China and the Balkans

Balkan Blast 1/25/2021: Kosovo’s CEC rejects electoral lists from 3 parties. Dodik condemned by West for comments on CIK official, Izetbegovic slams Dodik. Two French and one Chinese company sign MoU for Belgrade Metro.Photo: Only Croatia

Balkan Blast 1/25/2021: Kosovo’s CEC rejects electoral lists from 3 parties. Dodik condemned by West for comments on CIK official, Izetbegovic slams Dodik. Two French and one Chinese company sign MoU for Belgrade Metro.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY U.S. (DFC) + SERBIA: “On January 21, Minister of Finance Sinisa Mali and U.S. Ambassador to Serbia Anthony F. Godfrey signed a new Investment Incentive Agreement (IIA) enabling the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), America’s development bank, to […]

Balkan Blast 1/20/2021: Sec. of State Nominee Blinken talks moving Kosovo and Serbia forward. Bosnia’s CIK publishes results of Mostar elections. Motion of no confidence against Slovenian PM Janez Jansa withdrawn.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY HAPPY INAUGURATION DAY! Today, President-elect Joe Biden will be sworn in as the 46th President of the United States and VP-elect Kamala Harris will be sworn in as the first woman as vice president.  BLINKEN ON KOSOVO-SERBIA: Biden’s nomination […]

Balkan Blast 11/3/2020: Happy Election Day! Bulgaria & N. Macedonia in Germany for meetings to resolve historical dispute. Next Berlin Process meeting: November 10. BiH and Kosovo aim to open liaison offices in Sarajevo, Pristina..Photo: Ardian Lumi

Balkan Blast 11/3/2020: Happy Election Day! Bulgaria & N. Macedonia in Germany for meetings to resolve historical dispute. Next Berlin Process meeting: November 10. BiH and Kosovo aim to open liaison offices in Sarajevo, Pristina..

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY HAPPY ELECTION DAY! As Americans go to the polls to vote in the 2020 presidential election today, we encourage those going out to vote today to follow all local and state guidelines to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Don’t forget […]

Balkan Blast 10/29/2020: Trump claims he solved Kosovo-Serbia in 20 minutes, Vucic & Hoti hugging and kissing. DAS & Special Rep. Matt Palmer describes expectations for new Montenegrin gov’t. Serbian PM sets six goals for the cabinet.Photo: Reddit

Balkan Blast 10/29/2020: Trump claims he solved Kosovo-Serbia in 20 minutes, Vucic & Hoti hugging and kissing. DAS & Special Rep. Matt Palmer describes expectations for new Montenegrin gov’t. Serbian PM sets six goals for the cabinet.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY TRUMP SOLVES KOSOVO-SERBIA IN 20 MINUTES, VUCIC & HOTI HUGGING AND KISSING: U.S. President Donald Trump at a rally in Nebraska claimed he solved the Kosovo-Serbia issue in 20 minutes that left Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic and Kosovo PM Avdullah […]

Balkan Blast 10/26/2020: U.S. signs MOUs with Bulgaria, Kosovo, N. Macedonia on 5G security. Slovenian PM endorses Trump, Sacirbey to vote for Biden. Half of Serbian government ministers to be women. Bulgaria blocks N. Macedonia-Frontex agreement.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY U.S. ELECTION CORNER Slovenian PM Janez Jansa openly endorsed Donald Trump on Twitter. He wrote, “We respect difficult, tragic personal life of @JoeBiden and some of his political achievements years ago. But today, if elected, he would be one […]

Balkan Blast 10/22/2020: Russian Defense Ministry to open office in Serbia? Kosovo discussed at UN Security Council. Shekerinska on Macedonian language, identity.Photo: Our Wonderland

Balkan Blast 10/22/2020: Russian Defense Ministry to open office in Serbia? Kosovo discussed at UN Security Council. Shekerinska on Macedonian language, identity.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY STOLTENBERG + MONTENEGRO: NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said NATO would supply Montenegro with Covid aid. Stoltenberg encouraged Montenegro and all NATO members to continue military exercises. HYSENI, HOTI ON THE DIALOGUE: Kosovo PM Avdullah Hoti announced a return to reciprocity […]

Balkan Blast 10/14/2020: Lajcak on visit to Kosovo, to visit Serbia.  Varhelyi outlines Economic and Investment Plan for the Western Balkans. Montenegro’s Krivokapic invites Vucic to visit.Photo: The Srpska Times

Balkan Blast 10/14/2020: Lajcak on visit to Kosovo, to visit Serbia. Varhelyi outlines Economic and Investment Plan for the Western Balkans. Montenegro’s Krivokapic invites Vucic to visit.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY LAJCAK VISITS KOSOVO, IN SERBIA TODAY: EU Special Representative to the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue Miroslav Lajcak on Tuesday met with Kosovo’s PM Avdullah Hoti, Speaker of Parliament Vjosa Osmani and civil society leaders as a part of a two-day official […]

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 […]