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Hahn: Regional cooperation crucial for Western Balkans’ EU path (European Western Balkans)

By   /  10/07/2018  /  International  /  No Comments

EWB interview with Johannes Hahn, EU Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations. Hahn will be a keyonote speaker on the event “Beyond Berlin: What Does the Next Decade Hold for the Western Balkans?”, organized by Chatham House, European Fund for the Balkans and DG Near in London on 10 July, at the margins of the […]

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Serbia could face penalty after row with Kosovo slows Europe’s clocks again (Reuters, Euronews)

By   /  10/07/2018  /  International  /  No Comments

European power grid lobby ENTSO-E warned on Monday it could suspend Serbia unless it quickly resolves a dispute with its former province Kosovo which has again made some digital clocks on the continent run slow. The European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E), which groups grid operators from 26 countries, said that digital clocks […]

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Catherine Ashton: EU must be clear that membership is the outcome for WB states (European Western Balkans)

By   /  10/07/2018  /  International  /  No Comments

According to Catherine Ashton, Senior Adviser at Chatham House and the former EU High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy (2009-14), the European Union needs to be clear that membership will be the outcome for Western Balkan countries if they undergo the neccesary reforms. Ms. Ashton, who will be a keyonote […]

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With Serbia and Kosovo both vying for EU membership, the question remains: who won the war? (The Independent)

By   /  06/07/2018  /  International  /  No Comments

In theory, both sides must observe each other’s ‘rights’ – which means that Serbia must recognise Kosovo – because Brussels is not going to have two hostile members joining its hygienic ranks. Who won the war? There are a few ruins left from the Nato bombing of 1998, and outside the parliament building in Belgrade […]

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Kosovo premier complains of Serb pressure on security forces (Washington Post)

By   /  05/07/2018  /  International  /  No Comments

By Associated PressJuly 5 at 6:10 AM PRISTINA, Kosovo — Kosovo’s prime minister is complaining that Serbia is using “pressure and blackmail” to persuade ethnic Serbs to resign from the security forces. https://wapo.st/2lTPuM7

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Kosovo Opposition Snub Invite to Talks on Dialogue (Balkan Insight)

By   /  03/07/2018  /  International  /  No Comments

Kosovo opposition parties have dismissed President Hashim Thaci’s call for them to join talks on the negotiating team and platform with Serbia – saying he lacks the legitimacy to lead such talks. https://bit.ly/2NmFqbc

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Albanians’ Rights in Serbia Must Not be Ignored (Balkan Insight)

By   /  02/07/2018  /  International  /  No Comments

Kosovo President Hashim Thaci and Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic last weekend began the so-called final phase of the Kosovo-Serbia talks in Brussels, which should conclude with a “comprehensive” and “legally binding” agreement for both countries. While both sides often say that ‘compromises’ will have to be made, there have been no mentions of what these […]

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Kosovo Public Sector Unions Oppose Proposed Pay Grades (Balkan Insight)

By   /  28/06/2018  /  International  /  No Comments

Unions in Kosovo have voiced discontent over the way a new law on levelling salaries has graded the pay of various tiers in the public sector. Amid an ongoing debate in Kosovo over the pay of the Prime Minister, which Ramush Haradinaj has doubled, the government is meeting union discontent over a new Law on […]

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Normalising Ties Essential, EU Tells Serbia, Kosovo (Balkan Insight)

By   /  27/06/2018  /  International  /  No Comments

Ahead of a new meeting between Serbia’s and Kosovo’s presidents due in two weeks, the EU has reminded both sides that progress on normalisation of their relations is vital. Another of a new expected meeting between the leaders of Kosovo and Serbia, the Council of the European Union has said that progress by Serbia and […]

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Few Kosovo Corruption Verdicts Lead to Jail Terms – BIRN

By   /  27/06/2018  /  International  /  No Comments

Only a small proportion of those found guilty of corruption in Kosovo end up in prison, the 12th court monitoring report produced by BIRN and Internews Kosova finds. Few corruption-related court cases in Kosovo end with a prison sentence, BIRN Kosovo and Internews Kosova’s annual court monitoring report for 2017, presented on Tuesday, said. Since […]

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Can Kosovo’s Wartime Truth Commission Achieve Reconciliation? (Balkan Insight)

By   /  27/06/2018  /  International  /  No Comments

Kosovo is preparing to establish a Truth and Reconciliation Commission – but while some believe it could build dialogue between Kosovo’s Albanians and Serbs, critics claim it’s a political tool for President Hashim Thaci. See at: http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/can-kosovo-s-wartime-truth-commission-achieve-reconciliation–06-25-2018

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Judge Says Kosovo to Get Tough on Threats to Media Freedom (Balkan Insight)

By   /  27/06/2018  /  International  /  No Comments

A judge in Kosovo says his new role in coordinating cases involving journalists shows the judiciary is serious about protecting media freedom. The man tasked by Kosovo’s judiciary with overseeing court cases involving attacks or threats against journalists says his appointment is evidence of a renewed commitment to protect media freedom in the country, where […]

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