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Reality Check (BalkanInsight)

By   /  24/02/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

Political crises frequently crowd out economic problems from the news agenda in the Balkans, but this week we bring a number of important economic and business themes to the usual mix of political and diplomatic intrigue from the region. Local and international observers of Bosnia are typically preoccupied with the country’s constant political crises, whether […]

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Moscow is regaining sway in the Balkans (The Economist)

By   /  24/02/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

Aid, warplanes and propaganda convince Serbs that Russia is their friend http://www.economist.com/news/europe/21717390-aid-warplanes-and-propaganda-convince-serbs-russia-their-friend-moscow-regaining-sway

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Kosovo Mulls Renewed Bid to Join UNESCO (Balkan Insight)

By   /  24/02/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

Following its failure to get enough votes from members of the UN cultural body in order to join in 2015, the Kosovo government is making preparations for a possible second bid this year. http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/kosovo-mulls-second-unesco-bid-02-23-2017

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Macedonia Opposition Looks Closer to Forming Govt (Balkan Insight)

By   /  23/02/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

Macedonia’s Social Democrats look closer to forming a government after the key ethnic Albanian party hinted that it would reveal its decision on whether to support it by Friday. After a meeting on Wednesday night, the Democratic Union for Integration, DUI, confirmed that one key obstacle to backing a new opposition Social Democrat-led government – […]

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Montenegro’s Djukanovic Says Russia Trying To Destabilize Balkans (RFE)

By   /  23/02/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

Montenegro’s former prime minister accused Russia of seeking to destabilize the Balkans following a thwarted attempt to overthrow Podgorica’s pro-Western government. http://www.rferl.org/a/28324004.html

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Documentary Accuses Serbian Army Chief of Kosovo Crimes (Balkan Insight)

By   /  22/02/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

Belgrade’s Humanitarian Law Centre released a documentary accusing the head of the Serbian Army, Ljubisa Dikovic, of involvement in war crimes in Kosovo and cover-up operations to hide the bodies. http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/hlc-documentary-alleges-serbian-army-chief-for-kosovo-war-crimes-02-21-2017

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Amnesty International: Kosovo and Serbia did not cooperate in finding people who have gone missing (Independent Balkan News Agency)

By   /  22/02/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

According to Amnesty International, human rights around the world are at risk due to politicians who use “toxic and inhumane” rhetoric against ethnic or religious minorities, with the scope of strengthening their position in power. In the annual report called “Situation of Human Rights in the World”, this organization says that over 1600 people remain […]

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Balkans Struggling on Human Rights: Amnesty Report (Balkan Insight)

By   /  22/02/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

All the Balkan countries are continuing to struggle with human rights issues, including dealing with war crimes and protecting refugees, says a new report by Amnesty International. The latest global report published by international campaign group Amnesty International on Wednesday said that all the Balkan countries continued to struggle with human rights protection in 2015. […]

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Kosovo’s Mustafa Defies Tear Gas and Resignation Calls (Balkan Insight)

By   /  21/02/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

Kosovo Prime Minister Isa Mustafa told BIRN that his government has already survived street protests and tear gas attacks, and will ignore the opposition’s continued calls for early elections. http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/kosovo-s-mustafa-defies-tear-gas-and-resignation-calls-02-20-2017

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Big Powers Clip U.N. Secretary-General’s Wings (Foreign Policy)

By   /  20/02/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

In early challenge to Antonio Guterres’ independence, the United States and other veto-wielding powers insist on filling U.N. jobs with their own picks. United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres may be the world’s most visible diplomat. But he is quickly learning that he is far from the most powerful. The former Portuguese prime minister is facing […]

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Russia Stirs Friction in Balkans, as NATO Keeps an Uneasy Peace (NYT)

By   /  20/02/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

In the densely forested mountains along the contested frontier between Serbia and Kosovo, a patrol of American soldiers under NATO command trudged through snow and mud, keeping an eye out for smugglers or anyone else trying to cross the border. Given the bloody legacy of this area, the situation is quiet now, at least up […]

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Albania, Croatia ask NATO to revise Kosovo peacekeeping plan (Channel News Asia)

By   /  17/02/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

TIRANA: Albania and Croatia have asked NATO to revise plans for its peace-keeping mission in Kosovo, arguing that nationalist rhetoric by Serb politicians threatens to destabilise the region scarred by the 1990s wars. Relations between Serbia and its former province Kosovo came under renewed strain since Belgrade sent a train painted with the slogan “Kosovo […]

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