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“Russia’s preparing for big war; as for W. Balkans…” (Tanjug, B92

By   /  18/09/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

Chairman of NATO’s Military Committee Petr Pavel says there are reasons for concern over Russia-Belarus military maneuvers Zapad (West) 2017. According to him, the exercise “could be seen” a “serious preparations for big war,” Serbian media reported In addition, Pavel also said that NATO was “not competing with Russia for the Western Balkans”. He told […]

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Juncker: Western Balkans in EU – Not Before 2019 (B92)

By   /  13/09/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

The conditions for Western Balkan countries to join the EU membership will not be met before the end of the mandate of the current European Commission (EC). EC President Jean-Claude Juncker said this on Wednesday, during his “state of the union” address at the European Parliament. Beta is reporting that Juncker “stressed the EU will […]

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‘Day of the Disappeared’ Commemorated Across Balkans (Balkan Insight)

By   /  31/08/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

Events to mark the International Day of the Disappeared in Bosnia, Croatia, Kosovo and Serbia sought to raise awareness that 12,000 people are still missing from the 1990s wars. Flowers were laid and candles lit across the former Yugoslavia at events to commemorate the International Day of the Disappeared on Wednesday in a bid to […]

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Serb-Albanian ties “better than ever” – says Serbian PM (Albanian Daily News)

By   /  28/08/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

“I think that the relations between Serbia and Albania are doing better than any time. This is a very positive sign. Certainly, it is really, first and foremost, thanks to Prime Minister Edi Rama and President Aleksandar Vucic,” the Prime Minister of Serbia, Ana Brnabic, has said. In an exclusive interview with Albanian Daily News […]

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“Terrorists can reach Europe from Balkans within hours” (B92)

By   /  23/08/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

A former chief of the Czech Army has warned that the EU is not paying attention to the Western Balkans – and is thus allow “terrorists to rest in the region.” “We are dealing with an entirely different part of Europe, that is, Western and Central Europe, and we have stopped paying attention to the […]

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“Bring W. Balkans into EU to keep Turkey and Russia at bay” (B92)

By   /  22/08/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz has called on the EU “to bring the Balkans into its orbit.” In an interview for Germany’s Handelsblatt, quoted by Tanjug, Kurz “warned of the growing influence of Turkey and Saudi Arabia.” “In Sarajevo and Pristina, for example, women are paid to wear the full veil in public. We cannot […]

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Serwer: Not certain that all of the WB countries will join NATO (European Western Balkans)

By   /  22/08/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

PODGORICA – Professor at the American John Hopkins University and expert for the Balkans, Daniel Serwer, believes that Moscow will never give up Montenegro and says that it is not certain that all countries of the region will follow the footsteps of Montenegro and join NATO. “Perhaps all the Western Balkan countries hope this will […]

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Balkan Jihadis Return, Disillusioned with ISIS “Caliphate” (Balkan Insight)

By   /  14/08/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

Jovo Martinovic BIRN Podgorica Some jihadis from the Balkans who travelled to the Syrian conflict zone to support Islamic State told BIRN that they returned home because they became disenchanted with the brutality, poverty and oppression. Hilmi, an ethnic Bosniak, travelled to Syria hoping that life in Islamic State’s‘caliphate would be an ideal religious environment […]

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The depressing truth: No bright future for Western Balkans for decades to come (Igor Zlatojev, Prishtina Insight)

By   /  26/07/2017  /  Opinions  /  No Comments

At the current pace of reforms, it is irresponsible to tell the people of the Balkans that they have a European perspective. No, they don’t. Their children do. Regardless of what anyone might say about the speed of the Western Balkans’ EU accession, such as Federica Mogherini claiming that “it is largely up to Serbia […]

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British Parliament launches inquiry into “UK and Balkans”

By   /  25/07/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

The International Relations Committee of the British Parliament has launched its inquiry into the UK and the Balkans. Beta is reporting this on Tuesday, citing a statement published on the parliament’s website that noted the inquiry would have “a particular focus on the UK’s approach to the region beyond Brexit.” The announcement noted that “since […]

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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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