China and the Balkans

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Balkan Blast 9/11/2019: Russian Amb. to Serbia Takes Aim at State Dept.’s Palmer, US Strategy. EU Council President Announces Commissioners. Serbia to Receive Chinese Drones. Slovenia’s PM Sarec on Trip to Moscow.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY US Ambassador to Serbia Kyle Scott and his team commemorated 9/11 by donating blood to the Serbian Red Cross. The alleged US spy inside the Kemlin could have been extracted from Montenegro. The Telegraph writes: “Online investigators soon found a […]

Balkan Blast 8/20/2019: Sec. of State Pompeo to Meet Serbian President at the UN Today. Merkel Says A Truly United Europe Includes the W. Balkans. Croatia Recalls Diplomat in Berlin Over Social Media Posts. Serbia to Receive Russian Military Hardware in 2020.Photo: Jessica S. Hitchcock/Twitter

Balkan Blast 8/20/2019: Sec. of State Pompeo to Meet Serbian President at the UN Today. Merkel Says A Truly United Europe Includes the W. Balkans. Croatia Recalls Diplomat in Berlin Over Social Media Posts. Serbia to Receive Russian Military Hardware in 2020.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY US Secretary of State Mike Pompeoto meet Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic at the United Nations today on the margins of the UN Security Council debate on the “challenges to peace and security in the Middle East and the Administration’s support for multilateral solutions . PoliticoEU: “Merkel: ‘Truly united […]

Balkan Blast 8/15/2019: PM of N. Macedonia Faces Backlash Over Homophobic Slur. Macedonia Caucus Adds MI Congresswoman (D). Two Meetings of the BiH Presidency Set for Aug. 20. Serbia Refuses to Stop Withdrawal Campaign of Kosovo’s Recognition.Photo: Jessica S. Hitchcock/Twitter

Balkan Blast 8/15/2019: PM of N. Macedonia Faces Backlash Over Homophobic Slur. Macedonia Caucus Adds MI Congresswoman (D). Two Meetings of the BiH Presidency Set for Aug. 20. Serbia Refuses to Stop Withdrawal Campaign of Kosovo’s Recognition.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY Prime Minister of N. Macedonia Zoran Zaev faces backlash for using a homophobic slur while talking to reporters yesterday. Congresswoman Congresswoman Haley Stevens (D-MI,11) joins the Congressional Caucus on Macedonia and Macedonian-American Issues. After no meeting between the Presidency of […]

Newsletter for 8/13/2019: MKD President Calls on Officials to Return to Resolve Special Prosecutor Case. Bosnian and Croatian Foreign Ministers Meet to Discuss Bilateral Relations. Former NATO KFOR Officer Says Camp Bondsteel “Let Go” Serbian Bus Bomber.

Newsletter for 8/13/2019: MKD President Calls on Officials to Return to Resolve Special Prosecutor Case. Bosnian and Croatian Foreign Ministers Meet to Discuss Bilateral Relations. Former NATO KFOR Officer Says Camp Bondsteel “Let Go” Serbian Bus Bomber.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY President of N. Macedonia Stevo Pendarovski is “disappointed” in Special Prosecutor Katica Janeva and demands officials return from vacation in order to resolve the case in a timely manner. Director of Europe at the International Republican Institute Paul McCarthy talked with Voice […]

Newsletter for 8/12/2019: US Nat’l Security Advisor Won’t Visit Region. Serbian FM Clarifies Statement on Serbs in US. Russian MFA Frustrated with Kosovo Specialist Chambers. British PM Speaks with Croatian Counterpart.

Newsletter for 8/12/2019: US Nat’l Security Advisor Won’t Visit Region. Serbian FM Clarifies Statement on Serbs in US. Russian MFA Frustrated with Kosovo Specialist Chambers. British PM Speaks with Croatian Counterpart.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAYHappy Eid al-Adha to all of our readers who celebrated over the weekend. US National Security Advisor John Bolton will not make a trip to the region in the fall, despite early reports that he would be. Incumbent Croatian President […]

Newsletter for 8/5/2019: Operation Storm Commemorated in Croatia, Mourned in Serbia. State Dept.’s Matthew Palmer Urges N. Macedonia to Resolve Extortion Investigation. Croatian President, BiH Presidency Chairman Exchange Words. Chinese Police Coming to Serbia.

