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UNMIK Headlines 26 May

By   5 hours ago

• EU also sees radical Islam in Kosovo as a threat (Koha)
• Kosovo wants new format for dialogue with Serbia (Lajmi/Tribuna)
• Tahiri in Brussels to discuss telecom issue (Zeri)
• Prime Minister Mustafa reprimands Minister Marić (Koha)
• Minister Tahiri meets UNOPS Under-Secretary-General Faremo (Koha)
• Demolli: Armed forces do not present a threat to neighbours (Epoka e Re)
• Orthodox Monastery should foster good relations with Albanians (Kosova Sot)
• Kosovo and FRONTEX sign agreement on border management (Zeri)
• Mulaku: Serbs demolished their own homes (Zeri)

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UNMIK Headlines 25 May

By   1 day ago

• PDK nominates Hoxhaj, Kuçi, Koci to Mustafa-led government (Koha)
• Demarcation to be sent to Assembly soon (Zeri/RFE)
• Veseli: Border demarcation should not hinder visa liberalisation (Telegrafi)
• Government doesn’t give in to the conditioning for Association (Epoka)
• Government offered opposition ample alternatives on demarcation (Epoka)
• Stojanović: We are ready to discuss about Armed Forces (Zeri)
• Constitutional Court’s decision could lead to interethnic tensions (Telegrafi)

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UNMIK Headlines 24 May

By   2 days ago

• Çollaku: Demarcation must be ratified by July (dailies)
• Government coalition proposes roundtable for demarcation (Epoka e Re)
• Selimi: Serbian soldiers came as usurpers and were killed as such (Insajderi)
• Deçan/Dečani residents say they will not respect Court’s decision (Koha)
• O’Connell: Foreign investors should be supported (Epoka e Re)
• Justice Minister, under the ambassadors’ microscope (Zeri)
• Serwer: One thing not to worry about (media)
• Privatisation agency asks RTK to release its premises (RTK)
• LDK branch head in Germany sues party leader (Bota Sot)
• UK troops failed to protect Kosovo citizens, court hears (Lajmi/The Guardian)

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UNMIK Headlines 23 May

By   3 days ago

• Ruling coalition partners with differences on demarcation (Koha)
• Vetëvendosje announces new protest acts (Zeri)
• Tahiri: Association/Community, when Serbia fulfils some conditions (Zeri)
• Mustafa: We are on the way of establishing armed forces (Epoka)
• Stojanović: Serbian List continues to oppose armed forces (Koha)
• Selmanaj: The Constitutional Court should withdraw its decision (Epoka)
• Historians call for resignation of Constitutional Court President (Kosova Sot)
• How Kosovo was turned into fertile ground for ISIS (NYT/Koha)

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UNMIK Headlines 21 May

By   5 days ago

• Constitutional Court decides in favour of Deçan/Dečani Monastery (Koha)
• Deçan/Dečan historians announce protests in front of Constitutional Court (Koha)
• Haliti: Demarcation issue must be solved, visa liberalisation can wait (RTK)
• Abrashi: Draft-law on Armed Forces to be sent to Assembly soon (media)
• Hyseni: Interpol to decide on Kosovo’s membership in June (TV21)
• EU ministers discuss visa liberalisation for Kosovo and other countries (dailies)
• Kosovo imam jailed for ten years for aiding Islamic State (dailies)

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UNMIK Headlines 20 May

By   6 days ago

• Mustafa: Demarcation to be ratified before visa liberalisation vote (dailies)
• Veseli: Serbian List should reflect, the Army of Kosovo will be formed (RTK)
• Opposition wants renegotiation of border demarcation agreement (dailies)
• Ymeri: Border demarcation agreement should not be sent to Parliament (RTK)
• Mustafa: EULEX to leave space for action to local authorities (Koha)
• US and UK plan on ‘closing down’ UNMIK (Lajmi)
• Hoxhaj elected PDK deputy leader (RTK)
• Ukë Rugova indicted over visa fraud (Koha Ditore)

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UNMIK Headlines 19 May

By   1 week ago

• Thaçi: KSF ready to transform into KAF (RTK)
• Veseli welcomes news from the U.S. (Epoka e Re)
• Tahiri: Kosovo Armed Forces to be established this year (Kosova Sot)
• Thaçi: Agreement on demarcation will be ratified (Zeri)
• Haliti: Dialogue the only option for demarcation (Zeri)
• Lekaj: We will not back down from our requests (Zeri)
• AAK: We are not getting close to PDK (Epoka e Re)
• Kosovo Assembly discusses expulsion of Albanians from the north (Koha)
• Selimi appointed national coordinator of Millennium Challenge office (Koha)

