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Hahn: Statements on unification of Kosovo and Albania, dangerous and unacceptable (Tema)

By   /  11/07/2017  /  Articles from Kosovo media  /  No Comments

The European Union Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn, told Tema that statements for eventual national unification of Albanians in case EU does not open doors for Kosovo and Albania, are dangerous and unacceptable. “First of all, there is an uncontested perspective of all Western Balkans countries to join the EU […]

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An Old Nightmare Returns: The Balkans Simmer Again (The National Interest)

By   /  20/06/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

One of the problems that emerges when U.S. officials and the news media are focused on a small number of foreign-policy issues is that troubling developments can occur below the radar in other areas. That appears to be happening in the Balkans, a region that was a foreign-policy priority of the Western powers in the […]

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Albania hails Kosovo election (Koha)

By   /  12/06/2017  /  Articles from Kosovo media  /  No Comments

Albanian Foreign Ministry hailed Sunday’s parliamentary elections in Kosovo as an “expression of free will in a fair and competitive process”. In a statement, the foreign ministry expressed trust that new Kosovo institutions would be formed soon “in line with the expressed will and the country’s constitution in order to address priorities, needs and challenges […]

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Albanians are going for all or nothing – Serbian FM (B92)

By   /  28/04/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

What is happening in Macedonia is not just a local problem, but one for the whole region, says Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic. “Now it’s the most obvious how right we have been when we pointed out that Serbia has an important lever in its hands, and that is political stability,” Dacic told RTS. He […]

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Haradinaj cannot be extradited to Albania (RTS, KIM radio)

By   /  26/04/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

The fact that Ramush Haradinaj has received citizenship of Albania is not essential to the process in Colmar, said Ministry of Justice to RTS, explaining that Haradinaj cannot be sent to Albania only because he acquired the citizenship of that country, because it is not a basis for seeking his extradition. The Court of Appeal […]

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“Turkey is behind ‘Greater Albania’ ideas in Balkans” (B92, Vecernje Novosti)

By   /  26/04/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

There is suspicion that Turkish intelligence is behind the statements about the redrawing borders in the Balkans and “the spread of the Greater Albania idea.” The Belgrade-based newspaper Vecernje Novosti is reporting this, adding that the treats against Serbia that have been arriving from Tirana, Pristina and Presevo in a synchronized manner, have been prepared […]

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Moscow reacts to “Albanian unification” talk (B92)

By   /  24/04/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs late last week issued a statement reacting to “a series of recent statements by various Albanian politicians.” These statements that concern “the redrawing of borders in the Balkans” have raised particular concern, the Russian MFA said. “We assert that, under the guise of unfounded accusations of attempts to destabilize […]

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Albania pitches itself as bastion against Russian influence (B92, Tanjug)

By   /  20/04/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

Albanian Foreign Minister Ditmir Bushati, who is visiting Washington, says that his country has “the most developed democracy in the Western Balkans.” In addition, Bushati says that Albania is “a bastion against Russia’s influence in Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Bosnia and Croatia.” However, he avoided replying when German Marshall Fund of the US President Karen Donfried […]

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UNMIK Headlines 20 April

By   /  20/04/2017  /  UNMIK Media Reports  /  No Comments

After Rama, Thaci also threatens EU with national unification (RFE)
Albania-Kosovo unification threats come from frustrated leaders (Kosova Sot)
Thaci: Vote for border demarcation with Montenegro (Bota Sot)
EU Office: Apostolova’s remarks were misunderstood (RTK)
Haradinaj wants new elections: Population should not be tortured (Epoka)
Kurti strikes at politics’ ties with business (Koha Ditore)
Recica: Coalition is not matching as we thought (Lajmi)

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“If we said we’d form union with RS – what would you say?” (B92)

By   /  19/04/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

Edi Rama’s statement about a union between Albania and Kosovo again confirms that creation of a Greater Albania is a common platform of all ethnic Albanians. Serbian First Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said this late on Tuesday in reaction to the Albanian prime minister’s interview given to the website Politico, during which […]

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Albanian PM told it’s “rude” to eye other people’s territory (B92)

By   /  19/04/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

The head of the Government Office for Kosovo and Metohija says that “nobody should play with attempting to revive the fascist idea of a Greater Albania.” Marko Djuric in this way responded to Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama, who said that he could not rule out the possibility of “a union between Albania and Kosovo” […]

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Albanian prime minister: EU faces ‘nightmare’ if Balkan hopes fade (politico.eu)

By   /  18/04/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

TIRANA, Albania — Albania’s prime minister said a union between Albania and Kosovo cannot be ruled out if EU membership prospects for the Western Balkans fade. In an interview with POLITICO that also covered a political crisis in neighboring Macedonia, an upcoming election at home and the inspiration he draws from Tony Blair, Prime Minister Edi Rama […]

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