China and the Balkans

Balkan Blast 4/7/2020: #COVID-19 Cases Top 2,000 in #Serbia and 1,000 in #Croatia and #Slovenia as the Number of Deaths Soars. The Alaska National Guard Returns home from Deployment in Kosovo. The Russian Foreign Ministry’s Spokeswoman Released a Statement Slamming Kosovo’s Tariffs on Serbia.

Balkan Blast 4/7/2020: #COVID-19 Cases Top 2,000 in #Serbia and 1,000 in #Croatia and #Slovenia as the Number of Deaths Soars. The Alaska National Guard Returns home from Deployment in Kosovo. The Russian Foreign Ministry’s Spokeswoman Released a Statement Slamming Kosovo’s Tariffs on Serbia.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY CORONAVIRUS – BiH: The IMF has pledged to double its support to Bosnia and Herzegovina to fight coronavirus to $356 million. The American Chamber of Commerce in Bosnia helped the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina acquire 150,000 COVID-19 tests. […]

Balkan Blast 3/25/2020: More Deaths Related to the Coronavirus in the Balkans. Kosovo Parliament to Hold a No Confidence Vote in the Kurti Government. US and Germany, France on Different Pages Over No Confidence Vote.Photo: Ardian Lumi

Balkan Blast 3/25/2020: More Deaths Related to the Coronavirus in the Balkans. Kosovo Parliament to Hold a No Confidence Vote in the Kurti Government. US and Germany, France on Different Pages Over No Confidence Vote.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY CORONAVIRUS – BiH: The EU will provide EUR 68 million in aid (28m for healthcare, 40m in economic aid) to Bosnia, according to BiH Presidency Chairman Sefik Dzaferovic. Bosnia and Herzegovina has closed the airports in Sarajevo, Mostar, Banja Luka, […]

Balkan Blast 3/23/2020: Confirmed Coronavirus Cases Rises, First Deaths Recorded. Croatia Rocked by 5.3 Magnitude Earthquake. N. Macedonia Ready to Join NATO. EU Appoints Lajcak as Special Envoy.exploringmacedonia.com

Balkan Blast 3/23/2020: Confirmed Coronavirus Cases Rises, First Deaths Recorded. Croatia Rocked by 5.3 Magnitude Earthquake. N. Macedonia Ready to Join NATO. EU Appoints Lajcak as Special Envoy.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY CORONAVIRUS – BiH: The Bosnian Presidency on Sunday asked the government to close all the borders to BiH. Bosnian Security Minister Fahrudin Radoncic says there will be no police on the inter-entity line between the Federation of Bosnia and […]

Balkan Blast 3/18/2020: Coronavirus Surges in the Balkans. Spain Ratifies N. Macedonia’s NATO Accession Protocol. ContourGlobal Halts EUR 1.3m Kosova e Re Project.

Balkan Blast 3/18/2020: Coronavirus Surges in the Balkans. Spain Ratifies N. Macedonia’s NATO Accession Protocol. ContourGlobal Halts EUR 1.3m Kosova e Re Project.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY CORONAVIRUS – BiH: The Minister of European Integration and European Cooperation of Bosnia’s Republika Srpska entity, Zlatan Klokic, is a confirmed case of coronavirus. Bosnian PM Zoran Tegeltija on Tuesday declared a nationwide state of emergency in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The […]

Balkan Blast 3/10/2020: Slovenia’s Jansa Nominates Cabinet. Macedonian-American Caucus Adds Sen. Braun (R, IN). Coronavirus Update. Vasfije Krasniqi Goodman Addresses Kosovo Parliament on Stigmatization of Wartime Rape Survivors.Photo: Visit Ljubljana

Balkan Blast 3/10/2020: Slovenia’s Jansa Nominates Cabinet. Macedonian-American Caucus Adds Sen. Braun (R, IN). Coronavirus Update. Vasfije Krasniqi Goodman Addresses Kosovo Parliament on Stigmatization of Wartime Rape Survivors.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY JANSA NOMINATED GOV’T: Incoming Slovenian PM Janez Jansa has nominated a 16 member cabinet. His SDS Party will have seven seats. MP Anze Logar has been picked for Foreign Minister and MP Andrej Sircelj has been picked for Finance Minister. MACEDONIAN-AMERICAN CAUCUS: Senator Mike Braun (R, IN) becomes […]

Balkan Blast 2/26/2020: U.S. Ambassadors to the Balkans Descend on DC. Kosovo President Meets With Think Tanks in DC. U.S., EU Respond to Serbia’s Pantsir Acquisition. Coronavirus Hits the Region.

Balkan Blast 2/26/2020: U.S. Ambassadors to the Balkans Descend on DC. Kosovo President Meets With Think Tanks in DC. U.S., EU Respond to Serbia’s Pantsir Acquisition. Coronavirus Hits the Region.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY U.S. AMBASSADORS FROM THE REGION VISIT D.C.: U.S. Ambassadors to the region descended on Washington D.C. U.S. Ambassador to Albania Yuri Kim wrote on Twitter, “In Washington coordinating ways to strengthen Friends & Allies, use US power to achieve solutions […]

Balkan Blast 2/25/2020: Republika Srpska Renews Lobbying Effort in Washington, DC. More Russian Weapons Delivered to Serbia. Roundup of the EBRD Summit in London, W. Balkans Summit in Thessaloniki. Russia’s Lavrov to be in Belgrade on March 24.

Balkan Blast 2/25/2020: Republika Srpska Renews Lobbying Effort in Washington, DC. More Russian Weapons Delivered to Serbia. Roundup of the EBRD Summit in London, W. Balkans Summit in Thessaloniki. Russia’s Lavrov to be in Belgrade on March 24.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY U.S. AIR FORCE IN BiH: “Airmen from U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa conducted a force development program to enhance relations and share ideas of building better air forces with the Bosnia and Herzegovina air force […]

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 […]