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Kosovo journalist Parim Olluri attacked in Pristina (Prishtina Insight)

By   /  17/08/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

Award-winning investigative journalist Parim Olluri was attacked late last night in Kosovo capital by unidentified assailants. Parim Olluri, the director of Insajderi news outlet, was attacked last night in front of his apartment on Bajram Kelmendi Street in Pristina. At the time of the attack, he was accompanied by his wife who fainted but was […]

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Kosovo: Political crisis mines the dialogue process with Serbia (Independent Balkan News Agency)

By   /  16/08/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

The failure to create new institutions in Kosovo two months after the holding of parliamentary elections, has mined the process of dialogue for the normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia. While the Serb leadership has launched several proposals for the solution of pending issues between the two countries, Kosovo’s politicians have not issued any […]

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Kosovo Ex-Guerrilla’s Torture Sentence Reduced (Balkan Insight)

By   /  16/08/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

Kosovo Liberation Army ex-fighter Xhemshit Krasniqi, who was convicted of abuse and torture at detention camps in Kosovo and Albania, had his prison sentence reduced on appeal to seven years. Kosovo’s appeals court has reduced former guerrilla Xhemshit Krasniqi’s war crimes sentence from eight to seven years in prison, according to a judgment that became […]

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International media exaggerated and simplified Kosovo’s radicalization problem, report claims (Prishtina Insight)

By   /  15/08/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

Report published by the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs criticizes media coverage of radicalization in Kosovo, claiming it both exaggerated the issue and simplified motives. While international coverage of Kosovar foreign fighters in Syria managed to bring the issue of radicalization to international attention, quite often media reports were simplistic and lacked nuance, a new […]

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EU Urges Kosovo to End Political Deadlock (Balkan Insight)

By   /  15/08/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

The European Union said Kosovo MPs should end the political deadlock preventing the formation of a new government because the country has “no time to lose” to press ahead with vital reforms. “Kosovo has no time to lose,” the EU Foreign Affairs and Security Policy office told BIRN as Kosovo remained without a government two […]

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Serbian Official Suggests Major Compromise Over Kosovo (The New York Times, the Associated Press, Daily Herald)

By   /  15/08/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

BELGRADE, Serbia — Serbia’s foreign minister has called for a compromise over Kosovo that could end a dispute hindering both countries from one day becoming European Union members. In an opinion piece published Monday in the pro-government Vecernje Novosti newspaper, Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic suggested partitioning Kosovo along its predominantly ethnic Albanian and Serb parts. […]

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Serbia’s foreign minister calls for compromise over Kosovo (Reuters)

By   /  14/08/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Serbia’s foreign minister and a top ally of President Aleksandar Vucic has suggested a compromise to end a conflict over Kosovo, the newest independent European state that is blocking Serbia’s hopes of European Union membership. Serbia, where many regard Kosovo as the cradle of their nation and Orthodox Christian faith, refuses to […]

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Western powers concerned at Kosovo political deadlock (Euractiv)

By   /  14/08/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

Leading western powers voiced concern yesterday(13 August)at political deadlock in Kosovo,which has still not formed a government two months after snap elections in the tiny country,a former Serbian province. Britain,France,Germany,Italy and United States said it was“the responsibility of Kosovo’s leaders”to form a parliament and government https://www.euractiv.com/section/enlargement/news/western-powers-concerned-at-kosovo-political-deadlock/llowing the June ballots.

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Kosovo Partition May Solve Historic Dispute, Serb Deputy PM Says (Bloomberg)

By   /  14/08/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

Serbia should end its claim to all of Kosovo and seek to regain control of the northern part of the breakaway province where Serbs are in the majority, Deputy Premier Ivica Dacic said in an opinion piece published by Vecernje Novosti on Monday. In his second such appeal in two weeks and echoing calls for […]

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New Elections ‘Risk Damaging Kosovo’s Economy’ (Balkan Insight)

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If Kosovo fails to form a government and has to hold another snap election, it risks damaging its economic outlook by stalling progress and spending unnecessary funds on new polls, experts warned. Two months after Kosovo held snap elections following the fall of the previous government, the country is facing a political deadlock and the […]

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Balkan Jihadis Return, Disillusioned with ISIS “Caliphate” (Balkan Insight)

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Jovo Martinovic BIRN Podgorica Some jihadis from the Balkans who travelled to the Syrian conflict zone to support Islamic State told BIRN that they returned home because they became disenchanted with the brutality, poverty and oppression. Hilmi, an ethnic Bosniak, travelled to Syria hoping that life in Islamic State’s‘caliphate would be an ideal religious environment […]

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Serb President Vows to Push for Kosovo Deal Despite Risks (Bloomberg)

By   /  11/08/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

Serbia’s president vowed to start a nationwide debate next month on unresolved relations with Kosovo and Albania, saying a “compromise” would fix most of his country’s political problems for a century and open the way to European Union membership. Debate within Serbia would help outline the negotiating position before talks begin. Changes that need to […]

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