China and the Balkans

Balkan Blast 9/30/2020: State Department Coordinator for Counterterrorism meets with Slovenian gov’t officials. US Amb to Croatia urges purchase of American F-16s. FM Osmani meets with Comm. Varhelyi. BiH Presidency travels to Brussels today.

Balkan Blast 9/30/2020: State Department Coordinator for Counterterrorism meets with Slovenian gov’t officials. US Amb to Croatia urges purchase of American F-16s. FM Osmani meets with Comm. Varhelyi. BiH Presidency travels to Brussels today.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY KOHORST URGES CROATIA ON FIGHTER JETS: U.S. Ambassador to Croatia Robert Kohorst encouraged Croatia to purchase American made F-16 fighter jets. The U.S. is competing with bids from Sweden, France, and Italy. COORDINATOR FOR CT IN SLOVENIA: State Department’s […]

Balkan Blast 9/28/2020: President Trump likens Kosovo-Serbia to Israel-Palestine. Slovenia’s Pahor visits N. Macedonia, supports Euro-Atlantic integration. Kosovo Specialist Chambers arrests continue.

Balkan Blast 9/28/2020: President Trump likens Kosovo-Serbia to Israel-Palestine. Slovenia’s Pahor visits N. Macedonia, supports Euro-Atlantic integration. Kosovo Specialist Chambers arrests continue.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY REST IN PEACE to the two Serbian pilots who died away after their MiG-21 plane crashed near the border of Bosnia and Herzegovina. TRUMP ON KOSOVO-SERBIA RELATIONS: In a rally in Pennsylvania, U.S. President Trump likened relations between Kosovo and […]

Balkan Blast 9/25/2020: Secretary of State Pompeo to visit Croatia on Oct. 2. Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue to resume on Monday. Kosovo to rename Gazivode/Ujman Lake to Lake Trump? Pres. Pahor on visit to N. Macedonia.exploringmacedonia.com

Balkan Blast 9/25/2020: Secretary of State Pompeo to visit Croatia on Oct. 2. Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue to resume on Monday. Kosovo to rename Gazivode/Ujman Lake to Lake Trump? Pres. Pahor on visit to N. Macedonia.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY POMPEO TO VISIT CROATIA: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will visit Greece, Italy, The Holy See, and Croatia between September 27 and October 2. The State Department writes, “On October 2, Secretary Pompeo will travel to Croatia to meet […]

Balkan Blast 9/24/2020: Aleksa Becic voted as Montenegro’s President of Parliament. Kosovo PM Hoti meets virtually with EU Ambassadors. N. Macedonia’s National Security Council discusses situation in country after joining NATO.U.S. Ambassador to Montenegro Judy Rising Reinke

Balkan Blast 9/24/2020: Aleksa Becic voted as Montenegro’s President of Parliament. Kosovo PM Hoti meets virtually with EU Ambassadors. N. Macedonia’s National Security Council discusses situation in country after joining NATO.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY U.S. DELEGATION IN SERBIA: After signing an agreement with the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), President Aleksandar Vucic and PM Ana Brnabic hosted a dinner that included a band playing the likes of Sweet Home Alabama and Country […]

Balkan Blast 9/23/2020: DFC CEO Adam Boehler, Richard Grenell open DFC office in Belgrade with Pres. Vucic & PM Brnabic. Pres. of N. Macedonia Pendarovski, Chairman of the BiH Presidency Dzaferovic, and Croatia’s PM Plenkovic address the UNGA. Trouble in paradise- forming a gov’t in Montenegro?Photo: The Srpska Times

Balkan Blast 9/23/2020: DFC CEO Adam Boehler, Richard Grenell open DFC office in Belgrade with Pres. Vucic & PM Brnabic. Pres. of N. Macedonia Pendarovski, Chairman of the BiH Presidency Dzaferovic, and Croatia’s PM Plenkovic address the UNGA. Trouble in paradise- forming a gov’t in Montenegro?

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY KOSOVO-SERBIA DIALOGUE: CEO of the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) Adam Boehler and President Trump’s Special Envoy to the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue Richard Grenell led a high level delegation to Belgrade to open the DFC office. They met with President […]

Balkan Blast 9/16/2020: DFC and EXIM sign Letters of Interest with Kosovo and Serbia. Minority parties in Montenegro await invitation from new ruling coalitions. N. Macedonia delegation to hold bilateral meetings in Greece. Djuric tapped as new Serbian Amb. to the U.S.?Photo: Reddit

Balkan Blast 9/16/2020: DFC and EXIM sign Letters of Interest with Kosovo and Serbia. Minority parties in Montenegro await invitation from new ruling coalitions. N. Macedonia delegation to hold bilateral meetings in Greece. Djuric tapped as new Serbian Amb. to the U.S.?

