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Kosovo lurches to nationalism as Brussels lets down its friends (EurActiv)

By   /  16/06/2017  /  Opinions  /  No Comments

Denis MacShane, former UK Minister for the Balkans, writes in an op-ed that elections in Kosovo have produced a result that shows the spectre of ultra-nationalism and populist rejection of Europe is not the exclusive property of Donald Trump and Europe’s nationalist-populist ideologues. http://bit.ly/2ttUfxy

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Fragile Kosovo prepares for ‘crucial’ vote (EurActiv)

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

Nine years after proclaiming independence, fragile Kosovo votes Sunday (11 June) at a time of high tension with Serbia, rampant unemployment and some of its leaders threatened with prosecution for war crimes. http://bit.ly/2s2GDvM

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EU hopes for Western Balkan common market deal by mid-2018 (EurActiv)

By   /  08/06/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

The European Union hopes six Balkan countries will agree at a summit on July 12 in Italy to create a regional common market that could be working within a year, a top EU official said on Tuesday (6 June), in the bloc’s latest step to re-engage the region. http://bit.ly/2siKVzF

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UN officials concerned over Belgrade-Pristina talks (EurActiv)

By   /  19/05/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

The chief of UNMIK, the UN mission in Kosovo, Zahir Tanin warned of rising tensions in Kosovo and weakening trust between Belgrade and Pristina during Tuesday’s UN Security Council session (16 May). http://www.euractiv.com/section/enlargement/news/un-officials-concerned-over-belgrade-pristina-talks/

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“Albanian politicians are main threat to Europe and Balkans” (B92)

By   /  11/05/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

The EU should recognize that Albanian politicians are the main threat to peace and stability not only in the Balkans but also in Europe. This is what Serbian First Deputy PM and Foreign Minister has told the website euractiv.com, Beta is reporting on Wednesday. Asked to comment on Kosovo Foreign Minister Enver Hoxhaj’s statement to […]

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Serbian FM: Albanian politicians are the main threat to Europe and the Balkans (EurActiv)

By   /  10/05/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

The EU should recognise that Albanian politicians are the main threat to peace and stability not only in the Balkans but also in Europe, Serbia’s First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dačić told EURACTIV.com. http://www.euractiv.com/section/global-europe/news/serbian-fm-albanian-politicians-are-the-main-threat-to-europe-and-the-balkans/

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Kosovo needs a new beginning (EurActiv)

By   /  05/05/2017  /  Opinions  /  No Comments

Kosovo Assembly President and leader of the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK), Kadri Veseli, writes in an op-ed ahead of the Western Balkans Six summit set to take place in July that in Kosovo too much time has been spent on the border demarcation with Montenegro and the Association/Community of Serb-majority municipalities which, although agreed […]

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EU pushes Western Balkans toward common market (EurActiv)

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

The European Union yesterday (16 March) encouraged the Western Balkan countries to create a common market, which it estimated could create over 80,000 jobs in an area of high unemployment. http://www.euractiv.com/section/enlargement/news/eu-pushes-western-balkan-toward-common-market/

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Brussels’ Balkan approach: Little carrot, broken stick (EurActiv)

By   /  14/03/2017  /  Opinions  /  No Comments

Shpend Ahmeti, mayor of Pristina and member of Vetevendosje general council, writes in an opinion piece for EurActiv that the people of Kosovo are losing patience with EU and are accusing it of prioritising Serbian accession over their own sovereignty. “The question is raised whether the EU still has something to offer to the Western […]

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Poll: Serbs unwilling to go to war over Kosovo (EurActiv)

By   /  15/02/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

Relations between Serbia and Kosovo may seem tense. But a new poll by an NGO shows that an overwhelming majority of Serbians wouldn’t support armed conflict in order to reclaim the province, which unilaterally declared independence in 2008. http://www.euractiv.com/section/enlargement/news/poll-serbs-not-willing-to-go-to-war-over-kosovo/

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Tensions flare at Serbia-Kosovo meeting in Brussels (EurActiv)

By   /  27/01/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

Serbian and Kosovar leaders agreed to continue talks after a tense meeting in Brussels on Tuesday (24 January), which only succeeded in further antagonising the two sides. http://www.euractiv.com/section/enlargement/news/tensions-flare-at-serbia-kosovo-meeting/

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Füle: If the EU disengages from the Balkans, others will engage ‘immediately’ (EurActiv, InSerbia)

By   /  08/12/2016  /  International  /  No Comments

Former Enlargement Commissioner Štefan Füle told an audience today (7 December) that if the EU distances itself from the Western Balkans, other geopolitical players will immediately seize the opportunity to assert their influence over the region. The ex-Commissioner, who now works as a special envoy to the Balkans for the Czech ministry of foreign affairs, […]

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