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UNMIK Headlines 26 June

By   7 hours ago

• Haradinaj: Evidence that humanitarian crisis in the north is being staged (RTK)
• Pacolli: There is no crisis in the north (Epoka)
• Shala: Lack of food products, Serbia’s propaganda against tariff (RTK)
• Serbia starts implementing plan for a “humanitarian crisis” in the north (Zeri)
• Leaflet calling on Serbs not to buy products from Albanians (Kosovapress)
• Re-evaluation of visa liberalization requirements (Koha)
• Fajon: Lack of visa liberalization for Kosovo, injustice by EU (Zeri)
• Norwegian Foreign Minister: Dialogue to resume as soon as possible (Zeri)
• Government withdraws draft law on funding of political parties (media)
• Coalition of NGOs calls on MPs to adopt child protection act ASAP (Koha)

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UNMIK Headlines 25 June

By   1 day ago

• Thaci: Region can become unstable if agreement is not reached (media)
• Norwegian FM: Agreement with Serbia opens closed doors for Kosovo (Zeri)
• Thaci: Dialogue with Serbia to resume without conditions (RTK)
• Mustafa: Opposition should bring down PAN coalition (Bota Sot, Express)
• Serbia continues to invest in Kosovo, Hoxhaj calls on EU to react (media)
• Bahtiri: We will not allow humanitarian crisis in the north (Telegrafi)
• Kosovo Assembly adopts report on expulsion of Turkish nationals (media)
• U.S. Ambassador praises police work in fighting human trafficking (Indeksonline)

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UNMIK Headlines 24 June

By   2 days ago

• Haradinaj aims to bring back technical dialogue with Serbia (Koha)
• Scott: U.S. will not lead dialogue process, but it will help it (Fo-Net, RTK)
• Vucic: Remove the tariff, we will stop lobbying against recognitions (Koha)
• Dacic: Macron will not allow second failure (RTK)
• “Merkel, Macron have more urgent matters than Kosovo-Serbia relations” (Koha)
• Ahmeti ready to cooperate with LDK and VV to oust the government (media)
• Kosovo Assembly to discuss today on expulsion of Turkish nationals (media)
• European Parliament Vice-President to visit Kosovo today (Telegrafi)
• Canak: Kosovo is not part of Serbia (media)
• Dodik invites Thaçi at SEEP Summit (Klix.ba, RTK)
• Serbia’s plan for “humanitarian catastrophe” begins today (Zeri)
• AAK against Veseli’s idea to clean veterans’ list (RTK)

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UNMIK Headlines 22 June

By   4 days ago

Pristina-Belgrade meeting in Paris postponed  (RTK, DW, VoA) Haradinaj informs Veseli about the meeting in Berlin  (media) Haradinaj: Meetings in Berlin are not trumpeted, but they are not secret (RTK) Haradinaj: Tariff may remain eternally, if Serbia does not recognize us (RTK) Pacolli: Kosovo will not remain hostage or isolated due to Serbia’s whims (RTK) […]

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UNMIK Headlines 21 June

By   5 days ago

• Kosnett: Kosovo should temporarily suspend tariff (Epoka)
• Kocijancic: Tariff blocked dialogue and Kosovo’s European integration (Koha)
• Haradinaj’s associates met Djuric secretly in Berlin (media)
• Prosecution to begin collecting information into Thaci’s advisor (T7/Zeri)
• A government of calculations with corruption (Koha)
• Tahiri: Veseli’s decision may damage PDK vote, but standard is important (media)
• Apostolova: Visa liberalization requires patience (Koha)
• U.S.: Kosovo has not met standards for elimination of human trafficking (media)
• Haradinaj: Unemployment in Kosovo reduced to 26.9 percent (Epoka)
• CSOs to protest today against draft law on funding of political parties (media)
• Baraliu: Election reform cannot conclude this year (Epoka)
• Kosovo to chair three regional initiatives this year (Telegrafi)

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UNMIK Headlines 20 June

By   6 days ago

• Thaci: EU is unjust toward Kosovo, isolation and stagnation must end (media)
• Veseli sacks PDK officials with active indictments from public and party posts
• Thaci dismisses advisor allegedly working for Serbian intelligence (Zeri/Telegrafi)
• Kosovo and Serbia to face off over Interpol membership bid (RFE)
• “Peace cannot be reached without addressing war crimes” (media)
• Kosnett: Kosovo, Serbia to speed up normalization of relations (media)
• Hoxha: We expected an objective assessment on visa liberalization (media)
• Bahtiri calls on Kosovo leaders to halt construction in the north (Zeri/Epoka)
• Apostolova calls for end to monopoly in vehicle homologation (media)

