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How the European Union is betraying the Western Balkans (Washington Post)

By   /  23/05/2019  /  International  /  Comments Off on How the European Union is betraying the Western Balkans (Washington Post)

Jasmin Mujanovic, a political scientist specializing in the politics of south-eastern Europe, is the author of “Hunger and Fury: The Crisis of Democracy in the Balkans.” The European Union is on the precipice of a major crisis, one rooted as much in the incompetence of the Brussels establishment as in the cynicism and provincialism of […]

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Serbia Needs Kosovo’s Respect, Not Its Land (Foreign Policy)

By   /  22/05/2019  /  International  /  Comments Off on Serbia Needs Kosovo’s Respect, Not Its Land (Foreign Policy)

Peace talks have fallen apart again in the Balkans—but Greece and Macedonia show the proper way forward. ”We are here to build bridges and break down walls,” said Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to his Macedonian counterpart, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, during his visit to North Macedonia on April 2, the first ever by a […]

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BIRN Launches New Cross-Border Reporting Platform (Balkan Insight)

By   /  21/05/2019  /  International  /  Comments Off on BIRN Launches New Cross-Border Reporting Platform (Balkan Insight)

BIRN’s new Reporting Democracy platform seeks to unleash investigative journalism to examine the state of democracy in Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans. The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network launched a cross-border journalism platform on Monday aimed at shining a light on issues affecting the health of democracy across a swathe of Europe vulnerable to […]

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Western Diplomats Raise Concerns about Democracy in North Kosovo (Balkan Insight)

By   /  21/05/2019  /  International  /  Comments Off on Western Diplomats Raise Concerns about Democracy in North Kosovo (Balkan Insight)

The US, French, German, Italian and British embassies in Pristina expressed concern about the level of democracy in Serb-majority north Kosovo after mayoral elections in which only one Serb party participated. See at: https://balkaninsight.com/2019/05/21/western-diplomats-raise-concerns-about-democracy-in-north-kosovo/  

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Kosovo police arrest four people on suspicion of harvesting human organs (Daily Mail)

By   /  20/05/2019  /  International  /  Comments Off on Kosovo police arrest four people on suspicion of harvesting human organs (Daily Mail)

Two men and two women were arrested Thursday during a raid of a private clinic. They are suspected of ‘illegal transplantation and trafficking of human organs’.  Last month two doctors and two nurses working at another private clinic in the same Pristina region were arrested on suspicion of similar offences. See at: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7042683/Kosovo-police-arrest-four-suspicion-harvesting-human-organs-selling-rich-patients.html

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Lista Srpska scores landslide victory in North Kosovo polls (Prishtina Insight)

By   /  20/05/2019  /  International  /  Comments Off on Lista Srpska scores landslide victory in North Kosovo polls (Prishtina Insight)

Preliminary results show that candidates from Belgrade-backed Srpska Lista, the main ethnic Serb party in Kosovo, won by a landslide in four municipalities in northern Kosovo where snap mayoral elections were held on Sunday. Preliminary results from Sunday’s snap elections in four municipalities in northern Kosovo show that candidates from the Belgrade-backed Srpska Lista party […]

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Kosovo MP Admits ‘War Rape’ Photo Probably False (Balkan Insight)

By   /  20/05/2019  /  International  /  Comments Off on Kosovo MP Admits ‘War Rape’ Photo Probably False (Balkan Insight)

Kosovo MP Flora Brovina, who sparked outrage by showing media an explicit photograph allegedly depicting Serbian soldiers raping an ethnic Albanian woman during the war, admitted that this was probably untrue. Flora Brovina apologised on Friday for showing the explicit photograph to media and claiming that it showed three Serbian soldiers raping an ethnic Albanian […]

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Kosovo’s Proposed War Tribunal for Serbs ‘Unrealistic’: Experts (Balkan Insight)

By   /  17/05/2019  /  International  /  Comments Off on Kosovo’s Proposed War Tribunal for Serbs ‘Unrealistic’: Experts (Balkan Insight)

The Pristina authorities plan to ask for the creation of a new international tribunal to try Serbs for war crimes in Kosovo, but experts believe the initiative is highly impractical and could create false hopes for victims of the conflict. See at: https://balkaninsight.com/2019/05/16/kosovos-proposed-war-tribunal-for-serbs-unrealistic-experts/  

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Kosovo Prosecutors Investigate Whether ‘War Rape Photo’ is Fake (Balkan Insight)

By   /  17/05/2019  /  International  /  Comments Off on Kosovo Prosecutors Investigate Whether ‘War Rape Photo’ is Fake (Balkan Insight)

Kosovo’s Special Prosecution is investigating claims that a photograph allegedly showing Serbian soldiers raping an ethnic Albanian woman during the war, which was shown to media by MP Flora Brovina, could be a fake. Prosecutors have launched an investigation into whether a photograph shown to media by Kosovo MP Flora Brovina on Thursday, which she […]

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Resolving Kosovo–Serbia Dispute Will ‘Stabilise Balkans’ (Balkan Insight)

By   /  17/05/2019  /  International  /  Comments Off on Resolving Kosovo–Serbia Dispute Will ‘Stabilise Balkans’ (Balkan Insight)

Croatia’s ambassador to Kosovo, Marija Kapitanovic, tells BIRN that Kosovo and Serbia should restart their stalled dialogue for their own good – and for the stability and prosperity of the whole region. See at: https://balkaninsight.com/2019/05/16/resolving-kosovo-serbia-dispute-will-stabilise-balkans/  

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Tirana Scraps Work Permits for Montenegrin, North Macedonia Albanians (Balkan Insight)

By   /  15/05/2019  /  International  /  Comments Off on Tirana Scraps Work Permits for Montenegrin, North Macedonia Albanians (Balkan Insight)

Ethnic Albanians who live in Montenegro and North Macedonia no longer need to apply for permits to work in Albania – part of a government initiative to boost ties between Albanians in the region. Starting this week, Ethnic Albanians from Montenegro and North Macedonia now have the same access to jobs in Albania as locals, […]

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Honorary Albanians: Jumping the Queue into Europe (Balkan Insight)

By   /  14/05/2019  /  International  /  Comments Off on Honorary Albanians: Jumping the Queue into Europe (Balkan Insight)

A growing number of Kosovars are seeking ‘honorary’ Albanian citizenship, some for prestige, others as a route to visa-free travel in Europe or to visit the dozens of countries which refuse to recognise Kosovo’s statehood. But are these always granted on merit? For the best part of two decades, long lines outside European embassies were […]

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