Newsletter for 8/5/2019: Operation Storm Commemorated in Croatia, Mourned in Serbia. State Dept.’s Matthew Palmer Urges N. Macedonia to Resolve Extortion Investigation. Croatian President, BiH Presidency Chairman Exchange Words. Chinese Police Coming to Serbia.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY “U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Matthew Palmer says an unresolved extortion investigation in North Macedonia could undermine prospects for the small Balkan nation’s long-awaited European Union accession talks. “North Macedonia’s former chief Special Prosecutor, Katica Janeva, unexpectedly tendered […]

Newsletter for 7/25/2019: Former Kosovo PM Refuses to Answer Questions at The Hague. State Dept.’s Reeker and EU’s Hahn in N. Macedonia Today. One Croatian Soldier Killed in Afghanistan. New EU Commissioner to Visit Zagreb Next Week.

Newsletter for 7/25/2019: Former Kosovo PM Refuses to Answer Questions at The Hague. State Dept.’s Reeker and EU’s Hahn in N. Macedonia Today. One Croatian Soldier Killed in Afghanistan. New EU Commissioner to Visit Zagreb Next Week.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Philip T. Reeker and European Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn will be in N. Macedonia today and tomorrow to meet top government officials. Former […]

Newsletter for 7/23/2019: Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL,16) Blames Dodik’s SNSD Party for Lack of Gov’t in BiH.Groundbreaking Ceremony of Sen. Bob Dole Statue in Kosovo, Given Keys to the City by Sarajevo Mayor. US Amb. to N. Macedonia Sets Three Priorities. China Wants to Bring 5G to Serbia.

Newsletter for 7/23/2019: Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL,16) Blames Dodik’s SNSD Party for Lack of Gov’t in BiH.Groundbreaking Ceremony of Sen. Bob Dole Statue in Kosovo, Given Keys to the City by Sarajevo Mayor. US Amb. to N. Macedonia Sets Three Priorities. China Wants to Bring 5G to Serbia.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY US Ambassador to Kosovo Philip Kosnett and former Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj addressed a crowd at a groundbreaking ceremony for a statue honoring Senator Bob Dole. See Ambassador Kosnett’s full remarks here. Mayor of Sarajevo Abdulah Skaka presented Senator Dole […]

Newsletter for 7/22/2019: Kosovo Prime Minister Resigns. State Dept.’s Philip Reeker in N. Macedonia and Greece This Week. The Netherlands is Partially Responsible for the Srebrenica Genocide.Photo: Our Wonderland

Newsletter for 7/22/2019: Kosovo Prime Minister Resigns. State Dept.’s Philip Reeker in N. Macedonia and Greece This Week. The Netherlands is Partially Responsible for the Srebrenica Genocide.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj resigns after being called to the Specialist Chambers at The Hague as a suspect. It is the second time Haradinaj has resigned to appear at a war crimes court. He resigned in 2005 after […]

Newsletter for 7/17/2019: Recap of Macron’s Two Day Visit to Serbia. Croatian President Under Fire for Migrant Pushbacks. Turkish Foreign Minister Calls for Fight Against Gulenists in N. MacedoniaOffice of the Presidency of Serbia

Newsletter for 7/17/2019: Recap of Macron’s Two Day Visit to Serbia. Croatian President Under Fire for Migrant Pushbacks. Turkish Foreign Minister Calls for Fight Against Gulenists in N. Macedonia

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY Editor’s Note: After traveling all day yesterday and a six hour time difference, I am back in the swamp and ready to get you caught up to speed with the latest news in the Balkans! French President Emmanuel Macron […]