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UNMIK Headlines 18 October

By   13 hours ago

• U.S. calls on parties to reach agreeable timeline on integration of judiciary (media)
• Special court to have presence in Kosovo, Serbia and Albania (Koha)
• Prime Minister Haradinaj’s interview to RT21
• President Thaci accused of becoming part of election campaign (Zeri)
• Apostolova concerned with Assembly’s slow-paced work (Zeri)
• 30 days of house detention for NISMA MP Zeka (Zeri)
• Kosovo’s Minister of Justice to visit Bujanovac today (Indeksonline)

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UNMIK Headlines 17 October

By   2 days ago

• Kosovo urges U.S. involvement in Belgrade – Pristina talks (Reuters)
• Haradinaj: Kosovo-Montenegro border is at Cakorr (Zeri)
• Serwer: Albanian passports to diminish Kosovo’s sovereignty (Zeri)
• The isolation of the heads of state (Koha)
• LDK preparing to send Thaci to Constitutional Court (Bota Sot)
• Milaim Zeka detained under suspicion for visa fraud (media)
• Jevtic calls for speedy formation of Association/Community (Lajmi)

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UNMIK Headlines 16 October

By   3 days ago

• Haradinaj cancels visit to Skopje (Zeri/Koha Ditore)
• Implementation of justice agreement, likely to be postponed (Koha Ditore)
• Analysts: Agreements with Serbia, on paper only (Zeri)
• Unity team to be established after 22 October elections (Indeksonline)
• Vucic: Brussels requested from me Kosovo’s membership at UN (Lajmi)
• Dacic: Kosovo is not internationals’ favorite anymore (RTK/TV Pink)
• 30 days detention for journalist Kajtazi’s attacker (Zeri)

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UNMIK Headlines 14 October

By   4 days ago

News website founder attacked in Pristina (dailies)
Thaci: EU’s approach to Kosovo ‘shameful’ (DW/Zeri)
Pacolli: Serbia to recognize independence of Kosovo (RTK)
Mustafa: Kosovo has not lost any land to Montenegro (RTK)

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UNMIK Headlines 13 October

By   6 days ago

• Haradinaj: We will make EU grant Kosovo visa liberalisation (Kosova Sot)
• Haradinaj: We will give constitutional mandate to Kosovo’s army (Epoka)
• Hoxhaj: Serbia provoking tensions (Koha)
• Berlin Process discussed in Belgrade without Kosovo (Koha)
• Meta: Dialogue to resume, there is no alternative (RTK)
• CDHRF refutes Apostolova’s statement on Kosovo prisons (Klan Kosova)
• KDI: Assembly should have legitimacy during new phase of dialogue (Epoka)
• OSCE to deploy over 220 observers to northern municipalities (Kosovapress)
• Jordi Roca, new rapporteur for Kosovo (Epoka)

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UNMIK Headlines 12 October

By   7 days ago

• President Thaci backs down from statement on special court (Koha)
• Internationals didn’t promise favors in exchange for special court (Zeri)
• Mogherini expects progress on Kosovo-Serbia dialogue (RTK)
• Pieter Feith disappointed with EULEX and Kosovo-Serbia dialogue (RTK)
• O’Connell: Nomination of unprofessional people do not help Kosovo (Epoka)
• Apostolova to hold meetings with heads of parliamentary groups (RTK)

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UNMIK Headlines 11 October

By   1 week ago

• International community shifts blame to Kosovo after Thaci’s criticism (Koha)
• Albanian President Meta to visit Kosovo today (Epoka e Re)
• “Kosovo-Serbia recognition, prerequisite for Balkans reconciliation” (RTK)
• Berisha: KSF transformation in line with Kosovo Constitution (Zeri)
• Kosovo makes history with first ever pride parade (Prishtina Insight)
• KEDS and CEC sign power supply agreement for election day (Epoka e Re)
• Kosovo and Albania open joint diplomatic office in Milano (dailies)

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UNMIK Headlines 10 October

By   1 week ago

• Thaci changes course, ‘blasts’ special court (Zeri/Bota Sot)
• UK supports Thaci’s efforts for reconciliation and justice (Koha Ditore/Zeri)
• Haradinaj: Those who do not duly implement SAA will be let go (Zeri)
• Blerim Shala appointed advisor and coordinator for dialogue (Koha)
• Glenny: Serbia will have to recognize Kosovo’s independence (Koha)
• Report: Over 50% of citizens ready to protest against special court (Koha)
• LGBTI parade in Pristina today, what is expected to happen? (Indeksonline)
• War veterans with ultimatum for the government (RTK)

