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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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Catherine Ashton: EU must be clear that membership is the outcome for WB states (European Western Balkans)

By   /  10/07/2018  /  International  /  No Comments

According to Catherine Ashton, Senior Adviser at Chatham House and the former EU High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy (2009-14), the European Union needs to be clear that membership will be the outcome for Western Balkan countries if they undergo the neccesary reforms. Ms. Ashton, who will be a keyonote […]

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Domi: Basic principles of liberal democracies continue to challenge the Balkans (European Western Balkans)

By   /  03/04/2018  /  International  /  No Comments

Interview with Tanya Domi, Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. Prior to her faculty appointment at Columbia in 2008, Domi worked internationally for more than a decade on issues related to democratic transitional development, including political and media development, human rights, gender and sexual identity issues and human trafficking. During her […]

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What do we know so far about the Enlargement Strategy? (European Western Balkans)

By   /  25/01/2018  /  International  /  No Comments

The Enlargement Strategy, entitled “Credible Perspective of Enlargement to the Western Balkans”, will be presented on 6 February during the plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Following of the adoption of the official text of the document by the College of Commissioners, the Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn, […]

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Results of the joint meeting of Albania – Kosovo governments (European Western Balkans)

By   /  28/11/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

TIRANA – The governments of Albania and Kosovo signed Monday on the joint meeting in Korça 12 agreements and understanding memorandums between the two countries, materializing the continuum of Strategic Partnership between the two countries. Overall, the two governments have signed four cooperation agreements on social insurance and integration and eight memorandums on electricity, Diaspora, […]

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Šoltes: No visa liberalization without ratification of border demarcation (European Western Balkans)

By   /  23/11/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

Interview with Igor Šoltes, member of the European Parliament (Slovenia, Greens/EFA) and the newly appointed European Parliament rapporteur on Kosovo was published on the European Western Balkans portal today. European Western Balkans: You have recently been appointed as the European Parliament standing rapporteur on Kosovo. What do you see as the most important current obstacles […]

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Feith: No indictment against top-level Kosovo criminals a failure of the EU [EWB Interview]

By   /  22/11/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

Interview with Pieter Feith, Dutch diplomat and the former European Union Special Representative in Kosovo (2008-2011) and the International Civilian Representative for Kosovo (2008-2012) was published today on the European Western Balkans portal. The interview was conducted at the Belgrade Security Forum 2017, which took place from 11 to 13 October, 2017, and Peter Feith was […]

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Hashim Thaçi’s hate-love affair with the Specialist Court (EuropeanWesternBalkans)

By   /  26/10/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

Discussing the role of the Kosovo Specialist court at the public presentation of the report “Public Perception of the Kosovo Specialist Court: Risks and Opportunities”, organized by NGOs PAX, Integra, and Center for Peace and Tolerance, President Thaçi criticized the one-sidedness of the “mono-ethnic” court and slammed the international community for falling short of fulfilling […]

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Serwer: Vučić would make an enormous mistake not to opt for the EU chair (EuropeanWesternBalkans)

By   /  26/10/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

WASHINGTON – As Hoyt Brian Yee, the deputy assistant secretary of State stated yesterday that Serbia “cannot sit on two chairs at the same time,” referring to Serbia’s relations with Russia and the EU, the statement provoked many reaction. Daniel Serwer, the director of the Conflict Management Program at the Johns Hopkins School of International […]

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The EU Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo: Lessons for the EU (EuropeanWesternBalkans)

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

*Op-ed by Filip Ejdus, speaker at the panel “The EU as a crisis management actor: CSDP in the neighbourhood” on the Belgrade Security Forum 2017. In June 2016, the EU extended the mandate of the Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX) until June 2018. While the fate of the mission after that date is […]

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Vague prospects for border demarcation between Kosovo and Montenegro (European Western Balkans)

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

One of the first issues on the agenda of the new Kosovo Prime Minister, Ramush Haradinaj, was the resolution of the territorial dispute with Montenegro. However, the prospects for the resolution of the issue remain unclear as both the PM and the new Foreign Minister, Behgjet Pacolli, contrary to Montenegrin Foreign Minister Srđan Darmanović, according […]

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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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