China and the Balkans

Balkan Blast 7/15/2021: China, Russia aim to end BiH’s Office of the High Representative through UN Security Council. Kosovo to reintroduce reciprocal trade measures against Serbia. China responds to State Dept.’s Palmer on debt trap diplomacy in Montenegro.Egypt and Serbia increase military relations.Photo: impakter.com

Balkan Blast 7/15/2021: China, Russia aim to end BiH’s Office of the High Representative through UN Security Council. Kosovo to reintroduce reciprocal trade measures against Serbia. China responds to State Dept.’s Palmer on debt trap diplomacy in Montenegro.Egypt and Serbia increase military relations.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY RUSSIA, CHINA AIM TO END OHR IN THE UN SECURITY COUNCIL: “Russia and China have circulated a draft U.N. Security Council resolution that would immediately strip the powers of the international high representative overseeing implementation of the 1995 peace […]

Balkan Blast 7/8/2021: EUSR Lajčák meets with Kosovo and Serbia’s Chief Negotiators for talks on “the full range of Dialogue elements”.  State Dept.’s DAS Palmer meets Montenegro’s Djukanović.  Dodik instructs BiH ambassador’s from RS not to lower flags on Srebrenica anniversary.Photo: HARP

Balkan Blast 7/8/2021: EUSR Lajčák meets with Kosovo and Serbia’s Chief Negotiators for talks on “the full range of Dialogue elements”. State Dept.’s DAS Palmer meets Montenegro’s Djukanović. Dodik instructs BiH ambassador’s from RS not to lower flags on Srebrenica anniversary.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY BIDEN ON HIS WAY TO KOSOVO: U.S. President Joe Biden is finding a new permanent home in Ferizaj/Uroševac, Kosovo. The town announced work has begun on a €600,000 statue dedicated to the U.S. President who becomes the latest Western official […]

Balkan Blast  7/7/2021: Slovenia’s Janša addresses European Parliament, avoids controversy. Kosovo and Serbia to meet at chief negotiators’ level in Brussels today.  Serbia’s Vučić praises Chinese Communist Party on its 100th anniversary via video.Photo: Rašo

Balkan Blast 7/7/2021: Slovenia’s Janša addresses European Parliament, avoids controversy. Kosovo and Serbia to meet at chief negotiators’ level in Brussels today. Serbia’s Vučić praises Chinese Communist Party on its 100th anniversary via video.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY JANŠA, VON DER LEYEN AT THE EP: “Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Janša didn’t lash out at European institutions. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen didn’t explicitly call out Janša over ongoing rule-of-law concerns. Several leading MEPs didn’t directly […]

Balkan Blast 7/6/2021: President Biden announces nominee for U.S. Amb. to Kosovo. Germany’s Angela Merkel hosts virtual Western Balkans Summit of the Berlin Process. U.S., EU officials urge electoral reform on visit to BiH.

Balkan Blast 7/6/2021: President Biden announces nominee for U.S. Amb. to Kosovo. Germany’s Angela Merkel hosts virtual Western Balkans Summit of the Berlin Process. U.S., EU officials urge electoral reform on visit to BiH.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY Good Tuesday Morning! I hope that you all had a safe and happy Fourth of July weekend filled with hamburgers, hot dogs, and sunshine! BIDEN ANNOUNCES KOSOVO AMB NOMINEE: U.S. President Joe Biden announced Jeffrey M. Hoveneier as Nominee […]

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 6/17/2021: 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 6/16/2021: Vučić, Kurti far from an agreement after meeting in Brussels as a part of the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue. US, EU release joint statement including to “further strengthen our joint engagement in the Western Balkans.” China says NATO bombing of embassy in Belgrade deliberate.

Balkan Blast 6/16/2021: Vučić, Kurti far from an agreement after meeting in Brussels as a part of the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue. US, EU release joint statement including to “further strengthen our joint engagement in the Western Balkans.” China says NATO bombing of embassy in Belgrade deliberate.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY KURTI, VUČIĆ FAR APART ON AGREEMENT: Kosovo PM Albin Kurti and Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić met in Brussels yesterday in Brussels under the auspicious of the EU in the latest session of the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue. The EU Special Representative […]

Balkan Blast 6/9/2021: US President Biden signs executive order to expand sanctions on Western Balkans corrupt actors. Ratko Mladić life sentence upheld at UN court. German FM Heiko Maas calls for greater freedom of movement in Berlin Process virtual meeting.

Balkan Blast 6/9/2021: US President Biden signs executive order to expand sanctions on Western Balkans corrupt actors. Ratko Mladić life sentence upheld at UN court. German FM Heiko Maas calls for greater freedom of movement in Berlin Process virtual meeting.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY BIDEN AIMS TO TACKLE CORRUPTION, DESTABILIZATION: US President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Blocking Property And Suspending Entry Into The United States Of Certain Persons Contributing To The Destabilizing Situation In The Western Balkans. He expanded the […]

Blakan Blast 6/8/2021 Kosovo and Serbia call on each other to open archives to look for the missing. German FM Maas calls for end to veto in EU. Dodik, Čović aim to keep ethnic divide alive in BiH.Photo: The Srpska Times

Blakan Blast 6/8/2021 Kosovo and Serbia call on each other to open archives to look for the missing. German FM Maas calls for end to veto in EU. Dodik, Čović aim to keep ethnic divide alive in BiH.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY KOSOVO-SERBIA MISSING: Authorities in Belgrade and Pristina, including Director of the Office for Kosovo Petar Petković and Kosovo PM Albin Kurti, each claimed the other side was not doing enough to open archives to research the location and incidents […]