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Parties prefer 22 October for holding local elections (Koha)

By   /  21/06/2017  /  Articles from Kosovo media  /  No Comments

At a meeting with Kosovo President Hashim Thaci, representatives of main political parties said 22 October is the optimal time for holding local elections. Head of the Central Election Commission (CEC), Valdete Daka, said they are ready to organise elections whenever they are announced but noted it would be better to have them earlier on […]

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Ymeri: The will of Serb voters got distorted by Serbian List (Klan Kosova)

By   /  19/06/2017  /  Articles from Kosovo media  /  No Comments

Vetevendosje leader, Visar Ymeri, wrote on Facebook that the will of Kosovo Serb voters was distorted in 11 June elections through the pressure exercised by the Serbian List. “Initially, this was exercised on other local Serb parties by forcing them to withdraw from elections such as the case with one party who withdrew its list […]

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MEP Urges Kosovo To Work on Visa Liberalisation (Balkan Insight)

By   /  19/06/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

In an interview with BIRN, MEP Tanjа Fajon urges Kosovo’s politicians to take decisive action – if they want their citizens to eventually enjoy visa-free travel into the EU’s passport-free Schengen area. http://bit.ly/2sh1RWC

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OSCE Broadcast 18 June

By   /  19/06/2017  /  OSCE broadcast report  /  No Comments

• Kurti: Citizens voted for PDK to move to opposition (KTV)
• Haradinaj convinced he will form new Government soon (KTV)
• Djuric: Serbs to have one of top three leading positions in Kosovo (Most monitored broadcasters, RTK1)
• Ballot counting process expected to be completed before June 25th (KTV)
• RAE communities complain that they are living as in a ghetto (KTV)

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UNMIK Headlines 19 June

By   /  19/06/2017  /  UNMIK Media Reports  /  No Comments

LDK and PDK could opt to remain in opposition (Koha Ditore)
Haradinaj facing a painful compromise (Zeri)
Kurti: Kosovo cannot be given away in exchange for posts (Zeri)
Pacolli against any blockade (Gazeta Express)
Diplomats want a government with democratic legitimacy (Koha)
EU expects Kosovo to resume dialogue with Serbia (Koha Ditore)
Djuric: Serbian List wants leading posts in Kosovo (RTK)

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Minister: Kosovo’s Interpol bid to be voted in September (Telegrafi)

By   /  16/06/2017  /  Articles from Kosovo media  /  No Comments

Kosovo’s outgoing Minister of Interior, Skender Hyseni, received a letter from Interpol’s Secretary General, Jurgen Stock, regarding Kosovo’s application for membership. The letter says that a feasibility study has been finalized and submitted to the Executive Committee which has decided to vote on Kosovo’s membership application during upcoming Interpol’s General Assembly set to take place […]

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US Sees Russia’s ‘Humanitarian Center’ in Serbia as Spy Outpost (VOA)

By   /  16/06/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

The United States has expressed concern about a disaster relief center Russia is operating in Serbia, which some Western groups and military analysts see as a subtly disguised military base set up by the Kremlin to spy on U.S. interests in the Balkans. http://bit.ly/2suVm2X

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Kosovo lurches to nationalism as Brussels lets down its friends (EurActiv)

By   /  16/06/2017  /  Opinions  /  No Comments

Denis MacShane, former UK Minister for the Balkans, writes in an op-ed that elections in Kosovo have produced a result that shows the spectre of ultra-nationalism and populist rejection of Europe is not the exclusive property of Donald Trump and Europe’s nationalist-populist ideologues. http://bit.ly/2ttUfxy

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CDHRF calls for inquiry into KEDS electricity bills (Koha/RTK)

By   /  15/06/2017  /  Articles from Kosovo media  /  No Comments

Kosovo-based Council for Defence of Human Rights and Freedoms (CDHRF) called on relevant authorities to open an inquiry into the way the Kosovo Energy Distribution Services (KEDS) has been billing electricity. KEDS is being accused of billing unpaid electricity in the north to the rest of the Kosovo residents and CDHRF in a statement said […]

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LDK: We will discuss possible coalitions after certification of results (Insajderi)

By   /  15/06/2017  /  Articles from Kosovo media  /  No Comments

Arban Abrashi, spokesperson for the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK), said that the party has yet to discuss possible coalitions but that it will do so after certification of election results. “I believe the presidency will review all requests in the coming days”, Abrashi said.

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Kosovo: EP, its recognition would increase EU’s credibility (ANSAmed)

By   /  15/06/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

The recognition of Kosovo by the five Member States (Spain, Slovakia, Romania, Greece and Cipro) that do not recognise it, would “increase the EU’s credibility in its own external policy”, and “be beneficial to the normalisation of relations between Kosovo and Serbia”, where “more engagement” is needed, the European Parliament says in a resolution passed […]

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Kosovo charges 9 men with plotting attacks at Albania-Israel World Cup match (Reuters)

By   /  15/06/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

Kosovo prosecutors said on Wednesday they had charged nine Kosovar men with planning attacks at a World Cup soccer match in Albania against the visiting Israel team and its fans last November. http://reut.rs/2sdhpZN

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