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Institutions condemned for releasing rape suspect prior to victim’s murder (Prishtina Insight)

By   /  19/07/2019  /  International  /  Comments Off on Institutions condemned for releasing rape suspect prior to victim’s murder (Prishtina Insight)

The rape and murder of an 11-year-old child in Fushe Kosove last week has sparked protests in the town in response to the negligence of public institutions to prevent the child’s murder and investigate the allegations of rape. An individual suspected of the rape of an 11-year-old child from Fushe Kosove remained free for almost […]

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France’s Macron Says He’s Ready To Help Restart Serbia-Kosovo Talks (RFE)

By   /  16/07/2019  /  International  /  Comments Off on France’s Macron Says He’s Ready To Help Restart Serbia-Kosovo Talks (RFE)

French President Emmanuel Macron has said he would help to relaunch talks to normalize ties between Serbia and Kosovo after long-standing tensions between the two Balkan nations escalated further over an import tax issue in recent months. After meeting his Serbian counterpart, Aleksandar Vucic, in Belgrade on July 15, Macron said he would invite delegations […]

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Macron Dampens Serbia’s Hopes of Rapid EU Membership (Balkan Insight)

By   /  16/07/2019  /  International  /  Comments Off on Macron Dampens Serbia’s Hopes of Rapid EU Membership (Balkan Insight)

On a visit to Belgrade, French President Emmanuel Macron warned Serbia that the EU cannot accept any new members until it has been reformed. French President Emmanuel Macron told a joint press conference held in Belgrade on Monday with his Serbian counterpart, Aleksandar Vucic, that Serbia cannot join the European club until the EU has […]

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Who is preventing economic freedom in the north of Kosovo? (European Western Balkans)

By   /  12/07/2019  /  International  /  Comments Off on Who is preventing economic freedom in the north of Kosovo? (European Western Balkans)

While everyone is politicizing the boycott of Serbian entrepreneurs and giving it an ethnic connotation, nobody is actually talking about the economic causes of this protest. Was this protest politically initiated or does this act by the entrepreneurs have economic justification? Things are not black and white and the 100% tariff on Serbian products has […]

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Kosovo, the global far right, and the threat to liberalism (EUCFR)

By   /  12/07/2019  /  International  /  Comments Off on Kosovo, the global far right, and the threat to liberalism (EUCFR)

The history of Kosovo is a banner under which the international far right assembles. Western politicians would do well to understand its dangers. In June, Le Figaro magazine ran what may have appeared to be a relatively innocuous story about Serbs living in Kosovo 20 years on from the NATO intervention there. The report prompted […]

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Kosovo Arrests Two Serbs for Alleged Espionage (Balkan Insight)

By   /  12/07/2019  /  International  /  Comments Off on Kosovo Arrests Two Serbs for Alleged Espionage (Balkan Insight)

The prosecutor’s office in the Kosovo town of Gjilan/Gnjilane told BIRN on Thursday that the two Serbs, which it identified by the initials T.T. and D.D., were detained at around 9am the previous day at the Dheu i Bardhe border crossing for allegedly trying to smuggle files out of Kosovo. “On this specific case, the […]

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Kosovo and Albania refuse to participate in Sarajevo summit (Prishtina Insight)

By   /  08/07/2019  /  International  /  Comments Off on Kosovo and Albania refuse to participate in Sarajevo summit (Prishtina Insight)

A two-day regional summit for state leaders in the Western Balkans held in Sarajevo this week will have two empty seats on Monday, as both Kosovo and Albania declined their invitations to attend. Political officials in Kosovo and Albania announced last weekend that their countries’ representatives will not participate in the South East European Countries […]

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Kosovo crisis cannot be ironed out without US and Russia, Serbian president says (TASS)

By   /  08/07/2019  /  International  /  Comments Off on Kosovo crisis cannot be ironed out without US and Russia, Serbian president says (TASS)

The talks cannot be effective if some party demands unconditional recognition of its independence within the current borders, Serbia’s leader believes. BELGRADE, July 8. /TASS/. The Kosovo crisis cannot be solved without efforts taken by the United States, Russia and other international powers, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic told RTS TV channel on Monday. See at: […]

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Lessons of the EU Leadership Fight (Balkan Insight)

By   /  08/07/2019  /  International  /  Comments Off on Lessons of the EU Leadership Fight (Balkan Insight)

After EU elections in which fears of a populist surge proved unfounded, the European Council has nominated candidates for the bloc’s top jobs. But has it exacerbated the EU’s ‘democratic deficit’? The haggling may have been unedifying, but the candidates nominated by the European Council to lead the European Union’s governing institutions are undoubtedly impressive. […]

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European Leaders Seek To Reassure Western Balkans On Eventual EU Membership (RFE)

By   /  05/07/2019  /  International  /  Comments Off on European Leaders Seek To Reassure Western Balkans On Eventual EU Membership (RFE)

Officials from European countries sought to reassure Western Balkans nations that are hoping to join the European Union that the bloc still looks favorably on their aspirations. Michael Roth, the German minister of state for Europe, on July 4 said Berlin supports the accession process of all the six regional countries “because for us, the […]

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Forget Poznan-EU Needs a New Balkan Policy (Balkan Insight)

By   /  04/07/2019  /  International  /  Comments Off on Forget Poznan-EU Needs a New Balkan Policy (Balkan Insight)

With the old ‘Berlin process’ and EU enlargement in the Balkans dead in the water, Brussels should forget the doomed Poznan summit and work fast on a new, more realistic, approach towards the region. See at: https://bit.ly/2XnefR9

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Grand EU Bargain Foreshadows Frustration From Poland to Kosovo (Bloomberg)

By   /  04/07/2019  /  International  /  Comments Off on Grand EU Bargain Foreshadows Frustration From Poland to Kosovo (Bloomberg)

European Union leaders may have sought to balance political, national and geographic interests when choosing the bloc’s new leadership, but ex-communist nations both inside and outside its borders look to have ended up with the short end of the bargain. While the EU’s biggest eastern members helped torpedo German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s plan and celebrated […]

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