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UNMIK Headlines 17 December

By   13 hours ago

• EU body supports signing of agreement with Kosovo (Epoka e Re)
• Jahjaga assures Mogherini that Kosovo will meet its obligations (Tribuna)
• Mustafa: SHIK is not my business (Zeri)
• HRW calls on Kosovo to establish special court soon (Koha)
• EU representatives in Kosovo discuss illegal immigration (Zeri)
• Unions warn of anti-government strikes (Koha)
• 63% of people don’t trust the government (Epoka e Re)
• Deputy Ministers to be appointed this week (Zeri)
• Independent institutions suffering from deadlock (Koha)
• UNMIK donates medical equipment to Clinical Centre (Tribuna)

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UNMIK Headlines 16 December

By   2 days ago

• EU ministers call for establishment of special court (Koha)
• Pristina-Belgrade dialogue to resume in January (Bota Sot)
• Bitter battle expected over Association of Serb municipalities (Koha)
• Mustafa meets EU ambassadors (Zeri)
• Bosnia blocks Kosovo’s Adriatic Charter membership (Tribuna)
• HRW sends letter to EU High Representative Mogherini (Koha)

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UNMIK Headlines 15 December

By   3 days ago

• Pristina & Belgrade ready to resume dialogue (Tribuna)
• Uncertainties over formation of Kosovo Armed Forces (Koha)
• Thaci: I will be President of Kosovo in 2016 (Epoka)
• Kosovo to have 70 deputy ministers (Zeri/Epoka)
• Kurti cites Mustafa’s greed for power & fear of prison (Zeri)
• Trade Workers’ Union warns of protests if salaries not raised (RTK)
• Lunacek: Five EU countries should recognise Kosovo (Kosova Sot)

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UNMIK Headlines 13 December

By   4 days ago

• Mustafa assumes post of prime minister (Zeri)
• Government’s priorities: Law on KAF and special court (dailies)
• Mustafa meets Jacobson in his first official duty (Koha)
• Thaci aims to secure recognitions from two-thirds of UN states (Koha)

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UNMIK Headlines 12 December

By   6 days ago

• Nuland and Jahjaga talk about new institutions (Tribuna)
• Tahiri: Pristina-Belgrade dialogue is a priority (Zeri)
• EU expects concrete results in fight against corruption (Koha Ditore)
• LDK appoints chairs of parliamentary commissions (Tribuna, Zeri)
• David Schwendiman, chief SITF prosecutor (Zeri)
• EU Ombudsperson finds irregularities in EULEX (Koha Ditore)
• Mustafa: No salary increase as promised by Thaci (Zeri)
• Kosovo Police takes part in the World BORDERPOL Congress (Tribuna)

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UNMIK Headlines 11 December

By   7 days ago

• Thaci: PDK was sacrificed to resolve the political stalemate (Zeri)
• Vetëvendosje: Joint government of Pristina and Belgrade (Koha Ditore)
• Petition for raped women not to be submitted to UN this year (Koha Ditore)
• EULEX to be investigated by OLAF (Koha Ditore)
• UP rector to cut the salaries of Prime Minister and his ministers (Zeri)

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UNMIK Headlines 10 December

By   1 week ago

• President Jahjaga meets Mustafa and Veseli (Zeri)
• Mustafa: Coalition with PDK was not an easy decision (Tribuna)
• Kosovo Government with obligations to Serbian List (Tribuna)
• Kerry expects new Kosovo government to fight corruption (Kosova Sot)
• Lunacek met with Kosovo Assembly Speaker (KosovaPress)
• Lunacek disappointed with gender representation in government (Koha)
• Meucci: What are you doing to fight the corruption? (Kosova Sot)
• Serbian List against privatization of Brezovica (Tribuna)

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UNMIK Headlines 9 December

By   1 week ago

• Serbian List boycott postpones voting on new government (dailies)
• Thaçi: Vetevendosje, AAK and NISMA offered to join us (Epoka)
• Kadriu resigns from PDK (dailies)
• Lunacek continues visit to Kosovo (Kosovapress)
• Ministry shuts down illegal energy operator in north (Koha)