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UNMIK Headlines 19 May

By   1 week ago

• Haradinaj: Council knows importance of visa liberalization for Kosovo (media)
• Haradinaj: EU Council conclusions do not fade visa liberalisation (media)
• Hahn: Difficult to motivate Kosovo and Serbia to return to talks (RTK)
• Kosnett seeks support for Truth and Reconciliation Commission (RTK)
• Trump signs extradition agreement with Kosovo (media)
• Rama promotes “Balkans Schengen” idea in London (Koha)
• EU objects to draft law on funding of political parties (RTK)
• Police raid six money-laundering suspect sites (media)
• International Day for elimination of sexual violence in conflict to be marked today
• Government approves Concept Document on missing persons (media)
• Russia, Serbia stepping up intelligence activity in Kosovo and North Macedonia

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UNMIK Headlines 18 June

By   1 week ago

• Hahn: Kosovo, Serbia must see EU rewards investments in compromise (media)
• EU Council disappointing for Kosovo: No visas, tariff to be lifted ASAP (Klan)
• Former U.S. army commander in Europe calls for new approach on Kosovo (KP)
• Kosovo has no dilemma about Paris summit (Radio Free Europe)
• War crimes amnesty would undo Specialist Chambers (Koha Ditore)
• LDK won’t agree to bring down government with Serbian List votes (RTK)
• Ahmeti wants guarantees that Mustafa won’t enter coalition with PDK (KTV)
• Xhaferi: Kosovo-Serbia agreement to end in mutual recognition (Bota Sot)
• Apostolova: Public administration reform, necessary (Zeri)
• Scott: Balkan political leaders should leave nationalist rhetoric aside (Epoka)
• Law on government to be adopted this year (Epoka)
• Civil society activists accuse PDK security staff of attack (media)

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    EU Policy of ‘Containing’ Balkans is Dangerous Illusion (Balkan Insight)

    By   1 day ago

    By: Jasmin Mujanovic The decision to again delay opening accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia is not only a betrayal but a mistake – as Europe’s own security depends on a stable southeast. The decision of the European foreign ministers’ meeting to again delay the start of EU membership negotiations with Albania and North […]

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    Justice Gap for Kosovo 20 Years On (HRW/Klan Kosova)

    By   2 weeks ago

    Klan Kosova carries an opinion by Human Rights Watch Associate Director Fred Abrahams where he says that civilians have paid a high price of the Kosovo conflict that ended 20 years ago with 1,653 persons still missing, of which 1,092 Albanians and 562 Roma and Serbs. “In Kosovo, Serbian and Yugoslav forces rampaged through villages […]

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    Op-ed: Secret Negotiations Will Betray Kosovo (Balkan Insight)

    By   4 weeks ago

    David L. Phillips, Director of the Programme on Peace-building and Rights at Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights and former senior adviser to the State Department, writes in an opinion piece published in Balkan Insight that a possible secret deal for swapping territories is reached between Kosovo and Serbian presidents it could […]

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    Op-ed: It’s time for a new approach to the Balkans (The National Interest)

    By   1 month ago

    In an op-ed published for National Interest, Frank Wisner, former U.S. envoy on Kosovo status, Cameron Munter, President of the New York-based EastWest Institute, and Marko Prelec, expert on south-east Europe, write that the leaders of France and Germany, as seen during the recent Western Balkans summit in Berlin, must focus on real solutions for […]

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    Kosovo’s political class has delivered a decade of failure (Prishtina Insight)

    By   2 months ago

    By: Visar Xhambazi The current political class in Kosovo may give the appearance of stability, but it is incapable of delivering good governance, European integration and most importantly, people’s basic wellbeing. Kosovo’s first contractual agreement with the EU, the Stabilization and Association Agreement, SAA, entered into force in April 2016. At the end of that […]

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    Op-ed: A new campaign for dividing Kosovo (Koha)

    By   2 months ago

    Columnist Enver Robelli writes that the statement of European Commissioner Johannes Hahn that possible land swap between Kosovo and Serbia could be discussed ahead of the 29 April Berlin summit of Western Balkans leaders, is not ‘coincidental’. “Ahead of the summit called by German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, Hahn wants to dig out from the hole […]

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    My Europe: Merkel’s final battle takes place in the Balkans (Deutsche Welle)