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UNMIK Headlines 18 May

By   1 week ago

• Hahn: Demarcation, pre-condition for visa liberalisation (Zeri)
• Hahn: Unite in European integration journey (dailies)
• Thaçi commends the political leaders’ meeting (Zeri)
• Ymeri expresses discontent with visa liberalisation criteria (Bota Sot)
• EU does not want EULEX mandate to be time restricted (Koha Ditore)
• First meeting of SAA committee ends with joint statement (Kosova Sot)
• Lunacek seeks compensation for victims of sexual violence (Kosovo Sot)
• Increased requests for Kosovo documents in the north (Zeri)

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    We can help Kosovo become fertile ground for religious pluralism (JTA/RTK)

    By   1 day ago

    Opinion piece by Joshua M. Z. Stanton Kosovo is a “newborn” country, a majority Muslim state that fought for its independence from Serbia only eight years ago. Yet it has erected a Holocaust memorial outside its parliament, elected a female president, held pride parades in support of LGBTQ rights and supported the building of a […]

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    Serwer: One thing not to worry about (media)

    By   2 days ago

    Several media have picked up an opinion piece written by Daniel Serwer, US expert on the Balkans, following an article published in The New York Times about radicalization in Kosovo. Below is the full text of Serwer’s piece. Yesterday’s front-page New York Times piece on radicalization in Kosovo is every diplomat’s nightmare: a well-written, prominent […]

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    On the economy we need (Koha Ditore)

    By   6 days ago

    In his regular column, Lumir Abdixhiku writes for Koha Ditore that the entry into force of the Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) represents a new economic momentum for Kosovo, despite the views from few skeptics. The reforms set out in the agreement, not only regulate a new economic and trade relation between Kosovo and the EU, but they […]

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    No alternative to “Kosova e Re” power plant (Zeri)

    By   1 week ago

    Economy columnist Ibrahim Rexhepi argues that Kosovo’s economic development should rely on energy produced through the coal reserves while renewable energy resources could be used as an added value in increasing the level of energy stability. One thing needs to be clear, writes Rexhepi, and that is that coal will be the primary source of […]

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    Coal Plant Modernization: The Best Energy Option for Kosovo (Zëri)

    By   1 week ago

    Anthony B. Kim is Research Manager of the Index of Economic Freedom and Senior Policy Analyst for Economic Freedom in the Center for Trade and Economics, of the Institute for Economic Freedom and Opportunity, at The Heritage Foundation. Katie Tubb is a Policy Analyst in the Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies, of the Institute for Economic Freedom and Opportunity.

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    About quarrelsome politics (Kosova Sot)

    By   1 week ago

    When Brussels officials come to inspect the progress in Kosovo, they face two completely different points of view, writes the paper in today’s editorial. The first is the government’s version of how things stand which represents an exaggerated truth and depicts the leadership as fighting corruption and standing up for civil rights. The second version […]

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    The Western Balkans powder keg again, protests to continue (B92)

    By   1 week ago

    Saturday’s protests in the Republika Srpska, Kosovo, and FYROM ended mostly peaceful and all political actors were satisfied by it. However, bearing in mind that continuation of the protests were announced, we explored whether the Western Balkan is again the powder keg. Balkan pot or a powder keg. The names are different but for a long […]

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    Border demarcation would not have to be related to visas (Koha Ditore)

    By   1 week ago

    Augustin Palokaj writes in his weekly column for the paper that while the news of visa liberalization for Kosovo is good, it should be received with caution as it is difficult to give an exact estimate of when the visa regime will actually be lifted. According to Palokaj, on one hand, there is no predictability […]

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      Articles from Kosovo media View All →

      Mustafa: We welcome EU help on the war against corruption (Gazeta Express)

      By   6 mins ago

      The Prime Minister of Kosovo, Isa Mustafa, said today that the European Union is welcomed to help Kosovo on the war against economic crime. “Kosovo has made significant steps in the war against corruption, terrorism and other phenomena,” Mustafa said. He made this statement at the launching of the joint project of the Office of […]

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      Deçan/Dečani Assembly calls decision of the Constitutional Court illegal, shameful and discriminating (Koha)