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    Color, pride, and the occupation of public space (Prishtina Insight)

    By   5 days ago

    By: Shqipe Gjocaj As the saying goes, when someone comes out, the whole family transitions. The support and love, followed by opposition and hate, are all part of this struggle. On Tuesday, Kosovo organized its first pride parade. As expected, once it was announced in the media, panic ensued. Among the first to express contempt […]

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    Palokaj: Catalonia and Kosovo are not the same, but EU never said Kosovo can be an independent state (Koha)

    By   1 week ago

    The paper’s Brussels-based correspondent, Augustin Palokaj, writes in an opinion piece that “the European Union has really insisted that Kosovo is sui generis and that it cannot be compared to Catalonia. But the EU never said that Kosovo’s independence is acceptable. When Serbia’s leaders now ask for explanations ‘why Kosovo can be independent and Catalonia […]

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    Kosovo is precedent and not “unique case” (Politika)

    By   2 weeks ago

    Politika daily on its front page in today’s print edition, runs the article in which long-term judge in the International Court of Justice in The Hague, Milenko Kreca expresses his opinion regarding Kosovo and Catalonia cases. The difference that the EU makes between Kosovo and Catalonia is an expression of political interests that have no […]

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    Catalonia Won’t Get Much Help From the Balkans (Balkan Insight)

    By   2 weeks ago

    By Marcus Tanner A number of Balkan states may have been rebellious provinces within recent memory – but don’t expect them to stick up for anyone else’s fight for self-determination. The EU has been taken widely to task for its silence over the violence in Catalonia. What is just as surprising, some might say, is […]

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    A ‘unity team’ to strip Kosovo? (Prishtina Insight)

    By   3 weeks ago

    By: Shpend Kursani Kosovo President Hashim Thaci’s initiative for a “unity team” to represent Kosovo in negotiations with Serbia may strip Kosovo’s statehood down to its last item of clothing. In a recently published piece in local media, Kosovo President Hashim Thaci flexed the idea of a “unity team” as a way to approach the […]

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    Weakened Merkel is Bad News For the Balkans (Balkan Insight)

    By   3 weeks ago

    By: Marcus Tanner An enfeebled Angela Merkel means a weaker, less courageous Germany – which will not do any of the Balkan states hoping to join the EU any favours. Like Britain’s Theresa May, Angela Merkel has come out of her general election looking a lot weaker than when she went in. Weeks ago, the […]

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    Local elections: Much ado and expenses about nothing (Pristhina Insight)

    By   4 weeks ago

    By: Agron Demi The issue of limited municipal powers to address major issues will not be mentioned during the local election campaigns, nor will the problem of bloated assemblies and misused budgets. Today is the kick off of the election campaign for mayors in 38 municipalities and 1,002 representatives in municipal assemblies. A total of […]

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    Slow but steady (European Western Balkans)

    By   4 weeks ago

    By David McAllister, 20.09.2017 Serbia is well on its way towards fulfilling the EU membership criteria. Yes, more reforms are necessary, but as long as Serbia moves forward, steadily and consistently, we ought to acknowledge and support every step towards our united European future. During my last trip to Belgrade in August, I noticed that […]

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      Articles from Kosovo media View All →

      Former University of Pristina rector convicted of fraud (Kallxo)

      By   8 hours ago

      Enver Hasani, former rector of the University of Pristina (UP) and former head of Kosovo’s Constitutional Court, has been found guilty of fraud.  Hasani’s other two co-defendants, Albert Rakipi from a Tirana based company and Hakif Veliu, University of Pristina official, were also found guilty and ordered to pay a fine while Hasani was given […]

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      Apostolova: EU supports Kosovo in combating human trafficking (Koha)

      By   9 hours ago

      Kosovo’s Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj said today that now is the best time for the government to send clear messages that it understands the importance of the fight against human trafficking. “We need to use all legal means to prevent this specific crime. We need to identify and punish the perpetrators. We need to further […]

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      EC regrets postponement of agreement implementation (RFE/RTK)

      By   1 day ago

      European Commission has expressed regret over delays in implementation of the justice agreement reached between Kosovo and Serbia in Brussels. “Pristina has met all obligations relating to implementation of the justice agreement. Integration of staff is important as it contributes to the rule of law in Kosovo,” said European Commission spokesperson, Maja Kocijancic. She said […]

