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UNMIK Headlines 25 May

By   18 hours ago

• Mustafa: Kosovo committed to European perspective (Bota Sot)
• EU chief in Pristina responds to President Thaci’s criticism (Koha)
• Analysts: Visa liberalisation in 90 days, impossible (Zeri)
• Demolli: Serb representatives had four conditions for army creation (Klan)
• Supreme Court acquits NISMA leader Fatmir Limaj (dailies)
• Yee in Belgrade: U.S. will defend its allies in the Balkans (Koha)
• Vucic: Haradinaj most probably Prime Minister, problems for Serbia (Koha)
• Kosovo man believed killed in Syria (dailies)
• Decision to apply at UNESCO, in hands of new government (Epoka)

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UNMIK Headlines 24 May

By   2 days ago

• U.S. and OSCE call on parties to stop political intimidation (Kosova Sot)
• LDK publishes election ballot (Zeri/Bota Sot)
• Thousands of Kosovo immigrants could be unable to vote (Kosova Sot/RFE)
• Simic: We serve neither Thaci nor Haradinaj (RTK)
• President Thaci: Commissioner Hahn cares only about Serbia (Koha)
• EU diplomats concerned over destruction of Prizren cultural heritage (Koha)
• PAK endorses study report on Trepca’s feasibility (Epoka)

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UNMIK Headlines 23 May

By   3 days ago

• PDK and LDK did not envisage pay raise until 2020 (Koha Ditore)
• Competition is done by political programs not by war or peace wings (Epoka)
• CEC does not extend deadline for Diaspora voters (Koha Ditore)
• Political parties do not respect official terms for election campaign (Epoka)
• IMC bans media from airing election debates (dailies)
• Haradinaj: We will create the army during the first 90 days of work (RTK)
• Thaci in Vienna: We do not seek confrontation with EU (Koha Ditore)
• O’Connell: I would not vote candidates with indictments (Gazeta Metro)

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UNMIK Headlines 22 May

By   4 days ago

Parties don’t heed appeals to ‘clean’ election ballots (Koha Ditore)
PDK and LDK continue to keep their ballots under wraps (Zeri)
Daka: Problems with diaspora voters due to snap elections (Koha Ditore)
Veseli: Elections called because of government’s lack of vision (Zeri)
Kurti presents Vetevendosje’s political programme (dailies)
Haradinaj promises visa liberalisation in three months’ time (Kosova Sot)
Pacolli: With Vetevendosje after elections (Zeri)
“Serbian List would prevent creation of Kosovo’s army” (Lajmi)
Apostolova: Kosovo decides on whether to renegotiate demarcation (RTK)
Thaci travels to Austria to meet President Van der Bellen (RTK)

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UNMIK Headlines 20 May

By   6 days ago

• 26 political entities to participate on 11 June elections (RTK)
• Ymeri: Acceptance of election results depends on their flow (Lajmi)
• Hoyt Yee writes to Arbana Xharra (Lajmi.net)
• The chaotic western Balkans take sudden turn for the better (The Economist)

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UNMIK Headlines 19 May

By   7 days ago

• Hoyt Yee: Kosovo needs a strong leadership (RTK)
• Die Welt: Early elections in Kosovo, games over power (RTK)
• Scott: Kosovo can have its army in the future (RTK)
• Albin Kurti, Vetevendosje’s candidate for Prime Minister (Epoka)
• AAK finalizes election ballot (Kosovapress)
• “I will not vote for corrupt politicians” campaign launched (media)
• OSCE with “monitoring” role in 11 June elections (Koha)
• Kosovo Police arrest two Serb youths on inciting hatred allegations (Bota Sot)

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UNMIK Headlines 18 May

By   1 week ago

“Guns vs. Roses” election battle (Koha Ditore/Epoka e Re)
“War wing” aims over 50 percent of votes (Epoka e Re)
No coalition agreement reached between LDK and Vetevendosje (dailies)
U.S. reiterates: Support uncorrupt candidates (Zeri)
100 observers from the EU will be monitoring elections (Epoka e Re)
IMF advises parties not to promise pay raise during election campaign (Koha)

