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Belgrade Media Report 8 May 2020

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Daily Media Highlights

Friday 8 May 2020


Vucic on the incident in front of the parliament: We’ll protect democratic values (Tanjug/B92)
Obradovic again makes chaos in front of the parliament, provoking Minister Loncar (Tanjug/B92)
Police detain 15 people for attacking Serbia’s MPs (N1)
Vucic: I won’t run for SNS head again, perhaps not for head of state either (TV Happy/FoNet/Beta)
Dacic, Godfrey: Cooperation and solidarity during pandemic are indicators of friendship (Beta)
Instead of membership date, they offer ‘European perspective (Novosti)
Trifunovic: PSG made the decision to go to the polls (B92)
SzS says boycott decision is final (N1)
Another 95 cases, 2,453 recovered (RTS)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

B&H CEC calls elections for 4 October (N1)
Reactions of parties to CEC’s decision to call local elections (N1)
Mostar again to be bystander during 2020 local elections (BHT1)
Inzko: I received explicit support from US Administration (Dnevni avaz)
Nebenzya: Inzko is looking for fabricated reasons to justify outdated protectorate over independent and sovereign state, OHR should be closed down (Nezavisne)
RS government’s report to UN SC (ATV)
IMF does not understand what the problem is with distribution of money (Nezavisne)
Softic: We are still waiting for CoM decision (Dnevni avaz)
Tegeltija meets with Viskovic and Novalic, says it is important to define measures to mitigate consequences of coronavirus pandemic at all levels (ATV/RTRS)
Azerbaijan donates more than half a million Euros for the fight against coronavirus epidemic in B&H (Nezavisne)
US Embassy, USAID hand over valuable donations (Dnevni avaz)
B&H’s coronavirus death toll nears 100, 42 new patients reported (N1)

Vucic wants Schengen agreement with Hungary, Croatia and Bulgaria (Jutarnji list)
Region is disappointed with EU’s policy, but commend Croatia’s behavior (Vecernji list)
Croatia: Territorial claims in EU unthinkable (Hina)
Defense Minister Krsticevic resigns following second aircraft crash in three months (HRT)
Croatia to re-open railway lines and domestic air travel on Monday (Hina)
In Croatia, 36 newly infected, a total of 2161 (N1)

Return of 13,389 citizens to Montenegro (RTCG)
Institute for Public Health reports no new cases of COVID-19 (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Constitutional Court: Pendarovski’s first state of emergency decision won’t be appraised (MIA)
Xhaferi: SEC to start preparations for elections once state of emergency expires (MIA)
Zaev: June most appropriate for elections, we need credible and functional institutions (MIA/Alsat TV)
Election hasn’t been discussed by infectious diseases committee, says Filipche (MIA)
Zaev expects Bulgaria to continue to be North Macedonia’s sincere friend (MIA)
FM Dimitrov calls Croatia’s EU presidency ‘substantial’ for North Macedonia (MIA)
Government acknowledges all democratic stakeholders for country’s progress in Freedom House report (MIA)
In North Macedonia 14 new infections, 20 recovered, 1 deceased (Libertas)

New measures in Albania announced, lockdown not over for six cities (ADN)
Travel restrictions in Albania to be eased from 18 May (ADN)
In Albania 8 new coronavirus cases (ADN)


‘Coronavirus Diplomacy’ Won’t Change Serbia’s Path (US News and World Report)
Against all odds, the COVID-19 pandemic cemented EU ties with the Western Balkans (EWB)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, May 8, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, May 8, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• EU: Kosovo remains a condition for Serbia’s membership (Arberesh.info)
• The quarantine at students’ center will last seven instead of 14 days (Klan)
• Patient succumbs to coronavirus at Prishtina Hospital (media)
• UNDP and Luxembourg donate 5,000 Covid-19 test kits (media)
• Orlando: We hope visa liberalization for Kosovo will soon be a reality (Klan)
• LDK addresses the Constitutional Court (RTK)

Serbian Language Media:

• Two new cases of Covid-19 infection in north, three persons cured (Kosovo-online)
• Varhelyi on the dialogue: Exchange of territories in the second plan, it is important to continue the dialogue (RTS, Tanjug)
• Várhelyi: European Commission monitors situation in Serbia (N1, EWB)
• Vucic says he won’t run for SNS head again, perhaps not for head of state either (media)
• Opposition Alliance for Serbia (SzS) says decision to boycott elections is final (N1, B92)
• Kozarev: Disturbing attacks on returnees (TV Most)


• Surroi: No more than the Pope (Koha)
• ‘Coronavirus Diplomacy’ Won’t Change Serbia’s Path (usnews.com)


• ‘Accountability’ should be the priority of the dialogue, not ‘amnesty’ (Prishtina Insight)
• Democracy digest: Frustration Looms Over Western Balkans (Balkan Insight)
• Global Europe Brief: Elephants in the Balkan Room (Euractiv.com)
• Balkans media during COVID-19: Reporting on corruption became even harder (EWB)


• UN SG: Tsunami of hatred and xenophobia sparked by COVID-19 (Tanjug, B92)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, May 8

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• One new case of Covid-19, 28 recoveries (media)
• Kurti: Thaci and Vucic have a secret deal (media)
• Germany supports agreement that contributes to stability (Express)
• Varhelyi: Kosovo needs a stable government (RFE)
• Kurti on letter to Pence: I clarified the position of Kosovo govt (Koha)
• LDK deputy leader Lutfi Haziri debate on T7
• VV deputy leader and Finance Minister Bislimi interview to KTV
• PDK deputy leader Krasniqi interview to Klan Kosova
• Behramaj: Kurti ruined his relations with U.S. over Borrell (media)
• A week on, LDK has not made public coalition agreement with SL (Telegrafi)
• Kurti and Abbott discuss pandemic and economic recovery (media)
• UK refuses in silence Kosovo ambassador (Koha)
• Increase in cases of domestic violence during pandemic (Express)

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