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Headlines 9 December

By   24 hours ago

• Tahiri: EU says Mitrovica wall should be removed (Koha)
• Media Headlines: EU does not say the wall in Mitrovica will be removed (Koha, Lajmi, Gazetametro)
• Wall in Mitrovica to become an amphitheater (gazetametro.net)
• Selimi: Wall in northern Mitrovica a result of Brussels dialogue (Zeri)
• KLA veterans warn situation could escalate if wall is not demolished (Koha)
• Mustafa: Those who hindered visa liberalisation should be ashamed (Koha)
• Lunacek: Kosovo to fulfill criteria for visa liberalisation (Zeri/RFE)
• Fajon: There is still hope for visas (Epoka e Re)
• NATO confirms eight new activities with Kosovo (Koha Ditore)
• O’Connell: Missing persons issue cannot be negotiated (Koha Ditore)
• Gecaj: Demarcation must be ratified this month (Zeri)

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Headlines 8 December

By   2 days ago

• Partition of Mitrovica fortified (Koha Ditore)
• EU to assess if Mitrovica wall is in accordance with agreement (lajmi.net)
• Rakic: Wall will not be demolished (Zeri)
• KDI: Construction of the wall creates insecurity and fear (Koha Ditore)
• Assembly commission recommends session on Dehari (Kosova Sot)
• O’Connell: I regret that there are still criminals in politics (Telegrafi/RTK)
• NISMA and AKR sign coalition deal in Drenas/Glogovac (Bota Sot)
• Haradinaj: PM Mustafa tried to smuggle demarcation at the Assembly (RTK)
• Eight Kosovo Albanians held on terror charges in Belgium (Telegrafi)

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Headlines 7 December

By   3 days ago

• Five-day campaign for the runoff in Drenas/Glogovac (Epoka e Re)
• AKR will join NISMA at Drenas/Glogovac runoff (Klan Kosova)
• Mustafa to invite opposition experts in territory measurement (Bota Sot)
• International assessment confirms Kosovo’s failure in education (Koha)
• Yagcilar to be appointed ambassador to Ankara (Koha Ditore)
• Palmer: Remove corrupt people from important posts (Zeri)
• Bahtiri: The wall was not part of the project (Klan Kosova)
• Pessimism dominates north of Kosovo (Koha Ditore)

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Headlines 6 December

By   4 days ago

• Runoff elections in Drenas/Glogovac called for 18 December (Koha Ditore)
• PDK’s downfall (Zeri)
• PDK has “understood” Drenas/Glogovac message (Koha Ditore)
• Xhemajlaj: I will win the runoff (Zeri)
• Drenori: I will not support either candidate in Drenas/Glogovac (Epoka e Re)
• Results in Drenas/Glogovac, the will of citizens (Zeri)
• Serbia submits dialing prefix letter to ITU (Koha Ditore)
• Appeals court reduces prison sentence of Slobodan Gavric (dailies)

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Headlines 5 December

By   5 days ago

Drenas/Glogovac to head to runoff elections (dailies)
Mustafa accuses opposition of fighting a false cause with demarcation (Koha)
Mustafa: No one can block Kosovo’s path towards better future (dailies)
Serbs seek to re-introduce Mitrovica border issue in Brussels (Zeri)
Demolli: Mustafa’s visit in the north, historical (Epoka e Re)
Djuric announces visit to Mitrovica (Koha Ditore)
Braathu says that judicial sessions should not be closed (Epoka e Re)

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Headlines 03 December

By   7 days ago

• Mustafa’s presence returns barricades in the north (Koha Ditore)
• More than municipal elections (Koha Ditore)
• Vetevendosje submits alibi for its activists (Koha Ditore)
• Against Veseli’s initiative on Dehari case (Zeri)
• Five individuals hammer coordinator of the Pannell for release on bail (Koha)

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Headlines 2 December

By   1 week ago

• Mustafa calls for free and fair elections in Drenas/Glogovac (Bota Sot)
• Singapore recognises Kosovo’s independence (media)
• Agreement on specialist chambers to enter into force on 1 January (Kosova Sot)
• Agreement on judiciary “ruins” unitary justice system (Koha)
• “Kosovo territory cannot be measured without marking borders” (Zeri)
• Ahmeti: The Union is not an Association (Zeri)
• Parliamentary committee to monitor revitalisation of Ibar Bridge (Insajderi)