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UNMIK Headlines 17 May

By   1 week ago

• UN Security Council discusses quarterly report on Kosovo (media)
• PDK, AAK, NISMA reach pre-election coalition (dailies)
• LDK signs pre-election coalition with AKR and Alternative (dailies)
• Kosovo Police mediators asking for bribe to close investigations (Koha Ditore)

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    Opinions View All →

    Tacit Thaci-Vucic ‘Alliance’ Again Outsmarts the West (Balkan Insight)

    By   1 week ago

    Bodo Weber from the Berlin-based Democratization Policy Council writes in an op-ed for Balkan Insight that it is time for the West to come up with a master plan to counter the “feigning commitment” of leaders in Pristina and Belgrade towards the dialogue for normalization of relations. “The frequency of parallel elections in Kosovo and […]

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    What can be expected from Thaci and Veseli? (Zeri)

    By   2 weeks ago

    The paper’s editor-in-chief, Lavdim Hamiti, writes in an op-ed that only “naïve” members of the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) could have believed in the sincerity of their now-former coalition partners, the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK). He says the PDK’s former leader, Hashim Thaci, and the present one, Kadri Veseli, have built their entire […]

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    Kosovo needs a new beginning (EurActiv)

    By   3 weeks ago

    Kosovo Assembly President and leader of the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK), Kadri Veseli, writes in an op-ed ahead of the Western Balkans Six summit set to take place in July that in Kosovo too much time has been spent on the border demarcation with Montenegro and the Association/Community of Serb-majority municipalities which, although agreed […]

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    Missing persons should be the ultimate issue in the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue (Prishtina Insight)

    By   4 weeks ago

    Prishtina Insight carries an opinion piece on the Day of the Missing Persons, by Nora Ahmetaj: As we mark the Day of Missing Persons we have to ask ourselves: has the Kosovo side been determined to solve this issue for the past 18 years? In August 2013, in the capacity of the Executive Director of […]

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    Political and economic interests in media ownership are squeezing Kosovar journalism (Kosovo 2.0)

    By   2 months ago

    Abit Hoxha, a journalism researcher, writes in an op-ed that media ownership in Kosovo is still “very fluid” in terms of who owns what and how this translates into influence on journalism.  On one hand, you have the economic ownership whereby “business owners attempts to utilize media, not only as a business in itself but […]

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    60th EU birthday an incentive for a European Kosovo (Zeri, Klan Kosova)

    By   2 months ago

    Head of the EU Office in Kosovo/EU Special Representative, Nataliya Apostolova, in an op-ed on the 60th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome considered as the first step towards a united Europe, said that this time is an opportunity “not only to reaffirm our commitment to the values and objectives on which the European project […]

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    Unsolicited advice to Vetevendosje on the question of the army (prishtinainsight)

    By   2 months ago

    If the principle is established that the constitution can be breached when there is enough popular and political consensus about it, it will set a dangerous precedent for Kosovo. I address myself to Vetevendosje because talking to the other parties is, I think, pointless. The reason, if you allow me to replace a long explanation […]

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    Brussels’ Balkan approach: Little carrot, broken stick (EurActiv)

    By   2 months ago

    Shpend Ahmeti, mayor of Pristina and member of Vetevendosje general council, writes in an opinion piece for EurActiv that the people of Kosovo are losing patience with EU and are accusing it of prioritising Serbian accession over their own sovereignty. “The question is raised whether the EU still has something to offer to the Western […]

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      Thaci: Kosovo to have stable, pro-European and multiethnic government (RTK)

      By   14 hours ago

      President of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci, said in an interview for Austrian daily Salzburger Nachrichten that he would like to see Brussels more engaged in the Western Balkans region but that he was not expecting any “miracles” from the meeting between the EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and Western Balkans leaders. Asked about visa liberalisation, […]

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      Haradinaj: The border is in Cakorr, and it will remain there (Kallxo.com)

      By   4 days ago

      During the meeting with people of Prizren, candidate of the PDK-AAK-NISMA pre-election coalition, Ramush Haradinaj, spoke about the demarcation of the border with Montenegro. He said that he would not allow having a weak Kosovo that could be held hostage by Serbia, as it happened in the case of Kosovo’s army. “We do not want […]

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      Haziri: We are waiting for CEC to publish the candidates’ lists (Zeri)

