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New Phase in Kosovo ‘Internal Dialogue’ Puzzles Serbs (Balkan Insight)

By   /  17/10/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

While the Serbian authorities claim to have opened a second chapter in the announced ‘internal dialogue’ on Kosovo, the results of the first phase remain unknown. Serbia announced the formation on Monday of a “working group” for the second phase of the country’s “internal dialogue” on Kosovo, the former province that proclaimed its independence in […]

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Hardline Clerics Savage Kosovo’s First Pride Parade (Balkan Insight)

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

The first ever Pride Parade in Kosovo, due to take place on Tuesday, is drawing fierce opposition and derogatory language from some Muslim clerics and from parties close to them. Some hard-line Muslim clerics in Kosovo have condemned the announced first Pride Parade in Kosovo, which is set to take place on 10 October in Pristina. […]

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Kosovo Voters Have High Hopes of Capital’s New Mayor (Balkan Insight)

By   /  06/10/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

With less than a month to go before local elections take place in Kosovo, citizens in the capital, Pristina, say they want to see city services run better. Less than three weeks before polling day in the local elections in Kosovo on October 22, the race is hotting up in the capital, Pristina, where eight […]

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Catalonia Won’t Get Much Help From the Balkans (Balkan Insight)

By   /  04/10/2017  /  Opinions  /  No Comments

By Marcus Tanner A number of Balkan states may have been rebellious provinces within recent memory – but don’t expect them to stick up for anyone else’s fight for self-determination. The EU has been taken widely to task for its silence over the violence in Catalonia. What is just as surprising, some might say, is […]

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Catalan Clashes Expose Usual Splits in Balkans (Balkan Insight)

By   /  02/10/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

The heavy-handed attempts of the Spanish police to stop a Catalan referendum on independence on Sunday from taking place exposed predictable divisions in the Balkans. While some politicians who support regional autonomy in the Balkans have come out in support of the Catalan referendum, most national governments – wary of separatism in their own countries […]

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Montenegro Snubs Kosovo Plea to Review Border Deal (Balkan Insight)

By   /  28/09/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

In an attempt to convince neighbouring Montenegro to review the controversial border deal, Kosovo’s Foreign Minister has visited Podgorica – but without apparent results, as yet. Despite the visit to Montenegro of Kosovo’s new Foreign Minister, Behgjet Pacolli, on Tuesday, the deadlock between the two countries over their border demarcation agreement – which Kosovo MPs […]

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War Crimes Documentation Centre Opens in Kosovo (Balkan Insight)

By   /  27/09/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

The Humanitarian Law Centre has opened a war crimes documentation centre in Pristina with information from five Kosovo-related trials at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. The Humanitarian Law Centre Kosovo said it opened the new documentation centre in Pristina so people can become better informed about crimes committed during the 1998-99 war […]

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ISIS Appeal Remains Challenge For Kosovo, Report Warns (Balkan Insight)

By   /  25/09/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

New report by the Kosovar Center for Security Studies warns that Islamic State will remain a challenge for Kosovo until its institutions mount a comprehensive, multifaceted campaign to combat its message and ‘narrative’. A new report, “The Islamic State Narrative in Kosovo Deconstructed One Story at a Time”, by the Kosovar Center for Security Studies, […]

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Kosovo Clinic ‘Removed Patients’ Kidneys Unnecessarily’ (Balkan Insight)

By   /  22/09/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

A forensics expert told the retrial of three men originally convicted of involvement in organ-trafficking from the Medicus clinic in Kosovo that two patients had their kidneys removed for no medical reason. Forensics expert Carmen Barbu told Pristina Basic Court on Thursday that the kidneys of two patients of the Medicus clinic who are testifying […]

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Haradinaj Has Been Useful Enemy for Serbia’s Leader (Balkan Insight)

By   /  20/09/2017  /  Opinions  /  No Comments

By Milenko Vasovic, editor at Danas daily Only Aleksandar Vucic could pull off the trick of making political capital out of denouncing Ramush Haradinaj’s ‘crimes’ – before then instructing his clients in Kosovo to make him Prime Minister. Serbia’s former Prime Minister and current President, Aleksandar Vucic, reminded us of his political skills when he […]

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Kosovo Slates Serbian Film Attacking its UNESCO Bid (Balkan Insight)

By   /  18/09/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

The Kosovo prime minister’s office has condemned a Serbian documentary film that attacks Pristina’s bid to join the UN cultural body UNESCO as offensive. http://bit.ly/2y90xoI

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Kosovo’s New PM Gambles on Fresh Border Commission (Balkan Insight)

By   /  13/09/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

Ramush Haradinaj has axed the old commission for border demarcation, in a bid to try and change the deal signed with Montenegro in August 2015 – but never adopted by parliament. http://bit.ly/2wYnKup

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