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UNMIK Headlines 22 May

By   9 hours ago

Kosovo army cannot come about without Serb vote (Koha Ditore)
Haradinaj: Visa liberalisation this year (Zeri)
Appointment of Serb Constitutional Court member draws criticism (Koha)
Vetevendosje invites all political parties but the Serbian List to roundtable (RTK)
PM Haradinaj travels to Vatican (media)
Haradinaj meets Meta, discuss processes in Kosovo and Albania (Epoka)
Haradinaj announces pay cuts for Kosovo Telecom (media)
Vucic: Church should not be dealing with Kosovo (Epoka)
Citizens fear returnees from conflict zones (Epoka)
Albanians asked for permits to reconstruct own homes in the north (Zeri)
Gjilan/Gnjilane to open multiethnic market (Kosovapress/Koha)

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UNMIK Headlines 21 May

By   1 day ago

Haradinaj: Association in line with Kosovo Constitution (RTK)
Government awaiting approval of dialogue platform (Zeri)
“Serbian List imposes demands on final Kosovo-Serbia agreement” (Koha)
Hoti: We will use any constitutional method to bring down government (Zeri/EO)
Vetevendosje to seek early elections in upcoming roundtable (Zeri)
Delawie disappointed with the Assembly of Kosovo (Epoka)
Opposition MPs, analysts, blame Veseli for Assembly’s “degradation” (Zeri)
Serbian media: Sarkozy’s former adviser lobbying for Kosovo at UN (RTK)
Fabrici: Kosovo is the main conditions for Serbia’s membership at EU (RTK)
Vulin: EU should not be thinking only about Kosovo (RTK)

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UNMIK Headlines 19 May

By   3 days ago

• Thaci: Preparations underway for landmark Kosovo-Serbia deal (media)
• Kosovo Assembly fails to elect all members to Constitutional Court (Koha)
• Kosovo condemns Serbian authorities detaining Serb KSF members (media)
• Specialist Chambers appoint ombudsperson for Kosovo (dailies)
• COMKFOR: No plans for downsizing KFOR troops (Koha/RTK)
• Regional police agree to jointly fight corruption and organised crime (Koha)

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UNMIK Headlines 18 May

By   4 days ago

• Thaci talks about final agreement with Serbia in 6-9 months (Koha)
• “Thaci hints at compromise with Serbia” (Zeri)
• Kosovo represented through footnote at EU-Western Balkans summit (Zeri)
• Haradinaj hails EU-Western Balkans statement as progress (Klan Kosova)
• Hahn: Open perspective for Western Balkans (RTK/DW)
• Pacolli: Political disagreements are impeding economic cooperation (RTK)
• U.S. KSF transition through constitutional amendments (Koha)
• Police directors of the region discuss war against crime and terrorism (Zeri)

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UNMIK Headlines 17 May

By   5 days ago

• EU-Western Balkans summit in Sofia gets underway today (dailies)
• In Sofia, Thaci meets Mogherini and Vucic (media)
• Hahn: Belgrade and Pristina to determine content of agreement (Zeri)
• Government initiates Plan B for the army (Koha)
• Delawie: 2018 should be year of success of Pristina-Belgrade dialogue (RTK)
• Apostolova: Internal unity important for final phase of dialogue (Koha)
• Serbian President sets condition for resuming dialogue (media)
• Vucic accepts compromise for Kosovo but not humiliation (Kosova Sot)
• Hoxhaj: EU to soon decide on visa liberalisation (Zeri)
• Brnabic: Vucic received verbal suggestions on Kosovo (RTK)
• Rama against idea of Greater Albania (Euronews/Epoka)
• Serb academia in the north request amendment of Kosovo Constitution (Zeri)
• Zoran Vukotic acquitted of war crimes charges (media)

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UNMIK Headlines 16 May

By   6 days ago

• 28 EU states approve declaration on Western Balkans (Koha Ditore)
• Fajon: EU Commission to deliver assessment on progress as soon as possible (media)
• EC appeals to government to set a limit on deputy ministers (Koha)
• “QUINT met in Washington to discuss final phase of dialogue”(Gazeta Express)
• Clark: Mission in Kosovo is not completed (Koha)

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UNMIK Headlines 15 May

By   1 week ago

• UN Security Council holds quarterly session on Kosovo (media)
• Thaci optimistic Kosovo will get visa liberalization this year (Klan Kosova)
• Haradinaj commends deputy ministers for their performance (Koha/Zeri)
• Haradinaj to report on three motions (Epoka e Re)
• Matoshi: No specific date for debate on KSF transformation bill (Zeri)
• Veseli urges Israel to recognise independence of Kosovo (Telegrafi/EO)
• Hoxha: No progress possible without fighting corruption (Zeri)
• Hoxhaj in Brussels for visas and dialogue with Serbia (Lajmi)
• 2nd UN Youth Assembly underway in Kosovo (RTK)
• Vucic: Division of Kosovo would be dangerous (AFP, RTK)