    By   2 months ago

    Bodo Weber, senior associate with the Berlin-based Democratization Policy Council, writes that the conflict between Kosovo and Serbia is putting at stake the German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s foreign affairs legacy. Weber says that Germany opposes the border correction idea between Kosovo and Serbia as an “ill-fated alliance of two Balkan authoritarian leaders with the EU […]

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    Women in Dialogue – Women designing the future (Koha Ditore)

    By   4 months ago

    Koha Ditore carries on its supplement “Koha for women” issue today an editorial piece by Sonja Licht, President of the Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence. Below find the complete opinion piece. I felt really honored when the Kosovar Gender Studies Center asked me to write a piece for the Koha Ditore supplement Koha per Grate. […]

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      Haradinaj: No deceiving scenario can make us give up the north (RTK)

      By   1 hour ago

      The Prime Minister of Kosovo Ramush Haradinaj informed that Kosovo institutions have undertaken required measures to prevent all illegal activities in the north of Kosovo, along the border with Serbia. “No deceiving scenario or fake news will impact credible and legal institutions of Kosovo to give up from their mission of implementing insurance of the […]

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      Pacolli: Kosovo will apply again for membership at INTERPOL (RTK)

      By   1 hour ago

      Deputy Prime Minister of Kosovo and Minister for Foreign Affairs Behgjet Pacolli, informed that Kosovo will be part of the agenda at the INTERPOL General Assembly which will be held this year in Chile. “Today, INTERPOL headquarters based in Lyon (France) debated about the application of the Republic of Kosovo and decided in favor of […]

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      Haradinaj: Rule of law is priority of the government (RTK)

      By   1 hour ago

      The Prime Minister of Kosovo Ramush Haradinaj met today with the head of EULEX mission in Kosovo Alexandra Papadopoulou to discuss joint engagement on further strengthening of the rule of law. “We assessed that concrete steps to empower the rule of law and war against organized crime and corruption, as the only way that guarantees […]

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      Business chamber of Kosovo concerned with developments in the north (RTK)

      By   5 hours ago

      The chamber of doing business in Kosovo (OAK) issued a press release today expressing concern over the distribution of a document in the northern municipalities which calls on Serb citizens not to purchase any goods from Albanians. OAK calls on the Kosovo Government and institutions to take measures “against these actions which are damaging Kosovo […]

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      Kosovo authorities deny claims of humanitarian crisis in the north (Express)

      By   5 hours ago

      Jetlir Zyberaj, advisor to Kosovo Foreign Minister Behgjet Pacolli, denied today claims about a humanitarian crisis in the mainly Serb-inhabited northern part of Kosovo. “There has been no humanitarian crisis since 1999 when Serbian troops fled Kosovo and there will never be a humanitarian crisis. Kosovo will look after all its citizens. Kosovo Serbs are […]

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      Demarcation as continuation of the idea for border changes (Radio Free Europe)

      By   5 hours ago

      The border demarcation between Kosovo and Serbia is lately mentioned as an idea that needs to be discussed in the process of dialogue between the two countries. The term ‘border correction’ seems softer compared to ideas for border correction, changes or exchange of territories. There are discussions and dilemmas nowadays in Kosovo when the border […]

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      Marko Djuric and a Serbian minister to visit Kosovo on Friday (Lajmi)

      By   5 hours ago

      Marko Djuric, head of the Serbian Government’s Office for Kosovo, and Serbia’s Minister of Education, Mladen Sarcevic, will visit Kosovo on Friday, the news website reports. A representative of Kosovo’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs told Lajmi today that they have approved the visit requests by the Serbian officials. “These were standard requests. We have approved […]

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      Haradinaj: Kosovo committed to contended dialogue with Serbia (RTK)

      By   1 day ago

      The Prime Minister of Kosovo Ramush Haradinaj hosted today a meeting with Foreign Minister of Norway, Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide. The discussed current political developments in Kosovo and the region, increase of cooperation and joint Euro-Atlantic future. Haradinaj informed Minister Søreide about the progress of Kosovo, priorities of the government on economic development, opening of […]

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        Vucic on food supply in north, Haradinaj’s statement (Tanjug, B92)

        By   2 hours ago

        The Serbian state would help Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija, and we expect nothing from the international community in regard to aggravated supply for our people in Kosovo, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said Tanjug news agency reports. Vucic added Serbia must rely on itself and the state would see how it can help people in […]

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        Brnabic on Kosovo: I am not big optimist (Tanjug, B92)