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By   8 hours ago

Most of the dailies have published today an opinion piece by Jakup Krasniqi, former Assembly Speaker of Kosovo and current chairman of the National Council of the Initiative for Kosovo (NISMA,) in which he claims that Kosovo  does not need analysts who claim the obvious truth of lack of the rule of law, economic and democratic […]

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Bitter taste of the new government (Koha)

By   1 day ago

Flaka Surroi, publicist and owner of Koha Group, writes that there is very little enthusiasm among the citizens, for the new government of Kosovo. Instead of improving the image of Kosovo as needed, especially after Marty and Williamson, Kosovo has gone public with a new face, but “a face out of darkness”, argues Surroi. According […]

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Committees and marginalized opposition (Kosova Sot)

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On a front page editorial, Kosova Sot newspaper writes that with the current sharing formula of the parliamentary committees, the opposition is unable to oversee the work of the new government. Out of 14 committees, ten were allocated to the power-sharing coalition parties, while only four were left to the opposition parties. The paper writes […]

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Serbian List as extension of Serbia (Tribuna)

By   2 days ago

Columnist Donik Sallova writes that agreement between the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) and Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) has been generally interpreted as marking the end of the six-month political stalemate and was justified with the need to save Kosovo from its complete collapse. At the same time, while some viewed the PDK-LDK coalition […]

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Mustafa to join Thaci in creating myths about European Integration (Koha)

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Koha’s Brussels based correspondent, Augustin Palokaj, writes in an opinion piece, that Hashim Thaci, besides being Isa Mustafa’s partner in the power-sharing coalition, seems that he is also his political mentor. Palokaj writes that Thaci should be a phenomenon in Europe, who, gives promises that are not fulfilled and he continues with new promises, while no one […]

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On the impossible (Koha Ditore)

By   5 days ago

In his weekly column, Lumir Abdixhiku writes that there is no doubt that any government is better than no government but the current one is the worst possible solution. Therefore, the new government that is supposed to begin its mandate with enthusiasm and euphoria is instead starting out in a defensive and nervous mode. All […]

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 “Glory” to the losers (Zeri)

By   5 days ago

Milaim Shefkiu remarks in an opinion piece that the resolution of the institutional crisis in Kosovo has been hailed as the best news at this year’s end but adds that all those who had a part in the six-month stalemate came out as losers beginning with the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) which, in order […]

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PDK-LDK Government: Beginning or end of Kosovo’s sinking (Gazeta Blic)

By   6 days ago

Publicist Beqe Cufaj writes in an opinion piece that while some may find the coalition between the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) and Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) unnatural, the fact of the matter is that PDK and LDK are the two largest parties and in the present circumstances, it was the only possibility to […]

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Hoxha: Mustafa is not under investigation (Telegrafi)

By   8 hours ago

In an interview for Radio Dukagjini, Syle Hoxha, the Acting State Chief Prosecutor of Kosovo, said several government ministers are being investigated for corruption but that Prime Minister Isa Mustafa is not one of them. “We are not selecting between small or big fish. Every case of this nature is a priority. There is certain […]

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Elections in Gracanica on 18 January (Gazeta Express)

By   9 hours ago

Gazeta Express writes that the President of Kosovo Atifete Jahjaga, after consultations with political parties, decided that elections for mayor in the municipality of Gracanica will be held on 18 January 2015. These elections were announced after the former mayor of Gracanica, Branimir Stojanovic has resigned from his duties upon taking the post of Deputy Prime […]

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Collaku: Kosovo and EU to sign SAA in 2015? (Radio Kosova)

By   9 hours ago

Kosovo Minster for European Integration, Bekim Collaku told Radio Kosova that the signing of the Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA) is expected to happen in the first half of next year. Collaku said that the government of Kosovo welcomes the call of the Council for General Affairs to the European Council to submit as soon […]

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UN to pave way for Kosovo’s membership in UEFA? (Koha)

