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Prizren Docufest Transforming Kosovo Film, Director Says (Balkan Insight)

By   /  20/07/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

Ahead of Kosovo biggest cultural event, Dokufest director Veton Nurkollari told BIRN that the Prizren film festival was raising the game for Kosovo cinematography The 16th International Documentary and Short Films Festival in Prizren, Dokufest, will screen a total of 253 films in the southern city of Kosovo from August 4 to 12 under the […]

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Kosovo War Court President Promises Impartial Justice (Balkan Insight)

By   /  20/07/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

The president of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers, Ekatarina Trendafilova, told BIRN the new court has no ethnic bias, will protect its witnesses from intimidation and deliver justice impartially and independently In her first interview as president of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers, judge Ekatarina Trendafilova told BIRN that the newly-established Hague-based institution that will try former […]

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Controversy Lingers in Kosovo Over Long Awaited Mosque

By   /  18/07/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

After years of delay, the assembly of the capital of Kosovo looks set to give the go-ahead to the construction of a new ‘Central Mosque’ – despite the objections of civil society groups. A key item on the agenda of the city council in Pristina, Kosovo, on July 25 is the future of the city’s […]

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Kosovo Serbs MPs Mull Likely Partners in Parliament (Balkan Insight)

By   /  17/07/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

As Kosovo’s political parties jostle for the right to form the next government, the country’s ethnic Serbian MPS have yet to decide which coalition or party to support. http://bit.ly/2uukfN2  

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The EU must show the Balkans they still have a chance of joining (The Economist)

By   /  14/07/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

Europe’s inner courtyard is drifting towards crime and authoritarianism http://econ.st/2sWwAWU

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Jeremic: Democracy in the Balkans is under siege, and the West is looking away (The Washington Post)

By   /  14/07/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

Events in the Western Balkans twice cast a long shadow across Europe in the past century — first in 1914 and then in the 1990s. Both times, the forces unleashed by the carnage could not be contained within the existing international order. And in both instances, proffered solutions failed to resolve the underlying tensions that […]

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A look at the bystander effect and whether the law can increase interventions (Kosovo 2.0)

By   /  14/07/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

Almost two weeks ago, a very unfortunate event happened in the city of Gjilan/Gnjilane. An elderly man passed away as a result of his weak health, high temperatures and lack of people willing to stop and help him. The tragedy was afterwards followed by anger, despair and outbursts that took place mainly on social media. […]

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EU nudges Balkans towards economic integration (Reuters)

By   /  13/07/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

Bosnia boycotted a transport pact and Kosovo frustrated a European Union attempt to forge a customs union in the Balkans on Wednesday, at a summit that once again brought promises of accession but no firm timetable. http://reut.rs/2tLpRle

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In Trieste, modest expectations for Western Balkan integration (Politico)

By   /  13/07/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

The European Union was hoping to get a firm grip on the Western Balkans at a summit Wednesday, but all it got was a limp handshake. http://politi.co/2tPn4pF

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US Urged to Pressure Vucic Over Bytyqi Murders (Balkan Insight)

By   /  13/07/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

The family of three Albanian-American brothers killed in Serbia in 1999 want US officials to put pressure on President Aleksandar Vucic during his upcoming visit to Washington to resolve the case. http://bit.ly/2vfgpov

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Kosovo Awaits Summer’s Return of Cash-Rich Diaspora (Balkan Insight)

By   /  13/07/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

Each summer, the Kosovo diaspora continue the tradition of returning home to marry, visit relatives – and hopefully spend a lot of money. http://bit.ly/2t6aR2Y

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Merkel and Macron Sweeten EU Path for Volatile Western Balkans (Bloomberg)

By   /  12/07/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

The leaders of some of the European Union’s biggest economies, including Germany’s Angela Merkel, will offer the western Balkan countries new incentives to join the world’s largest trading bloc and stabilize the continent’s most volatile region. https://bloom.bg/2tMhF2x

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