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Balkan Blast 6/25/2021: Kosovo’s Kurti doesn’t get pledge on visa liberalization in Paris from France’s Macron. Serbia’s Vučić and China’s Xi Jinping discuss “iron friendship”.  European Parliament adopts report on BiH to ire of Croatian MEPs.Photo: Croatia Week

Balkan Blast 6/25/2021: Kosovo’s Kurti doesn’t get pledge on visa liberalization in Paris from France’s Macron. Serbia’s Vučić and China’s Xi Jinping discuss “iron friendship”. European Parliament adopts report on BiH to ire of Croatian MEPs.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY KOSOVO’S KURTI MEETS MACRON IN FRANCE: Kosovo’s PM Albin Kurti said at a press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris that there are no guarantees from Macron for visa liberalization. “I am convinced that they got our […]

Balkan Blast 6/24/2021: N. Macedonia’s Zaev, Albania’s Rama express frustration over the EU’s failure to open accession negotiations. European institutions to help Montenegro with $1bn debt to China. US releases report on Kosovo’s Lake Ujmani/Gazivode per Washington Agreement. Montenegro gov’t to fall?Photo: Erasmusu.com

Balkan Blast 6/24/2021: N. Macedonia’s Zaev, Albania’s Rama express frustration over the EU’s failure to open accession negotiations. European institutions to help Montenegro with $1bn debt to China. US releases report on Kosovo’s Lake Ujmani/Gazivode per Washington Agreement. Montenegro gov’t to fall?

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY ZAEV, RAMA ON EU ACCESSION NEGOTIATIONS: N. Macedonia’s PM Zoran Zaev and Albania’s PM Edi Rama addressed reporters on the EU’s failure to open accession negotiations with Skopje and Tirana at a joint conference at the 2021 Skopje Economic […]

Balkan Blast 6/23/2021: EU General Affairs Council fails to agree to open accession talks with Albania and N. Macedonia. The EU’s Borrell says there’s no competition for the US to takeover the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue. Slovenia’s FM Logar outlines vision for W. Balkans and priorities for EU presidency.

Balkan Blast 6/23/2021: EU General Affairs Council fails to agree to open accession talks with Albania and N. Macedonia. The EU’s Borrell says there’s no competition for the US to takeover the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue. Slovenia’s FM Logar outlines vision for W. Balkans and priorities for EU presidency.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY BORRELL ON EU-U.S. RELATIONSHIP: EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell said on Monday that the relationship between the EU and the United States is positive and they are in harmony on the EU-led dialogue […]

Balkan Blast 6/22/2021: Kosovo’s PM Albin Kurti to meet France’s President Macron next week. Italian FM Di Maio to address Kosovo’s Parliament today. Serbia follows EU foreign policy to sanction Belarus, still refuses to sanction Russia. N. Macedonia’s Goran Pandev retires after 122 international matches.

Balkan Blast 6/22/2021: Kosovo’s PM Albin Kurti to meet France’s President Macron next week. Italian FM Di Maio to address Kosovo’s Parliament today. Serbia follows EU foreign policy to sanction Belarus, still refuses to sanction Russia. N. Macedonia’s Goran Pandev retires after 122 international matches.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY KURTI ON VISIT TO FRANCE: Kosovo PM Albin Kurti on Sunday met with French President Emmanuel Macron’s political advisor for the Balkans Isabelle Dumont, French Ambassador Marie-Christine-Butel, and Adviser in the Directorate of Continental Europe at the French Foreign […]

Balkan Blast 6/21/2021: Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz hosts Western Balkans Summit in Vienna. Serb leaders from across the region react to Montenegro’s resolution on Srebrenica. Russia’s Deputy FM Grushko, Serbian leaders discuss Putin’s visit to Belgrade later this year.Photo: Croatia Week

Balkan Blast 6/21/2021: Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz hosts Western Balkans Summit in Vienna. Serb leaders from across the region react to Montenegro’s resolution on Srebrenica. Russia’s Deputy FM Grushko, Serbian leaders discuss Putin’s visit to Belgrade later this year.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY KURZ HOSTS WESTERN BALKANS SUMMIT IN VIENNA: Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz on Saturday hosted Western Balkan leaders in Vienna. The summit was attended by EU Special Representative for the Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue Miroslav Lajčák, Albania’s Minister of Infrastructure and Energy […]

Balkan Blast 6/17/2021: Former US Rep. Stivers awarded Order of the Serbian Flag by Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vučić. EUSR Lajčák notes “If you don’t trust the EU, go somewhere else” at the GLOBSEC 2021 Bratislava Forum. The Netherlands relents on blocking Albania’s EU path.

