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Justice at last for Kosovo’s ‘second-class victims’? (AFP, Digital Journal)

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Twenty years after the war for Kosovo’s independence, victims of alleged war crimes committed by ethnic Albanian guerrillas have all but given up hope of justice. Now, finally, relief may be on the horizon. Kosovo’s press is speculating feverishly that an EU-backed international court, based in The Hague, could this week issue its first indictments […]

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Serbia Should Not Bank on Europe Turning Right (Balkan Insight)

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Belgrade would be wrong to go slow on a Kosovo solution because it expects to face a more sympathetic Europe after the May elections. Besides justified fears of courting nationalist fury, one theory doing the rounds about why Serbia’s government is so reluctant to wrap up the Kosovo issue is the European elections. Proponents of […]

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Land swap plan sparks fear in Kosovo’s Serb enclaves (AFP)

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Measures that seek to end long-running territorial dispute have been suggested by leaders. A possible land swap between Serbia and Kosovo, suggested by their leaders to end one of Europe’s most volatile territorial disputes, has sparked concerns that the border could be redrawn along ethnic lines and reignite festering communal ethnic animosities. With few details […]

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Kosovo’s leaders hail ex-fighters headed to war crimes court (abcnews)

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Kosovo’s prime minister met Sunday with two fellow former fighters in a bloody war for independence from Serbia two decades ago who are preparing to be questioned by prosecutors for a special war crimes court. Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj’s Facebook page showed photos from the meetings at the homes of former Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) […]

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Hague Prosecutors ‘Summon First Female Kosovo Ex-Guerrilla’

By   /  11/01/2019  /  International  /  Comments Off on Hague Prosecutors ‘Summon First Female Kosovo Ex-Guerrilla’

Kosovo Liberation Army ex-member Raimonda Rreci said the Specialist Prosecutor’s Office in The Hague, which is probing wartime and post-war crimes, has asked her to give an interview – the latest in a series of invitations to former fighters. Raimonda Rreci, a former member of Kosovo Liberation Army, KLA, said on Wednesday evening that she […]

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Kosovo in 2019: Pressure Mounts for Deal With Serbia (Balkan Insight)

By   /  10/01/2019  /  International  /  Comments Off on Kosovo in 2019: Pressure Mounts for Deal With Serbia (Balkan Insight)

Henry Kissinger’s famous saying about Europe: “Who do I call if I want to call Europe?” applied all to well to Kosovo in 2018. With President Hashim Thaci advocating a “border correction” with Serbia in a quest to find the long-sought agreement with its northern foe, Serbia – and with his own Prime Minister, Ramush […]

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Serbian Magazine Wants Kosovo Car Fire Investigated (Balkan Insight)

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The Serbian weekly Vreme has called on the Kosovo Police to investigate a mysterious fire that broke out in their journalists’ car during their trip to northern Kosovo. The Serbian weekly Vreme has called on the director of Kosovo Police, Rashit Qelaj, to investigate the fire that broke out in the vehicle driven by three of its journalists and a […]

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Serbia’s President to Receive Controversial Russian Award (Balkan Insight)

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Russia’s President is to bestow the Alexander Nevsky award on Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, putting him in the company of a number of world leaders not known for their democratic principles. Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic has been awarded the Order of Alexander Nevsky by Russian President Vladimir Putin – which testifies to the warm links […]

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Corruption In The Balkan Countries Is Impeding EU Membership (valuewalk.com)

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The six Western Balkan countries – Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Albania, are “state captured” by corrupt politicians, linked with organized crime. These facts have been documented by various international reports, which are raising major concerns among EU officials on the enlargement process. See at: https://bit.ly/2QEgQD7

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Serbia-Kosovo: Where neighbours do not share a coffee (BBC)

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It is your ethnicity that determines where you drink coffee in the Serbian town of Bujanovac, close to the border with Kosovo, “Albanians and Serbs don’t use the same bars,” says Valon Arifi, an ethnic Albanian. The town’s population is majority Serb, but in the wider region Albanians are more numerous. See at: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-46808673

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Serbia’s Aleksandar Vucic pledges to stay on reform path (Financial Times)

By   /  09/01/2019  /  International  /  Comments Off on Serbia’s Aleksandar Vucic pledges to stay on reform path (Financial Times)

On a sub-zero Sunday in Belgrade following a night of street protests against him, Serbian president Aleksandar Vucic hauled an oak tree into the presidential palace to be blessed by the patriarch of the Serbian Orthodox church. The tree was a badnjak, traditionally burnt on Serbian Orthodox Christmas Eve as prayers and wishes are offered […]

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Serbia Jails Albanians for KLA Graffiti in Snow (Balkan Insight)

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Serbia has drawn criticism for sentencing three Albanians who wrote the Kosovo Liberation Army’s initials on snow-covered cars to 55 days in prison. Human rights activists have criticised as excessive the 55-day sentences handed down to three ethnic Albanians by the Belgrade Misdemeanours Court for drawing the Kosovo Liberation Army’s initials in snow on several […]

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