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U.S. Envoy Urges Balkan States To Guard Against Russian Influence Efforts (RFE)

By   /  25/05/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

A top U.S. diplomat on May 24 urged Balkan nations to guard against efforts by Russia to increase its influence in the region and undermine ties with the West. “We, of course, remain hopeful that Russia will play a constructive role in the Balkans, as it has in the past, but we must remain vigilant, […]

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Kosovo Telecom avoids bankruptcy as partner waives 32 mln euro payment (Reuters)

By   /  25/05/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

May 24 State-owned Kosovo Telecom has avoided bankruptcy after a Kosovan mobile operator agreed to waive a 32 million euro ($35.78 million) fine imposed over a breach of contract, the companies said on Wednesday. Privately owned Z-mobile won a contract in 2008 to use Kosovo Telecom’s (PTK) network and technology but later took the state […]

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Journalists Stampede to Join Parties in Kosovo

By   /  22/05/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

The last few weeks have seen a veritable rush of journalists, analysts and civil society activists joining political parties in Kosovo, a month before the snap elections are due to take place. The latest journalist to make the transfer into politics in the country is renowned journalist and chief of Kosovo’s Radio Free Europe service, […]

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How Kosovo Poisoned America’s Relationship with Russia (The National Interest)

By   /  22/05/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

Washington, DC perpetuated and deepened its Balkan blunder a few years after the Bosnia intervention when it intervened in Kosovo. Civil strife in Serbia’s restless, predominantly Albanian province, simmered and then flared in the mid-and late-1990s. This time, Washington didn’t even make a gesture of deferring to the leading European states, but took the policy […]

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UN officials concerned over Belgrade-Pristina talks (EurActiv)

By   /  19/05/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

The chief of UNMIK, the UN mission in Kosovo, Zahir Tanin warned of rising tensions in Kosovo and weakening trust between Belgrade and Pristina during Tuesday’s UN Security Council session (16 May). http://www.euractiv.com/section/enlargement/news/un-officials-concerned-over-belgrade-pristina-talks/

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Russia, West disagree on need to keep UN peacekeeping mission in Kosovo (TASS)

By   /  17/05/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

Russia and Western powers disagreed on the need to keep the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) during a quarterly UN Security Council debate on the situation in the region on Tuesday.http://tass.com/world/946208  

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Kosovo’s Finance Minister to Run for PM (Balkan Insight)

By   /  17/05/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

Kosovo’s Minister of Finance, Avdullah Hoti, is set to stand as the Prime Ministerial candidate for the  Democratic League of Kosovo, LDK. http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/kosovo-s-finance-minister-to-run-for-pm-05-16-2017

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Analyst: EU sees Vucic as politician who will deliver Serbia’s recognition of Kosovo (InSerbia)

By   /  15/05/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

Struggling against Euroscepticism in Western Europe, the EU is seeking to reinvent itself with expansion to the East that threatens the stability of the Balkans, analyst Igor Pshenichnikov warns. Amid rising Euroscepticism in Western Europe, the EU is focused on eastern enlargement, but its desire to “relaunch” the European project depends on pressuring eastern European […]

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Kosovo Faces Uncertain Snap Elections (Balkan Insight)

By   /  12/05/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

Kosovo is bracing for uncertain snap elections as few opposition parties, whose popularity grew in recent years, now have a chance to enter the main political scene. http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/kosovo-faces-uncertain-snap-elections-05-11-2017  

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Kosovo President Calls General Election For June 11 (RFE)

By   /  12/05/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

Kosovar President Hashim Thaci has called early parliamentary elections for June 11 after the government collapsed following a no-confidence motion in parliament. https://www.rferl.org/a/kosovo-general-election-june-11/28480621.html

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Opposition Urges Montenegro to Revoke Kosovo Recognition (Balkan Insight)

By   /  11/05/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

Opposition leader urges Montenegro’s government to  withdraw recognition of Kosovo’s independence after Pristina again failed to ratify a long-awaited border agreement. http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/montenegro-opposition-calls-for-revoking-kosovo-recognition-05-11-2017

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Snap election to follow Kosovo government collapse after no-confidence vote (DW)

By   /  11/05/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

Political deadlock over a border demarcation agreement with Montenegro has led to the downfall of Kosovo’s coalition government. An election is expected next month. http://www.dw.com/en/snap-election-to-follow-kosovo-government-collapse-after-no-confidence-vote/a-38788791      

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