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Kosovo MP’s Move to Cut Jail Terms Slated (Balkan Insight)

By   /  23/03/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

An amendment by a ruling party MP cut prison terms by a third has drawn a good deal of adverse comment from politicians, experts and international representatives in Pristina. An MP from the ruling Democratic Party of Kosovo, PDK, Nait Hasani, has been criticized for proposing an amendment that would cut prison sentences by a […]

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Kosovo, Albania Give ‘Common Market’ Call Thumbs Down (Balkan Insight)

By   /  21/03/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

Kosovo’s Prime Minister has dismissed calls for a Western Balkan ‘common market’ as a pointless diversion from the goal of EU membership – while an important union in Albania has reached the same conclusion. EU Commissioner for Enlargement Johannes Hahn’s support for the creation of a common market in the Western Balkans, raised during the […]

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Rival Activists Embody Serbia’s Russia-West Split (Balkan Insight)

By   /  17/03/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

Two female activists who were born the same year and studied together now represent opposite ends of the political spectrum, reflecting Serbia’s deep divisions over EU membership and relations with Russia. Milica Djurdjevic and Anita Mitic are two of the most high-profile young activists of their generation, but the 27-year-olds hold political beliefs that are […]

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Kosovo Risks Alienating Crucial Allies in Army Row (Balkan Insight)

By   /  17/03/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

President Thaci is taking a gamble as he presses on with moves to create a Kosovo army despite US and NATO opposition. http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/kosovo-risks-alienating-crucial-allies-in-army-row-03-15-2017

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‘People’s Eye’ Poses Terrorist Threat, Kosovo President Says (Balkan Insight)

By   /  16/03/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

Hashim Thaci says security institutions have obtained a list of 26 people that an organization called People’s Eye – which has accepted responsibility for shooting Azem Vllasi – wants to execute. http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/people-s-eye-with-a-list-of-26-kosovo-personalities-to-be-executed-03-16-2017

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Serbia Accuses Kosovo of Grabbing its Property (Balkan Insight)

By   /  16/03/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

The head of Serbia’s Office for Kosovo, Marko Djuric, has denounced a decision to register the Kosovo state as the owner of the all immovable property once registered in the name of Yugoslavia or Serbia. http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/kosovo-s-decision-sparks-new-belgrade-pristina-tension-03-15-2017

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Serbia Accused of Hiding Information on Kosovo Graves (Balkan Insight)

By   /  16/03/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

The Kosovo government’s missing persons commission urged Serbia to disclose information about the locations of mass graves, claiming that its army is keeping important documents secret. http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/serbia-accused-of-hiding-information-on-kosovo-graves-03-15-2017

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Kosovo’s Symbolic Mitrovica Bridge Opening Delayed (Balkan Insight)

By   /  10/03/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

Political tensions in north Kosovo have helped to delay until May the reopening of the renovated bridge that links the Albanian and Serb sides of the divided town of Mitrovica. http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/kosovo-s-symbolic-mitrovica-bridge-opening-delayed-03-08-2017

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Kosovo May Form Army, Bypassing Serb Veto (Balkan Insight)

By   /  08/03/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

Kosovo’s president is mulling ways to bypass a Serb veto on the formation of an army by proposing changes that would broaden the responsibilities of the existing Kosovo Security Force. http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/kosovo-s-tha%C3%A7i-bypass-serb-boycott-to-form-army-03-06-2017

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Albania, Kosovo Deny Stirring Crisis in Macedonia (Balkan Insight)

By   /  08/03/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

Experts in Tirana and Pristina say the crisis in Macedonia is mainly about a power struggle over who will form the next government – and say leaders of Albania have a right to take an interest in the fate of other Albanians in the region. http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/analysts-in-tirana-and-pristina-believe-albania-didn-t-stir-macedonia-crises-03-06-2017

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Serbian Media Blame Macedonian Crisis on Albanian ‘Terrorists’ (Balkan Insight)

By   /  07/03/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

The political crisis in Macedonia is receiving extensive coverage in Serbia, where the media are accusing ethnic Albanians of seeking Macedonia’s destruction, terrorism and a ‘Greater Albania’ with help of the West. http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/serbian-media-accusing-albania-amidst-macedonia-crisis-03-06-2017

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Kosovo, Albania Condemn Macedonian President’s Veto (Balkan Insight)

By   /  02/03/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

Kosovo and Albania have condemned Macedonia’s President for refusing to allow the Social Democrat-led opposition to form a government in alliance with ethnic Albanian parties on the grounds that it could ‘destroy’ the country. http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/tirana-and-prishtina-accuse-macedonian-president-for-ethnic-discrimination-03-02-2017

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