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WEEKEND READ –  Does the West Have a Vision for the Western Balkans?Reuters

WEEKEND READ – Does the West Have a Vision for the Western Balkans?

“Large, burly men sat in the front rows of the parliament building in Banja Luka last December, their bulging muscles revealing elaborate tattoos under their black T-shirts and hoodies. These were the ‘little green men’ of the Balkans — only they were not little and wore black outfits instead of […]

Western Balkan Leaders Attend Digital Summit in SkopjePhoto: RTK

Western Balkan Leaders Attend Digital Summit in Skopje

“The first ever Western Balkans Digital Summit, bringing together Prime Ministers and Ministers responsible for digital agenda from the Western Balkans (WB), EU Berlin Process participants, European Commission (EC), Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), representatives of IT industries and businesses, academia, and youth, opened in Skopje today. The Digital […]

Izetbegovic Meets Secretary General of NATOalchetron.com

Izetbegovic Meets Secretary General of NATO

“Chairman of the Presidency of BiH Bakir Izetbegovic exchanged opinions on the situation in BiH with Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg and ambassadors of the members of the “Big Four”. They noted that BiH made significant steps in the process of rapprochement to Euro-Atlantic integrations. Izetbegovic noted […]

European Commission to BiH – Fix Public AdministrationPhoto: N1

European Commission to BiH – Fix Public Administration

“Bosnia has made some progress in regard to human rights and minorities issues and economic reforms, but none at all in regard to its inefficient public administration, the 2018 European Commission (EC) Progress Report for Bosnia notes. Head of the EU Delegation to Bosnia, Lars-Gunnar Wigemark, handed the […]

RFE/RL – Croatian Lawmakers Leave Serbia After Nationalist Seselj Stamps on FlagPhoto: Time Out

RFE/RL – Croatian Lawmakers Leave Serbia After Nationalist Seselj Stamps on Flag

“A Croatian parliamentary delegation has cut short a visit to neighboring Serbia after nationalist politician Vojislav Seselj, recently convicted of war crimes by a United Nations court, stamped on the Croatian national flag and cursed the visitors. ‘At the entrance of the [Serbian] parliament Seselj…desecrated the Croatian flag […]

Croatian MEPs Respond to Slovenia’s Complaint on Arbitration Ruling

“Croatia sent a written response to the European Commission on Tuesday after Slovenia filed a complaint, claiming Croatia’s refusal to recognize the arbitration ruling in the border dispute between the two countries was in violation of EU law. Croatian MEPs Dubravka Šuica and Ivan Jakovčić defended the decision in a television interview […]

When Will the Peljesac Bridge Begin?

When Will the Peljesac Bridge Begin?

“The contract to construct the new Peljesac Bridge will be signed on Monday. Speaking to Croatia Radio Television, the Minster for Sea, Traffic and Infrastructure, Oleg Butković, commented that the contract for the construction of the bridge will be signed with the Chinese company on Monday. The Chinese […]

Kosovo Trade Fair Attracts Serbian Vendors

Kosovo Trade Fair Attracts Serbian Vendors

“Despite simmering diplomatic tensions between Serbia and Kosovo, business ties seem to be growing, with companies from both sides flocking to a regional trade fair to strike deals. In March, political relations hit a low when Kosovo police briefly arrested and expelled a top Serbian official after he […]

Macedonia Back on Track Toward EU Membershipfedericamogherini.net

Macedonia Back on Track Toward EU Membership

“Macedonia is ‘back on track’ toward European Union membership, the EU foreign policy chief says, urging Macedonia to keep carrying out recommended EU reforms. The EU’s Federica Mogherini congratulated Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev during a visit to Skopje Wednesday. ‘You’ve gone a long way and, yes, the […]

Hahn – Macedonia Needs to Improve Rule of LawPhoto: RFERL

Hahn – Macedonia Needs to Improve Rule of Law

“The European Union should open membership negotiations with Macedonia and Albania as long as the countries maintain progress on reforms to rule of law and the fight against corruption and organized crime, the European Commission announced on Tuesday. ‘We need to see the reforms, especially in the rule […]