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Serbia, Kosovo Spar Ahead of New Brussels Talks (Balkan Insight)

By   /  22/06/2018  /  International  /  No Comments

Ahead of Sunday’s meeting between the Kosovo and Serbia Presidents, the two countries are still arguing over the agenda – while Germany has denied seeking Federica Mogherini’s replacement as chief negotiator in the process. Germany’s ambassador in Belgrade, Axel Dittmann, has denied that Berlin wants EU foreign police chief Federica Mogherini replaced as the organiser […]

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Returning Terrorists Threaten Balkan Security, Europol Says (Balkan Insight)

By   /  22/06/2018  /  International  /  No Comments

Europol report highlights return of foreign terrorist fighters from conflict areas to the countries of the Western Balkans as a matter of concern. Europol’s latest report on the terrorist threat in the EU says one of main threats to the countries of the Western Balkans is the return home of foreign terrorist fighters, FTFs. “Hungary […]

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Macedonia Deal Heightens Pressure on Serbia, Kosovo – Experts (Balkan Insight)

By   /  19/06/2018  /  International  /  No Comments

Balkan watchers say Serbia and Kosovo will be under more pressure to resolve their dispute now that Greece and Macedonia have terminated their own decades-long disagreement. Diplomatic and Balkan experts say the announced solution to the Macedonia-Greece “name” dispute will add to the pressure on the leaders of Serbia and Kosovo to finally solve their […]

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Serbian Government Launches NATO Bombing Probe (Balkan Insight)

By   /  14/06/2018  /  International  /  No Comments

Serbia’s health and environment ministries agreed to begin a state-sponsored investigation of the alleged effects on public health caused by the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia in 1999. Serbian Health Minister Zlatibor Loncar and Environment Minister Goran Trivan signed an agreement on Tuesday to start the state-sponsored investigation of alleged damage caused by the NATO air […]

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Hague Court Urged to Probe Journalists’ Deaths in Kosovo (Balkan Insight)

By   /  07/06/2018  /  International  /  No Comments

The European Federation of Journalists adopted a resolution urging a new Hague-based court to investigate killings and disappearances of ethnic Albanian and Serb journalists connected to the Kosovo conflict. The European Federation of Journalists, EFJ adopted a resolution jointly proposed by Serbian and Kosovo journalists’ associations on Thursday calling for an investigation into the murders […]

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Kosovo Women Take Aim at Wikipedia Gender Imbalance (Balkan Insight)

By   /  30/05/2018  /  International  /  No Comments

Kosovo women who took part in a ‘Wiki Edit-a-Thon’ in Pristina pledged to increase female influence on the online encyclopedia Wikipedia, most of whose entries are written and edited by men. Drita Berisha, one of 25 mostly young women from Kosovo who participated in a one-day workshop called the ‘Wiki Edit-a-Thon’ in Pristina on Tuesday, told […]

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Human Remains Found in Suspected Kosovo War Grave (Balkan Insight)

By   /  30/05/2018  /  International  /  No Comments

The remains of five people have been found in a suspected mass grave near the Kosovo town of Gjakova/Djakovica, although their identity and cause of death has yet to be established. The EU Rule-of-Law Mission in Kosovo, EULEX told BIRN that the remains of five bodies have been found during a search for a mass […]

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Festival Aims to Bridge Kosovo-Serbia Divide (Balkan Insight)

By   /  30/05/2018  /  International  /  No Comments

The annual Miredita, Dobar Dan! Festival presents Kosovo Albanian films, exhibitions and theatre plays in the Serbian capital in a bid to rebuild relations between the two peoples. A four-day arts festival, whose name means Good Day in Serbian and Albanian, will present the Kosovo Albanian cultural scene to Belgrade audiences from May 30 to […]

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Clash Erupts at Protest Against Kosovo Serb Churchgoers (Balkan Insight)

By   /  29/05/2018  /  International  /  No Comments

One man was injured and another arrested when Kosovo Albanians in the village of Klina protested against Serbs displaced in the aftermath of the 1999 conflict who returned to visit the local church. Kosovo’s Minister for Returns and Communities, Dalibor Jevtic, condemned the incident on Monday which saw one person injured when ethnic Albanian residents […]

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Stolen Homes: Kosovo Struggles with Wartime Property Seizures (Balkan Insight)

By   /  29/05/2018  /  International  /  No Comments

Almost two decades after the Kosovo war, many thousands of people whose houses or land was seized during or after the conflict have still not been able to get their property back. At midnight on June 19, 1999, Nusret Ajdezi was woken up by a loud knocking on his door. Four armed people entered his […]

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Kosovo Halts Road Work After Serbian Monastery Protests (Balkan Insight)

By   /  28/05/2018  /  International  /  No Comments

A decision to halt construction work of a road from Kosovo to Montenegro, following protests by a Serbian Orthodox monastery, has sparked conflicting responses in Kosovo. See at: http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/kosovo-road-construction-near-orthodox-monastery-spark-controversies-05-28-2018    

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Kosovo Convicts Serb Ex-Policeman of War Crimes (Balkan Insight)

By   /  25/05/2018  /  International  /  No Comments

Zoran Vukotic, a Serb former policeman in Kosovo, was sentenced to six-and-a-half years for for the mistreatment and torture of ethnic Albanian civilian prisoners at a jail in 1999. Mitrovica Basic Court on Friday sentenced former Serbian policeman Zoran Vukotic to six-and-a-half years in jail for war crimes against the ethnic Albanian civilian population in […]

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