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EU officials warn of ‘underestimating’ Russian propaganda in Balkans (DW)

By   /  15/11/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

Some EU officials worry that Brussels is no match for Russia when it comes to influence in the Balkans. Amid attempts by “external actors” to discredit the EU, officials are blaming Mogherini for inadequate efforts. http://www.dw.com/en/eu-officials-warn-of-underestimating-russian-propaganda-in-balkans/a-41371020

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250 Islamist Fighters Return to Balkans: Report (Balkan Insight)

By   /  25/10/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

Returning Islamic State fighters pose a threat to their countries of origin, including Western Balkan states, says a new report from an NGO dealing with global security issues. Of around 900 people from the Western Balkans who have gone to fight in Syria or Iraq, some 250 have returned to their home countries, according to […]

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Munter on USA participation in Belgrade-Pristina dialogue (Tanjug, B92)

By   /  16/10/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

Former USA Ambassador to Serbia, Cameron Munter, who is now heading the The East-West Institute, said he is an optimist, seeing the people in the region having the spirit and willingness to resolve the issues, shared by all, Tanjug news agency reported. In that sense, he particularly mentioned Serbian President, Aleksandar Vucic. Munter believes that […]

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Ahmeti: Change of Kosovo borders, with domino effect (KosovaPress)

By   /  12/10/2017  /  Articles from Kosovo media  /  No Comments

The leader of the Democratic Union for Integration (BDI) in Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Ali Ahmeti, told Kosovapress that statements of senior politicians in Serbia to redesign borders of Kosovo, are dangerous and with a domino effect for Western Balkans. He added that these matters should be considered seriously and with a cold […]

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Russia is Raising Fears of War by Sending Jets, Tanks and Armored Vehicles to Serbia (AP)

By   /  05/10/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

Fearful of NATO and European influence, Russia made its first promised delivery of fighter jets to Serbia this week. More military-grade vehicles and anti-aircraft defense is expected to head to the longtime Russian ally in the near future as tensions increase in the Balkans region, according to the Associated Press. The Russians sent two MiG-29 jets, […]

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Catalonia Won’t Get Much Help From the Balkans (Balkan Insight)

By   /  04/10/2017  /  Opinions  /  No Comments

By Marcus Tanner A number of Balkan states may have been rebellious provinces within recent memory – but don’t expect them to stick up for anyone else’s fight for self-determination. The EU has been taken widely to task for its silence over the violence in Catalonia. What is just as surprising, some might say, is […]

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Joining the EU is a marathon, says Serbian PM (Euractive)

By   /  03/10/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

EXCLUSIVE / Serbia and Montenegro are seen as the two Western Balkan frontrunners to join the EU but Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabić told EURACTIV.com in a wide-ranging interview that joining the soon-to-be 27-country bloc is a matter of endurance and not a competition. “For Serbia, joining the EU is like a marathon,” Brnabić told […]

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Catalan Clashes Expose Usual Splits in Balkans (Balkan Insight)

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

The heavy-handed attempts of the Spanish police to stop a Catalan referendum on independence on Sunday from taking place exposed predictable divisions in the Balkans. While some politicians who support regional autonomy in the Balkans have come out in support of the Catalan referendum, most national governments – wary of separatism in their own countries […]

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Weakened Merkel is Bad News For the Balkans (Balkan Insight)

By   /  28/09/2017  /  Opinions  /  No Comments

By: Marcus Tanner An enfeebled Angela Merkel means a weaker, less courageous Germany – which will not do any of the Balkan states hoping to join the EU any favours. Like Britain’s Theresa May, Angela Merkel has come out of her general election looking a lot weaker than when she went in. Weeks ago, the […]

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“UK should show more understanding for our position on Kosovo” (Tanjug, B92)

By   /  27/09/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

President of the Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic received today in Belgrade a delegation of the British House of Lords, Serbian media reported. According to a statement issued by the Presidency, Vucic and his guests spoke about “regional issues and the European path of Serbia.” Vucic “thanked the representatives of the House of Lords for […]

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EU reconfirms enlargement perspective for the Western Balkans (Koha)

By   /  21/09/2017  /  Articles from Kosovo media  /  No Comments

EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, and Commissioner for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn, met Western Balkans leaders in New York and reconfirmed the region’s European perspective. “We reconfirmed the unequivocal support of the European Union for the enlargement perspective of the Western Balkans, as most recently expressed […]

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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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