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Kosovo court acquits 9 accused of terror attack in Serbia (AP, The Washngton Post)

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

A Kosovo court has acquitted a group of nine Albanian men accused of a 2012 terror attack against a border post in southern Serbia. The court in Pristina, the capital, decided Wednesday to acquit the nine men of the attack, which injured a Serb border guard, saying there was no prove they committed the crime. […]

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New president of integrated Mitrovica court ready to get to work (Prishtina Insight)

By   /  06/12/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

An interview with Nikola Kabasic, the president of the newly integrated Basic Court in Mitrovica, about the challenges of consolidating Kosovo’s justice system. The Basic Court in Mitrovica — which integrates the north and the south of the town — started work on November 1, 2017. Nikola Kabasic, the president of this court, was among […]

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Kosovo’s President Wants International Missions to Leave Country (VOA)

By   /  06/12/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

Kosovo’s president on Tuesday openly called for international missions to leave the country and complained that the international community is discriminating against Kosovo when it comes to war crimes investigation and the process to join the European Union. http://bit.ly/2B3D8KS  

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Kosovo Commission Calls Montenegro Border Deal Damaging Deal (Balkan Insight)

By   /  04/12/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

The Kosovo government’s new commission on the border deal with Montengro has attacked the agreement, saying it endorsed a border that did not follow Kosovo’s previous border, when it was a province of Yugoslavia. Kosovo’s government on Monday backed a report by a new commission tasked with re- assessing the controversial border deal with Montenegro […]

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Kosovo Businesses Doubtful About Planned Free Trade Zone (Balkan Insight)

By   /  01/12/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

After Kosovo’s Foreign Minister urged Serbia to help set up a free trade zone in the divided town of Mitrovica, local businesses say they question the likely benefits. Declaring the northern Serb-run half of the town of Mitrovica as a free trade zone might help the reconciliation of ethnic Albanians and Serbs in Kosovo and […]

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Kosovo: The Balkan Treasure Trove of Humanity (Huffingtonpost)

By   /  01/12/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

The youngest country in Europe is miracle born out of imperial ashes and the rumble of former Yugoslavia. Its story is as unparalleled as it is painful. Over the course of two millennia, Kosovo was swallowed by the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman Empires before transitioning into the Kingdom and later the Socialist Federal Republic of […]

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Bulgaria, next EU chair, aims to bring Western Balkans closer to bloc (Reuters)

By   /  30/11/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

Bulgaria said on Wednesday it would push for more infrastructure, energy and other projects to help bring Western Balkan nations closer to the European Union when it takes up the rotating six-month presidency of the bloc in January. http://reut.rs/2j3dX0z

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Report Urges Permanent US Military Presence in Balkans (VOA)

By   /  29/11/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

The Washington-based Atlantic Council is calling for a permanent American military presence in the Balkans to stabilize southeastern Europe amid increased Russian efforts to exert political influence across the region. In a report published Tuesday, the nonprofit international affairs group said that announcing the arrival of U.S. troops, ideally at Camp Bondsteel in Kosovo, “would […]

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Results of the joint meeting of Albania – Kosovo governments (European Western Balkans)

By   /  28/11/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

TIRANA – The governments of Albania and Kosovo signed Monday on the joint meeting in Korça 12 agreements and understanding memorandums between the two countries, materializing the continuum of Strategic Partnership between the two countries. Overall, the two governments have signed four cooperation agreements on social insurance and integration and eight memorandums on electricity, Diaspora, […]

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EU more willing to consider new members in Balkans: EU commissioner (Reuters)

By   /  28/11/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

The European Union is increasingly willing to consider Western Balkan states joining the bloc, which could help ensure peace in the region while enriching the EU itself, the bloc’s integration commissioner said. http://reut.rs/2Bk0b02    

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UN Urges Progress on Arbitrary Detention in Serbia & Kosovo (Scoop)

By   /  28/11/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

GENEVA (27 November 2017) – Serbia and Kosovo* have come a long way in improving their treatment of prisoners and ending torture, but still need to do more to fight arbitrary detention and police impunity, the UN Special Rapporteur on torture has said after his first fact-finding visit. Nils Melzer commended the Government of Serbia […]

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Is Europe Pushing Kosovo Into the Arms of Erdoğan? (Huffington Post)

By   /  27/11/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

In Kosovo, the speech came as a shock. At a party rally before local elections last October, the forceful leader of the opposition Vetëvendosje party, Albin Kurti, swore on the Koran that victory would be theirs. Once in power, he told supporters, the party would work to end Islamophobia. At first glance, the speech makes […]

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