China and the Balkans

Balkan Blast 1/23/2020: U.S. Presidential Special Envoy in Kosovo and Serbia, EU’s High Rep. to Visit Next Week. BiH Presidency Member Questions Name “Republika Srpska.”Photo: Travelade

Balkan Blast 1/23/2020: U.S. Presidential Special Envoy in Kosovo and Serbia, EU’s High Rep. to Visit Next Week. BiH Presidency Member Questions Name “Republika Srpska.”

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic spoke in passing to U.S. National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien at Davos. Vucic told reporters that “the door has been opened to talk to our American friends in a different way.” US Ambassador to Germany and […]

Balkan Blast 1/22/2020: Serbia’s Vucic “Fed Up” With Lectures on Relationship With Russia & China. Kosovo News Outlet Publishes Details of Belgrade-Pristina Aviation Agreement. Montenegro Aims to Continue Strong Bilateral Relationship With China.Photo: EPA / Valdrin Xhemaj

Balkan Blast 1/22/2020: Serbia’s Vucic “Fed Up” With Lectures on Relationship With Russia & China. Kosovo News Outlet Publishes Details of Belgrade-Pristina Aviation Agreement. Montenegro Aims to Continue Strong Bilateral Relationship With China.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY Hundreds mourned on the 14th anniversary of the death of pacifist Kosovo leader Ibrahim Rugova. He called for nonviolent resistance throughout the wars in the 1990s during the breakup of Yugoslavia. Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic is “fed up of being […]

Balkan Blast 1/21/2020: Belgrade-Pristina Flights to Resume After 20 Years. Vetvendosje’s Kurti is Officially PM Designate. Croatian PM Urges EU Enlargement. US-Europe Alliance Paper Calls for Strong U.S-U.K. Partnership in the Region.Photo: Slovenian Tourist Board

Balkan Blast 1/21/2020: Belgrade-Pristina Flights to Resume After 20 Years. Vetvendosje’s Kurti is Officially PM Designate. Croatian PM Urges EU Enlargement. US-Europe Alliance Paper Calls for Strong U.S-U.K. Partnership in the Region.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY U.S. Presidential Envoy to the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue and Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell and National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien oversaw the signing of a letter of intent between Kosovo, Serbia, and Lufthansa-operated Eurowings which will see the first flights between Belgrade and […]

Balkan Blast 01/20/2019:Slovenian Defense Minister Karl Erjavec Set to Resign & Leave Public Life. Montenegrin FM Darmanovic Briefs EU & NATO allies on religious law. Serbia’s Vucic Discusses Dayton with BiH’s Dodik. Serbia and China Deepen Cultural Ties.Photo: Slovenia Times

Balkan Blast 01/20/2019:Slovenian Defense Minister Karl Erjavec Set to Resign & Leave Public Life. Montenegrin FM Darmanovic Briefs EU & NATO allies on religious law. Serbia’s Vucic Discusses Dayton with BiH’s Dodik. Serbia and China Deepen Cultural Ties.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY “On 15 January 2020, EUFOR Chief of Staff, Brigadier General László Szabó, and Chief Joint Military Affairs, Colonel Johann Jamnig, visited AFBiH Ass Krupa to witness progress on the upgrade of the weapons and ammunition storage facility. They received […]

Balkan Blast 12/15/2020: QUINT States on Recak/Racak Massacre. Croatian PM Plenkovic Addresses European Parliament, Sets Goals for Presidency. Montenegrin FM Explains New Religious Law.Photo: Emir Alomerovic

Balkan Blast 12/15/2020: QUINT States on Recak/Racak Massacre. Croatian PM Plenkovic Addresses European Parliament, Sets Goals for Presidency. Montenegrin FM Explains New Religious Law.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY Ambassadors of the QUINT states (U.S., U.K., France, France, Germany, and Italy) in Kosovo released a statement honoring those killed in the Recak/Racak massacre twenty-one years ago which “eventually prompted NATO allies to intervene and end a humanitarian catastrophe.” US […]

Balkan Blast 12/23/2019: Croatian Presidential Election Results. Encouraging Results from the Mini-Schengen Meetings in Albania. 10 Years Since the Sejdic-Finci Case and No Electoral Form in BiH. Adriatic Trilateral Group Meets in Croatia.

Balkan Blast 12/23/2019: Croatian Presidential Election Results. Encouraging Results from the Mini-Schengen Meetings in Albania. 10 Years Since the Sejdic-Finci Case and No Electoral Form in BiH. Adriatic Trilateral Group Meets in Croatia.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY CROATIAN ELECTION RESULTS: Former PM Zoran Milanovic topped the exit polls on Sunday  with 29.5% of the votes ahead of incumbent Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic (26.7%) and right-wing politician Miroslav Skoro (24%). Milanovic faces a tough task in the runoff of January 5th […]

Balkan Blast 12/04/2019: Serbia’s Vucic Meets Slovenia’s Sarec, Belarus’ Lukashenko Then Jets to Sochi to Meet Putin. NATO Leaders Gather in London, Including N. Macedonia’s Zoran Zaev. Vujcak Migrant Camp in BiH Comes Under Fire by CoE.

Balkan Blast 12/04/2019: Serbia’s Vucic Meets Slovenia’s Sarec, Belarus’ Lukashenko Then Jets to Sochi to Meet Putin. NATO Leaders Gather in London, Including N. Macedonia’s Zoran Zaev. Vujcak Migrant Camp in BiH Comes Under Fire by CoE.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY NATO leaders, including Albanian PM Edi Rama, Croatian PM Andrej Plenkovic, PM of N. Macedonia Zoran Zaev, Montenegrin PM Dusko Markovic, and Slovenian PM Marjan Sarec are meeting in London at the 2019 NATO Summit. N. Macedonia was at the meetings […]

Balkan Blast 11/28/2019: BiH’s Komsic Meets Pentagon Officials. US to Donate Military Vehicles to Croatia and Pay to Modernize. Croatia’s Grabar-Kitarovic Campaigns in Mostar, BiH.

Balkan Blast 11/28/2019: BiH’s Komsic Meets Pentagon Officials. US to Donate Military Vehicles to Croatia and Pay to Modernize. Croatia’s Grabar-Kitarovic Campaigns in Mostar, BiH.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY We would like to wish everyone in the United States and overseas a HAPPY THANKSGIVING, especially our servicemen and women, and diplomats abroad. “The chairman of Bosnia’s tripartite presidency, Zeljko Komsic, and James Anderson, who is performing the duties of […]

Balkan Blast 11/27/2019: Death Toll Rises in Albanian Earthquake Disaster. Greek FM Visits Skopje, Encourages Greater Cooperation. Kosovo’s Likely PM, Albin Kurti, Lays Out Plans for Governing.Photo: Our Wonderland

Balkan Blast 11/27/2019: Death Toll Rises in Albanian Earthquake Disaster. Greek FM Visits Skopje, Encourages Greater Cooperation. Kosovo’s Likely PM, Albin Kurti, Lays Out Plans for Governing.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY The death toll of the 6.4 magnitude earthquake that rocked Albania rises to 23 as of 1:10 a.m. CET. Kosovo, Montenegro, and Serbia are sending teams to assist Albania’s search and rescue mission while other Balkan states are sending […]