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Ethnic Serb fugitive is nominated as court judge by Kosovo (Reuters)

By   /  24/05/2018  /  International  /  No Comments

Kosovo’s parliament is facing criticism from the opposition and watchdog organizations for nominating as a judge a Serb who fled to Kosovo to avoid being jailed for corruption. https://reut.rs/2IJUHzT

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Kosovo Organ-Trafficking Defendants Deny Breaking Law (Balkan Insight)

By   /  23/05/2018  /  International  /  No Comments

In closing statements at the high-profile trial in Kosovo, the defence insisted that the kidney transplants at the Medicus clinic had no connection to people-trafficking as the indictment claims. In its closing statements on Tuesday, the defence told Pristina Basic Court that the prosecution could not prove that the Medicus clinic owner, Lutfi Dervishi, was involved […]

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Turkish citizens deported through a ‘commercial flight’ (Prishtina Insight)

By   /  23/05/2018  /  International  /  No Comments

The six Turkish nationals forcefully removed from Kosovo in March were deported through a misrepresented commercial flight, the Civil Aviation Authority confirmed today. The airline company, whose plane carried the six Turkish nationals who were forcefully removed from Kosovo to Turkey in March, misrepresented its flight’s purpose. On March 29, six Turkish nationals were deported […]

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“Putin is Serbia’s friend but he respects our path towards the EU” (El Pais)

By   /  18/05/2018  /  International  /  No Comments

President of Serbia talks to EL PAÍS about the Balkan country’s efforts to join the bloc, and how Kosovo is proving a sticking point The existential journey that has taken Aleksandar Vučić to this point has been a long one. As a young man, the current president of Serbia was an ultra-nationalist of passionate rhetoric, […]

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Kosovo is not Catalonia, Kosovo’s Thaci tells absent Spanish PM Rajoy (Euroactiv.com)

By   /  18/05/2018  /  International  /  No Comments

Pristina ‘understands’ the decision of Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy not to attend the EU-Western Balkans summit in Sofia, but “Kosovo is not Catalonia”, Kosovo’s President Hashim Thaçi told EURACTIV.com. “Of course, under no circumstances, can someone draw parallels between us and Spain, as Kosovo is not Catalonia,” Thaçi emphasised. At the 23 March EU […]

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No time soon: EU dashes membership hopes of Balkan states (The Guardian)

By   /  18/05/2018  /  International  /  No Comments

Concerns over rule of law and corruption, plus enlargement fatigue, meant the six countries got little from Sofia summit Keep waiting in line, but don’t expect the door to open any time soon. That was the message delivered on Thursday to six Balkan states hoping to join the EU. The six had been invited to […]

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Serbia-Kosovo Stalemate Allows Fugitives to Stay Free (Balkan Insight)

By   /  18/05/2018  /  International  /  No Comments

Serbia and Kosovo have become refuges for each other’s criminals and fugitives, allowing suspected murderers, drug dealers and organ-traffickers to evade justice by crossing the border. When the time came for Kosovo doctor Lutfi Dervishi and his son Arban to be imprisoned in 2016 for one of the Balkans’ most gruesome post-war crimes, the pair […]

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EU Leaders Stress Ties To Western Balkans, But Cautious On Enlargement (RFE)

By   /  18/05/2018  /  International  /  No Comments

European Union leaders expressed determination to “strengthen and intensify” their ties to the Western Balkans, but they dampened any hopes of a quick move to allow any new countries into the bloc. “The EU reaffirms its unequivocal support for the European perspective of the Western Balkans,” it said in a joint declaration on May 17 […]

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Serbia Hints at Referendum on Kosovo Deal (Balkan Insight)

By   /  18/05/2018  /  International  /  No Comments

Serbian government officials are continuing to hint at a nationwide referendum on the Kosovo issue, as any solution to the dispute would likely require changes to the country’s constitution. Serbian officials have continued to hint that citizens will be given an opportunity to declare their views on any proposed settlement of the Kosovo issue. Many […]

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Macron pours cold water on Balkan EU membership hopes (Politico)

By   /  18/05/2018  /  International  /  No Comments

At summit with regional leaders, French president says thoughts of enlargement have ‘weakened Europe.’ SOFIA — French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday sounded a skeptical note on enlarging the European Union to include countries from the western Balkans — at a summit meant to strengthen ties between the region and the EU. Macron’s comments come […]

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EU – Western Balkans Summit: The Sofia Declaration – full text (The Sofia Globe)

By   /  17/05/2018  /  International  /  No Comments

At the European Union – Western Balkans summit in the Bulgarian capital on May 17, EU leaders agreed on the Sofia Declaration, with which the Western Balkans partners have aligned themselves, the Council of the EU said. This is the full text of the Sofia Declaration: We, the leaders of the European Union (EU) and […]

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First EU-Western Balkan Summit In 15 Years To Focus On Integration (RFE)

By   /  17/05/2018  /  International  /  No Comments

Leaders of the Western Balkans and European Union are meeting in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia for their first summit in 15 years. The summit will not focus on bids by the region’s six non-EU countries — Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Kosovo, Macedonia, and Albania — to join the bloc, but rather will tackle their efforts […]

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