      By   24 hours ago

      Municipal Assembly of Deçan/Dečani held today an extraordinary meeting regarding the decision of the Constitutional Court on the properties around Deçan/Dečani Monastery. Both the coalition government and opposition assessed that except for being illegal, shameful and discriminating for Deçan/Dečani citizens the decision of the Constitutional Court among other issues, impedes economic development of this city. […]

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      Thaçi: Kosovo at the forefront of fight against terrorism (RTK)

      By   1 day ago

      President of Kosovo, Hashim Thaçi, hailed the Kosovo Assembly pro-vote to the draft law on preventing funding of terrorism. He said the law is aimed at preventing the citizens of Kosovo from joining wars in foreign territory. “The fact that not a single case of people from Kosovo joining foreign wars has been recorded in […]

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      Court in northern Mitrovica to reopen in autumn this year (RTKLive/RFE)

      By   1 day ago

      The president of the Kosovo Judicial Council, Nehat Idrizi, told Radio Free Europe that the Basic Court in northern Mitrovica is expected to become operational by beginning of September this year. According to Idrizi, this court will function according to Kosovo laws. He said the vacancy for recruiting staff is already open, but stressed that […]

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      Kosovo legislators pass draft law against funding of terrorism (Koha)

      By   1 day ago

      Kosovo Assembly members approved today, for the second time, the draft law against money laundering and funding of terrorism. The law was passed with 58 votes in favour, none against and seven abstentions. Chairman of the Kosovo Assembly’s budget and finances commission, Naser Osmani, said that the draft law needs to be supplemented again following concerns […]

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      Two Serbs accused for Rrezalla massacre of 1999 (Koha)

      By   1 day ago

      The families of the victims of the Rrezalla massacre submitted to the Special Prosecution in Pristina an indictment against two former members of the Serb forces – Ljubisa Diković, former commander of the 37th motorized brigade of the Yugoslav Army, and Dejan Ranđelović, commander of the 2nd battalion of the 37th motorized brigade of the […]

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      EULEX prosecution requests four month extension of Azem Syla’s detention (Gazeta Express)

      By   2 days ago

      EULEX prosecution has requested extension of the detention for Azem Syla and the others, for four more months. Tome Gashi, lawyer of the former MP, Azem Syla, said that according to the prosecutor, there are reasons for the extension of the detention, being that allegedly there is still danger from escaping, impediment of the criminal […]

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      Meha: I am ready to speak about demarcation findings (Lajmi.net)

      By   2 days ago

       Xhavit Haliti, MP from the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK), proposed for the next meeting of the Commission for European Integrations to invite the Government Commission for the border demarcation with Montenegro in order to be informed on the manner that this commission functioned. Head of the Government Commission for the border line between Kosovo […]

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        Serbian Dečani/Deçan – The new Albanian revolt (KoSSev, Sputnik)

        By   29 mins ago

        The announced protests of Albanians, because of the restitution of land of the Dečani monastery, could raise ethnic tensions, also might radicalize the differences between the Albanian parties, which could directly affect the Serbian community in Kosovo. Media in Pristina are full of headlines on the decision of the Constitutional Court of Kosovo about the […]

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        Assembly to decide on census in the north (RTK2)

        By   1 hour ago

        Draft Law on Census in four municipalities in northern Kosovo should be on the agenda of the next parliamentary session, while the census should be organized by the end of 2016. The majority of MPs, including the MPs of the Serbian List, voted to postpone discussion of the law for the next session, when elected […]

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        Ministers discuss return to Mušutište and Mitrovica North (KIM Radio)

        By   3 hours ago

        Return to settlements ‘Mušutište’ in Suva Reka/Suharekë and ‘Brdo’ in Mitrovica North was discussed at the third session of the Inter-ministerial Commission for Return yesterday in Pristina. The chairperson of the working group, Minister for Communities and Return Dalibor Jevtić, said that he expects both proposals to be adopted, what would contribute to resolving problems […]

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        Journalists’ associations request annulment of election of RTK2 director (TV Most)

        By   3 hours ago

        Association of Journalists of Serbia (UNS) and Association of Journalists of Serbia in Kosovo requested from the RTK board of directors to annul the decision on election of the RTK2 (channel in Serbian language) director, because the elected candidate is not meeting the criteria provided by the Law on RTK. Nikola Krstić, who was elected […]

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        Dialogue in Brussels at expert level on Thursday (Blic)

