“Carles Puigdemont takes Slovenia as his model of how to form an independent state. The republic announced secession from Yugoslavia, then delayed it before extracting itself successfully in 1991. Five years later, it was recognised as a sovereign state by the European Union. Mr Puigdemont visited the Alpine nation to see how a country forces its way to freedom. Step forward to 2017, and the life-long separatist with a Beatles mop-top believes that he is about to do the same in Catalonia and form the world’s 196th country…” (The Times)
Christian Schmidt named new High Representative for #BiH.
#China to open grace period to #Montenegro to repay $1bn loan.
#Croatian PM @AndrejPlenkovic meets with China’s Yang Jiechi.
#Preševo Mayor accuses #Serbia of ethnic cleansing.
#Greek FM to visit #Kosovo in June – stance softening?
Slovenia’s PM @JJansaSDS addresses EP Conference of presidents.
#Montenegrin PM Djukanović speaks to #China’s Xi Jingping on bilateral and regional issues.
#WesternBalkans - We reconfirmed with the EU foreign ministers the clear European perspective of the region and our determination to have a strong political engagement with our partners. The Western Balkans are of key geostrategic importance for the European Union.
#EU's @OliverVarhelyi, #Austrian officials deliver #Covid vaccines in #BiH, #Montenegro, and N. #Macedonia.
HR Inzko, U.S. slam secession at UNSC session on BiH.
#Kosovo to sue #Serbia for genocide by end of 2022.