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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, May 7, 2020

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Albanian Language Media:

• Thaci on EU-WB summit: I asked for visa liberalisation, recognition of Kosovo (media)
• Von der Leyen: Regional cooperation key for Western Balkans’ economic recovery (KP/Indeksonline)
• Veseli: EU-WB summit left a bleak enlargement perspective (media)
• Mustafa: Border change is in our hands, not in that of Grenell, Borrell or Lajcak (media)
• Beyer slams Borrell: Germany is against change of borders (express, media)
• Serwer: An agreement for exchange of territories and people is being prepared, Borrell is moving in that direction (Express)

Serbian Language Media:

• North Kosovo: No newly infected, two people cured (Kontakt plus radio)
• Vucic: Serbia confirmed determination to join EU at Zagreb summit (RTS, N1)
• “Serbia is part of the ‘Europe team'” (Tanjug, B92)
• EU confirms support for Western Balkans’ European perspective (N1)
• EBRD chief announces more finances for Western Balkans (Beta, N1)
• Vucic calls for lifting of trade barriers for Western Balkans (N1)
• The state of emergency in Serbia has been lifted (B92, Tanjug)
• Wreaths laid at Chinese Embassy old location in Belgrade in memory of 1999 bombing (BETA, N1)


• China’s Balkan Investments Are Paradoxically Speeding Region’s EU Integration (Balkan Insight)
• A constitutional battle with far-reaching political consequences (Prishtina Insight)


• Kosovo Albanian Woman Charged With Joining IS Terror Group (The New York Times)


• A Woman’s Work is Never Done (Kosovo 2.0)

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Belgrade Media Report 07 May

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Serbia lifts state of emergency (Tanjug/Beta/RTS)
Vucic congratulates Victory Day to Putin (RTS)
Vucic: Less talk about perspective and more about enlargement (RTS)
Serbia is part of the ‘Europe team’ (B92/Tanjug)
Djilas at PES meeting ahead of EU-Western Balkans Summit: No conditions for fair elections, Serbia is a dictatorship (Beta)
Another 57 cases, 2,160 recovered (RTS)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

HR Inzko presents regular semiannual report to UN SC (O kanal)
Russia’s UN SC representative accuses Inzko of ‘demonizing Serbs’ (O kanal)
Leaders of 27 EU member states, six Western Balkan countries pass Zagreb Declaration (BHT1)
Dzaferovic and European Council President Michel discuss B&H’s EU path (O kanal)
Croat officials stress importance of European path of B&H and necessity to change Law on Elections (Vecernji list)
Prosecutor’s Office of B&H announces new steps in investigation in case of procurement of 100 respirators for FB&H health system (BHT1)
SC Office for Fight against Corruption investigates procurement of protective masks ordered from company, owned by son of SBB representative (N1)
Seranic: People will have to learn to live with the virus and get used to certain measures (ATV)
RS Public Health Institute publishes precise instructions and recommendations on gradual easing of measures (ATV)
Kresic: Reaction to Russian experts was caused by those who are allergic because Covic submitted request for Russian assistance (Dnevni avaz)
B&H records 39 new Covid-19 cases and 4 deaths, tally now at 2,026 (N1)

Zagreb Declaration adopted at Western Balkans Summit (HRT)
Zovko: Holding the summit is the biggest success of Croatia’s foreign policy; Picula: EU needs to resolve its internal issues before thinking about accession talks (HRT)
In Croatia, 6 new cases of infection, a total of 2125, 1 person died (N1)

Djukanovic: We must not leave Balkans to third parties (CDM)
Greater connection between the Balkans and the EU is needed (RTCG)
Freedom House Report on Montenegro offers plenty of reasons for debate (Dnevne novine)
Number of recovered cases rises to 265, as Institute for Public Health reports no new cases of coronavirus (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia

North Macedonia prepared to start negotiations using new methodology, Spasovski tells Zagreb summit (MIA)
Mitsotakis: Good neighborly relations only way to European future of North Macedonia (MIA)
Osmani: Bulgaria not planning to block EU process, supported start of negotiations (MIA)
Constitutional Justices won’t reconsider constitutionality & legality of parliamentary dissolution (MIA)
SDSM push for early elections and rule by decree collides with Venice Commission rules (Republika)
Deskoska insists that government decrees will remain in effect even after the state of emergency has been lifted (Republika)
In Macedonia 33 new Covid-19 cases, patient dies during emergency transport from Veles to Skopje (Republika)

Albanian Premier’s harsh reaction over Freedom House Report (ADN)
Protesters beaten by police during anti-isolation rally in Albania (ADN)
Ten new Coronavirus cases detected in Albania (ADN)


4 takeaways from the EU’s virtual Balkan summit (Politico)
EU-Western Balkans Zagreb Summit held via video link (Al Jazeera Balkans)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, May 7

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• Four new cases of Covid-19, 43 recoveries (media)
• The declaration of the EU-Western Balkans Summit in Zagreb (media)
• Thaci wants visa liberalisation, candidate status for Kosovo (media)
• Kurti: Elections after pandemic the only way forward (media)
• Mustafa: We want a pro-European Kosovo, in friendship with U.S. (media)
• Kurti: No dialogue with maps, no agreement on partition (Express)
• Sources: Kurti complains to Pence that Thaci misinformed Grenell (media)
• Court says it will make merited decision on Thaci’s decree (Lajmi)
• PDK calls for resignation of government ministers (media)
• Hoxhaj: No to debates on whether we side more with U.S. or Europe (media)

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