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Headlines 1 December

By   1 week ago

• Kosovo with unitary justice system from 10 January 2017 (Epoka)
• CEC asked to allow OSCE access to polls in Drenas/Glogovac (Kosova Sot)
• Ambassadors: Parties to decide on elections (Zeri)
• EULEX: Dehari’s autopsy was correct (Zeri)
• Vetëvendosje: EULEX spoke as a partner of Pronto clan (Epoka)
• FM Hoxhaj speaks of imminent new recognitions of Kosovo (Kosova Sot/Zeri)
• Kajtazi: Theft of prosecutor’s phone was a threatening message (Telegrafi)

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    Trump will not force the Russians to recognize Kosovo (Danas)

    By   5 days ago

    Experts estimate for daily Danas that the election of the new president of the United States, Donald Trump, unlikely leads to a radical change in foreign policy of Russia, including changing attitudes of Kremlin towards Serbia. Commenting on the recent statements of some Ukrainian officials that it is possible that Russia will recognize the independence […]

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    Demarcation, an invented and unjust condition for Kosovo (Koha Ditore)

    By   3 weeks ago

    The paper’s Brussels-based correspondent, Augustin Palokaj, in an opinion piece today writes that the European Commission “looks ridiculous” when trying to justify why they have put the ratification of border demarcation agreement with Montenegro as a condition to Kosovo obtaining visa liberalisation. “In the European Commission’s documents, we can find many evidence that Kosovo is […]

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    What to expect in the Balkans (media)

    By   3 weeks ago

    Gazeta Metro and RTK carry an opinion piece written by the U.S. expert on Balkans, Daniel Serwer. He has written about the situation in Balkans after Donald Trump’s election for the U.S. President. Below find the complete opinion piece: Not much, in the first instance. It has now been a long time since a president of […]

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    The streets, elections, consensus (Koha Ditore)

    By   3 weeks ago

    Publicist Veton Surroi argues in an opinion piece that in the coming days, “we will be hearing increasing calls for the fall of the current government and the end of this governance. The opposition, including civil society, shoulder a burden that is bigger than focusing only on the end of this government. They need to […]

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    I am proud of the role that Britain has played in the Balkans (Koha)

    By   4 weeks ago

    Koha Ditore carries an opinion piece written for the paper by the Foreign Secretary of the Great Britain, Boris Johnson. Below find the complete opinion piece In Pristina, I will discuss with Kosovo’s leaders their thoughts on the country’s future, including normalising relations with Serbia – surely the most important task of all  My first […]

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    “Soft” power of isolation (New Europe)

    By   1 month ago

    By Hashim Thaci, President of Kosovo Kosovo has been in a visa liberalisation dialogue with the EU for nearly five years now, and has been working towards this goal for much longer than that. Its neighbours in the region have all but forgotten what they went through over six years ago, by now so used […]

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    It is the right time to strike a blow at Kosovo’s élite (Koha Ditore)

    By   1 month ago

    The paper carries an opinion piece from Andrea Lorenzo Capussela, who was head of the economics unit of the International Civilian Office in Kosovo and member of the Board of Directors at Kosovo’s Privatization Agency from 2008 until 2011. He has recently published the book “State-building in Kosovo: Democracy, Corruption and the EU in the […]

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    The EU must react to the erosion of democracy in Kosovo (EurActiv)

    By   1 month ago

    The EU helped shape Kosovo’s democracy. It should not stand by as that democracy is eroded by an increasingly authoritarian government, writes Andrea Lorenzo Capussela, author of State-Building in Kosovo: Democracy, Corruption and the EU in the Balkans. After the 1999 NATO intervention, Kosovo became a UN protectorate. In 2008, Washington and the main European powers […]

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      Basha: Building of the wall in Mitrovica, a provocation (gazetametro)

      By   22 hours ago

      The leader of the Democratic Party in Albania, Lulzim Basha reacted to the building of the wall in Mitrovica north, by saying that it represents a provocation coming from Serbia to bring destabilization in Kosovo. He took to Facebook to write that the Democratic Party offers full support to Kosovo population and institutions. “The Democratic […]

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      Albanian FM speaks of Kosovo’s participation in OSCE (Koha)

      By   22 hours ago

      Albanian Foreign Minister, Ditmir Bushari, in his address to the 23rd OSCE Ministerial Council taking place in Hamburg spoke about regional cooperation and Kosovo. “We have made good progress in regional cooperation with Western Balkans countries. There are six countries in this format and we look forward to Kosovo having a seat at this table […]

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      Delawie welcomes NATO letter for Kosovo (Klan Kosova)

      By   2 days ago

      The Ambassador of the United States of America to Kosovo, Greg Delawie, welcomed the letter of the NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to the government of Kosovo. “Welcome NATO Secretary General letter on strengthening interaction, new cooperation & activities with Kosovo. Foundation for deeper NATO ties,” Delawie wrote on his Twitter account.

