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Balkan Blast 4/28/2021: Albania’s Socialists led by PM Edi Rama wins parliamentary elections. U.S. returns to pre-Trump policy on the Western Balkans. Germany, France deny non paper on Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue. Pendarovski visits EU officials in Brussels.Photo: Jessica S. Hitchcock/Twitter

Balkan Blast 4/28/2021: Albania’s Socialists led by PM Edi Rama wins parliamentary elections. U.S. returns to pre-Trump policy on the Western Balkans. Germany, France deny non paper on Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue. Pendarovski visits EU officials in Brussels.

Join your fellow Balkan Insider readers, on Thursday, April 29th at 12:00PM EST/6:00PM CET, for a webinar with the former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Croatia, W. Robert Kohorst. The former ambassador will share his highlights from his three plus years based in Zagreb on key geo-political […]

Balkan Blast 4/26/2021: PM Edi Rama’s Socialist Party holding a lead in Albania’s parliamentary elections, Kosovo’s Kurti criticized for voting in Albania. German FM Maas visit to Serbia on Friday. Serbia’s Vučić meets Lajčák in Brussels on Dialogue.Photo: The Srpska Times

Balkan Blast 4/26/2021: PM Edi Rama’s Socialist Party holding a lead in Albania’s parliamentary elections, Kosovo’s Kurti criticized for voting in Albania. German FM Maas visit to Serbia on Friday. Serbia’s Vučić meets Lajčák in Brussels on Dialogue.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY ALBANIAN ELECTION RESULTS: PM Edi Rama is charging towards win his third term as prime minister with the Socialist Party holding a commanding lead from Sunday’s parliamentary elections with 48% of the vote counted at the time of this […]

Balkan Blast 4/23/2021: Local politics overshadow commemorations at Jasenovac. Serbia’s President, PM, and Speaker visit Banja Luka.  Germany’s FM Maas on official visit to Kosovo, Serbia. Slovenia and Poland’s PMs call for an end to Nord Stream 2.

Balkan Blast 4/23/2021: Local politics overshadow commemorations at Jasenovac. Serbia’s President, PM, and Speaker visit Banja Luka. Germany’s FM Maas on official visit to Kosovo, Serbia. Slovenia and Poland’s PMs call for an end to Nord Stream 2.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY SERBIAN DELEGATION VISITS BANJA LUKA: Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić led a delegation to mark the Day of the City of Banja Luka, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Republika Srpska (RS) entity. The delegation included PM Ana Brnabić and […]

Balkan Blast 4/22/2021: Kurti and Vučić head to Brussels next week, to meet separately with EU officials. Tense atmosphere consumes Albania’s elections over the weekend – President accuses PM of running a”kleptocratic regime.” Croatian, Italian, and Slovenian FMs sign declaration on north Adriatic.Photo: Erasmusu.com

Balkan Blast 4/22/2021: Kurti and Vučić head to Brussels next week, to meet separately with EU officials. Tense atmosphere consumes Albania’s elections over the weekend – President accuses PM of running a”kleptocratic regime.” Croatian, Italian, and Slovenian FMs sign declaration on north Adriatic.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY KURTI, VUČIĆ TO SEPARATELY MEET EU OFFICIALS NEXT WEEK: Kosovo PM Albin Kurti and Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić will separately meet EU officials in Brussels next week. Serbia’s Vučić said he expects a “constructive conversation, important and constructive talks […]

Balkan Blast 4/21/2021: U.S. President Biden calls for “flexibility and difficult compromise” in Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue. EU Commissioner Várhelyi calls for European Council to move forward with the Western Balkans. Three separate Jasenovac commemorations on Thursday. Dodik starts campaign for “peaceful separation” of BiH.

Balkan Blast 4/21/2021: U.S. President Biden calls for “flexibility and difficult compromise” in Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue. EU Commissioner Várhelyi calls for European Council to move forward with the Western Balkans. Three separate Jasenovac commemorations on Thursday. Dodik starts campaign for “peaceful separation” of BiH.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY BIDEN EMPHASIZES DIALOGUE IN LETTER TO OSMANI: U.S. President Joe Biden wrote a congratulatory letter to Kosovo’s President Vjosa Osmani on Monday. Biden noted the “the Biden family has a personal connection to your country” through his son Beau who […]

Balkan Blast 4/20/2021: The UK and Serbia sign extensive Partnership, Trade and Cooperation Agreement. Serbia’s inter-party dialogue kicks off online. PM Edi Rama says April 25 elections are test of Albania’s character.

Balkan Blast 4/20/2021: The UK and Serbia sign extensive Partnership, Trade and Cooperation Agreement. Serbia’s inter-party dialogue kicks off online. PM Edi Rama says April 25 elections are test of Albania’s character.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY UK + SERBIA: The UK and Serbia signed a Partnership, Trade and Cooperation Agreement to secure “continued preferential trade access between the UK and Serbia with significant savings for business to support jobs and the wider economy.” The Agreement was […]

Balkan Blast 4/19/2021: EU FMs postpone debate on W. Balkans after alleged Slovenian non-paper calling for border changes. Montenegro’s FM Radulović speaks with EUSR Lajčák. Iranian and Serbian FMs meet in Tehran. Serbia looks set to change Constitution.

Balkan Blast 4/19/2021: EU FMs postpone debate on W. Balkans after alleged Slovenian non-paper calling for border changes. Montenegro’s FM Radulović speaks with EUSR Lajčák. Iranian and Serbian FMs meet in Tehran. Serbia looks set to change Constitution.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY EU POSTPONES DEBATE ON WB: A debate of the EU Foreign Ministers about the Western Balkans scheduled for today has been postponed until May. An unnamed senior EU official said the meeting should take place in person. The official […]

Balkan Blast 4/16/2021: Slovenia’s non-paper bombshell shocks the Western Balkans. Vučić meets QUINT, EU representatives. Rama’s offer for grand coalition shut down.

Balkan Blast 4/16/2021: Slovenia’s non-paper bombshell shocks the Western Balkans. Vučić meets QUINT, EU representatives. Rama’s offer for grand coalition shut down.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY SLOVENIA’S NON-PAPER BOMBSHELL: Slovenian news outlet necenzurirano leaked the alleged Slovenian non-paper that would redraw the borders in the Western Balkans along ethnic lines. According to the document, it aims to tackle the “unresolved national issues of Serbs, Albanians […]

Balkan Blast 4/15/21: EUSR Lajčák and State Dept.’s Reeker discuss Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue. Croatian FM visits BiH, supports for its territorial integrity. BiH’s Dodik calls for “peaceful separation” of BiH. AFET adopts 2019-2020 report on Montenegro.Photo: Jessica S. Hitchcock/Twitter

Balkan Blast 4/15/21: EUSR Lajčák and State Dept.’s Reeker discuss Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue. Croatian FM visits BiH, supports for its territorial integrity. BiH’s Dodik calls for “peaceful separation” of BiH. AFET adopts 2019-2020 report on Montenegro.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY LAJČÁK + REEKER: EUSR for the Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue Miroslav Lajčák yesterday met with Acting Assisting Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Phil Reeker. The interlocutors discussed coordinating U.S.-EU cooperation on the Dialogue and in the region. EUSR […]