Tuesday, August 01, 2006

SEEurope news update

BBC News
No Kosovo trade-off for EU membership, says Kostunica
EUobserver.com - 8 hours ago
Serbian prime minister Vojislav Kostunica has said Belgrade will not agree to Kosovo's independence even if this attitude should damage the country's EU prospects. After the first face-to-face meeting between ...
Kosovo: The Power of Compromise Focus News
In pictures: Life in Kosovo BBC News

Serbian minister dismisses war fears on Kosovo
People's Daily Online - 14 hours ago
Serbian Defense Minister Zoran Stankovic dismissed on Monday the war fears on the breakaway Kosovo province although Serbia's ultranationlists have vowed to "fight for Kosovo.". Stankovic said that Serbia's ...
Membership brinkmanship in the Balkans
cafebabel.com - 5 hours ago
For years, we promised to accept the Balkan states’ bid to enter the EU. As politicians slow down the integration process, the region is further destabilised. On the bumpy road to Europe? EU enlargement ...

Turkey and Albania least popular of EU hopefuls
B92 - 3 hours ago
BRUSSELS -- Almost half of Europeans are against Turkey joining the EU, according to a new survey published last Friday. The eurobarometer survey indicates that while 39 percent of European citizens are in ...

Commissioner says Bulgaria has made 'concrete progress'
EUobserver.com - 8 hours ago
EU justice and home affairs commissioner Franco Frattini has praised Bulgaria its recent reform progress ahead of the country's planned accession to the EU next year, but also told Sofia to step up the implementation of reforms. ...
EU ‘optimism’ for Bulgaria EUPolitix.com

Serbia's EU dilemma
B92 - 3 hours ago
BELGRADE -- Pressure to arrest Mladić and Kosovo status talks influence Serbian public opinion and state policy concerning future EU integration. Two of Serbia’s most prominent stumbling blocks in its relations ...

Macedonia: procedure for setting up new Government gets under way
Portalino - 4 hours ago
marcello ha scritto "Macedonian President Branko Crvenkovski is due to appoint the leader of VMRO DPMNE Nikola Gruevski as Prime Minister Designate. The deadline for proposing the new Cabinet make-up by the ...

Albania to ban smoking in public spaces
Albanian Economy News - 8 hours ago
Tirana, 31 July, (AENews) – Government of Albania approved recently a draft-law to bank smoking in public areas like bars and restaurants, Prime Minister’s office announced. The law is intended to lower ...

Water shortages in Croatia hurting tourism
Southeast European Times - 56 minutes ago
Lack of adequate infrastructure is leaving some of Croatia's prime tourist locations without enough water, forcing rationing and driving away visitors. By Kristina Cuk for Southeast European Times in Zagreb – 01/08/06. ...

The Russians are coming - to Montenegro
Sydney Morning Herald - 8 hours ago
Montenegro's first five-star hotel has opened its doors on the outskirts of the Budva holiday resort on the Adriatic coastline. The Russian owners have spared no expense in the luxury refurbishment of the once rundown Hotel Splendid. ...

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