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Kosovo Parties Gear Up For October Local Elections (Euroasia Review)

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Although the local election campaign has yet to start, the opposition Vetevendosje party has already named most of its candidates for mayoral seats. In a bid to repeat the success it had in the June general elections, when it came in second place, Kosovo’s opposition Vetevendosje movement has announced the names of its mayoral candidates […]

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Kosovo’s election deadlock blocks funds, recognition (Euroactiv)

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Kosovo’s failure to establish a government two months after an election is stalling its bids for greater international recognition and blocking funds for the poverty-stricken country. A coalition led by President Hashim Thaci’s PDK party – itself in power since 2007 – topped early parliamentary polls held on 11 June, but the alliance did not […]

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Former Kosovo PM Rexhepi Dies in Turkey

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Bajram Rexhepi, the first elected Prime Minister of Kosovo, has died in a hospital in Turkey after suffering a stroke earlier this year. Bajram Rexhepi, the first elected Prime Minister of Kosovo following the 1999 war of independence, died on Monday at the age of 63 in a hospital in Turkey, where he had been […]

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Stop Poking the Russian Bear (The National Interest)

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Western intrusion into traditional Russian spheres of influence, areas under the sway of Moscow for three centuries or more, represents a highly provocative and destabilizing policy. Note: this article is part of a symposium on U.S.-Russia relations included in the September/October 2017 issue of the National Interest. War between Russia and the West seems nearly […]

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Kosovo Parties Gear Up for October Local Elections (Balkan Insight)

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Although the local election campaign has yet to start, the opposition Vetevendosje party has already named most of its candidates for mayoral seats. In a bid to repeat the success it had in the June general elections, when it came in second place, Kosovo’s opposition Vetevendosje movement has announced the names of its mayoral candidates […]

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Balkan Leaders Express Sympathy Over Barcelona Attack (Balkan Insight)

By   /  18/08/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

Balkan leaders joined those of other countries in condemning the terrorist attacks in Spain on Thursday that left at least 14 people dead and expressing their condolences to the victims. Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said more international co-operation is needed to prevent terrorist attacks after suspected Islamists killed at least 13 people and injured over […]

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UN Warns Kosovo That Political Stalemate Is Harming Economy, Social Opportunities

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The United Nations says the failure by Kosovo lawmakers to form a government more than two months after elections is causing the country to miss out on “important” economic and social opportunities. The head of the UN mission in Kosovo, Zahir Tanin, said on August 16 that the deadlock sparked by an inconclusive June 11 […]

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“Nobody has the right to deny the Kurds independence: Leader of Kosovo party” (Kurdistan 24)

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ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan 24) – The international community should not try to deny the Kurdish people’s right to live in freedom and peace, an Albanian activist and politician asserted. Visar Ymeri, the leader of the Self-Determination movement in Kosovo, while speaking with Kurdistan 24 during a visit to the US, said that nobody has […]

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Attack on journalist widely condemned (Kosovo 2.0)

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Insajderi director beaten outside his apartment. Condemnations have poured in today (Thursday, Aug. 17) after an attack on a prominent Kosovar journalist. Parim Olluri, the executive director of the online newspaper Insajderi, was beaten last night by three people in front of his apartment. Olluri and his fiancé Genta, who was with him at the […]

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Beating of Kosovo journalist was attack on media freedom: OSCE (Reuters)

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PRISTINA (Reuters) – An international watchdog has condemned the beating of a Kosovo journalist known for his reports on corruption, calling it “an attack against freedom of media”. Parim Olluri, whose news website Insajderi has become one of the leading online media reporting allegations of corruption among Kosovo’s top officials, was beaten by unknown assailants […]

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Trump Budget Plan Is Bad News for Eastern Europe (Bloomberg)

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Proposed aid cuts cast doubt on pledges to protect the region On edge as President Donald Trump cozied up to Vladimir Putin, Eastern Europe breathed a sigh of relief when U.S. officials swung by to reassure them of unwavering support. But Washington’s spending proposals tell a different story. Despite Vice President Mike Pence touring the […]

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Balkan Religious Minorities Still Feel Excluded, US Says (Balkan Insight)

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Religious minorities in the Balkans still struggle with a degree of discrimination and with a lack of official cooperation in regaining assets confiscated by the communist regimes, a US State Department report says. Despite progress in terms of legislation safeguarding equal rights for all religious minorities, most Balkan states still discriminate against some groups and […]

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