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Kosovo’s Bid to Join Interpol Fails (Balkan Insight)

By   /  20/11/2018  /  International  /  Comments Off on Kosovo’s Bid to Join Interpol Fails (Balkan Insight)

Kosovo’s bid to join Interpol failed when it did not get enough supporting votes at the international criminal cooperation organization’s general assembly in Dubai. Kosovo failed to secure the necessary support of two-thirds of Interpol’s 192-member states in its bid to join the International Criminal Police Organization at its general assembly in Dubai on Tuesday. […]

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Land swap talk sparks fears in Kosovo village (politico.eu)

By   /  20/11/2018  /  International  /  Comments Off on Land swap talk sparks fears in Kosovo village (politico.eu)

ÇABËR, Kosovo — When the people of this village in northern Kosovo returned to homes flattened by Serbian forces in the 1998-1999 war, they hoped to rebuild and live in safety for generations to come. Now they fear they could be forced to leave again, under proposals to change borders as part of a permanent […]

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Kosovo Tax Hike Halves Imports From Serbia, Bosnia (Balkan Insight)

By   /  19/11/2018  /  International  /  Comments Off on Kosovo Tax Hike Halves Imports From Serbia, Bosnia (Balkan Insight)

Serbian and Bosnian exports to Kosovo have reportedly tumbled since Kosovo imposed taxes on imports on November 6 – with no resolution of the trade war in sight. Serbia’s Chamber of Commerce said exports to Kosovo had fallen by 50 per cent since Pristina slapped taxes on goods from Serbia and Bosnia, while the trade […]

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The Kosovo quandary is a win for Russia (Al Jazeera)

By   /  19/11/2018  /  International  /  Comments Off on The Kosovo quandary is a win for Russia (Al Jazeera)

For nearly two decades, President Vladimir Putin has been on a mission to make Russia great again – to borrow a phrase from his American counterpart – and to right what he sees as the greatest “wrong” in the country’s recent history: the collapse of the USSR and the loss of its superpower status. In […]

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Serbia-EU: ‘Reform Process Stalls as Kosovo Dialogue Dominates’ (Balkan Insight)

By   /  16/11/2018  /  International  /  Comments Off on Serbia-EU: ‘Reform Process Stalls as Kosovo Dialogue Dominates’ (Balkan Insight)

Austria, who currently holds the rotating EU presidency, is hosting the 9th EU-Serbia intergovernmental conference on December 10. Despite slow progress on joining the EU so far, particularly as Serbia has been widely regarded as a frontrunner for membership, Belgrade is hoping new chapters in accession negotiations could be opened. The Serbian Minister for European […]

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Cuoci: NATO should be consulted over change of mandate of the Kosovo Security Force (EWB)

By   /  16/11/2018  /  International  /  Comments Off on Cuoci: NATO should be consulted over change of mandate of the Kosovo Security Force (EWB)

Interview with Major General Salvatore Cuoci, Commander of KFOR. Cuoci was appointed as the 22nd KFOR Commander in November 2017. European Western Balkans: How do you see the role of KFOR in Kosovo? What do you see as the most important contribution of KFOR to Kosovo’s stability and security? Salvatore Cuoci: NATO-KFOR’s mission is to contribute to […]

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Prosecutor barred from reading indictment in ‘Pronto’ affair case (Prishtina Insight)

By   /  15/11/2018  /  International  /  Comments Off on Prosecutor barred from reading indictment in ‘Pronto’ affair case (Prishtina Insight)

Former and current public officials face nepotism charges at the Prishtina Basic Court on Thursday based on evidence leaked through wiretaps in 2016. Over two years after the controversial wiretaps between Democratic Party of Kosovo, PDK, officials were leaked to the Kosovo public, former PDK MP Adem Grabovci and 11 other individuals accused in the […]

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Spain reverses stance on Kosovo athletes in the country (AP, The Washington Post)

By   /  15/11/2018  /  International  /  Comments Off on Spain reverses stance on Kosovo athletes in the country (AP, The Washington Post)

MADRID – The Spanish government has decided to grant athletes from Kosovo the same rights as other nationalities when participating in international competitions held in Spain. A joint statement from the International Olympic Committee and the Spanish Olympic Committee on Wednesday welcomed the decision, which comes after Spain prohibited the use of Kosovo symbols during […]

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Kosovo president says no ethnic land swap as Serbia peace deal stalls (The Telegraph)

By   /  15/11/2018  /  International  /  Comments Off on Kosovo president says no ethnic land swap as Serbia peace deal stalls (The Telegraph)

Kosovo’s president has denied that a potential peace agreement with Serbia would involve redrawing the border along ethnic lines amid fears that such a deal could re-ignite conflict between the two neighbouring states. Nearly two decades after the end of the Kosovo War, simmering tensions remain. Kosovo’s recent decision to form an army has angered […]

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Kosovo Deputy PM Limaj’s War Crimes Acquittal Upheld (Balkan Insight)

By   /  14/11/2018  /  International  /  Comments Off on Kosovo Deputy PM Limaj’s War Crimes Acquittal Upheld (Balkan Insight)

An appeals court upheld the verdict acquitting former Kosovo Liberation Army commander Fatmir Limaj, who is now deputy prime minister, clearing him of responsibility for the murders of two ethnic Albanian civilians in 1998. The appeals court in the town of Gjakova/Djakovica on Wednesday upheld the verdict acquitting Kosovo’s Deputy Prime Minister Fatmir Limaj of […]

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The price of normalisation: Serbia, Kosovo, and a risky border deal (ecfr.eu)

By   /  14/11/2018  /  International  /  Comments Off on The price of normalisation: Serbia, Kosovo, and a risky border deal (ecfr.eu)

The price of normalisation: Serbia, Kosovo, and a risky border deal This is the time for EU and its member states to push for solutions to the Serbia-Kosovo landswap that have domestic support and that enhance wider stability in the region See at:https://www.ecfr.eu/article/commentary_the_price_of_normalisation_serbia_kosovo_and_a_risky_border_deal

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Spain’s position on Kosovo could hurt its chances to host major sports events (El Pais)

By   /  14/11/2018  /  International  /  Comments Off on Spain’s position on Kosovo could hurt its chances to host major sports events (El Pais)

International Olympic Committee says it will encourage international federations not to host competitions in Spain unless Kosovar athletes are allowed there under their own flag See at: https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/11/13/inenglish/1542096892_451685.html

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