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Brussels’ new Balkan strategy: Tough love (Politico)

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

You were expecting a welcome mat? Here’s a bucket of cold water instead. The European Commission’s new strategy for the Western Balkans holds out the prospect that two countries from the region, Serbia and Montenegro, could “potentially” be ready to join the EU by 2025. It also offers increased support for the four other would-be […]

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Kosovo politicians in ‘panic attack’ over war crimes court (Politico)

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

Top Kosovo politicians are getting edgy as a special court prepares to issue indictments for war crimes. Out of the blue, a group of MPs tried late last month to suspend a law regulating the new court. And Kosovo President Hashim Thaçi, who was instrumental in getting parliament to approve the court in 2014 under […]

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Top judge quits EU Kosovo mission, alleging corruption (Politico)

By   /  17/11/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

The chief judge at an EU organization tasked with improving the rule of law in Kosovo quit and accused other senior members of the mission of corruption and malpractice, Le Monde reported Thursday. http://politi.co/2hGmRno

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Mike Pence to the Balkans: Your future is with the West (Politico)

By   /  03/08/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said Wednesday that the future of the Western Balkans lies “in the West.” http://politi.co/2v14yvg

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In Trieste, modest expectations for Western Balkan integration (Politico)

By   /  13/07/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

The European Union was hoping to get a firm grip on the Western Balkans at a summit Wednesday, but all it got was a limp handshake. http://politi.co/2tPn4pF

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Trieste test for Western Balkan unity (Politico)

By   /  12/07/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

When the leaders of six Western Balkan countries — and a few EU heavyweights — gather in the Italian city of Trieste this week, they’ll be doing so in a period of relative calm. http://politi.co/2tM8r6C

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Aleksandar Vučić: ‘Tito was a very smart guy’ (Politico)

By   /  06/04/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

Serbia’s president-elect on his critics, Merkel and the outlook for the region. Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić sat down with POLITICO on Wednesday for his first extensive interview since winning his country’s presidential election in a landslide. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and EU leaders regard Vučić, 47,  as the guarantor of stability in an unstable […]

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Kosovo leader’s military maneuvers (Politico)

By   /  05/04/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

Hashim Thaçi wants an army — but the West says he needs to get the Serb minority on board first. http://www.politico.eu/article/hashim-thaci-kosovo-leaders-military-maneuvers/

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