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Defying Obstacles, More Kosovo Diaspora Members Intend to Vote (Balkan Insight)

By   /  19/09/2019  /  International  /  Comments Off on Defying Obstacles, More Kosovo Diaspora Members Intend to Vote (Balkan Insight)

The number of Kosovars living abroad who have registered to vote in October has risen sharply since the last elections – but many say the process is still cumbersome and outdated. https://bit.ly/2lVsUWS

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Kosovo Football Chiefs Condemn Unauthorised Match in North (Balkan Insight)

By   /  19/09/2019  /  International  /  Comments Off on Kosovo Football Chiefs Condemn Unauthorised Match in North (Balkan Insight)

The Kosovo Football Federation, FFK, has condemned plans by its Serbian counterpart to organise a competitive match without its permission in the disputed Serb-dominated north of the country, calling it a “serious provocation” On Tuesday, the FFK called on the top international football organisations, FIFA and UEFA to “urgently react” to the plan and “not […]

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Albanians and Serbs remain divided after the War (BBC)

By   /  19/09/2019  /  International  /  Comments Off on Albanians and Serbs remain divided after the War (BBC)

The war between Kosovo and Serbia ended 20 years ago, but the conflict has never been properly resolved. In parts of Kosovo, people from either side of the conflict still don’t mix. Can the generation born after the war ever find a way to live together? https://bbc.in/2koX6ZU

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US Expects Serbia-Kosovo Talks to Restart After October 6 Kosovo Election (VOA)

By   /  19/09/2019  /  International  /  Comments Off on US Expects Serbia-Kosovo Talks to Restart After October 6 Kosovo Election (VOA)

New U.S. Special Envoy to the Western Balkans Matthew Palmer said Washington expects talks between Serbia and Kosovo to restart after Kosovo’s Oct. 6 election. In an interview with VOA on Wednesday, Palmer said the U.S. is hopeful that the new Kosovo government is “one that’s prepared to suspend the tariffs that are an obstacle […]

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EU remains committed to WB, will not comment on potential Special Envoy (EWB)

By   /  18/09/2019  /  International  /  Comments Off on EU remains committed to WB, will not comment on potential Special Envoy (EWB)

European Union is firmly committed to the integration perspective of the Western Balkans but will not comment on press reports concerning a potential Special Envoy for the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue, stated EEAS Spokesperson Maja Kocijančič for our portal. Following a series of articles reporting on the potential agreement between France and Germany about the appointment of […]

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Serbia and Kosovo ‘Must Prepare for Compromise Solution’ (Balkan Insight)

By   /  18/09/2019  /  International  /  Comments Off on Serbia and Kosovo ‘Must Prepare for Compromise Solution’ (Balkan Insight)

With the US stepping up its involvement in the Balkans, Belgrade and Pristina need to clarify their negotiating positions for a compromise solution to normalise relations, analyst Johanna Deimel tells BIRN. See at: https://bit.ly/2m11z5j

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Kosovo Minority Leaders Denounce ‘Illegal’ Voting Rule (Balkan Insight)

By   /  13/09/2019  /  International  /  Comments Off on Kosovo Minority Leaders Denounce ‘Illegal’ Voting Rule (Balkan Insight)

An instruction issued by the Kosovo Central Election Commission, CEC – which says people can only vote in the elections on October 6 using personal documents issued by Kosovo institutions – has drawn a furious reaction from non-Albanian community representatives. The main Kosovo Serbian party, Srpska Lista, which is close to the Serbian government, attacked […]

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Czech president stirs anger after asking if he can withdraw recognition of an independent Kosovo (Euronews)

By   /  12/09/2019  /  International  /  Comments Off on Czech president stirs anger after asking if he can withdraw recognition of an independent Kosovo (Euronews)

Czech President Milos Zeman has caused outrage after saying he wants to revoke his country’s recognition of Kosovo as an independent state. The 74-year-old, who is known for his inflammatory remarks, made the comment during his second day of an official visit to Serbia on Wednesday. https://bit.ly/2lSDAFp

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Balkan Oscars Hopefuls Start to Dream of Hollywood (Balkan Insight)

By   /  11/09/2019  /  International  /  Comments Off on Balkan Oscars Hopefuls Start to Dream of Hollywood (Balkan Insight)

Ahead of next year’s Academy Awards, Bosnia, Croatia, North Macedonia, Romania and Serbia have already chosen the movies they are nominating as national contenders for the Best Foreign Language Film category. See at: https://bit.ly/2mcXrzD

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Kosovo ‘Book of the Missing’ Highlights Tragic Memories (Balkan Insight)

By   /  11/09/2019  /  International  /  Comments Off on Kosovo ‘Book of the Missing’ Highlights Tragic Memories (Balkan Insight)

A new book, ‘Living with the Memories of the Missing’, shows the traumatic reality of families’ long search for loved ones who disappeared two decades ago during the war in Kosovo. See at: https://bit.ly/2lIrqPC

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A new face in Kosovo looks to transform the role of women in politics (TRT World)

By   /  10/09/2019  /  International  /  Comments Off on A new face in Kosovo looks to transform the role of women in politics (TRT World)

As Kosovo heads for arguably its most important elections in the past two decades, I sat down with one of the candidates seeking to enter parliament for the first time. Besa Ismaili, 44, is a mother of three and if she wins, she will also be one of the first women with a headscarf to […]

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Back to the Balkans to Finish the Job (intpolicydigest.org)

By   /  09/09/2019  /  International  /  Comments Off on Back to the Balkans to Finish the Job (intpolicydigest.org)

Many were surprised when on August 30, 2019, the State Department announced that Secretary Pompeo appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary Matthew Palmer as Special Representative for the Western Balkans. See at: https://bit.ly/2k6CJR1    

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