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New Balkan drug trafficking route passes through Bulgaria, Romania, says Europol

Major Balkan route for drug trafficking from South America to Europe is no longer passing through Serbia but rather through Bulgaria and Romania, says a report of Europol
July 23, 2014

Vest: German Chancellor part of negotiations over naming dispute

German Chancellor Angela Merkel admitted to being included in the negotiations over the naming dispute between the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) and Greece,
July 21, 2014

Merkel urges Greece and FYROM to settle dispute

The dispute between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) over the latter’s name is a “burden” on Europe, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday as she called for a solution even if it would leave both sides disappointed.
July 15, 2014

Albania cracks down on marijuana production in key southern village

The smoke from burning marijuana plants billowed from a dozen houses on Day Five of Albania's most serious move yet against a southern village, armed to the teeth, that has churned out weed on an industrial scale for more than 15 years.
Reuters: June 20, 2014

Worries grow over Ukraine ‘Yugoslav scenario’

When Russian President Vladimir Putin reclaimed Crimea for Moscow, he called the territory “inseparable” from the motherland.
May 23, 2014

Balkan and Syria nexus

The nexus between the Balkans and especially its Western part with the war in Syria is evident through a web of linkages between various international radical groups, posing great challenges for the local authorities.
Ioannis Michaletos: May 19, 2014

Scores dead, thousands displaced in record Balkans flooding

The worst flooding to hit the Balkans in more than a century has left at least 20 people dead and tens of thousands homeless.
May 18, 2014

FYROM's conservative PM set to win snap election

Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) voters look likely to hand conservative Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski a third term in a snap parliamentary election on Sunday,
Reuters: April 24, 2014

Western Balkans face incoming terrorist threat

The Balkan Jihadist volunteers in Syria pose a real threat for countries such as Albania, with measures to oppose them being implemented.
Ioannis Michaletos: April 6, 2014

Greece, FYROM negotiators to meet at UN on March 26

Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) have arranged a new round of meetings on the name dispute, according to a United Nations announcement..
March 22, 2014