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US, Albania, Welcome Agreement on ‘Trustworthy’ 5G

Albania is the latest country to join the queue in the region for reliable 4G and 5G networks after Prime Minister Edi Rama signed a memorandum with the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Brussels on Sunday.

Without explicitly mentioning the Chinese giant, the agreement likely excludes China's Huawei from the competition.

Serbia has a dangerous plan for Kosovo and the Balkans?

Haliti said that "Serbia's making efforts that no one in the region, neither Croatia, nor Bosnia-Herzegovina, nor North Macedonia, nor other states that were once part of Yugoslavia, can be stable states, and that this was prepared in the Memorandum of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts".

US to Sanctions Individuals Destabilising Western Balkans

US President Joe Biden signed an executive order on June 8 that foresees additional sanctions that target individuals who threaten the peace and security or are engaged in serious human rights abuse in the Western Balkans, the White House announced.

North Macedonia Opposition Threatens More Roadblocks Over Bulgaria Talks

North Macedonia's main opposition VMRO DPMNE party on Wednesday pledged to continue daily roadblocks until the Social Democratic government of Prime Minister Zoran Zaev "comes clean" over its ongoing talks with neighbouring Bulgaria over their history dispute.

Media in the Balkans Are Like Dog That Whines Softly – EURACTIV Conference

Media freedom across Europe needs to be supported, but the situation in the Balkans is particularly deplorable - independent media are at risk and will not survive on their own. These conclusions united the participants of the conference mottoed "Media Freedom in the Balkans", organized by EURACTIV Bulgaria.

North Macedonia Busts Migrant-Smuggling Ring

North Macedonia's police searched 11 premises in the capital Skopje and in the towns of Veles, Stip, Strumica and Valandovo on Wednesday, arresting six suspected members of a migrant-smuggling group.

Three more suspects are still being sought, police said.

Zoran Zaev – North Macedonia’s Fickle Reformer

Zaev's ascent to power can be traced to his starring role in lifting the lid on the corruption, meddling and abuse of power that had become widespread in Gruevski's regime, when the Social Democrat leader began feeding intelligence service wiretaps to the media in a series of sensational press conferences in 2015.

Germany Rekindles Hope of Breakthrough on North Macedonia’s EU Bid

Germany's Minister for Europe, Michael Roth, said on a visit to Skopje that there is a chance of a breakthrough between Bulgaria and North Macedonia that would allow the start of North Macedonia's much-delayed EU accession talks on June 22 in the EU Council.

Tito’s Yugo-Nostalgic Admirers Celebrate Socialist-Era Holiday

People gathered in the Serbian capital Belgrade and the Croatian village of Kumrovec to mark the Socialist-era 'Youth Day', when showpiece events used to be held all across the former Yugoslavia and its leader Josip Broz Tito's birthday was also celebrated.

Russia Tries to Thwart Sofia – Skopje Rapprochement

While Bulgaria is making efforts to improve relations with North Macedonia, the Russian embassy in Skopje issued a message that could only be seen as a provocation in Sofia.

24 May is celebrated in several countries, including Bulgaria, Russia and North Macedonia, as the day of the Saint Brothers Cyril and Methodius and of the Cyrillic script.

Bulgaria, North Macedonia Presidents Pay Homage to Slavic Saints

North Macedonia's President Stevo Pendarovski and his Bulgarian counterpart, Rumen Radev, are traveling this week to Rome to pay joint tribute to Sts Cyril and Methodius, the ninth-century missionaries and founders of the first Slavic alphabet, who were sanctified there in the 19th century.

FMs of Slovenia, Austria, Czechia point to role of EU enlargement to W Balkans

Tirana – The foreign ministers of Slovenia, Austria and the Czech Republic, Anže Logar, Alexander Schallenberg and Jakub Kulhanek, stressed the role of EU enlargement to the Western Balkans as they met senior Albanian officials in Tirana on Sunday, a day after visiting neighbouring North Macedonia.

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