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UNMIK Headlines 14 May

By   1 week ago

• Sofia summit statement provides no concrete enlargement perspective (Koha)
• Kosovo leaders set to take part in EU-Balkans summit in Sofia (Zeri)
• UN Security Council to discuss Kosovo today (media)
• Final agreement to lead to constitutional changes in Kosovo and Serbia (Koha)
• LDK: Kosovo to head to elections as soon as possible (Zeri/RFE)
• AAK rejects idea of early elections (Koha/RFE)
• Vetevendosje to host third gathering of political parties (Zeri)
• Hoxhaj reacts to Vucic’s statement on independence of Kosovo (RTK)
• Bondsteel commander: Political issues to be resolved through dialogue (Zeri)
• Pacolli supports idea of creation of U.S. economic zone (Epoka)

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    No room for maneuver (Prishtina Insight)

    By   7 hours ago

    Bodo Weber, senior associate with the Democratization Policy Council, writes in an op-ed that the EU, Serbia and Kosovo need to “get their act together” as the new stage of dialogue for normalisation of relations leaves n”no room for maneuver”. Weber argues that there are two possible outcomes from the negotiations process: either a major […]

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    Why we need to stabilise the Western Balkans (EurActiv)

    By   1 week ago

    Martina Larkin, head of Europe and Eurasia and a member of the Executive Committee of the World Economic Forum, writes that as Europe is confronted by different visions about its future, the question is how these visions will affect the Western Balkans. Larkin argues for the need to ensure a sustainable, long-term development of the […]

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    Columnist Zoran Pavic: Vokrri (Danas)

    By   2 weeks ago

    By Zoran Pavic No, it is not true that the president of the Football Federation of Kosovo banned a football game of humanitarian character in Gracanica between the same club and the Red Star from Belgrade, although he had given himself an important role in the past days. First of all because it sounds more than […]

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    Kosovo’s Medicus Case: Bad Omen for Rule of Law (Balkan Insight)

    By   3 weeks ago

    By: Dean B. Pineles Six years of efforts to deliver justice were wasted when the defendants convicted in the Medicus organ-trafficking case were inexplicably sent for retrial, says a judge who served on the original trial panel. On April 17, the European Commission released its lengthy and detailed report on Kosovo for 2018. As a […]

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    Visa liberalization or fighting elite crime? (Prishtina Insight)

    By   2 months ago

    By: Andrea Lorenzo Capussela Kosovars should choose for themselves whether fighting corruption is more important than the privilege of travelling without visas to the EU. See at: http://prishtinainsight.com/visa-liberalization-fighting-elite-crime/  

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    Are we nearing the end of Kosovo’s isolation? (Prishtina Insight)

    By   2 months ago

    By: Aidan Hehir It is essential to note that the border deal does not now make visa free travel inevitable, but we can only hope that the EU does not make corruption an excuse to legitimize the status quo. See at: http://prishtinainsight.com/nearing-end-kosovos-isolation/    

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    “Ghost Court” Delays Justice for Kosovo War Victims (Balkan Insight)

    By   2 months ago

    By: Dean B. Pineles After years of delays, the new Kosovo Specialist Chambers in The Hague still hasn’t yet started work on prosecuting alleged perpetrators, prolonging the anguish of war victims’ families, says judge Dean B. Pineles. Full article available at: http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/ghost-court-delays-justice-for-kosovo-war-victims-03-19-2018  

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    Kosovo Serbs Feel Abandoned by Europe (Balkan Insight)

    By   2 months ago

    Antonia Battaglia, researcher and published author, writes in a commentary that the fate of Kosovo Serbs is a test for EU and its efforts to normalise relations between Pristina and Belgrade could fail to bring forward the desired effect, until both EU and local officials take into full account the needs of the Kosovo Serb […]

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      Haradinaj in Vatican: Kosovo recognition, a necessary step (media)

      By   3 hours ago

      Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj, during an official visit to the Vatican today met with the Secretary of State of His Holiness the Pope, Cardinal Pietro Parolin. A press release issued by Haradinaj’s office noted that he and Parolin discussed Kosovo’s achievements in politics and democracy, Kosovo’s position vis-à-vis countries in the region, and economic […]