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      Mustafa on Mitrovica wall: We will not be flexing muscles (RTK)

      By   2 days ago

      Prime Minister of Kosovo, Isa Mustafa, said today with regards to the recently-constructed wall in Mitrovica North that Kosovo’s achievements cannot be measured in relation to a construction of a wall. In a joint press conference with Foreign Minister Enver Hoxhaj, Mustafa said that the wall will be tackled through legal means and that the […]

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      Bahtiri: Works on the wall have stopped (Indeksonline)

      By   2 days ago

      The Mayor of Mitrovica, Agim Bahtiri, told the news site that the works on building the wall in northern side of Iber River have been stopped. Bahtiri also said Kosovo side is cooperating with the European Union to seek answers from Serbia for the construction of this wall. “We are consulting with government officials in […]

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      Hoxhaj hails NATO letter saying it heralds a new stage in relations with Kosovo (Indeksonline)

      By   2 days ago

      Kosovo’s Foreign Minister Enver Hoxhaj hailed today in a press conference a letter the government of Kosovo received from NATO Secretary General saying it opens a new stage in Kosovo’s relations with the alliance. Hoxhaj said strengthening of interaction with NATO will contribute to stability and security in Kosovo. This, according to Hoxhaj, will also […]

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      Vetevendosje calls for extraordinary Assembly session regarding PISA results (Koha)

      By   3 days ago

      Vetevendosje Movement has called for an urgent session of the Kosovo Assembly to discuss the recent result of the survey of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) which ranked the skills and knowledge of 15-year-old students in Kosovo on the 68th place out of a total of 70 countries assessed. Vetevendosje MP Mytaher Haskuka […]

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      Government of Kosovo approves establishment of Western Balkans Fund (media)

      By   3 days ago

      The government of Kosovo has approved proposal for establishment of the Western Balkans Fund designed to act as a cooperation platform between Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) and Serbia.

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        The request for Jablanović’s dismissal adopted in Leposavić/Leposaviq municipality (RTV Mir, Blic)

        By   18 hours ago

        Councillors of the Leposavić/Leposaviq Municipal Assembly have asked the Ministry of Administration and Local Self-Government to dismiss Mayor Dragan Jablanović. At the regular meeting of the Assembly was adopted the request for dismissal, which will be sent to the Ministry of Administration and Local Self-Government in Pristina. Jablanović did not attend the session of the […]

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        Rakić: The wall would be transformed into an amphitheatre (NMagazin)

        By   19 hours ago

        The announcement of the Mayor of Mitrovica north Goran Rakić says that the existing support wall near the Ibar/Ibër River bridge would be redesigned or transformed into an outdoor amphitheatre that will be part of the pedestrian zone in King Peter Street in the northern part of Mitrovica. This was announced after the meeting held […]

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        Serbian list: Conditions not met for the return to the institutions of Kosovo (RFE, Blic, KIM radio)

        By   22 hours ago

        President of the Serbian List Slavko Simić says that conditions are not yet matured enough for the return of the MPs and ministers to the Kosovo institutions, although there is a will and that they are waiting the creation of normal conditions to do so. Simić said this for Radio Free Europe (RFE), adding that […]

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        O ‘Connell: The boycott has not been successful in many cases (KIM radio)

        By   22 hours ago

        British Ambassador to Pristina Ruairí O’Connell believes that the decision of the Serb political representatives to “freeze” their participation in the Government and the Assembly of Kosovo was a mistake, stressing that boycott as a political tool never gave results. British Ambassador in Kosovo Ruairí O’Connell, visiting the show ‘Dogovor’ on RTV Kim, said that […]

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        “Commitment to EU integration, regional stability” (B92)

        By   23 hours ago

        Serbia is strategically committed to EU integration, and its interest lies in regional stability, Serbian First Deputy PM and FM Ivica Dacic said on Thursday. He was speaking at an OSCE Ministerial Council meeting in Hamburg, Germany. First and foremost, we are interested in further development of regional stability through dialogue, peace and reconciliation – […]