        By   23 hours ago

        The Belgrade-Pristina dialogue will be continued at expert level in Brussels on Thursday, the Serbian government Office for Kosovo and Metohija announced. The two-day discussions will be held at the European External Action Service headquarters, with the agenda to include all open issues from past discussions between Belgrade and Pristina. Belgrade’s delegation will be headed […]

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        Margallo: Spain will never recognise Kosovo (Tanjug)

        By   23 hours ago

        Spain supports the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Serbia and it will never recognise Kosovo’s independence, Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel García-Margallo said on Wednesday. This year marks the centenary of the diplomatic relations between Serbia and Spain, where Spain’s support for Serbia’s territorial integrity is a crucial pillar, Margallo said after a meeting with […]

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        Simić and O’Connell: The A/CSM is not a threat (KIM radio)

        By   1 day ago

        UK Ambassador to Pristina, Ruairi O’Connell and President of the Serbian List, Slavko Simić discussed the current issues and problems in Kosovo. The Assosiation/Community of Serb municipalities does not represent a threat and implementation of the agreements is of general interest, they agreed. As announced by the Serbian List, O’Connell pointed out the need for […]

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        Appeal filed with CAS over UEFA decision to admit Kosovo (Tanjug)

        By   1 day ago

        The Football Association of Serbia (FSS) has filed an appeal with the Lausanne-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) over a decision by the European football’s governing body UEFA to admit the Football Association of Kosovo as its member despite the fact that it does not meet the requirements set out in the UEFA statute. […]

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          A Reporter Returns to Kosovo, 15 Years Later (NYT)

          By   1 day ago

          Times Insider delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how news, features and opinion come together at The New York Times. In this article, Carlotta Gall, a reporter in Pakistan and Afghanistan, shares the personal back story to her recent news analysis of how Kosovo has changed since she set eyes on it in 1999. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/24/insider/a-reporter-returns-to-kosovo-15-years-later.html?_r=0

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          Kosovo Public Broadcaster Ordered Out of HQ (Balkan Insight)

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          The Kosovo Privatisation Agency has given an ultimatum to the country’s public broadcaster, RTK, to leave the building it is using within five days, alleging that it is there illegally. http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/kosovo-public-broadcaster-under-privatization-agency-threats–05-24-2016

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          UK troops failed to protect Kosovo citizens, court hears (The Guardian)

          By   2 days ago

          Widows of two men and wife of abducted surgeon sue MoD, saying soldiers did not adequately investigate crimes http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/may/23/uk-troops-failed-to-ptotect-kosovo-citizens-court-hears

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          Foreign Investors Content in Kosovo, Survey Says (Balkan Insight)

          By   2 days ago

          A survey of 250 foreign entrepreneurs in Kosovo suggests that while most of their businesses are doing well, they want reforms to strengthen the rule of law as well as political stability.  http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/foreign-investors-content-in-kosovo-survey-shows-05-23-2016

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          How Kosovo Was Turned Into Fertile Ground for ISIS (NYT)

          By   3 days ago

          Every Friday, just yards from a statue of Bill Clinton with arm aloft in a cheery wave, hundreds of young bearded men make a show of kneeling to pray on the sidewalk outside an improvised mosque in a former furniture store. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/22/world/europe/how-the-saudis-turned-kosovo-into-fertile-ground-for-isis.html

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          Veseli Gets Chance to Reshape Kosovo Ruling Party (Balkan Insight)

          By   6 days ago

          A long-term senior member and, until recently, deputy president of the party, the chairman of the Kosovo Assembly and former chief of the shadowy intelligence agency, the National Information Service, SHIK, is hardly a new player on the political scene. While claims that he will reform the party have mostly been met with skepticism, it […]

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          Kosovo Police Arrest Turk Accused of Smuggling (AP/ABC)

          By   6 days ago

          Kosovo police say they have arrested a Turk working in Kosovo for illegal trafficking of his compatriots toward Western European countries. http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/latest-hungary-official-obama-muslims-europe-39226176

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          Kosovo Targets Criminals to Win Visa Liberalisation (Balkan Insight)

          By   6 days ago

          Arrests and indictments have intensified in recent weeks in Kosovo, where the authorities admit more cases need to be targeted to meet the EU criteria for visa liberalisation.  Kosovo is seeing a surge in police and prosecution actions against organised crime, as law enforcement say cases must be targeted to fulfil the criteria set by […]

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