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“One of most radical Islamic State women comes from Kosovo” (Sputnik, B92)

By   /  17/07/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

A total of 44 women from Kosovo are in the ranks of Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, while 60 come from Bosnia-Herzegovina. This is according to an article published by Sputnik, quoting data from the Kosovo Center for Security Studies. The best known Albanian woman from Kosovo that has joined the terrorist group is […]

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Expert: Western Balkans economic union unfavourable for Kosovo (RFE)

By   /  14/07/2017  /  Articles from Kosovo media  /  No Comments

Economy and European integration experts in Kosovo view the recent Western Balkans in Trieste, Italy as one of the most important events of the year for the region that aspires to join the EU. However, some believe that the idea to set up a Western Balkans economic union would be unfavourable for Kosovo. Safet Gerxhaliu, […]

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“Why is EU surprised, we’re not asking for trip to Mars” (BETA, Tanjug, B92)

By   /  14/07/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

President Aleksandar Vucic met on Thursday in Thessaloniki with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. Serbia’s EU integration was discussed, while Juncker “confirmed the clear and unequivocal European perspective of Serbia,” said reports, citing a statement issued by the president’s press office. Vucic invited Juncker to visit Serbia during the mandate of the European Commission and […]

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Jeremic: Democracy in the Balkans is under siege, and the West is looking away (The Washington Post)

By   /  14/07/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

Events in the Western Balkans twice cast a long shadow across Europe in the past century — first in 1914 and then in the 1990s. Both times, the forces unleashed by the carnage could not be contained within the existing international order. And in both instances, proffered solutions failed to resolve the underlying tensions that […]

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Trieste Western Balkans Summit declaration (B92, Esteri.it)

By   /  13/07/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

Declaration issued by the Italian chair on July 12, 2017 In the framework of the Western Balkans Process, Italy welcomed in Trieste on 12th July 2017 the Heads of Government, Foreign Ministers and the Ministers of Economy of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, as well as Austria, […]

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Mogherini: Membership to EU would come with reforms and normalization of relations with Kosovo (European Western Balkans Portal)

By   /  12/07/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

The EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini in an interview to the European Western Balkans Portal spoke about the topics such as “Berlin Process,” new phase in a dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina, Bosnia and Hercegovina application for the EU membership and important reforms in the Western Balkans. Mogherini went […]

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UNMIK Headlines 12 July

By   /  12/07/2017  /  UNMIK Media Reports  /  No Comments

“Haradinaj received support from non-Serb communities” (Zeri)
Elections of PAN candidate for Assembly President, not certain (Koha)
International officials in Kosovo begin meeting political leaders (Koha Ditore)
PDK’s Haxhiu: PAN has so far 63 votes (Koha)
Kusari-Lila: New government by Vetevendosje and LAA (Klan Kosova)
Kurti speaks about plans to form government with LDK (Bota Sot)
Hahn: New government to tackle corruption and demarcation (Epoka)
EU to gather today Western Balkans Prime Ministers in Italy (Epoka) 

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B92: EU “losing Balkans – possibly with fatal consequences” (Presse)

By   /  10/07/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

This is according to the Vienna-based daily Presse, that cites “warnings” about the EU “losing the Western Balkans” that have been “piling up in various publications.” Media interests in the region is increasing, reporters are being sent there and reports published, says Presse. The magazine Europaische Rundschau – “which never let the Balkans out if […]

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How to Fix the Western Balkans (Foreign Affairs)

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

The western Balkans have reemerged as a geopolitical fault line. In recent years, as a number of the countries in the region—which comprises Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Slovenia—have dealt with corruption and economic stagnation, some of their leaders have reembraced ethnic nationalism, taking advantage of the undigested legacy of the […]

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Hahn: Western Balkan EU Prospects Unquestionable (CorD)

By   /  06/07/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

European Commissioner For Regional Policy & Enlargement Johannes Hahn told CorD that the pace of negotiations depends on the progress countries make in implementing the necessary reforms. -Quality goes before speed, but I always say that it is good to be ambitious. The Berlin Process serves to drive that reform programme forward, always with a […]

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UNMIK Headlines 6 July

By   /  06/07/2017  /  UNMIK Media Reports  /  No Comments

Arrests made in connection to police officers’ killing in 2004 (dailies)
Kocijancic: EU has no preferences over who forms government (RTK)
PAN has not yet decided on candidate for Assembly speaker’s post (Zeri)
Abdixhiku: Cooperation with PDK, the biggest sin (Klan Kosova)
Bahtiri: AKR would support Kurti for prime minister (Koha)
Deda calls on AAK and NISMA to join LAA and Vetevendosje (Rrokum TV)
Yee: Western Balkans far from EU integration (Zeri)
Serbia complains to U.S. over Kosovo army (Kosova Sot) 

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“EU more popular in Serbia than in many EU member-states” (B92)

By   /  30/06/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic says that his country will maintain its “the road toward the EU” foreign policy course. Speaking a day after Serbia’s new government was elected, he said the EU integration was being carried out “for the sake of citizens, not for EU’s sake.” The minister took part in the opening of […]

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