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Balkan Blast 1/20/2021: Sec. of State Nominee Blinken talks moving Kosovo and Serbia forward. Bosnia’s CIK publishes results of Mostar elections. Motion of no confidence against Slovenian PM Janez Jansa withdrawn.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY HAPPY INAUGURATION DAY! Today, President-elect Joe Biden will be sworn in as the 46th President of the United States and VP-elect Kamala Harris will be sworn in as the first woman as vice president.  BLINKEN ON KOSOVO-SERBIA: Biden’s nomination […]

Balkan Blast 1/19/2021: UK and U.S. Ambs to BiH pen joint blog on 2021 expectations. Motion of no confidence against Slovenia’s Jansa started. Montenegrin FM meets German FM Heiko Maas. Bulgaria and N. Macedonia inch closer to deal.

Balkan Blast 1/19/2021: UK and U.S. Ambs to BiH pen joint blog on 2021 expectations. Motion of no confidence against Slovenia’s Jansa started. Montenegrin FM meets German FM Heiko Maas. Bulgaria and N. Macedonia inch closer to deal.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY Welcome back! We hope everyone took time to reflect yesterday on the impact Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had on civil rights in the United States in the quest for equality. As Dr. King said, “Love is the only […]

Balkan Blast 1/15/2021: Kosovo’s Kurti and Osmani to team up in upcoming parliamentary elections. Dodik challenges Ukraine on 300-year-old golden icon. FMs abroad: Slovenian FM in Finland, French FM in Croatia, N. Macedonia’s FM in Greece.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY ICYMI: Balkan Insider yesterday hosted a Trans-Atlantic discussion with Florian Bieber (University of Graz) and Edward Joseph (Johns Hopkins SAIS) on challenges and opportunities in the region including backsliding democracy, EU enlargement, approaches to the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue, and much […]

Balkan Blast 1/14/2021: State Dept.’s Palmer expects “stable and continuous” in Biden Admin’s approach to the region. Montenegro’s Djukanovic and Krivokapic to meet on Friday. Slovenian Parliament’s motion of no confidence gaining traction.

Balkan Blast 1/14/2021: State Dept.’s Palmer expects “stable and continuous” in Biden Admin’s approach to the region. Montenegro’s Djukanovic and Krivokapic to meet on Friday. Slovenian Parliament’s motion of no confidence gaining traction.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY DON’T MISS OUT: Balkan Insider is hosting the webinar 2021 Outlook for the Balkans: A Trans-Atlantic Discussion with Florian Bieber and Edward Joseph TODAY at 12:00 PM EST/ 6:00 PM CET. See below for announcement and REGISTER HERE. PALMER ON BIDEN ADMINISTRATION: U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State […]

BALKAN BLAST 1/13/2021: State Dept.’s Phil Reeker visits Lajcak, discusses “renewed cooperation” on Dialogue.  Osmani meets EU officials Brussels. Former High Rep. to BiH Schwarz-Schilling calls for Schmidt to replace Inzko as High Rep.Photo: Reddit

BALKAN BLAST 1/13/2021: State Dept.’s Phil Reeker visits Lajcak, discusses “renewed cooperation” on Dialogue. Osmani meets EU officials Brussels. Former High Rep. to BiH Schwarz-Schilling calls for Schmidt to replace Inzko as High Rep.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY DON’T MISS OUT: Balkan Insider is hosting the webinar 2021 Outlook for the Balkans: A Trans-Atlantic Discussion with Florian Bieber and Edward Joseph on Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 12:00 PM EST/ 6:00 PM CET. See below for announcement […]

Balkan Blast 1/7/2021: Kosovo sets date for snap parliamentary elections. Ukrainian FM calls for return of icon Dodik gifted Russia’s Lavrov. Croatia rocked by another earthquake.Photo: Ardian Lumi

Balkan Blast 1/7/2021: Kosovo sets date for snap parliamentary elections. Ukrainian FM calls for return of icon Dodik gifted Russia’s Lavrov. Croatia rocked by another earthquake.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY We would like to wish all Orthodox believers from the Balkans and beyond a Merry Christmas! KOSOVO SNAP ELECTION DATE SET: Acting President of Kosovo Vjosa Osmani set snap parliamentary elections for February 14 after the Constitutional Court ruled […]

Nice view of the town of Perast, Montenegro and bay

Balkan Blast 1/6/2021: Kosovo’s Vjosa Osmani outlines cooperation with the Biden Administration. The EU’s High Rep. Borrell weighs in on BiH’s migrant crisis. Dodik claims Ukrainian icon was from family, slams High Rep in BiH after Covid hospital stay.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY OSMANI ON COOPERATION W/ THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION: Acting Kosovo President Vjosa Osmani outlined the expectations on cooperation with the Biden-Harris Administration and Pristina’s commitments under the Trump-Pence Administration. She highlighted, “We need to sit and talk with US President […]

Balkan Blast 1/5/2021: Rep. Ritchie Torres to take on Albanian issues in U.S. Congress. Norwegian Jan Braathu announced as OSCE Amb to Serbia. Croatia to request 100m euro from EU Solidarity Fund for earthquake relief.Photo: The Srpska Times

Balkan Blast 1/5/2021: Rep. Ritchie Torres to take on Albanian issues in U.S. Congress. Norwegian Jan Braathu announced as OSCE Amb to Serbia. Croatia to request 100m euro from EU Solidarity Fund for earthquake relief.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY ALBANIAN ISSUES IN CONGRESS: Albanian-American leader Harry Bajraktari announced that Congressman Ritchie Torres (D, NY-15) will “follow the path of Eliot Engel” who spent 16 years representing New York and was the most recent Chairman of the House Committee […]

Balkan Blast 1/4/2021: End of year wrap-up. Serbia holds ceremony for Russian-led BalkanStream pipeline. Germany’s Roth warns of leaving a power vacuum in the W. Balkans. Etihad decreases stake in Air Serbia.Photo: Ardian Lumi

Balkan Blast 1/4/2021: End of year wrap-up. Serbia holds ceremony for Russian-led BalkanStream pipeline. Germany’s Roth warns of leaving a power vacuum in the W. Balkans. Etihad decreases stake in Air Serbia.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY We hope all of our subscribers had a happy and healthy new year. We are looking forward to providing you with the top news from the Balkans in 2021. For business inquiries, sponsorship, and tips, reach out to us […]

(Opinion) New Government, Old Habits

(Opinion) New Government, Old Habits

New Government, Old Habits by Ljubomir Filipović It has been only a week since the new government took office. Montenegro has been promised a government of experts, but unfortunately, with few exceptions, it cannot qualify as such. Ministers are mostly picked by the Serbian Orthodox Church, but to […]