        By   4 hours ago

        Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic said the government would do its utmost to enable that the goods from central Serbia would reach all people in Kosovo and Metohija, Tanjug news agency reported. She also expressed hope that the international community would start paying greater attention to it and enable free flows of goods in addition […]

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        Food supplies in Kosovo only until the end of the week, what are the next moves of Belgrade (RTS)

        By   5 hours ago

        Seven months after the introduction of a 100 per cent tax on goods from central Serbia, due to the intensified control of the Kosovo police, food supplies are at the end. Deputy Prime Minister of Serbia and Minister of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications Rasim Ljajic told Serbian state broadcaster that Serbia will internationally insist on […]

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        Lazarevic: Shortage of goods in north, last reserves are being sold out (TV N1)

        By   5 hours ago

        Mitrovica-based KoSSev portal editor Tatjana Lazarevic told TV N1 that the lack of goods from central Serbia in the north of Kosovo is noticeable. “What is being sold now, for the last ten days, comes from reserves. This was confirmed to us by small shop owners but also by the Association of Businessmen. They told […]

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        Humanitarian crisis, entrepreneurs’ memo, solidarity of traders, propaganda, silence…? (KoSSev)

        By   6 hours ago

        Serbian officials and entrepreneurs have been warning that the north of Kosovo is a step away from “a new humanitarian catastrophe“, KoSSev portal reports today. Meanwhile Kosovo officials and Pristina-based media claim it is an attempt to stage a humanitarian catastrophe. Both official sides agree on one thing – “We will not allow it.“ But […]

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        Popovic-Ivkovic: Kosovo in Interpol would be serious precedent (Tanjug, Blic)

        By   1 day ago

        State Secretary in the Serbian Ministry of Internal Affairs Biljana Popovic-Ivkovic met in Baku with Azerbaijan Deputy Minister of Interior Oruj Zalov and presented to him Serbia’s arguments against reconsideration of Kosovo request to join Interpol, Tanjug news agency reported. Zalov noted that Azerbaijan supports territorial integrity of Serbia and would continue to offer support […]

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        A French journalist who wrote about the Kosovo Serbs has a message for those whom did not like it (Kontakt plus radio, B92)

        By   1 day ago

        Kontakt plus radio reported that Jean-Christophe Buisson, the Le figaro Deputy Editor-in-Chief, author of the report on the Kosovo Serbs, made on ten pages under the title “Serbian spirit of resistance”, was a target of criticism. The founder of Solidarity for Kosovo, Arnaud Gouillon, recently said, the both encountered threats and condemnations of “pro-Albanian French […]

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        Djuric: Pristina’s pressure against Serbs increases (RTV Puls, TV Pink, Politika)

        By   1 day ago

        Serbian Government Office for Kosovo and Metohija Director Marko Djuric expressed concern today over additional pressure Pristina exercises against the Serbs in the north, adding Albanians cut off the channels of supply of basic life commodities from central Serbia. Djuric told TV Pink the shortage of some commodities in the northern municipalities started and noted […]

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          Balkans’ Independent Journalists Must Unite, or Fall Together (Balkan Insight)

          By   3 hours ago

          At a time when pressures on the media are stronger than ever – if often more subtle and less physical than before – it is vital for those of us who see our work as serving the public interest to stand together. Worsening trends in media freedom and security of journalists registered in EU Progress […]

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          Identity of protected witness disclosed in ‘Toka’ case (Prishtina Insight)

          By   3 hours ago

          The EULEX prosecutor that drafted the indictment for the Toka case tells BIRN that one of two witnesses named in the opening court session today was under protection. On Tuesday at the Basic Court of Prishtina, the names of two witnesses were publicly disclosed in the opening session of the ‘Toka’ case by Kosovo Special […]

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          A new approach to Serbia and Kosovo (Emerging Europe)

          By   4 hours ago

          I was in Belgrade this past May, at the annual NATO Week, co-hosted by the courageous and indefatigable Jelena Milic of the Center for Euro-Atlantic Studies, Ambassador Bjornstad of Norway, and the NATO Public Diplomacy Division. I also had the privilege to meet with President Aleksander Vucic of Serbia. I left Belgrade concerned but strangely […]

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          Council of Europe restores Russia’s voting rights (DW)

          By   1 day ago

          Russia has received backing from the Council of Europe’s assembly to return to the body. Moscow had its voting rights suspended five years ago over the illegal annexation of the Crimean Peninsula. The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has voted in favor of restoring Russia’s voting rights, five years after they were revoked […]

