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U.S. raps ally Albania for ‘careless’ words on Kosovo (Reuters)

By   /  22/02/2018  /  International  /  No Comments

The United States urged Albania on Wednesday to avoid “careless language” after its prime minister suggested a single president and single security policy for both his country and neighboring Kosovo in a speech that infuriated Serbia. http://reut.rs/2CenHAr

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Albania’s Edi Rama floats joint president idea in Kosovo (Deutsche Welle)

By   /  20/02/2018  /  International  /  No Comments

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama suggested a joint president for Albania and Kosovo, the two Albanian-majority states, during a visit to Pristina. Neighboring Serbia still claims Kosovo as its province. Kosovo and Albania currently share embassies and diplomatic missions around the world, and will have a joint foreign policy in the future, Albanian Prime Minister […]

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Pristina in the spotlight: Rita Ora aside, can Kosovo’s capital make it big? (The Guardian)

By   /  20/02/2018  /  International  /  No Comments

Ten years since Kosovo declared independence from Serbia, Pristina struggles with corruption and pollution – but the youngest capital in Europe is full of fresh energy. Pristina is a city of constant renewal. Not only is Kosovo’s main city the youngest capital in Europe – 42% of the population is under 24 years old – […]

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Rama Criticised for Albania-Kosovo ‘Joint President’ Idea (Balkan Insight)

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Albanian premier Edi Rama’s suggestion that Albania and Kosovo could share the same joint president was described as impractical by analysts in Pristina and strongly condemned by officials in Belgrade. Analysts in Pristina told BIRN on Monday that Albania and Kosovo should take serious steps towards practical cooperation instead of the idea of a having […]

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The difficulties of exchanging territory in the Balkans (The Economist)

By   /  19/02/2018  /  International  /  No Comments

If Kosovo and Serbia swap parcels of land, the process won’t end there TEN years ago Kosovo declared independence from Serbia. Its Albanians, who make up the majority of the population, have been celebrating. But its Serbs, most of whom live in enclaves, have not. Serbia does not recognise Kosovo, which used to be its […]

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10 years after independence, Kosovo’s prime minister asks Washington for help with ‘unfinished business’ (The Washington Post)

By   /  19/02/2018  /  International  /  No Comments

Kosovo’s prime minister is no stranger to the spotlight. Ramush Haradinaj, the 49-year-old former leader of the Kosovo Liberation Army, is in his second tour as the country’s premier. His first ended when he resigned to face international war crime charges that resulted from a bloody conflict that pitted Albania and ethnic Kosovars against Serbia […]

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Kosovo rounds off independence celebrations with military parade (Euronews)

By   /  19/02/2018  /  International  /  No Comments

President Hashim Thaci said Kosovo should eventually become part of the EU and NATO, as the country marked a decade of independence from Serbia. Kosovo has celebrated 10 years of independence with a military and police parade through the streets of the capital Pristina. Kosovo seceded from Serbia in 2008, almost a decade after a NATO […]

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Serbian Orthodox Church faces economic blockade — Russia’s OSCE envoy (TASS)

By   /  16/02/2018  /  International  /  No Comments

Russia expects OSCE to step up its efforts “to counter the radical nationalism among Kosovo Albanians,” the ambassador added. Kosovo Albanians are trying to impose an economic blockade of the Serbian Orthodox Church in the self-proclaimed republic of Kosovo, Russia’s OSCE envoy, Alexander Lukashevich, said on Thursday. “The Serbian Orthodox Church still faces mistreatment. Kosovo […]

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German Minister Condemns Rampant Crime in North Kosovo (Balkan Insight)

By   /  16/02/2018  /  International  /  No Comments

The dominance of organized crime in Serb-dominated Northern Kosovo must be tackled, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Thursday on a visit to Mitrovica, where a Kosovo Serb politician was shot dead in January. During a visit to the divided town of Mitrovica in northern Kosovo, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said the problem […]

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Kosovo’s Grim Decade of Independence (The New York Times)

By   /  16/02/2018  /  International  /  No Comments

PRISTINA, Kosovo — I first arrived in Kosovo nearly 20 years ago. In 1999, NATO intervened on the side of ethnic Albanian rebels against the forces of Slobodan Milosevic’s Serbia. I came to cover the war. As NATO bombs fell, Serbian forces opened a campaign of ethnic cleansing that drove almost a million Kosovar Albanians, […]

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Muted mood as Kosovo marks 10 shaky years of independence (The Washington Times)

By   /  16/02/2018  /  International  /  No Comments

PRISTINA, Kosovo — Rows of blue and yellow balloons matching the colors of Kosovo’s 10-year-old flag may festoon the main pedestrian drag in downtown Pristina this week marking the country’s first decade as an independent state, but the feeling on the streets is decidedly gray. Many say they are not in a festive mood to […]

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Recognising the Realities of Kosovo (Balkan Insight)

By   /  16/02/2018  /  International  /  No Comments

Belgrade and Pristina have fought the issue of Kosovo recognition to a stalemate, but the battle will continue until they face reality and decide what they really want. It is hard to believe that ten years have passed since members of the Kosovo Assembly gathered on 17 February 2008 to declare independence. Although the move […]

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