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY CORONAVIRUS by the numbers: BiH: 23,929 confirmed cases, 16,701 recovered, 725 deaths. CROATIA: 13,749 confirmed cases, 11,412 recovered, 230 deaths. KOSOVO: 14,763 confirmed cases, 11,784 recovered, 601 deaths. MONTENEGRO: 6,900 confirmed cases, 121 deaths. N. MACEDONIA: 15,925 confirmed cases, 661 deaths. SERBIA: 32,4511 confirmed cases, 365 hospitalized, 735 deaths. SLOVENIA: 3,831 confirmed cases, 135 deaths. KOSOVO-SERBIA DIALOGUE: […]

Balkan Blast 9/15/2020: Huawei opens Innovations and Development Center in Belgrade. Dodik: “Bosnians don’t exist as a national unit.” Official election results released in Montenegro. Zaev starts working visit to Greece.Photo: The Srpska Times

Balkan Blast 9/15/2020: Huawei opens Innovations and Development Center in Belgrade. Dodik: “Bosnians don’t exist as a national unit.” Official election results released in Montenegro. Zaev starts working visit to Greece.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY CORONAVIRUS by the numbers: BiH: 23,635 confirmed cases, 16,166 recovered, 705 deaths. CROATIA: 13,598 confirmed cases, 11,151 recovered, 227 deaths. KOSOVO: 14,692 confirmed cases, 11,585 recovered, 600 deaths. MONTENEGRO: 6,712 confirmed cases, 120 deaths. N. MACEDONIA: 15,827 confirmed cases, 652 deaths. SERBIA: 32,437 confirmed cases, 391 hospitalized, 733 […]

Balkan Blast 9/14/2020: Governments of Kosovo, Serbia, and U.S. nominated for Nobel Peace Prize. Official Montenegrin election results expected today. Iowa National Guard deploys to Kosovo.

Balkan Blast 9/14/2020: Governments of Kosovo, Serbia, and U.S. nominated for Nobel Peace Prize. Official Montenegrin election results expected today. Iowa National Guard deploys to Kosovo.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY CORONAVIRUS by the numbers: BiH: 22,834 confirmed cases, 15,672 recovered, 686 deaths. CROATIA: 13,533 confirmed cases, 10,899 recovered, 224 deaths. KOSOVO: 14,566 confirmed cases, 11,272 recovered, 589 deaths. MONTENEGRO: 6,712 confirmed cases, 120 deaths. N. MACEDONIA: 15,791 confirmed cases, 648 deaths. SERBIA: 32,408 confirmed cases, 390 hospitalized, 733 deaths. SLOVENIA: 3,702 confirmed cases, 135 […]

Balkan Blast 9/9/2020: Bosnia’s Dodik aims to move embassy to Jerusalem, rebuked by presidency member Komsic. Slovenia’s PM Jansa talks migrants with Austrian Chancellor Kurz. Kosovo PM Hoti meets with NATO SG Stoltenberg.Photo: Reddit

Balkan Blast 9/9/2020: Bosnia’s Dodik aims to move embassy to Jerusalem, rebuked by presidency member Komsic. Slovenia’s PM Jansa talks migrants with Austrian Chancellor Kurz. Kosovo PM Hoti meets with NATO SG Stoltenberg.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY Join Balkan Insider for a timely conversation on the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue with Serbia’s Director for the Office of Kosovo and Metohija MARKO DJURIC on Thursday, September 10, at 11:00AM EST, 5:00PM CET. Mr. Djuric was a part of Serbia’s delegation […]

Balkan Blast 8/19/2020: SDSM & DUI form government in N. Macedonia. Former NSA John Bolton calls Sept. 2 meeting “great campaign event” for Trump. Montenegro’s speaker meets with ODIHR ahead of Aug. 30 elections.

Balkan Blast 8/19/2020: SDSM & DUI form government in N. Macedonia. Former NSA John Bolton calls Sept. 2 meeting “great campaign event” for Trump. Montenegro’s speaker meets with ODIHR ahead of Aug. 30 elections.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY CORONAVIRUS by the numbers: BiH: 16,351 confirmed cases,  10,279 recovered, 495 deaths. CROATIA: 6,855 confirmed cases, 5,318 recovered, 166 deaths. KOSOVO: 11,545 confirmed cases, 7,343 recovered, 390 deaths. N. MACEDONIA: 12,970 confirmed cases, 549 deaths. MONTENEGRO: 4,085 confirmed cases, 80 deaths. SERBIA: 29,890 confirmed cases, 27,702 recovered, 681 deaths. […]