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        EU Council, European Parliament reach compromise on visa-free travel for Ukraine, Georgia and Kosovo (TV Most, TASS)

        By   2 days ago

        The Council of the European Union and the European Parliament have come to terms over the mechanism that would allow to suspend visa-free agreements which needed to be done before Ukraine, Georgia and Kosovo could be granted visa-free travel rights, a source in the EU Council told TASS. “Yes, during inter-institutional consultations a compromise has […]

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        The agreement on freedom of movement not sufficiently transparent (KIM radio)

        By   2 days ago

        The agreement on freedom of movement is not sufficiently transparent and in the sense is no different from other agreements reached within the framework of the Brussels dialogue. This was the conclusion at the conference “Transparency: Agreement on freedom of movement, doubts and interpretations” that was held at the Center of civic energy in Mitrovica […]

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        Rakić denies the construction of the wall along the Ibar/Ibër River (KIM radio)

        By   3 days ago

        North Mitrovica Mayor Goran Rakić has rejected claims of the Mayor of South Mitrovica Agim Bahtiri that a wall is being built along the Ibar/Ibër River, that supposedly was not a part of the agreement on the revitalization of the bridge. Rakic says it’s not about wall but the promenade along the river. “All works […]

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          Kosovo Bans Building of Serb Wall in Mitrovica (Balkan Insight)

          By   24 hours ago

          The building of a concrete wall by the Serb authorities on their side of the bridge that ethnically divides the Kosovo town of Mitrovica was ordered to stop after strong criticism by Kosovo Albanian officials. http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/kosovo-serbs-build-a-wall-in-northern-divided-city-12-08-2016

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          Füle: If the EU disengages from the Balkans, others will engage ‘immediately’ (EurActiv, InSerbia)

          By   2 days ago

          Former Enlargement Commissioner Štefan Füle told an audience today (7 December) that if the EU distances itself from the Western Balkans, other geopolitical players will immediately seize the opportunity to assert their influence over the region. The ex-Commissioner, who now works as a special envoy to the Balkans for the Czech ministry of foreign affairs, […]

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          Kosovo citizen charged with participating in terror group (The Washington Post/AP)

          By   2 days ago

          Kosovo prosecutors say they have charged a citizen with participating in terror groups after the person joined fighters from the Islamic State group in Syria. https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/kosovo-citizen-charged-with-participating-in-terror-group/2016/12/07/8120aa2a-bc8a-11e6-ae79-bec72d34f8c9_story.html?utm_term=.83355d4f5455

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          Belgium Arrests Kosovar, Serbian ‘ISIS Supporters’ (Balkan Insight)

          By   2 days ago

          Three people from Kosovo and Serbia are among a group of eight people arrested in Belgium and suspected of links to the outlawed terror group ISIS. http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/kosovo-and-serbia-citizens-arrested-for-isis-connection-in-belgium-12-07-2016

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          Six Balkan Figures Join European High-Flyers’ List (Balkan Insight)

          By   2 days ago

          The six Balkan personalities joining Politico’s list of 28 European movers and shakers include an honest policeman in Romania, the tough-guy President of Turkey, a civic activist in Serbia and a Mayor in Kosovo. http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/six-balkan-personalities-named-to-shape-europe-in-2017-12-07-2016

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          Drenas Setback Signals Trouble for Kosovo’s PDK (Balkan Insight)

          By   4 days ago

          The failure of the Democratic Party of Kosovo, PDK, to win mayoral elections outright in its traditional stronghold of Drenas could result in problems for the ruling party across the country. http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/drenas-setback-signals-trouble-for-kosovo-s-pdk-12-05-2016

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          Serbian Minister Admits ‘Mistake’ Quitting Warsaw Summit (Balkan Insight)

          By   1 week ago

          Ivica Dacic, Serbian foreign minister, said he ‘might have made a mistake’ when he walked out of a joint meeting of Visegrad Group and Western Balkan countries in Warsaw. http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/serbian-minister-says-his-behavior-might-have-made-mistake-12-01-2016

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          Kosovo Town Feels Pre-Election Tensions (Balkan Insight)

          By   1 week ago

          Tensions are growing ahead of local elections in Drenica, the birthplace of Kosovo’s revolution, as the ruling Democratic Party fights to keep power in its stronghold. http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/small-kosovo-city-feels-pre-election-tensions-11-25-2016

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