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Juncker to go on ‘geopolitical’ Balkans tour (EUobserver)

By   /  06/02/2018  /  International  /  No Comments

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker is to visit Western Balkans capitals amid wider efforts to counter Russian and Chinese influence there. His trip, from 26 February to 1 March, will take in Belgrade, Podgorica, Pristina, Sarajevo, Skopje, and Tirana before concluding in Sofia, which currently holds the EU presidency. https://euobserver.com/enlargement/140854

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EU needs commitment to rights in West Balkans (EUobserver)

By   /  05/02/2018  /  Opinions  /  No Comments

Todor Gardos, researcher with the Human Rights Watch, writes in an opinion piece for EUobserver that the new European Commission strategy for enlargement of the EU, expected to be presented on February 6, could be greeted with skepticism at the Western Balkans. However, if the EU is willing to end its ‘drift policy’ and commit […]

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Tension ahead if Kosovo left out of EU strategy (EUobserver)

By   /  02/02/2018  /  Opinions  /  No Comments

Bekim Collaku, chief of staff to the president of Kosovo Hashim Thaci, writes in an opinion piece that as the European Commission gets ready to publish its strategy on the Western Balkans, “it is crucial that we all feature equally prominently in the strategy and that we are all given the same perspective. Any talk […]

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Kosovo’s EU future at risk in war crimes dispute (EUobserver)

By   /  05/01/2018  /  International  /  No Comments

Leading EU countries and the US have warned Kosovo of “severe consequences” if it walked away from a tribunal on war crimes allegations. “We urge all Kosovo’s leaders … to speak out against this initiative and honestly inform Kosovo’s citizens of the severe negative consequences, including for Kosovo’s international and Euro-Atlantic integration, if Kosovo continues […]

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2018 will be important for Western Balkans (EUobserver)

By   /  27/12/2017  /  Opinions  /  No Comments

Bernard Kouchner, a former French minister for foreign and European affairs, co-founder of Medecins Sans Frontières, founder of Médecins du Monde, and the former UN Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo, writes in an op-ed for EUobserver that next year is expected to be an important period for […]

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Kosovo marks birthday amid isolation and nationalism (EUobserver)

By   /  17/02/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

This Friday, on 17 February, Kosovo leaders will raise a glass to celebrate their achievements from nine years of independence, but many will not be there to cheer with them. While in many areas Kosovo’s statehood has been strengthened, little has changed in the lives of ordinary people. After nine years of independence Kosovars are […]

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Balkan states to introduce more anti-migrant controls (EUobserver)

By   /  09/02/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

Over a dozen European interior ministers vowed to impose more measures to curtail migrants from using the Western Balkan routes in their efforts to seek better lives outside Greece. https://euobserver.com/migration/136844  

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Serbia-Kosovo talks back on track (EUobserver)

By   /  24/01/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

Delegations from Belgrade and Pristina will meet on Tuesday (24 January) in Brussels for another round of talks sponsored by EU foreign relations chief Federica Mogherini. This time, the two sides are sending their top people: Serbia will be represented by prime minister Aleksandar Vucic and president Tomislav Nikolic, while Kosovo is sending its counterparts […]

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Albanians in Serbia call for more rights, cite EU model (EUobserver)

By   /  14/09/2015  /  International  /  No Comments

Ethnic Albanian leaders in Serbia have declared a new structure on the model of an EU-brokered deal for Serbs in Kosovo. https://euobserver.com/foreign/130248  

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Kosovo agreement clears Serbia’s EU path (EUobserver)

By   /  27/08/2015  /  International  /  No Comments

The agreement reached Tuesday (25 August) between Serbia and Kosovo lifted the main obstacle to opening membership negotiations between Serbia and the EU. But no formal decision will be taken soon. https://euobserver.com/enlargement/130008  

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EU accused of ‘intimidating’ whistleblowers (EUobserver)

By   /  13/08/2015  /  International  /  No Comments

Transparency International, a leading NGO, has accused EU law chiefs in Kosovo of “intimidation” of potential whistleblowers. It spoke out on Tuesday (12 August) on the case of Maria Bamieh, a British prosecutor, who used to work for Eulex, the EU’s rule of law mission in Kosovo – the biggest and most expensive EU operation […]

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Greek crisis poses questions for Kosovo and Montenegro (EUobserver)

By   /  03/07/2015  /  International  /  No Comments

The Greek crisis poses questions for bank depositors in Kosovo and Montenegro, which use the euro without a safety net. The EU aspirants unilaterally adopted the single currency in 2002. It was their third switch in just a few years. They changed the Yugoslav dinar, due to hyperinflation, for the deutschmark in the 1990s. Then […]

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