By   11 hours ago

The Kosovo Football Federation (KFF) is expected to become a member of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) and the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) very soon through a UN resolution, an unnamed KFF official told the newspaper Sport Plus. “A resolution has been prepared at the United Nations which says that neither […]

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Thaci begins his new role with trips to Strasbourg and Brussels (Gazeta Blic)

By   1 day ago

The Kosovo Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Hashim Thaci, said in a Facebook post that he is set to travel tomorrow first to Strasbourg and then Brussels. Thaci said that he will meet in Strasbourg with the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjorn Jagland, and discuss increase of cooperation between Kosovo and […]

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Jablanovic: Association of Serb municipalities to be established soon (Telegrafi)

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The Kosovo Minister of Communities and Returns, Aleksandar Jablanovic, said that the Association of Serb municipalities will be established soon and that its activity will not be damaging to anyone. In an interview for Radio Kosova, Jablanovic also spoke about the role of Serbian List MPs in the Kosovo Assembly regarding the forming of Kosovo […]

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Thaci meets Jacobson (Indeksonline)

By   2 days ago

Hashim Thaci, the Deputy Prime Minister of Kosovo and Minister for Foreign Affairs, met today with Tracey Ann Jacobson, the United States Ambassador to Kosovo. Thaci and Jacobson discussed the agenda of the new government of Kosovo. Thaci wrote on Facebook that he called on Jacobson to continue supporting Kosovo’s path in Euro-Atlantic integration processes. […]

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Thaci: Coalition agreement will be implemented in entirety (RFE)

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The Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci, said in an interview for Radio Free Europe that agreement between the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) and Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) will be implemented in entirety and that he believed it will a stable coalition. “PDK’s coalition with LDK is in the […]

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Strategy for return of displaced should undergo significant changes (NSPM/Tanjug)

By   8 hours ago

Minister for Communities and Return in the Kosovo government, Aleksandar Jablanovic, says that more than 2000 displaced from Kosovo wish to return and that strategy for return should be significantly amended. Jabalnovic said to Radio Kosovo program in Serbian language that current strategy should undergo changes in order to enable sustainable return and that returnees […]

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Mustafa may not visit the north of Kosovo soon (Danas)

By   9 hours ago

According to unofficial announcements from Brussels, the head of the Kosovo diplomacy, Hashim Thaci should seek Kosovo’s entry into the CoE in a meeting with the Secretary of the Council of Europe Thorbjorn Jagland. A membership in the European institution decides Committee of Ministers composed of 47 foreign ministers of member states, on the proposal […]

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Kosovo does not participate in the meeting 16 + 1 (Danas)

By   10 hours ago

Belgrade – Although from the signing of the Brussels Treaty (April 2013) the Government of Serbia has a liberal attitude on the participation of the self-proclaimed state of Kosovo in international conferences, Pristina has no representatives among the participants of the Third Summit of Heads of Government of China and the countries of Central and […]

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Albanian boys rang the church bells in Orahovac? (NSPM/Tanjug)

By   10 hours ago

Unknown boys, for whom Serbs suppose are of Albanian nationality, have entered the Holy Virgin Mary Church in Orahovac/Rahovec and rang the church bells. Monks from Zočište Monastery have also reported that their property has been jeopardized. Local Serbs in Orahovac/Rahovec were surprised to hear church bells at 14:25 on Monday and reported that boys […]

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Trial to Oliver Ivanovic and four others to start tomorrow (RTK2)

By   11 hours ago

Trial to the leader of the Civic Initiative SDP Olvier Ivanovic, and fourth other Serbs, charged with committing serious crimes in Kosovo during 1999 and 2000, will start tomorrow. Lawyer Nebojsa Vlajic said to Tanjug that Ivanovic’s defense is ready for a months-long trial and that human rights of Serbs, who are in detention for […]

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“EU seeks alignment not only on Ukraine” (Beta, Vecernje Novosti, B92)

By   11 hours ago

BRUSSELS — The European Commission is asking Serbia to harmonize its foreign policy – “a possible hint of pressure on us to impose sanctions on Russia,” writes a daily. Apart from the Ukraine crisis, Belgrade is also expected to align its policy with that of the EU on Iraq and Syria, the Vecernje Novosti newspaper […]

