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Balkan Blast 3/3/2021: EUSR Lajčák’s Day 2 in Kosovo recap. State Dept.’s Palmer underscores U.S.-EU cooperation on the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue. Vučić meets with BiH’s tripartite presidency, delivers vaccines.Photo: Time Out

Balkan Blast 3/3/2021: EUSR Lajčák’s Day 2 in Kosovo recap. State Dept.’s Palmer underscores U.S.-EU cooperation on the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue. Vučić meets with BiH’s tripartite presidency, delivers vaccines.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY BANDIĆ COMMEMORATION: A commemoration was held yesterday at the Croatian National Theater in Zagreb for longtime Mayor of Zagreb Milan Bandić who unexpectedly passed away on Sunday. Friends and associates spoke of how Bandić’s energy transformed Zagreb into a […]

Balkan Blast 3/2/2021: EUSR Lajčák arrives the Balkans, begin meetings with top officials. Albania’s PM Edi Rama in Brussels for SAA Council meeting. Srebrenica Memorial Centre releases “Genocide Papers.”Photo: Ardian Lumi

Balkan Blast 3/2/2021: EUSR Lajčák arrives the Balkans, begin meetings with top officials. Albania’s PM Edi Rama in Brussels for SAA Council meeting. Srebrenica Memorial Centre releases “Genocide Papers.”

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY LAJČÁK ARRIVES IN PRISTINA: EUSR to the Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue Miroslav Lajčák yesterday arrived in Kosovo where he met with U.S. Ambassador to Kosovo Philip Kosnett, NATO KFOR Commander Maj. Gen. Franco Federici, and Kosovo’s likely next PM Albin Kurti. EUSR […]

Balkan Blast 3/1/2021: EUSR Miroslav Lajčák starts tour of Kosovo, Serbia, and Montenegro today. Bulgaria & N. Macedonia make no progress in historical commission. Mayor of Zagreb Milan Bandić passes away.

Balkan Blast 3/1/2021: EUSR Miroslav Lajčák starts tour of Kosovo, Serbia, and Montenegro today. Bulgaria & N. Macedonia make no progress in historical commission. Mayor of Zagreb Milan Bandić passes away.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY Balkan Insider extends condolences to the family and friends of the Mayor of Zagreb Milan Bandić who suddenly passed away from a heart attack yesterday. BiH INDEPENDENCE DAY: We would like to wish Bosnia & Herzegovina a happy Independence […]

Nice view of the town of Perast, Montenegro and bay

Balkan Blast 2/25/2021: State Dept.’s DAS Palmer outlines expectations in BiH & region, DAS Montgomery on commitment to Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue. AFET adopts reports on Kosovo, Serbia. Central 5 FMs to meet on Slovenia’s EU Presidency.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY DAS PALMER ON EXPECTATIONS FROM THE NEW ADMIN: Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs and Special Representative to the Western Balkans Matt Palmer reiterated the commitment of the U.S. to Bosnia and the region. He called […]

Balkan Blast 2/24/2021: N. Macedonia’s & France sign agreements – FM Osmani on visit to France. Kosovo’s Kurti aims to stop privatization process. Bosnia’s Dodik expects greater pressure from the West.exploringmacedonia.com

Balkan Blast 2/24/2021: N. Macedonia’s & France sign agreements – FM Osmani on visit to France. Kosovo’s Kurti aims to stop privatization process. Bosnia’s Dodik expects greater pressure from the West.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY CONGRATS!: Albanian judge Ardian Dvorani has been recognized as one of twelve anticorruption champions throughout the world by the U.S. State Department.FM OSMANI IN FRANCE: FM of N. Macedonia Bujar Osmani visited France yesterday. He met with counterpart Jean-Yves Le […]

Balkan Blast 2/23/20201: What’s the future of the DFC office in the Balkans? SNSD slams the Bonn Powers of the High Rep. in BiH. Former head of secret police in N. Macedonia disappears.Photo: Time Out

Balkan Blast 2/23/20201: What’s the future of the DFC office in the Balkans? SNSD slams the Bonn Powers of the High Rep. in BiH. Former head of secret police in N. Macedonia disappears.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY WHAT’S THE FUTURE OF THE DFC IN THE BALKANS?: “The U.S. development bank has said it remains committed to supporting private investment in the Balkans amid talk that officials have discussed closing its Serbian office. “David Marchick, chief operating […]

Balkan Blast 2/22/2021: Morale at U.S. Embassy in Kosovo, many others down over lack of Covid vaccines. Albanian FM speaks to State Dept.’s Reeker. NATO & N. Macedonia beef up cyber security. Results of elections in Srebrenica, Doboj.

Balkan Blast 2/22/2021: Morale at U.S. Embassy in Kosovo, many others down over lack of Covid vaccines. Albanian FM speaks to State Dept.’s Reeker. NATO & N. Macedonia beef up cyber security. Results of elections in Srebrenica, Doboj.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY MORALE DOWN AT U.S. EMBASSY IN KOSOVO: Nahal Toosi of Politico obtained a cable from Ambassador Philip Kosnett to the U.S. State Department. The cable reportedly says that morale at the U.S. Embassy in Kosovo is “near breaking point” due to […]

Balkan Blast 2/19/2021: Fmr. Amb. to Slovenia to run for Senate. Home Affairs Commissioner visits Lipa Camp, urges burden sharing. Serbian Amb. meets Rep. Mrvan. Corruption with EU funds in Montenegro arises.Photo: Reddit

Balkan Blast 2/19/2021: Fmr. Amb. to Slovenia to run for Senate. Home Affairs Commissioner visits Lipa Camp, urges burden sharing. Serbian Amb. meets Rep. Mrvan. Corruption with EU funds in Montenegro arises.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY FORMER U.S. AMB. IN SLOVENIA TO RUN FOR SENATE: Former U.S. Ambassador in Slovenia Lynda Blanchard announced she will be running for the Republican primary nomination in 2022 to fill Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby’s seat. Blanchard describes herself as […]

Balkan Blast 2/18/2021: Serbia ramps up Covid diplomacy – Bosnian Serbs go to Serbia for vaccination, delivers doses to Montenegro. EUSR Lajčák says EU confident in Kosovo-Serbia Deal. Weapons stolen from BiH military facility.Photo: The Srpska Times

Balkan Blast 2/18/2021: Serbia ramps up Covid diplomacy – Bosnian Serbs go to Serbia for vaccination, delivers doses to Montenegro. EUSR Lajčák says EU confident in Kosovo-Serbia Deal. Weapons stolen from BiH military facility.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY COVID CORNER: Croatian Health Minister Vili Beroš announced that Zagreb and Moscow have “agreed cooperation” on procuring the Sputnik V vaccine. But Croatia will not do it without approval from the European Medicines Agency. Montenegro received 2,000 Sputnik V […]

Balkan Blast 2/17/2021: Vetëvendosje’s Kurti sets priorities. DAS Palmer discusses NATO, EU, and Mostar with Izetbegović. Croatia takes big step towards the visa waiver program. Kosovo celebrates independence day.Photo: Ardian Lumi

Balkan Blast 2/17/2021: Vetëvendosje’s Kurti sets priorities. DAS Palmer discusses NATO, EU, and Mostar with Izetbegović. Croatia takes big step towards the visa waiver program. Kosovo celebrates independence day.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY DAS PALMER + IZETBEGOVIC: U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and Special Rep. to the W. Balkans Matthew Palmer yesterday spoke with SDA (Bosnia) leader Bakir Izetbegović. They discussed the need to increase efforts in Bosnia on NATO and […]