Balkan Blast 6/17/2021: Former US Rep. Stivers awarded Order of the Serbian Flag by Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vučić. EUSR Lajčák notes “If you don’t trust the EU, go somewhere else” at the GLOBSEC 2021 Bratislava Forum. The Netherlands relents on blocking Albania’s EU path.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY FORMER US REP. STIVERS (R, OH-15) AWARDED BY SERBIA’S VUČIĆ: Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić awarded former Ohio Congressman Steve Stivers with the Order of the Serbian Flag of the Second Degree for building relations between Serbia and the US. […]

Balkan Blast 6/15/2021: Recap of the NATO Summit in Brussels. What to expect in today’s meeting of the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue. MEP Vladimir Bilčík slams Slavic Brotherhood military drills b/t Belarus, Russia, & Serbia.Photo: Slovenia Times

Balkan Blast 6/15/2021: Recap of the NATO Summit in Brussels. What to expect in today’s meeting of the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue. MEP Vladimir Bilčík slams Slavic Brotherhood military drills b/t Belarus, Russia, & Serbia.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY NATO SUMMIT: The leaders of NATO members gathered in Brussels yesterday for a Summit on the future of NATO. Leaders from the region – Albania, Croatia, Montenegro, N. Macedonia, and Slovenia – joined counterparts from the 29-member alliance. ICYMI […]

Balkan Blast 6/14/2021: Tensions heat up between Kosovo and Serbia ahead of meeting in Brussels. Kosovo marks 22 years since NATO troops arrived in country. Albania to join UN Security Council. NATO Summit preview.Photo: The Srpska Times

Balkan Blast 6/14/2021: Tensions heat up between Kosovo and Serbia ahead of meeting in Brussels. Kosovo marks 22 years since NATO troops arrived in country. Albania to join UN Security Council. NATO Summit preview.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY TENSIONS HEAT UP BETWEEN KOSOVO AND SERBIA: On June 12, 1999, NATO forces entered Kosovo after 78-day bombing campaign against the remnants of what was Yugoslavia and the occasion was marked in Kosovo with the visit to the site […]

Balkan Blast 6/11/2021: Western Balkans leaders gather in Tirana with EC Várhelyi to discuss EC investments, regional cooperation. N. Macedonia’s Zaev meets with Macron in France. Kosovo’s Osmani on official visit to Estonia. Albanians in Serbia demand same rights as Serbs in Kosovo.

Balkan Blast 6/11/2021: Western Balkans leaders gather in Tirana with EC Várhelyi to discuss EC investments, regional cooperation. N. Macedonia’s Zaev meets with Macron in France. Kosovo’s Osmani on official visit to Estonia. Albanians in Serbia demand same rights as Serbs in Kosovo.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY WESTERN BALKAN LEADERS MEET IN TIRANA: The leaders of the Western Balkan 6 (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, N. Macedonia, and Serbia) gathered in Tirana to discuss regional issues and the EU’s investment plan. According to AP News, […]

Balkan Blast 6/10/2021: EU not joining in on President Biden’s update to sanctions on Western Balkans destabilizers and corrupt actors. Albania’s Parliament votes to dismiss President Ilir Meta. Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue to continue on June 15. Serbs slam UN court’s decision on Ratko Mladić.Photo: CIDEA

Balkan Blast 6/10/2021: EU not joining in on President Biden’s update to sanctions on Western Balkans destabilizers and corrupt actors. Albania’s Parliament votes to dismiss President Ilir Meta. Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue to continue on June 15. Serbs slam UN court’s decision on Ratko Mladić.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY EU NOT CONSIDERING JOINING US IN SANCTIONS: After US President Joe Biden announced an update to the sanctioning scheme against corrupt actors and destabilizers in the Western Balkans, EU spokesperson Peter Stano said the EU was not considering joining […]