treci Maj shipyards in Pula and Rijeka.

Bulgarian Vulture Detained for Espionage in Yemen

Vulture marked in Bulgaria became hostage to the Yemeni army. The story begins in the autumn of 2018 when the vulture starts its traditional autumn migration. Flying through Yemen where currently is war conflict happening, though, caught by local people. Once the authorities understand that there is a transmitter, the Griffon Vulture, which is a protected species, is captured. Large-size photography exhibition in open air for EU Summit

A number of 28 large-size pictures showing images from every European Union member state will be exhibited over April 18 - May 16 on the pedestrian street Nicolae Balcescu in the central Romanian city of Sibiu, to celebrate the Romanian presidency of the Council of EU, ahead of the European Union Summit to be held here on May 9, informs a release sent to AGERPRES on Tuesday.

EU Elections a Stage for Croatian Fringe Parties

A host of parties on the right and left of Croatia's political spectrum are using European Parliament elections in May as a way to gain exposure.

Slobodan Milosevic’s Widow Mirjana Markovic Dies

Mirjana Markovic in 2001. Photo: Koca Sulejmanovic/EPA.

Mirjana Markovic, the widow of the former president of Yugoslavia, Slobodan Milosevic, died in hospital in Moscow on Sunday, Serbian media reported.

Markovic is reported to have undergone surgery several times in Russia recently, after which her condition deteriorated. The cause of death was not immediately made public.

Air force lauds Iniohos exercise

Hundreds of aircraft take-offs in and dozens of battle simulations were included in the 12-day Iniohos multinational exercise, which ended at the Andravida base in the Peloponnese on Friday.

Greece joins 16+1 Initiative for regional trade with China

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic on Friday welcomed Greece as the 17th member of the 16+1 Initiative of Central and Eastern European countries plus China at a summit of the initiative on trade held in Dubrovnik.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang sought to allay concerns that it is violating European Union competition rules, pledging to respect standards and fair trade.  

China pledges to increase trade with CEE countries

China pledged on Friday to increase trade with Central European countries and provide more financial support for major cross border infrastructure projects to promote regional cooperation.

China seeks to reassure Europe at Croatia summit

China's prime minister promised Friday that his government will respect European standards and fair trade, seeking to allay concerns that it is flouting European Union competition rules with huge investments on the continent.
Opening an annual summit between Eastern and Central European nations and China, Li Keqiang said "we intend to fully respect European standards."

Jasenovac Camp Victims Commemorated Separately Again

Commemoration in Jasenovac. Photo: Lovorka Sosic.

Despite rain, about 2,000 people gathered on Friday for the annual commemoration of the victims of the camp at Jasenovac, site of an infamous World War II concentration camp run by the wartime Croatian fascist Ustase regime.

Balkan Insight’s Week in Pictures

Members of special police forces from North Macedonia, Albania and Kosovo took part in a joint exercise known as the 'Western Balkans flash,' in the Macedonian capital of Skopje on March 29. Photo: EPA/Georgi Licovski.