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Why did Putin oppose Clinton? Decades of American hypocrisy (The Washington Post)

By   /  20/04/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

When the U.S. intervenes abroad, we say it’s justified. When Russia does the same, we say it isn’t. We don’t know how effective Russian President Vladimir Putin’s efforts were to get President Trump elected. We don’t know whether leaked documents, disinformation campaigns, or actual Russian agents joined forces with Trump to sink Hillary Clinton. But […]

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Albania pitches itself as bastion against Russian influence (B92, Tanjug)

By   /  20/04/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

Albanian Foreign Minister Ditmir Bushati, who is visiting Washington, says that his country has “the most developed democracy in the Western Balkans.” In addition, Bushati says that Albania is “a bastion against Russia’s influence in Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Bosnia and Croatia.” However, he avoided replying when German Marshall Fund of the US President Karen Donfried […]

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UNMIK Headlines 20 April

By   /  20/04/2017  /  UNMIK Media Reports  /  No Comments

After Rama, Thaci also threatens EU with national unification (RFE)
Albania-Kosovo unification threats come from frustrated leaders (Kosova Sot)
Thaci: Vote for border demarcation with Montenegro (Bota Sot)
EU Office: Apostolova’s remarks were misunderstood (RTK)
Haradinaj wants new elections: Population should not be tortured (Epoka)
Kurti strikes at politics’ ties with business (Koha Ditore)
Recica: Coalition is not matching as we thought (Lajmi)

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“If we said we’d form union with RS – what would you say?” (B92)

By   /  19/04/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

Edi Rama’s statement about a union between Albania and Kosovo again confirms that creation of a Greater Albania is a common platform of all ethnic Albanians. Serbian First Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said this late on Tuesday in reaction to the Albanian prime minister’s interview given to the website Politico, during which […]

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Albanian PM told it’s “rude” to eye other people’s territory (B92)

By   /  19/04/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

The head of the Government Office for Kosovo and Metohija says that “nobody should play with attempting to revive the fascist idea of a Greater Albania.” Marko Djuric in this way responded to Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama, who said that he could not rule out the possibility of “a union between Albania and Kosovo” […]

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Daily Blic reports on a series of alleged criminal activities led by Thaci

By   /  18/04/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

On Monday, Daily newspaper Blic reported in an exclusive front-page story, as part of a larger series, details of secret documents of the Albanian mafia in Kosovo under the headline ”Thaci the lord of drugs, smuggling of weapons and fuel”. Almost all Serbian language media covered the Blic article. Blic writes, in the first of […]

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Albanian prime minister: EU faces ‘nightmare’ if Balkan hopes fade (politico.eu)

By   /  18/04/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

TIRANA, Albania — Albania’s prime minister said a union between Albania and Kosovo cannot be ruled out if EU membership prospects for the Western Balkans fade. In an interview with POLITICO that also covered a political crisis in neighboring Macedonia, an upcoming election at home and the inspiration he draws from Tony Blair, Prime Minister Edi Rama […]

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Kosovo Serbs on the alert (Politika)

By   /  13/04/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

Daily Politika quotes today Deputy Prime Minister in the Kosovo Government Branimir Stojanović saying that currently there are no operational data which show that safety is jeopardized, but he also says that there was no indication of the pogrom that took place on 17 March 2004. Thus Stojanović assessed the current security situation among the Serbs in […]

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“Normalization of relations with Kosovo necessary condition” (B92)

By   /  13/04/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

Serbia has the clearest stability of all countries in the region and it wants to have a stabilizing effect on other Western Balkan states. This is what Serbian Prime Minister and President-elect Aleksandar Vucic said after meeting with German Vice Chancellor and Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel on in Belgrade on Wednesday. Germany has always been […]

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Greek defense minister visits Kosovo, no official meetings (Kontakt plus radio, RTS)

By   /  12/04/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos visited Greek soldiers within KFOR in Kosovo, expressing praise for his country’s role in preserving stability in the region. Media in Pristina, however, point out that the Greek Minister during the visit did not meet with any official of the central institutions in Pristina, adding that Greece is one of […]

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War Justice Strategy for Kosovo Undermined by Divisions (Balkan Insight)

By   /  12/04/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

A Kosovo government-backed working group set up to draft a national strategy for dealing with the wartime past has been troubled by divisions, disputes and failures to deliver, a new report says. Kosovo’s Inter-Ministerial Working Group on Dealing with the Past and Reconciliation (IMWG) has been working since 2012 on developing a National Strategy on […]

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CoE Commissioner for Human rights: Justice, social cohesion and media freedom remain top challenges in Kosovo*

By   /  10/04/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks says that eighteen years after the end of the conflict, thousands of people are still denied justice in Kosovo. He states that it is high time to change course and to build a just and cohesive society. He lists as major conditions to achieve this, […]

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