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      Hahn: EU has not lowered its price (lajmi.net, France24)

      By   3 hours ago

      European Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations spoke on “France 24” at “Talking Europe” show about the importance of integration of Western Balkans. “We have published our strategy in February indicating that each country in the region has a perspective and indicated that the whole process not only the negotiations, is merit based. […]

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      Assembly session postponed, LDK’s Hoti calls for new elections (Indeksonline)

      By   3 hours ago

      Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) parliamentary group chief, Avdullah Hoti, said today that Thursday’s session of the Kosovo Assembly has been postponed. According to Hoti, this shows that the Assembly has become dysfunctional and that the current legislative has lost its meaning. “It is an urgent matter to make the legitimate institutions functional by way […]

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      Thaci: It is due time for the whole Western Balkans EU membership (media)

      By   3 hours ago

      Upon an invitation by the Atlantic Council and the Government of Montenegro, President of Kosovo, Hashim Thaçi, is attending  the “To be Secure”  Security Forum, being held in Budva, Montenegro. During his speech there, Thaçi initially congratulated his counterpart, Milo Gjukanovic, on his inauguration two days ago. He also conveyed his best wishes to the […]

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      Vetevendosje: Government bypasses Assembly in approving anti-corruption strategy (Telegrafi)

      By   4 hours ago

      Albulena Haxhiu, Vetevendosje MP and chair of the Assembly legislation committee said the government has declared the anti-corruption strategy to be effective without the Assembly actually endorsing it first. In a Facebook post, Haxhiu said the Anti-Corruption Law states that the government presents the strategy to the Assembly for approval, a step which, according to […]

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      Rama-Hajrizi elected for another term as President of Constitutional Court (media)

      By   5 hours ago

      Arta Rama-Hajrizi has been elected to serve another term as head of Kosovo’s Constitutional Court, the online media report. Rama-Hajrizi will commence her new three-year mandate on 26 June 2018.

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      President Thaci to attend security forum in Montenegro (Telegrafi)

      By   7 hours ago

      Kosovo President Hashim Thaci will attend today To be Secure Forum in Budva organized by NATO and the Montenegrin government. Montenegrin President Milo Djukanovic and Thaci are the keynote speakers and attending the forum will be U.S. and Canadian officials and representatives of the European Union. The forum aims to bring about new ideas on […]

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      Rama in U.S. discusses transformation of KSF into an army (RTK)

      By   1 day ago

      Lieutenant General Rrahman Rama, Commander of Kosovo Security Force, is participating at the 25 anniversary of the State Partnership Program of the U.S. National Guard. According to a press release issued by Kosovo’s Ministry for Security Force, Rama met with senior officials of the U.S. Department of State, Mr. Mattew Palmer and Deputy Assistant Secretary […]

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        Djuric: We fulfilled everything; Pristina did not the most important (Blic)

        By   4 hours ago

        Director of the Office for Kosovo and Metohija Marko Djuric informed today the deputy of the German Bundestag and a member of the EU Relations Committee Manuel Sarrazin on the daily problems of the Serbian people in Kosovo, as well as with the fact that the level of sustainable return of internally displaced Serbs in […]

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        Serbian lawyers selected for the representation before the Kosovo Specialist Chambers (TV Most, Politika)

        By   5 hours ago

        Thirty lawyers from Serbia will take part in the work of the Court for the crimes of the former KLA in the capacity of attorneys, writes Belgrade based daily Politika. When the mandate is about to start before the Special Court, the lawyers do not know yet,  and one of the selected lawyers and president […]

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        The management team about the economic part of the Draft Statute of the ZSO (Blic)

        By   6 hours ago

        The management team for the establishment of the Community/Association of Serb Municipalities met directors of the largest business entities from the north of Kosovo and the Dean of the Faculty of Economics at Pristina University with a temporary headquarters in North Mitrovica on creating conditions for a more dynamic development of Serb-majority municipalities, reported Serbian […]

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        It wasn’t like this in Europe even before WW1, says Vucic (B92, Tanjug)

        By   7 hours ago

        The climate has changed in Europe, the situation in the world has never been this complicated, not even before the First World War, says Aleksandar Vucic. The Serbian president in this way commented on rigid Dutch and French stance regarding EU candidate countries opening new accession negotiation chapters in June, and Serbia’s position and chances […]

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        Serbian foreign minister admits there’s pressure because of Kosovo (B92, Beta)

        By   7 hours ago

        Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said on Tuesday that there is pressure on Serbia to reach an agreement with Pristina this or next year. However, he said, Belgrade will not barter in terms of Kosovo and Metohija “for the sake of EU membership deadlines.” Dacic told RTS that countries that recognized the unilaterally declared independence of […]