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          Egyptian president says to enhance ties with Serbia (Xinhua)

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          CAIRO, June 24 (Xinhua) — Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi expressed on Monday his country’s keenness to boost mechanisms of cooperation with Serbia. Sisi’s remarks came during a meeting with visiting President of the Serbian National Assembly Maya Goykovich in Cairo. See at: http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-06/25/c_138170388.htm

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          Let’s talk: the Kosovo town using language to bridge divides (France 24)

          By   1 day ago

          In eastern Kosovo, a small town is trying to encourage dialogue between its Albanian and Serb communities by starting with the basics: language. This year in Kamenica, a municipality where 10 percent of the population is ethnic Serb, the local government launched free language courses in hopes of breaking down the mistrust that still divides […]

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          The Clinton Administration Did Not Fix the Balkans (The New Republic)

          By   5 days ago

          At the anniversary celebration of NATO’s bombing campaign, Bill Clinton and Madeleine Albright were guests of honor. But tensions between Kosovo and Serbia are on the rise again. See at: https://bit.ly/2RrNCcj

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          Kosovo’s Invisible Children: The Secret Legacy of Wartime Rape (Balkan Insight)

          By   6 days ago

          The soft rays of the morning sun fall upon her pale hands as they rest on the stack of papers on the table. She does not raise her eyes as she looks down at the documents in front of her. Sitting in a room at Medica Kosova, an NGO in the western city of Gjakova/Djakovica […]

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            Informal economy: the devil on Kosovo’s shoulder (Prishtina Insight)

            By   2 hours ago

            Kosovo’s informal economy, a cycle of tax evasion by businesses, elusive governmental oversight and exploitation of workers, will continue to run until political will to formalize the system emerges. As the old saying goes, “When a French peasant paints the devil, he paints him in the guise of a tax collector.” A few hundred years […]

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            President Thaci meets delegation of Egyptian community (Telegrafi)

            By   4 hours ago

            Kosovo President Hashim Thaci met today with a delegation of the Egyptian community led by MP Veton Berisha, congratulating the Egyptian community on the Egyptian Week and on June 24 – Egyptian National Day. “One of Kosovo’s biggest achievements is the integration of communities in society,” Thaci said. He also thanked members of the Egyptian […]

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            Catalyzing Financial Inclusion and Women Empowerment in Kosovo (FINCA)

            By   5 hours ago

            Around the world, women are less likely than men to be reached by financial services. While, more than half a billion adults have gained financial access since 2014, the gender gap in financial inclusion remains unchanged at 9 percent, according to the World Bank’s 2017 Global Findex. In some countries, like Kosovo, that gap is […]

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            Coalition of NGOs calls on MPs to adopt child protection act ASAP (Koha)

            By   1 day ago

            The coalition of NGOs for child protection in Kosovo (KOMF) held a press conference in front of the Kosovo Assembly today calling on MPs to adopt the child protection act as soon as possible, the news website reports. The draft law has been initiated several years ago but has yet to be adopted by the […]

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            Kosova e Re will impoverish Kosovo citizens (Prishtina Insight)

            By   1 day ago

            Kosovo’s new power plant will cause the average price of electricity to skyrocket, and in the face of both cheaper and safer options, will willfully cost the Kosovo taxpayer billions over the next twenty years. See at: https://prishtinainsight.com/kosova-e-kosova-e-re-will-impoverish-kosovo-citizens/

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            When the state closes its libraries (Prishtina Insight)

            By   1 day ago

            Over the last decade, an absence of investment and institutional care has resulted in the closure of 53 libraries in Kosovo. With only five new libraries being opened, the country is left with a total of just 107, signalling a drastic decline in reading spaces in the country. Whenever reminisces about the past, Alisahit Bunjaku […]

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            Egyptian National Day marked, Kosovo leads in respect of minority rights (Indeksonline)

            By   2 days ago

            The news website reports on a reception held today in Pristina on the occasion of the Egyptian National Day – July 24. At the reception it was said that Kosovo leads in the region in terms of respecting communities’ rights. Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj said despite the integration of the Egyptian community in the institutions, […]

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            “Serbian translation in the Assembly of Kosovo is a political problem” (KIM radio)

            By   5 days ago

            Denial of the translation into the Serbian language during the assembly session represents a serious violation of the Constitution and the Law on the Use of Languages in Kosovo, while at the same time is affecting the work of the media and the public information, it was concluded at a panel discussion held today in […]

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