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Kosovo MP’s Move to Cut Jail Terms Slated (Balkan Insight)

By   /  23/03/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

An amendment by a ruling party MP cut prison terms by a third has drawn a good deal of adverse comment from politicians, experts and international representatives in Pristina. An MP from the ruling Democratic Party of Kosovo, PDK, Nait Hasani, has been criticized for proposing an amendment that would cut prison sentences by a […]

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Kosovo, Albania Give ‘Common Market’ Call Thumbs Down (Balkan Insight)

By   /  21/03/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

Kosovo’s Prime Minister has dismissed calls for a Western Balkan ‘common market’ as a pointless diversion from the goal of EU membership – while an important union in Albania has reached the same conclusion. EU Commissioner for Enlargement Johannes Hahn’s support for the creation of a common market in the Western Balkans, raised during the […]

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Rival Activists Embody Serbia’s Russia-West Split (Balkan Insight)

By   /  17/03/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

Two female activists who were born the same year and studied together now represent opposite ends of the political spectrum, reflecting Serbia’s deep divisions over EU membership and relations with Russia. Milica Djurdjevic and Anita Mitic are two of the most high-profile young activists of their generation, but the 27-year-olds hold political beliefs that are […]

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EU pushes Western Balkans toward common market (EurActiv)

By   /  17/03/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

The European Union yesterday (16 March) encouraged the Western Balkan countries to create a common market, which it estimated could create over 80,000 jobs in an area of high unemployment. http://www.euractiv.com/section/enlargement/news/eu-pushes-western-balkan-toward-common-market/

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Kosovo Risks Alienating Crucial Allies in Army Row (Balkan Insight)

By   /  17/03/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

President Thaci is taking a gamble as he presses on with moves to create a Kosovo army despite US and NATO opposition. http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/kosovo-risks-alienating-crucial-allies-in-army-row-03-15-2017

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‘People’s Eye’ Poses Terrorist Threat, Kosovo President Says (Balkan Insight)

By   /  16/03/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

Hashim Thaci says security institutions have obtained a list of 26 people that an organization called People’s Eye – which has accepted responsibility for shooting Azem Vllasi – wants to execute. http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/people-s-eye-with-a-list-of-26-kosovo-personalities-to-be-executed-03-16-2017

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Serbia Accuses Kosovo of Grabbing its Property (Balkan Insight)

By   /  16/03/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

The head of Serbia’s Office for Kosovo, Marko Djuric, has denounced a decision to register the Kosovo state as the owner of the all immovable property once registered in the name of Yugoslavia or Serbia. http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/kosovo-s-decision-sparks-new-belgrade-pristina-tension-03-15-2017

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Lost In Translation: Macedonia’s ethnic tensions near the boiling point (and Soros is stirring the pot) (FOX News)

By   /  16/03/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

Macedonia gave the world Alexander the Great, who, legend has it, wept because he could find no more lands to conquer. Now, George Soros, the left-wing billionaire who also wants to rule the world, is meddling with events that could plunge Macedonia into chaos or civil war, and escalate U.S. tensions with Russia. Locked between […]

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Serbia Accused of Hiding Information on Kosovo Graves (Balkan Insight)

By   /  16/03/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

The Kosovo government’s missing persons commission urged Serbia to disclose information about the locations of mass graves, claiming that its army is keeping important documents secret. http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/serbia-accused-of-hiding-information-on-kosovo-graves-03-15-2017

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Lawmakers care about what happens in Kosovo, Sri Lanka and Georgia. Here’s why (Washington Examiner)

By   /  13/03/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

Russian and Chinese ambitions to be great powers tested the Obama administration and will pose a continuing challenge to President Trump’s ability to maintain the global network of U.S. alliances. But a group of House lawmakers isn’t leaving that task to the president. The House Democracy Partnership, a bipartisan commission of lawmakers started in 2005, […]

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Balkans must join the EU eventually, European leaders say (Reuters)

By   /  10/03/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

More Balkan states can still join the European Union if they stick to a path of economic and democratic reform, Europe’s leaders said on Thursday at a summit meant to cement the bloc’s long-term commitment to stabilize a region mired in political crisis. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-eu-summit-balkans-idUSKBN16G32S

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Kosovo’s Symbolic Mitrovica Bridge Opening Delayed (Balkan Insight)

By   /  10/03/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

Political tensions in north Kosovo have helped to delay until May the reopening of the renovated bridge that links the Albanian and Serb sides of the divided town of Mitrovica. http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/kosovo-s-symbolic-mitrovica-bridge-opening-delayed-03-08-2017

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