Bosnia and Herzegovina

Balkan Blast 12/10/2020: Bulgaria blocks opening EU accession talks for N. Macedonia, Albania blocked as well. AFET meeting today on Albania, Kosovo, N. Macedonia, and Serbia. ECHR rules against BiH on presidency along ethnic lines.

Balkan Blast 12/10/2020: Bulgaria blocks opening EU accession talks for N. Macedonia, Albania blocked as well. AFET meeting today on Albania, Kosovo, N. Macedonia, and Serbia. ECHR rules against BiH on presidency along ethnic lines.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY ALBANIA & N. MACEDONIA BLOCKED FROM OPENING EU TALKS: Bulgaria officially utilized its veto to block N. Macedonia from opening EU accession talks over claims that the Macedonian identity and language are a Yugoslav creation therefore a  Macedonian minority […]

Balkan Blast 12/9/2020: Latest on the HFAC hearing on the Western Balkans. Germany’s Roth warns dissenters on formally opening EU accession talks. Serbia backs Russia in the UN over Crimea, Belgrade’s Mininister Popovic hails relations as “best in history”.S.Borisov/Shutterstock

Balkan Blast 12/9/2020: Latest on the HFAC hearing on the Western Balkans. Germany’s Roth warns dissenters on formally opening EU accession talks. Serbia backs Russia in the UN over Crimea, Belgrade’s Mininister Popovic hails relations as “best in history”.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY HFAC HEARING: The House Committee on Foreign Affairs held a hearing on The Balkans: Policy Recommendations for the Next Administration yesterday with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Dr. Daniel Serwer, and Mr. Janusz Bugajski appearing as witnesses. The discussion focused […]

Balkan Blast 12/8/2020: HFAC hearing on the Balkans for the Biden Administration happening today. Slovenian FM meets Secretary Pompeo on visit to Washington, signs MoU on strategic civilian nuclear cooperation. Russia’s Lavrov to visit BiH next week?Photo: Twitter

Balkan Blast 12/8/2020: HFAC hearing on the Balkans for the Biden Administration happening today. Slovenian FM meets Secretary Pompeo on visit to Washington, signs MoU on strategic civilian nuclear cooperation. Russia’s Lavrov to visit BiH next week?

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY HFAC HEARING ON THE BALKANS: The U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs is holding a hearing at 10:00AM EST today called The Balkans: Policy Recommendations for the Next Administration. Witnesses include former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Director of American Foreign […]

Balkan Blast 12/4/2020: Vucic and Merkel discuss strong economic relations via video conference. The UK and N. Macedonia sign Partnership, Trade & Cooperation Agreement, UK Min. for Europe visits Serbia. Dodik challenges Inzko to dismiss him.Photo: Slovenian Tourist Board

Balkan Blast 12/4/2020: Vucic and Merkel discuss strong economic relations via video conference. The UK and N. Macedonia sign Partnership, Trade & Cooperation Agreement, UK Min. for Europe visits Serbia. Dodik challenges Inzko to dismiss him.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY VUCIC + MERKEL: Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic yesterday spoke  with German Chancellor Angela Merkel via video conference. They discussed the trade partnership, the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue, and Serbia’s EU path. Chancellor Merkel highlighted, “The economy is a strong link between our […]

Balkan Blast 12/3/2020: U.S. clears $757m arms deal with Croatia. EU’s two main focuses: Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue and resolving the deadlock in BiH. Russia slams communique released by PIC Steering Board.Photo: Croatia Week

Balkan Blast 12/3/2020: U.S. clears $757m arms deal with Croatia. EU’s two main focuses: Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue and resolving the deadlock in BiH. Russia slams communique released by PIC Steering Board.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY U.S. SELLS ARMS TO CROATIA: The U.S. Department of Defense cleared the weapons sale of a combined $1.55 billion to Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and South Korea. According to Defense News, “The largest dollar value of the […]

Balkan Blast 12/2/2020: Inzko calls on Dodik to remove Karadzic plaque. Croatia, Italy declare exclusive economic zone in the Adriatic. Bosnian police arrest three in election fraud case. Contour Global takes Kosovo to arbitration.

Balkan Blast 12/2/2020: Inzko calls on Dodik to remove Karadzic plaque. Croatia, Italy declare exclusive economic zone in the Adriatic. Bosnian police arrest three in election fraud case. Contour Global takes Kosovo to arbitration.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY U.S.-ADRIATIC CHARTER MEETING: The U.S. Department of Defense released a readout of the U.S. Adriatic Charter meeting on November 30 hosted by Chair Bosnia and Herzegovina and attended by representatives of Albania, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, N. Macedonia, and Slovenia. […]

Balkan Blast 12/1/2020: Bulgaria’s PM Borissov says he supports N. Macedonia’s EU accession with historical revisions. Serbian and Bosnian Speakers of Parliament meet to discuss bilateral relations. Slovenia marks Hezbollah as terrorist organization.

Balkan Blast 12/1/2020: Bulgaria’s PM Borissov says he supports N. Macedonia’s EU accession with historical revisions. Serbian and Bosnian Speakers of Parliament meet to discuss bilateral relations. Slovenia marks Hezbollah as terrorist organization.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY BORISSOV ON RELATIONS WITH N. MACEDONIA: PM of Bulgaria Boyko Borissov claims Bulgaria is the strongest EU country supporting N. Macedonia’s EU accession after Germany in an interview with a German news outlet. But he also denies there is […]

Nice view of the town of Perast, Montenegro and bay

Balkan Blast 11/30/2020: Montenegro expels Serbian Amb, Serbia shows restraint. State Dept.’s Reeker writes letter to Zaev on dispute with Bulgaria. Russia donates tanks to Serbia.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY We would like to wish a 🇦🇱HAPPY FLAG DAY🇦🇱 to Albanians who celebrated across the world on Saturday. ICYMI: The Center for European Policy Analysis researcher Dr. Leon Hartwell writes for Balkan Insider, –The Biden Administration Will Return to the Long […]

(Opinion) The Biden Administration Will Return to the Long Game in the BalkansPhoto: Ardian Lumi

(Opinion) The Biden Administration Will Return to the Long Game in the Balkans

The Biden Administration Will Return to the Long Game in the Balkans by Dr. Leon Hartwell Shortly before the brokering of the Washington Agreement, I had a discussion with Ambassador Nicholas Burns, a top advisor to president-elect Joe Biden and a former U.S. Under Secretary of State for […]

Balkan Blast 11/26/2020: Inzko calls for “functional” Bosnian Constitution. U.S. Amb. makes case to Croatia to purchase F-16s. Zaev ready to make major concessions to Bulgaria. Kosovo bans Serbia’s Vucic until he apologizes for “genocide,” Serbia responds.Photo: Ardian Lumi

Balkan Blast 11/26/2020: Inzko calls for “functional” Bosnian Constitution. U.S. Amb. makes case to Croatia to purchase F-16s. Zaev ready to make major concessions to Bulgaria. Kosovo bans Serbia’s Vucic until he apologizes for “genocide,” Serbia responds.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY We would like to wish all of our readers a Happy Thanksgiving! We hope you all will enjoy a day off and have a happy, healthy holiday! – The Balkan Insider team INZKO CALLS FOR NEW BOSNIAN CONSTITUTION: High Representative […]