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        Church shouldn’t be making key political decisions – Vucic (B92, BETA)

        By   1 day ago

        Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said on Monday that he “does not think that key political decisions should be made by the Church.” Vucic also rejected the assessment that the state behaves as if the Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) was “guilty for the issue of Kosovo and Metohija.” “The Church should not make key political decisions, […]

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        Serbs from the villages near Obilic appeal the police to protect them from robbers of cattle and machines (NMagazin, RTK2)

        By   1 day ago

        Villagers from the Obilic municipality appealed the police to further engage in order to punish thieves, whose targets they are continuously, reports NMagazin. “We tried to get a response from the police, but unsuccessfully, they did not respond to our messages and calls,” say the Serbs from the villages Babin Most and Milosevo. RTK2 reported […]

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        Srpska Lista criticizes frequent mistakes in translation (Tanjug, RTS)

        By   1 day ago

        Srpska Lista voiced today criticism over frequent translation mistakes in draft laws sent to the Kosovo Assembly for adoption, which violates the rights of Serbs, and the latest case is related to draft amendments to the Criminal Code, Tanjug news agency reported. Srpska Lista member of the Legislation Committee, Igor Simic requested the draft amendments […]

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          “Putin is Serbia’s friend but he respects our path towards the EU” (El Pais)

          By   4 days ago

          President of Serbia talks to EL PAÍS about the Balkan country’s efforts to join the bloc, and how Kosovo is proving a sticking point The existential journey that has taken Aleksandar Vučić to this point has been a long one. As a young man, the current president of Serbia was an ultra-nationalist of passionate rhetoric, […]

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          Kosovo is not Catalonia, Kosovo’s Thaci tells absent Spanish PM Rajoy (Euroactiv.com)

          By   4 days ago

          Pristina ‘understands’ the decision of Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy not to attend the EU-Western Balkans summit in Sofia, but “Kosovo is not Catalonia”, Kosovo’s President Hashim Thaçi told EURACTIV.com. “Of course, under no circumstances, can someone draw parallels between us and Spain, as Kosovo is not Catalonia,” Thaçi emphasised. At the 23 March EU […]

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          No time soon: EU dashes membership hopes of Balkan states (The Guardian)

          By   4 days ago

          Concerns over rule of law and corruption, plus enlargement fatigue, meant the six countries got little from Sofia summit Keep waiting in line, but don’t expect the door to open any time soon. That was the message delivered on Thursday to six Balkan states hoping to join the EU. The six had been invited to […]

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          Serbia-Kosovo Stalemate Allows Fugitives to Stay Free (Balkan Insight)

          By   4 days ago

          Serbia and Kosovo have become refuges for each other’s criminals and fugitives, allowing suspected murderers, drug dealers and organ-traffickers to evade justice by crossing the border. When the time came for Kosovo doctor Lutfi Dervishi and his son Arban to be imprisoned in 2016 for one of the Balkans’ most gruesome post-war crimes, the pair […]

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          EU Leaders Stress Ties To Western Balkans, But Cautious On Enlargement (RFE)

          By   4 days ago

          European Union leaders expressed determination to “strengthen and intensify” their ties to the Western Balkans, but they dampened any hopes of a quick move to allow any new countries into the bloc. “The EU reaffirms its unequivocal support for the European perspective of the Western Balkans,” it said in a joint declaration on May 17 […]

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          Serbia Hints at Referendum on Kosovo Deal (Balkan Insight)

          By   4 days ago

          Serbian government officials are continuing to hint at a nationwide referendum on the Kosovo issue, as any solution to the dispute would likely require changes to the country’s constitution. Serbian officials have continued to hint that citizens will be given an opportunity to declare their views on any proposed settlement of the Kosovo issue. Many […]

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          Macron pours cold water on Balkan EU membership hopes (Politico)

          By   4 days ago

          At summit with regional leaders, French president says thoughts of enlargement have ‘weakened Europe.’ SOFIA — French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday sounded a skeptical note on enlarging the European Union to include countries from the western Balkans — at a summit meant to strengthen ties between the region and the EU. Macron’s comments come […]

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          EU – Western Balkans Summit: The Sofia Declaration – full text (The Sofia Globe)

          By   5 days ago

          At the European Union – Western Balkans summit in the Bulgarian capital on May 17, EU leaders agreed on the Sofia Declaration, with which the Western Balkans partners have aligned themselves, the Council of the EU said. This is the full text of the Sofia Declaration: We, the leaders of the European Union (EU) and […]

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