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      Apostolova: I did not say that one visa criterion is fulfilled (RTK)

      By   1 day ago

      Chief of the EU Office in Kosovo, Nataliya Apostolova, met today with representatives of the parliamentarian group of the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK). Apostolova said that she was interested to know what is the position of LDK as opposition party at the Assembly, on treating significant issues for fulfillment of visa liberalization criteria. Apostolova […]

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      Decreeing of Serb judges for the north fails (Klan Kosova/Koha)

      By   1 day ago

      The decreeing ceremony for Serb judges and prosecutors from the north of Kosovo set to take place today has failed, Klan Kosova reports. The judicial officials were supposed to take an arranged transport from Mitrovica to Pristina to attend the decreeing ceremony with President of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci, but failed to show up. The decreeing […]

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      CEC: Over 20,000 commissioners to monitor local elections (Telegrafi)

      By   2 days ago

      The Central Election Commission (CEC) will employ over 20,000 commissioners to monitor local elections throughout Kosovo, said head of CEC Valdete Daka. She added that over 1.9 million people are eligible to vote this Sunday and that the entire voting process will cost the Kosovo budget anywhere between 4.5 and 5 million euros.

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      LDK’s Osmani to chair parliamentary committee on foreign affairs (Kosovapress)

      By   2 days ago

      Vjosa Osmani from the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) has been appointed chair of the Assembly’s Foreign Affairs Committee. Osmani said foreign affairs require a great deal of cooperation between political parties and that she hoped this would be achieved during her tenure.  

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      Vetevendosje’s Kadaj-Bujupi to chair parliamentary committee on KIA (Koha)

      By   5 days ago

      Vetevendosje’s MP, Donika Kadaj-Bujupi, has been appointed to chair the Assembly Committee for the Oversight of the Kosovo Intelligence Agency (KIA). Kadaj-Bujupi said the committee will soon call the head of KIA to report on a number of issues that have so far not been addressed.

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        TV Most: Ivanović and Milović are exercising inappropriate pressure on the media (TV Most)

        By   7 hours ago

        Leadership of the Television Most from Zvečan issued on yesterday a statement, in a response to the announcement of the representatives of CI SDP Oliver Ivanović and CI “For Our Zvečan”- Dragiša Milović, to file a lawsuit against this media. According to the press statement, the controversial videos were aired on this TV station, “under […]

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        “Horrific campaign against Ivanovic, Milovic and Jablanovic” (FoNet, KIM Radio)

        By   7 hours ago

        Five journalist and media associations (NUNS, NDNV, ANEM, LP and AOM) in the strongest terms condemned airing of a promotional video on TV Most and TV Pink by which “a horrific campaign” is underway against Oliver Ivanovic and his colleagues Dragisa Milovic and Dragan Jablanovic, Serbian media reported. “The acts of the above mentioned media […]

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        Vucic and Scott on continuation of dialogue with Kosovo (Danas)

        By   9 hours ago

        Serbian President, Aleksandar Vucic received today USA Ambassador to Serbia, Kyle Scott and spoke with him about bilateral relations and regional topics, Danas daily reported. The two officials highlighted the need to continue Belgrade-Pristina dialogue in Brussels and to implement agreements reached earlier, including the agreement on the judiciary and the creation of the Association […]

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        Vulin: Vote for Srpska Lista, it is link with Government of Serbia (KoSSev Portal)

        By   9 hours ago

        After Serbian Government Office for Kosovo Director, Marko Djuric called upon Serbs from Kosovo to vote for Srpska Lista at the forthcoming local elections, the same call was repeated by former director of the Office for Kosovo and current Minister of Defence, Aleksandar Vulin, KoSSev portal reported today. Vulin called upon Serbs in Kosovo “(…) […]

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        First meeting of Working Group on Kosovo after local elections (Politika, Kontakt plus radio)

        By   9 hours ago

        The first meeting of the Working Group to support internal dialogue on Kosovo, would be held after the Kosovo local elections, Politika daily reported today. Following the meeting, Politika reported it could become public when the dialogue would start formally and who would receive the first invitations to the consultations on Kosovo. Serbian President Vucic […]

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        Complaint against Jevtic: There are no elements of criminal activity (Vecernje Novosti)