      By   4 days ago

      Media speculated today publishing several lists with the names of the candidates for MPs from the LDK-AKR-Alternative pre-election coalition. However, deputy leader of the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) Lutfi Haziri, said these lists are not official. In an announcement for the media, Haziri said that only Central Election Commission can make the lists of […]

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      Kurti: Dialogue with Serbia to be based on reciprocity principle (KTV)

      By   7 days ago

      Vetevendosje’s candidate for prime minister, Albin Kurti, said in an interview with KTV that if elected he would not continue talks with Serbia in the same way as in the past and that he would work on establishing direct talks with Kosovo Serbs. “We would not stop dialogue with Serbia but our government would have […]

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      Two memorandums of cooperation to be signed at CEC (RTK)

      By   7 days ago

      Two memorandums of cooperation will be signed today at the Central Election Commission (CEC). Initially, CEC will be signing a memorandum of cooperation with the EU Office in Kosovo, for monitoring of the early parliamentary elections. Another memorandum of cooperation will be signed between the government of Kosovo and the EU Office in Kosovo. These […]

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      Coalition of Serb political parties and registering on election lists (RTK)

      By   7 days ago

      The leader of the Kosovo Serbs’ Party, Aleksandar Jablanovic, stated that his party has agreed for pre-election coalition with the Active Civic Initiative, led by Vuk Vukojevic, with its base in Mitrovica. Jablanovic stated for Serbian media that the leadership of his party will submit on Friday the list of the candidates for parliamentary elections, […]

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      President Thaci condemns attack on Ambassador Citaku (media)

      By   1 week ago

      Most news websites report that Kosovo President Hashim Thaci has condemned the incident during which Kosovo’s Ambassador to Washington, Vlora Citaku, was pelted with eggs. Citaku had posted on Facebook that she was attacked by an Albanian activist in the U.S., who had called her a murderer because of the death of Vetevendosje activist Astrit […]

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      German Embassy: Government to be formed ASAP after elections (Zeri)

      By   1 week ago

      Representatives of the German Embassy in Pristina maintained a neutral position when asked by the paper to comment on the recent coalitions on the eve of the early parliamentary elections. “The citizens of Kosovo are the ones to judge on the issues of parties and coalitions running for the elections. The German Embassy does not […]

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        Serbian List: One condition – that there is no Kosovo army (media)

        By   13 hours ago

        President of the Serbian List Slavko Simic rejects that Serb representatives had “four conditions for the transformation of the Kosovo Security Forces into an army.” Thus Simic has denied the statement of the outgoing Minister of the Kosovo Security Force (KSF) Haki Demolli, reports Serbian media. Demolli told Klan Kosova TV that the Serbian List […]

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        Office for Kosovo and Metohija: The release of the accused in the “Klecka” case a victory for the few but defeat of all citizens (KIM radio)

        By   14 hours ago

        The Kosovo Supreme Court rejected the prosecutor’s request for protection of legality in the case “Klecka”, confirming an earlier decision to free a group of Albanians suspected of war crimes. The prosecution charged the group of suspects, led by the former regional commander of the KLA in Lapusnik Fatmir Limaj. The process began in 2012, […]

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        Central Electoral Commission confirms Serbian candidates for the forthcoming elections (KoSSev)

        By   15 hours ago

        The Central Election Commission certified candidates of five Kosovo Serbs lists for the upcoming parliamentary elections in Kosovo, says member of CEC Nenad Rikalo for KoSSev. Initially six lists of Kosovo Serbs were registered for the elections in Kosovo – Serbian list, Advanced force of Kosovo, Progressive Democratic Party, and Independent Liberal Party, a coalition […]

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        “Everyone understands we need peace in W. Balkans” (B92)

        By   16 hours ago

        EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini’s informal dinner with prime ministers of the Western Balkan Six was held in Brussels late on Wednesday. All present confirmed their full commitment to continue working for the European Union integration process, as confirmed by the EU at the March 2017 European Council, a statement published on the EEAS […]

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        Rašić: Authorities not to divide Kosovo Serbs (KIM radio)

        By   4 days ago

        President of the Progressive Democratic Party Nenad Rašić says that Belgrade umpteenth time divides Serbs in Kosovo, by supporting a single list. “Serbs should take responsibility for their lives, and representatives of the state should not support one list and further separate the Serbs,” said Rašić. According to him, he never talked to anyone in the […]

