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Serbian Opposition Sceptical of European Mediation Offer

The Alliance, which comprises a number of centrist, conservative and right-wing parties, indicated it would not go back on a decision confirmed on September 16 to boycott the election.

"Their efforts come too late," Marinika Tepic, deputy leader of the Party of Liberty and Justice, SSP, a member of the Alliance, told BIRN. "This is our final decision."

Munter invites Vucic to Berlin, Merkel calls for the meeting in New York

"I had the privilege of speaking with President Vucic, we discussed the situation in the region in the context of the Berlin Dialogue sponsored by the East-West Institute in December. Many leaders will come and talk about long-standing solutions for the region," Munter said last night for Tanjug.

EU's Tusk: North Macedonia is ready for EU membership talks

European Council President Donald Tusk says North Macedonia is ready to start membership talks with the European Union, following a deal the country reached with neighboring Greece to change its name.
Tusk spoke Tuesday during a visit to Skopje, where he met with President Stevo Pendarovski and Prime Minister Zoran Zaev.

150 Romanian troops participate in Saber Junction 19 exercise in Germany

Approximately 5,400 troops from 16 countries, including Romania, participate over September 3-30 in multinational exercise "Saber Junction 19" (SJ19), which is mostly carried out in the training centres in Grefenwoehr and Hohenfels, but also at the Ramstein Air Base, in Germany, reads a release of the Land Forces Staff on Tuesday.

Strong winds stoking fires, hampering sailing

Firefighters were struggling on Friday to control blazes in Marathon, northeast of the Greek capital, in Hania on Crete and on Chios in the Aegean Sea, amid strong winds and dry conditions.

All three blazes were in remote locations and were not a threat to residential areas, though strong winds were hampering the firefighting effort.

Turkey Appoints New Ambassador to Sofia

For the first time, the post will be occupied by a woman.
Turkey sends new ambassador to Sofia. For the first time in the history of Turkish diplomacy, a female diplomat will occupy the post of ambassador to Bulgaria, BTA reports.

On the V4 - WB Summit in Prague, Brnabic greeted with a bouquet, Pristina absent

Apart from the Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis, as a host of the event, the lunch is attended by the prime ministers of Hungary Victor Orban, Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki, Prime Minister of Slovakia Peter Pelegrini, as well as prime ministers of Western Balkans, among others, Albanian PM Edi Rama, Montenegrin PM Dusko Markovic, and Prime Minister of Northern Macedonia, Zoran Zaev.

Plan to turn lignite plants into energy storage units

The European Commission is examining the possibility of turning Western Macedonia in northern Greece into an electrical energy storage center for the Balkans, in cooperation with the World Bank and companies that are seeking opportunities for the commercial development of unfledged or pilot technologies for energy storage.

Detained North Macedonia Prosecutor Demands Transfer of Cases

North Macedonia's outgoing chief Special Prosecutor, Katica Janeva, who was detained in August 21 as a suspect in the high-profile "Extortion" affair, has been criticised for sending a letter to her colleagues demanding that all their cases be transferred to the regular prosecutor's office.

Intensive Traffic at Borders with Romania, Turkey, Greece and Serbia

Border traffic with Romania, Turkey, Greece and Serbia is intensive, Border Police DG reports.

At the border with the Republic of Serbia, traffic is intensive at the exit for passenger cars.

At the border with Greece, traffic is intensive at the Kulata border checkpoint at the exit for cars and trucks, and at Makaza border checkpoint at the exit for cars.

Northern Macedonia Expects to Receive a Start Date For Talks with the EU

Northern Macedonia expects to receive a start date for talks with the European Union in October, Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov said.

For Reuters, he explained that this step is important so as not to discourage Balkan governments wishing to reform or young people who are otherwise seeking a "European way of life" elsewhere.

Informal meeting between Mitsotakis, Borissov canceled

An informal meeting between Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and his Bulgarian counterpart Boyko Borissov, originally scheduled for Wednesday evening in Athens, has been canceled, state-run Athens-Macedonia news agency reports.
The Bulgarian premier is on a private visit to Athens, the report said.

North Macedonia expects date for EU accession talks in October

North Macedonia expects to get a date for the start of EU accession talks in October and is worried the Balkans region would be discouraged about reform if discussions do not begin, its foreign minister said on Tuesday.