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Social Media a Help and Hindrance in Balkan Coronavirus Fight

Serbia has no confirmed cases of coronavirus yet, but on Tuesday a WhatsApp voice message began doing the rounds on social media claiming several people had already died from the virus in the capital, Belgrade.

"Doctors are strictly forbidden to talk about the virus," the woman is heard saying on the message, which was published on several Serbian news portals.

North Macedonia confirms first case of coronavirus

North Macedonia has confirmed its first case of the coronavirus infection, diagnosed in a woman who recently returned home from Italy, the health minister said on Wednesday.
"The patient tested positive for coronavirus... She is the first patient in North Macedonia to have tested positive for this pathogen," Venko Filipce said, adding that the patient was in a stable condition.

Spanish Police Charge Balkan Football Agent With Financial Crimes

Media reports say the manager of Serbian Real Madrid football player Luka Jovic, and his associates, have been charged with money laundering and offences against the public purse in Spain. 

Abdilgafar Fali Ramadani, the German-born Macedonian manager of Jovic, oversaw his transfer from Eintracht Frankfurt to Real Madrid for 60 million euros in 2019. 

The second case of coronavirus confirmed in Croatia

The brother of a boy, who was diagnosed with coronavirus yesterday after returning from Milan where he and his girlfriend were at the Champions League game, got infected, "Jutarnji list" reports, citing Minister Beros' confirmation.
The girl was confirmed to be negative for the coronavirus.

The EU Decides within Days whether to Start Membership Talks with Tirana and Skopje

The foreign ministers demanded rapid integration in the Western Balkans.

Within a few days, the EU will decide whether to start membership talks with Northern Macedonia and Albania. This was made clear during a meeting between the foreign ministers of Greece, Bulgaria, Croatia, Slovenia and representatives of the European Commission in Thessaloniki.

Future of Western Balkans lies in Europe, Greek FM tells conference

"The Western Balkans are an intrinsic part of Europe and the European Union's enlargement policy is its most powerful tool for ensuring stability and security in the region," Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias told a high-level conference in the northern port city of Thessaloniki on Monday.

Torched Effigy of Gay Couple Causes Outrage in Croatia

The Croatian President, government ministers, LGBT rights groups and the Ombudsperson on Monday all condemned the burning of an effigy of a kissing same-sex couple and their child at a Dalmatian carnival, calling it a hateful act. The image was torched at Sunday's traditional carnival in the small town of Imotski in the Dalmatian Hinterland.

Greece’s neighbors and EU expansion

The foreign ministers of European Union candidate countries in the Western Balkans will meet in Greece's northern port city of Thessaloniki on Monday. The foreign ministers of EU members Croatia (which currently holds the bloc's rotating presidency), Romania and Bulgaria will also be present.

Bulgaria - One of the EU Countries with the Highest Shares of Total Revenue from Environmental Tax

In 2018, environmental tax revenue in the European Union (EU) totalled €324.6 billion, a 3% increase in nominal terms from the previous year and 49% higher than in 2002, Eurostat reported.

Energy taxes accounted for the largest share (77.7%) of the EU's 2018 environmental tax revenue, followed by transport taxes (19.1%), and pollution and resource taxes (3.3%).

Croatia Airlines Launches Bulgaria-Croatia Direct Flights from May 1st

From May 1, 2020, direct flights between Bulgaria and Croatia will begin. They will be operated by the Croatian national airline Croatia Airlines.

Flights between the capitals of the two countries, Sofia and Zagreb, will be operated three times a week between May and the end of October 2020. Tickets are already being sold online, according to the Foreign Ministry press service.

University Pumps Fresh Blood into North Kosovo

Some 40 per cent of the entire student body comes from outside Kosovo, with some 30 per cent hurdling the border/boundary from central and southern Serbia, from towns such as Kragujevac, Kraljevo, Valjevo, and Niš. Then there are Serbs from both Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, respectively, or students from Montenegro and the Republic of North Macedonia.

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