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        Serbs in six columns: Political pluralism or disunity? (RTK2)

        By   4 days ago

        Unlike the last parliamentary elections three years ago, when the political representatives of the Serbs appeared jointly in elections, in the scheduled elections on June 11, will participate six Serbian lists, or five political parties and one coalition. Does this means that the Serbs are no longer united, or their separate functioning is going to […]

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        Đurić: Elections of fateful importance for the future of the Serbian people (Danas, N1)

        By   4 days ago

        In Kosovo on June 11 are scheduled elections of fateful importance for the Serbian people in Kosovo and only the Serbian list can guarantee that an army of Kosovo will not be formed, this was said at a press conference after a meeting of representatives of the Serbian List and Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić, writes […]

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        Pristina drops probe into suspected killers of 14 Serbs (B92)

        By   4 days ago

        The Special Prosecution in Pristina has stopped the investigation into all persons suspected of killing 14 Serb farmers in Staro Gracko in July 1999. The Serbs were gunned down from close proximity in this village near the town of Lipljan in Kosovo, while out harvesting their fields. Tanjug reported on Friday that an international prosecutor […]

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          U.S. Envoy Urges Balkan States To Guard Against Russian Influence Efforts (RFE)

          By   14 hours ago

          A top U.S. diplomat on May 24 urged Balkan nations to guard against efforts by Russia to increase its influence in the region and undermine ties with the West. “We, of course, remain hopeful that Russia will play a constructive role in the Balkans, as it has in the past, but we must remain vigilant, […]

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          Kosovo Telecom avoids bankruptcy as partner waives 32 mln euro payment (Reuters)

          By   17 hours ago

          May 24 State-owned Kosovo Telecom has avoided bankruptcy after a Kosovan mobile operator agreed to waive a 32 million euro ($35.78 million) fine imposed over a breach of contract, the companies said on Wednesday. Privately owned Z-mobile won a contract in 2008 to use Kosovo Telecom’s (PTK) network and technology but later took the state […]

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          Journalists Stampede to Join Parties in Kosovo

          By   4 days ago

          The last few weeks have seen a veritable rush of journalists, analysts and civil society activists joining political parties in Kosovo, a month before the snap elections are due to take place. The latest journalist to make the transfer into politics in the country is renowned journalist and chief of Kosovo’s Radio Free Europe service, […]

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          How Kosovo Poisoned America’s Relationship with Russia (The National Interest)

          By   4 days ago

          Washington, DC perpetuated and deepened its Balkan blunder a few years after the Bosnia intervention when it intervened in Kosovo. Civil strife in Serbia’s restless, predominantly Albanian province, simmered and then flared in the mid-and late-1990s. This time, Washington didn’t even make a gesture of deferring to the leading European states, but took the policy […]

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          UN officials concerned over Belgrade-Pristina talks (EurActiv)

          By   7 days ago

          The chief of UNMIK, the UN mission in Kosovo, Zahir Tanin warned of rising tensions in Kosovo and weakening trust between Belgrade and Pristina during Tuesday’s UN Security Council session (16 May). http://www.euractiv.com/section/enlargement/news/un-officials-concerned-over-belgrade-pristina-talks/

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          Russia, West disagree on need to keep UN peacekeeping mission in Kosovo (TASS)

          By   1 week ago

          Russia and Western powers disagreed on the need to keep the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) during a quarterly UN Security Council debate on the situation in the region on Tuesday.http://tass.com/world/946208  

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          Kosovo’s Finance Minister to Run for PM (Balkan Insight)

          By   1 week ago

          Kosovo’s Minister of Finance, Avdullah Hoti, is set to stand as the Prime Ministerial candidate for the  Democratic League of Kosovo, LDK. http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/kosovo-s-finance-minister-to-run-for-pm-05-16-2017

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          Analyst: EU sees Vucic as politician who will deliver Serbia’s recognition of Kosovo (InSerbia)

          By   2 weeks ago

          Struggling against Euroscepticism in Western Europe, the EU is seeking to reinvent itself with expansion to the East that threatens the stability of the Balkans, analyst Igor Pshenichnikov warns. Amid rising Euroscepticism in Western Europe, the EU is focused on eastern enlargement, but its desire to “relaunch” the European project depends on pressuring eastern European […]

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