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Financial Times: Bigger carrot and bigger stick will fix Balkans (B92, Beta)

By   /  13/07/2018  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

The Western Balkans Summit in London this week achieved little in advancing the region’s EU prospects, the Financial Times writes. And this is true despite the gathering “delivering warm words and worthy initiatives,” said an opinion piece entitled, “EU’s waning influence opens a dangerous vacuum in the Balkans,” cited on Thursday by Beta agency. According […]

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It is time to ditch the Berlin Process (European Western Balkans)

By   /  11/07/2018  /  Opinions  /  No Comments

Op-ed by Florian Bieber, professor at the University of Graz and coordinator of the Balkans in Europe Policy Advisory Group (BiEPAG). Bieber will be a speaker on the event “Beyond Berlin: What Does the Next Decade Hold for the Western Balkans?”, organized by Chatham House, European Fund for the Balkans and DG Near in London […]

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Raymond: USA will not make new proposals on Kosovo (Danas)

By   /  19/03/2018  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

“White House is in organizational chaos, therefore one should not expect there would be any new proposals or initiative in Washington when it comes to the Balkan issues, including the Kosovo issue,” Gregory Raymond, International Relations Professor from Boise University told Danas daily. According to Raymond it never occurred in a modern American history to […]

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Dacic names great powers that are “not Serbia’s friends” (B92, TV Happy)

By   /  27/12/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

Only a blind person could believe that problems in the Balkans are over, Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said late on Tuesday. The regional conflict will last until the cause of those problems have been found – if you sweep all the problems under the carpet, you will trip over that carpet, Dacic told a […]

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“After many years, Council on Foreign Relations lists Balkans as problem” (B92, Tanjug, N1)

By   /  13/12/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

US expert on the Balkans Daniel Serwer has commented on the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) once again listing the Balkans as a stability problem. Serwer spoke for the N1 broadcaster in Bosnia-Herzegovina, after the US NGO published its “Preventive Priorities Survey 2017.” Serwer said that he did not think the document should make people […]

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B92: Why not put all your eggs in EU basket, asks US official (Serbian media)

By   /  06/09/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

US State Department official Hoyt Bryan Yee thinks that “integration and transformation” of the Western Balkans is in the interests of Brussels, and the region. Speaking in Bled, Slovenia, he added that the readiness for this on the part of EU institutions is what is currently missing. Stressing that the European Union may be the […]

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Mogherini: The whole Balkans will be a part of the EU (European Western Balkans)

By   /  06/09/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

BLED – We are working on providing each of our partner in the Western Balkans to have a perspective for a membership in the European Union, said the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, when she addressed at the Strategic Forum in Bled, Slovenia. Mogherini has stressed […]

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Balkans “not EU’s backyard, it’s our 4th priority” (B92, Beta)

By   /  29/08/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

The Balkans is “one of four priorities” of EU’s foreign policy, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini has said, Beta reported. According to the EEAS website, Mogherini, speaking at the opening of the EU Ambassadors conference in Brussels, said that the Balkans was the organization’s fourth priority. “Still looking at our immediate neighborhood, but this […]

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Balkans less and less important (Blic)

By   /  22/08/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

Political analyst and head of the Republic of Serbia Representative Office in Washington Obrad Kesić says, in an interview with today’s Blic, that the Balkans are not only the subject of a political fight between the West and Russia, but are also currently the subject of internal struggle about the control over the US foreign policy. […]

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Three reasons for change – What is behind Erdogan’s “no” to “Greater Albania”? (Blic)

By   /  23/06/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

Blic daily reported that the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan completely changed his stance on the Balkans, after saying the project of “Greater Albania” is not only bad but also dangerous. He made these remarks in an interview to the Albanian TV station only three days before holding parliamentary elections in Albania. “These are bad […]

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“Greater Albania” unacceptable to Turkey – Erdogan (B92)

By   /  21/06/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

Turkey’s president says “the ideas of some about the unification of Albania, Macedonia and Kosovo into a Greater Albania” are “bad, and unacceptable to Turkey.” According to Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey is loudly advocating “respecting sovereignty and integrity of countries in the Balkans.” “These are bad things. You see what is happening in the Middle […]

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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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