        By   10 hours ago

        The Court of Appeals in Pristina dismissed complaint against the Minister for Communities and Returns, Dalibor Jevtic. The court found the complaint as groundless. The case was initiated by the Kosovo Special Prosecution against Dalibor Jevtic and three his co-associates over alleged misuse of official authority, Novosti further reported. Although, Basic Court in Pristina, dismissed […]

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        Srpska Lista: Our activists in Leposavic attacked (Tanjug, Novosti)

        By   10 hours ago

        Srpska Lista said that members of the Party of Kosovo Serbs (PKS) stormed its election hub in Leposavic and verbally and physically attacked five Srpska Lista activists, who sustained slight bodily injuries, Tanjug news agency reported. As Srpska Lista press release said, several minutes prior to 15.00 hrs, Marko Jablanovic, son of a mayoral candidate […]

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        PKS condemns Srpska Lista over “hate speech and threats” (KIM Radio)

        By   10 hours ago

        Party of Kosovo Serbs, whose mayoral candidate for Leposavic municipality is Dragan Jablanovic, in the strongest terms condemned “hate speech and violence, as well as methods of threats and blackmails that Srpska Lista uses,” KIM Radio reported. PKS said that the claims of the Srpska Lista that the PKS activists stormed the Srpska Lista premises […]

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          Russian Minister Says Hague Tribunal ‘Should Be Closed’ (BIRN)

          By   1 day ago

          Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that the UN war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia should have been shut down long ago because it is biased against Serbs. Sergey Lavrov said on Monday that that the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, ICTY, should have been shut down because it has “proved its […]

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          Deal on Unifying Kosovo Justice System Takes Effect (Balkan Insight)

          By   1 day ago

          The EU confirmed that on Tuesday the Kosovo-Serbia agreement on unifying the justice system in Kosovo is due to come into force. Maja Kocijancic, the spokesperson for EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini, told BIRN on Monday that a landmark agreement between Serbia and Kosovo, unifying the justice system in Kosovo, will come into force […]

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          New Phase in Kosovo ‘Internal Dialogue’ Puzzles Serbs (Balkan Insight)

          By   1 day ago

          While the Serbian authorities claim to have opened a second chapter in the announced ‘internal dialogue’ on Kosovo, the results of the first phase remain unknown. Serbia announced the formation on Monday of a “working group” for the second phase of the country’s “internal dialogue” on Kosovo, the former province that proclaimed its independence in […]

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          Balkan Barometer: Kosovars concerned with corruption and unemployment (Prishtina Insight)

          By   5 days ago

          The 2017 Balkan Barometer public perception report for Southeast Europe shows that Kosovo ranks highest in the region for optimistic outlook and trust in the Ombudsperson. Of the seven Southeastern European countries, Kosovo’s population continues to have the most optimistic economic outlook, despite an increasing pessimism regarding the possibility that EU accession is just over […]

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          UN chief will work with US despite UNESCO pullout (AFP)

          By   6 days ago

          United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will continue to work with the Trump administration despite differences, a spokesman said Thursday after Washington announced it was pulling out of UNESCO. Guterres “deeply regrets” the decision but “at the same time of course we interact with the United States very productively on a range of issues through a […]

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          US withdraws from UNESCO citing anti-Israel bias (AP)

          By   6 days ago

          The State Department says the U.S. is pulling out of UNESCO because of what Washington sees as its anti-Israel bias and need for “fundamental reform” of the U.N. cultural agenc, reports AP. In a statement, the State Department said it notified UNESCO director Irina Bokova on Thursday of the decision. The U.S. will seek to […]

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          Albania president rejects Kosovo passport request (AP, ABC News)

          By   7 days ago

          Albania’s president has turned down a request from his Kosovo counterpart Hashim Thaci to issue Albanian passports for citizens in neighboring Kosovo, the only nation in Europe excluded from a visa-free European travel zone. Ilir Meta, who is visiting Kosovo Wednesday, said the solution was “through dialogue.” http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/albania-president-rejects-kosovo-passport-request-50414118

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          Judge indicted following BIRN report (Prishtina Insight)

          By   7 days ago

          A Drejtesia ne Kosove investigation results in an indictment against a Decan judge suspected of abuse of office and other criminal offenses. The High Crimes Department at the Peja Basic Prosecution raised an indictment against suspect Safete Tolaj for multiple criminal offenses, including abuse of office, destroying and concealing evidence as well as forging official […]

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