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WEEKEND READ: Montenegro Heads Slowly But Steadily Towards the EUVolodymyr/123RF/Budva

WEEKEND READ: Montenegro Heads Slowly But Steadily Towards the EU

“After being on the political scene for more than 25 years, Milo Djukanovic is again the president of Montenegro. Although the post of president is largely ceremonial, the re-election of Mr Djukanovic does confirm that Montenegrins are set on joining the European Union, something which might happen in 2025.  However, the latest EU report on […]

US Congress Approves Increased US Engagement in the BalkansPhoto: Martin Falbisoner

US Congress Approves Increased US Engagement in the Balkans

“The Committee on Armed Services of the House of Representatives to the US Congress approved the National Defense Authorization Act for the fiscal year of 2019, which includes a section calling for the Department of Defense to continue increasing “military-to-military cooperation and engagements” in the Western Balkans region. […]

Turkey Donates 15 Buses to Sarajevo

Turkey Donates 15 Buses to Sarajevo

“Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality has donated 15 buses to Bosnia and Herzegovina’s capital Sarajevo. The buses were delivered yesterday to the Sarajevo Public Transportation Company (GRAS) by Istanbul Electricity, Tramway and Tunnel General Management. They were purchased in coordination with Turkish International Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TİKA). A handover […]

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 15:  U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions holds a news conference at the Department of Justice on December 15, 2017 in Washington, DC. Sessions called the question-and-answer session with reporters to highlight his department's fight to reduce violent crime.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions Arrives in Croatia

“US State Attorney Jeff Sessions arrived Wednesday to visit Croatia where he will talk to senior officials on Friday to strengthen relations between Croatia and the US in the field of law enforcement by the end of February, the US Embassy said. The first US judiciary will stay in Zagreb […]

Croatia Meets All But One Criteria for Eurozone

Croatia Meets All But One Criteria for Eurozone

“According to a convergence report covering seven EU member states obliged to adopt the Euro, which was published on Wednesday by the European Commission, Croatia meets all but one of the criteria for joining the Eurozone, participating in the European Exchange Rate Mechanism (ERM II) for at least […]

Despite Demarcation, Kosovo Looking to “Correct” Border with Montenegro?Photo: Our Wonderland

Despite Demarcation, Kosovo Looking to “Correct” Border with Montenegro?

“The Government of Kosovo believes that correction of the borderline with Montenegro will be concluded within the two year deadline as foreseen with the Agreement on demarcation between the two countries. Government officials say that the political-technical body tasked to make potential correction of the border is in […]

Ethnic Serb Fugitive Appointed as Judge by Kosovo ParliamentPhoto: EPA / Valdrin Xhemaj

Ethnic Serb Fugitive Appointed as Judge by Kosovo Parliament

“Kosovo’s parliament is facing criticism from the opposition and watchdog organizations for nominating as a judge a Serb who fled to Kosovo to avoid being jailed for corruption. Parliament voted last week to appoint Radomir Laban to serve as a judge of the Constitutional Court representing the Kosovo […]

Former Macedonian Prime Minister Sentenced to Jail for CorruptionPhoto: N1

Former Macedonian Prime Minister Sentenced to Jail for Corruption

“Former Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski has been sentenced to two years in prison for corruption. A court in Skopje found he had unlawfully influenced officials over the purchase of a luxury bulletproof Mercedes Benz worth €600,000 (£525,000, $700,000) in 2012. It was the first of five cases […]

Macedonia to Reshuffle Governmentexploringmacedonia.com

Macedonia to Reshuffle Government

“The parliament yesterday received a proposal for new government ministers late in the afternoon. The Government’s reconstruction session is expected to take place by June 1, when it is the anniversary of the election of the current Government in the Republic of Macedonia, led by Prime Minister Zoran […]

Tsipras Rolling Dice on Name Negotiations?Photo: AP

Tsipras Rolling Dice on Name Negotiations?

” Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is taking a big gamble in trying to settle a decades-old name dispute with neighboring Macedonia which could backfire in a pre-election year among voters already jaded by his economic austerity policies. With about 15 months until the next election is due, the […]