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Balkan Blast 2/20/2020: U.S. Envoy Grenell Named New Director of National Security. Last Move?Denies Kosovo-Serbia Land Swap on Table. The USAID and the EBRD to Fund Project Connecting BiH to the Gas Grid of Croatia. BiH Presidency Meets Amid “Crisis.”

Balkan Blast 2/20/2020: U.S. Envoy Grenell Named New Director of National Security. Last Move?Denies Kosovo-Serbia Land Swap on Table. The USAID and the EBRD to Fund Project Connecting BiH to the Gas Grid of Croatia. BiH Presidency Meets Amid “Crisis.”

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY GRENELL NEW ACTING DIR. OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE: U.S. President Donald Trump announced via Twitter that Ambassador to Germany and Special Presidential Envoy to the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue, Richard Grenell, is now the Acting Director of National Intelligence. Trump wrote, “I […]

Balkan Blast 2/19/2020: State Dept.’s Palmer: Up to (Kosovo and Serbia) to establish parameters of the dialogue. New Croatian President, Zoran Milanovic, Inaugurated. BiH Presidency Members to Meet Today Amid Crisis.Photo: Emir Alomerovic

Balkan Blast 2/19/2020: State Dept.’s Palmer: Up to (Kosovo and Serbia) to establish parameters of the dialogue. New Croatian President, Zoran Milanovic, Inaugurated. BiH Presidency Members to Meet Today Amid Crisis.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY PALMER ON KOS-SRB DIALOGUE: U.S. State Department Special Envoy to the Western Balkans Matthew Palmer told EUObserver, “It’s up to the parties to establish the parameters of the dialogue,” and added, “What we support is the parties finding a […]

Balkan Blast 2/18/2020: Oregon’s National Guard is Preparing to Deploy to Kosovo. Montenegro’s Djukanovic Meets With von der Leyen in Brussels. Serbia’s Defense Minister Welcomes Russian Counterpart to Belgrade, Eyes Tank Biathlon Event in Russia.Photo: Twitter/Ursula von der Leyen

Balkan Blast 2/18/2020: Oregon’s National Guard is Preparing to Deploy to Kosovo. Montenegro’s Djukanovic Meets With von der Leyen in Brussels. Serbia’s Defense Minister Welcomes Russian Counterpart to Belgrade, Eyes Tank Biathlon Event in Russia.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY GRENELL & KURTI?: Kosovo PM Albin Kurti didn’t elaborate on why he didn’t meet the U.S. Presidential Envoy for the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue Richard Grenell at the Munich Security Conference. He did note, “I never had so many meetings with international […]

Balkan Blast 2/17/2020: Kosovo and Serbia Sign Deals Restoring Rail and Road Links. Sen. Johnson Warns Kosovo’s New PM on Tariffs. Bosnia’s Dodik Wants Republika Srpska to Secede from BiH.Photo: Reddit

Balkan Blast 2/17/2020: Kosovo and Serbia Sign Deals Restoring Rail and Road Links. Sen. Johnson Warns Kosovo’s New PM on Tariffs. Bosnia’s Dodik Wants Republika Srpska to Secede from BiH.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY STATEHOOD: Happy Statehood Day (February 15) to all citizens of the Republic of Serbia on the anniversary of the First Serbian Uprising against the Ottoman Empire in 1804. Kosovo today celebrates 12 years since the parliament declared independence from […]

Balkan Blast 2/11/2020: U.S. Envoy Urges Removal of 100% Tariffs, No Reciprocity from Kosovo. Congressman Engel to Fight for Minority Rights in Serbia. Bosnia’s Covic Cozies Up to Russia on Visit to Moscow.S.Borisov/Shutterstock

Balkan Blast 2/11/2020: U.S. Envoy Urges Removal of 100% Tariffs, No Reciprocity from Kosovo. Congressman Engel to Fight for Minority Rights in Serbia. Bosnia’s Covic Cozies Up to Russia on Visit to Moscow.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY U.S. Presidential Envoy for the Kosovo Serbia Dialogue Richard Grenell is pushing for Kosovo to revoke the 100% tariffs and not introduce reciprocity. Grenell’s press officer, Dick Custin, told RFE/RL, “The ambassador is pushing for them to drop the […]

Balkan Blast 2/10/2020: The EU Invites W. Balkan Leaders to an Informal Meeting on Feb. 16th. The New EU Enlargement Strategy is Received Differently from Leaders Across the Region. U.S. Envoy to the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue Urges Kosovo to Drop the 100% Tariffs.Photo: Stockholm Center for Freedom

Balkan Blast 2/10/2020: The EU Invites W. Balkan Leaders to an Informal Meeting on Feb. 16th. The New EU Enlargement Strategy is Received Differently from Leaders Across the Region. U.S. Envoy to the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue Urges Kosovo to Drop the 100% Tariffs.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY U.S. Presidential Envoy to the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue and Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell offered to speak immediately with opposition leader Kadri Veseli about why the U.S. supports removing the 100% tariffs on Serbia through a Twitter exchange. Meanwhile, Kosovo President […]

Balkan Blast 2/6/2020: Kosovo Aims to Replace Tariffs on Serbia With Reciprocity. USAID Official Threatens To Cut Assistance to BiH Over Human Trafficking. The EU’s Olivier Varhelyi to Visit Leaders in Montenegro and Serbia Today.Photo: The Srpska Times

Balkan Blast 2/6/2020: Kosovo Aims to Replace Tariffs on Serbia With Reciprocity. USAID Official Threatens To Cut Assistance to BiH Over Human Trafficking. The EU’s Olivier Varhelyi to Visit Leaders in Montenegro and Serbia Today.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY U.S. Presidential Special Envoy to the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue Richard Grenell urged the Kosovo government to revoke the 100% tariffs on Serbian goods. He noted, “We made clear to all the (Kosovo) party leaders that dropping the tariffs was in […]

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Balkan Blast 2/4/2020: Balkan Insider Exclusive Interview With Montenegrin President of Parliament Ivan Brajovic. Kosovo Forms Government Under Albin Kurti. Opposition Leader Janez Jansa in Slovenia to Try to Form Coalition in Slovenia.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY Following Montenegrin Parliament passing of the Religious Freedom Law which drew protests by the Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) and ethnic Serbs, President of the Parliament of Montenegro Ivan Brajovic revealed the five-year process in close cooperation with the Venice Commission […]

Balkan Insider Exclusive Interview: President of Parliament of Montenegro Ivan Brajovic

Following Montenegrin Parliament passing the Religious Freedom Law which drew protests by the Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) and ethnic Serbs, President of the Parliament of Montenegro Ivan Brajovic revealed the five-year process in close cooperation with the Venice Commission to Balkan Insider in an exclusive interview. He also commented […]

Balkan Blast 2/3/2020: Kosovo’s Vetvendosje & LDK Form Governing Coalition. The EU’s Borrell Reiterates Unity with the US on Trip to Kosovo and Serbia. The ECJ Won’t Hear Slovenia’s Lawsuit Against Croatia on Piran Bay.

Balkan Blast 2/3/2020: Kosovo’s Vetvendosje & LDK Form Governing Coalition. The EU’s Borrell Reiterates Unity with the US on Trip to Kosovo and Serbia. The ECJ Won’t Hear Slovenia’s Lawsuit Against Croatia on Piran Bay.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY Kosovo’s Vetvendosje (VV) and Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) have struck a deal to create a government headed by future PM Albin Kurti (VV). The EU’s top diplomat, Josep Borrell, visited Kosovo and Serbia on Thursday and Friday with the […]