All News from Balkans

Bulgaria's Volleyball Team Defeated by Russia

Bulgaria lost to Russia in a match of the FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship 2014 in Poland.

The team however qualifies for the next stage, ranking third in Pool C with 5 points.

Other teams in the group are Canada, Mexico, China and Egypt.

Sunday's match ended 2:3 (25:20, 25:23, 20:25, 23:25, 11:15), with Bulgaria winning the first two games.

Erdoğan discusses wiretapping, Islamic State threat with Obama

The presidents of NATO allies Turkey and the United States have agreed on a joint roadmap concerning “the parallel structure” which is subject to a widening inquiry into the alleged wiretapping of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, while discussing the threat posed by ISIL militants during NATO talks in Wales.

Free speech a must for joining EU family: Kroes

Turkey should prioritize expanding freedom of speech to achieve improvement in its bid to join the European Union, according to Neelie Kroes, the vice president of the EU Commission.

Main opposition leader: Message by delegates at convention taken

Turkey’s main opposition leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu says he has taken on broad messages given by delegates of the main opposition party during the party’s extraordinary convention, which saw him re-elected as party leader.

Kılıçdaroğlu was speaking to daily Hürriyet after the results of an election for a 60-seat Party Assembly was announced early Sept. 7.


Expecting allies and friends not to allow each other’s anti-government personalities on their territory should not be mixed with judicial cooperation between countries.

Saudi-Qatari rivalry spills onto the football pitch

Unable to persuade Qatari leaders to drop their support for the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist groups, Saudi Arabia appears determined to deprive its tiny neighbor of its regional football supremacy.

Low foreign trade, low growth

Foreign trade indicators from the first seven months show us that the 2014 growth target of 4 percent will be difficult to achieve. 

Griffins and grapes

Courage, chivalry and determination. These are the characteristics of the students sorted out to be a member of the Gryffindor House, one of the four houses at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry Potter and his pals are the foremost Gryffindors, fiercely competing with the rival house Slytherins.

The man who jumped off the bridge

A man jumped off a bridge and some newspapers reported: “Traffic is jammed on the Bosphorus Bridge again.”

A person who works in the newsroom of a TV station tweeted: “To the idiot who jumped off the Bosphorus Bridge: Where are you going with the rights of all these people? Traffic is jammed...”
A man jumped off a bridge.

Muslims, Turkey and ISIL

Muslims all over the world rightly hate to be held responsible for the atrocities committed by some groups or organizations (like ISIL recently) in the name of Islam. Yet, they (in fact, “we”) have the responsibility to engage in an open debate on those issues without seeking refuge in arguments about Islamophobia.

Turks resorting to TV as an anti-depressant

The medium is increasingly the message for Turks as television simultaneously reflects and attempts to inculcate conservatism in the country, according to sociologist Tayfun Acar.

World music to echo in Side

The Side International Culture and Arts Festival, which has been organized for 13 years in Side in the southern province of Antalya’s Manavgat district, will be organized this year with a new name concept.

The event, organized by the Manavgat Municipality, will host national and international artists as the Side World Music Culture and Arts Festival.

Differences between Washington and Ankara

Turks are saying, “There are hostages; my hands are tied.”

Americans are saying, “These manslayers are massacring a citizen of mine every week but we do not stop the operations.”

A few differences between 1939 and now

The Ukrainian army is in retreat on every front. Since Russian regular army units came to the aid of the hard-pressed pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine’s two easternmost provinces a week ago, the tide of battle has turned decisively.