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EU ministers: Serbia made progress, more work ahead (Tanjug)

By   11 hours ago

BRUSSELS – The Council of the European Union commended on Tuesday the progress Serbia made in internal reforms and in the normalization of Belgrade-Pristina relations, noting, however, that there is still work to be done. “The Council welcomes the progress made by Serbia in the past year, including in public administration reform, judicial reform and […]

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Stojanovic and Maric assumed new duties (TV Most)

By   11 hours ago

The newly elected Deputy Prime Minister of Kosovo Branimir Stojanovic and the new Minister for Local Self-Government of Kosovo Ljubomir Maric officially took over their duties from Slobodan Petrovic, who performed both duties in the previous term. Former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Local Self-Government in Kosovo, Slobodan Petrovic addressed the press after the […]

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EU Urged to Widen Kosovo Mission Graft Probe (Balkan Insight)

By   8 hours ago

An independent expert appointed to investigate allegations of corruption inside the EU’s rule-of-law mission in Kosovo only has a ‘limited’ role, warned Human Rights Watch. Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on the EU’s foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, to give more powers to the expert tasked with probing the corruption allegations, made by an […]

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EU is seeking to advance two key initiatives in the Balkans (Wall Street Journal)

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The European Union is seeking to advance two key initiatives in the Balkans in the next couple of months, senior officials said Monday. EU enlargement chief Johannes Hahn said he now hopes for a political breakthrough in Bosnia by early February, which could reopen the country’s path toward eventual EU membership. Meanwhile, EU foreign policy […]

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Kosovo Savors an Olympic Victory, Two Years Before the Torch Is Lit (New York Times)

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By JAMES MONTAGUEDEC. 15, 2014 PEJA, Kosovo — Up a steep hill on a narrow, unlit road in this town near the Montenegrin border, the Toni Kuka Judo School was filled with the smell of sweat, smoke and winter. Inside, 26 judokas dressed in blue or white uniforms arranged themselves in pairs around the blue-and-yellow […]

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Kosovo unions warn new leader over promised pay rises (Reuters)

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Trade unions in Kosovo threatened on Friday to go out on strike after the impoverished Balkan country’s new prime minister vetoed annual 25-percent public sector pay hikes promised by his predecessor. Prime Minister Isa Mustafa told Reuters on Thursday a promise by his predecessor Hashim Thaci to raise wages by 25 percent per year over […]

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EU names new prosecutor in Kosovo organ trafficking probe (AFP)

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BRUSSELS – The EU named a new prosecutor on Thursday to investigate possible crimes against humanity, including murder and organ trafficking, by several leaders of Kosovo’s 1990s guerrilla army, some of them now senior officials. Lawyer David Schwendiman succeeds fellow U.S. national, Clint Williamson, a diplomat and prosecutor who headed the Special Investigative Task Force […]

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Kosovo’s new government: in with the old, in with the new (Financial Times)

By   7 days ago

Six months and a day after Kosovo’s general election, the country finally has a government. But it is a government of strange bedfellows that faces daunting challenges. The new administration approved by parliament on Tuesday is headed by incoming prime minister Isa Mustafa , with his predecessor and fierce rival Hashim Thaci as his deputy […]

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Parliament Approves New Govt in Kosovo (Associated Press)

By   1 week ago

Legislators approved a new coalition government in Kosovo on Tuesday, including the first prime minister who was not involved with the insurgents who fought for the territory’s independence from Serbia. A general election was held in Kosovo June 8, but bickering among political rivals had prevented the formation of a new government until Tuesday’s 65 […]

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Kosovo granted provisional Olympic recognition by IOC (Reuters)

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By Karolos Grohmann BERLIN Wed Oct 22, 2014 5:25pm EDT (Reuters) – Kosovo is on track to take part in its first ever Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 after the region in the Balkans was granted provisional recognition by the International Olympic Committee on Wednesday. It could now achieve full membership as […]

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