China and the Balkans

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Balkan Blast 6/24/2020: Donald J. Trump special envoy looks to create “mini-Shenzhen” zone in Kosovo & Serbia. Serbia’s Aleksandar Vucic and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin discuss economic relations, dialogue solutions. Croatian President Milanovic wraps up visit to Montenegro.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY CORONAVIRUS by the numbers: BiH: 3,588 confirmed cases,  2,285 recovered, 172 deaths. CROATIA: 2,366 confirmed cases, 2,142 recovered, 107 deaths. KOSOVO: 2,169 confirmed cases, 1,047 recovered, 37 deaths. N. MACEDONIA: 5,311 confirmed cases, 251 deaths. MONTENEGRO: 378 confirmed cases, 315 recovered, 9 deaths. SERBIA: 13,092 confirmed cases, 12,054 recovered, 263 deaths. SLOVENIA: […]

Balkan Blast 6/18/2020: Elections in Mostar, BiH after 12 years! Chaos in Budva after the Democratic Front refuses to give up power. Analysis of Kosovo-Serbia talks in Washington, DC. Borrell announces nominations for EU offices in Kosovo, Montenegro, and N. Macedonia.flixbus.com

Balkan Blast 6/18/2020: Elections in Mostar, BiH after 12 years! Chaos in Budva after the Democratic Front refuses to give up power. Analysis of Kosovo-Serbia talks in Washington, DC. Borrell announces nominations for EU offices in Kosovo, Montenegro, and N. Macedonia.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY CORONAVIRUS by the numbers: BiH: 3,141 confirmed cases,  2,179 recovered, 168 deaths. CROATIA: 2,258 confirmed cases, 2,141 recovered, 107 deaths. KOSOVO: 1,486 confirmed cases, 953 recovered, 33 deaths. N. MACEDONIA: 4,482 confirmed cases, 210 deaths. MONTENEGRO: 333 confirmed cases, 315 recovered, 9 deaths. SERBIA: 12,522 confirmed cases, 11,697 recovered, 257 deaths. SLOVENIA: […]

Balkan Blast 6/16/2020: Trump’s Special Envoy to the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue Richard Grenell to host leaders in Washington DC on June 27.   The EU’s Special Envoy to the Dialogue Miroslav Lajcak arrives in Kosovo today.  Russia’s Vladimir Putin to visit Serbia in October.

Balkan Blast 6/16/2020: Trump’s Special Envoy to the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue Richard Grenell to host leaders in Washington DC on June 27. The EU’s Special Envoy to the Dialogue Miroslav Lajcak arrives in Kosovo today. Russia’s Vladimir Putin to visit Serbia in October.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY After being internet-less for the past few days, I’m glad to get you all caught up from the weekend and yesterday. There’s some big news you don’t want to miss coming from the region! CORONAVIRUS by the numbers: BiH: […]

Balkan Blast 6/9/2020: Kosovo lifts reciprocity tariffs, aims to get back to the dialogue. Serbia and China to work together on space technology.  NATO2030 announced! Russian FM Lavrov to visit Serbia ahead of elections, Vucic in Moscow for Victory Day Parade.

Balkan Blast 6/9/2020: Kosovo lifts reciprocity tariffs, aims to get back to the dialogue. Serbia and China to work together on space technology. NATO2030 announced! Russian FM Lavrov to visit Serbia ahead of elections, Vucic in Moscow for Victory Day Parade.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY CORONAVIRUS BiH –  A Boeing 747 packed with medical equipment donated from the wife of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, mistakenly landed in Sarajevo over the weekend. Bosnia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs explained the gaffe. Children from China […]

Balkan Blast 6/3/2020: Kosovo MPs expected to vote on new gov’t today.  Serbia’s Vucic discusses U.S. sanctions with Iran’s president. Croatian MEP Tonino Picula announced as EC Rapporteur for the United States.

Balkan Blast 6/3/2020: Kosovo MPs expected to vote on new gov’t today. Serbia’s Vucic discusses U.S. sanctions with Iran’s president. Croatian MEP Tonino Picula announced as EC Rapporteur for the United States.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY CORONAVIRUS BiH – Bosnia and Herzegovina agreed to distribute an IMF loan worth $373 million after six weeks of political maneuvering. By the numbers: 2,535 confirmed cases,  1,910 recovered, 157 deaths. CORONAVIRUS – CROATIA: By the numbers: 2,246 confirmed cases, 2,088 recovered, 103 deaths. CORONAVIRUS – […]

Balkan Blast 6/2/2020: President Hashim Thaçi calls for new government formation in Kosovo. Serbia’a President Aleksandar Vucic and Bulgaria’s PM Boyko Borissov tour extension of TurkStream site. Election updates in Montenegro and Albania .

Balkan Blast 6/2/2020: President Hashim Thaçi calls for new government formation in Kosovo. Serbia’a President Aleksandar Vucic and Bulgaria’s PM Boyko Borissov tour extension of TurkStream site. Election updates in Montenegro and Albania .

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY CORONAVIRUS BiH: By the numbers: 2,524 confirmed cases, 1,888 recovered, 154 deaths. CORONAVIRUS – CROATIA: Croatia is looking to preserve jobs by shortening work hours, though the idea is still being flushed out. By the numbers: 2,246 confirmed cases, 2,077 recovered, 103 deaths. CORONAVIRUS – KOSOVO: By […]

Balkan Blast 6/1/2020: US Blacklists Bosnia’s Amir Zukic. Kosovo’s Constitutional Court rules in favor of keeping government. Serbia’s FM fumes at Montenegro over opening of the border.Photo: Sasa Stojanovic

Balkan Blast 6/1/2020: US Blacklists Bosnia’s Amir Zukic. Kosovo’s Constitutional Court rules in favor of keeping government. Serbia’s FM fumes at Montenegro over opening of the border.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY CORONAVIRUS – BiH today is opening its borders to neighboring countries.By the numbers: 2,510 confirmed cases, 1,862 recovered, 153 deaths. CORONAVIRUS – CROATIA: The Association of Croatian American Professionals Foundation (ACAP Foundation) announced that close to $180,000 has been raised to provide relief for Croatia’s hospitals dealing […]

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Balkan Blast 5/28/2020: Special Envoy to the W. Balkans Matthew Palmer discusses regional issues with Voice of America. U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committeecalls for Serbia to exclude war criminals in elections. Serbia’s Vucic to attend Russia’s Victory Day parade in June.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY ICMYI: Balkan Insider held a webinar with U.S. Army Lt. Col. C. Darren Evans (ret.) who served as Defense Attache at the U.S. Embassy in Montenegro (2013-2015) and U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. John Capello who served as a […]

Balkan Blast 5/20/2020:Albania, N. Macedonia negotiating framework for the EU coming in June. Kosovo’s Const. Court Slams Thaci & Kurti. Serbia sets parliamentary elections for June 21.exploringmacedonia.com

Balkan Blast 5/20/2020:Albania, N. Macedonia negotiating framework for the EU coming in June. Kosovo’s Const. Court Slams Thaci & Kurti. Serbia sets parliamentary elections for June 21.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY CORONAVIRUS – BiH: Ten tons of aid from Qatar arrived in Sarajevo yesterday. Cinemas in Bosnia and Herzegovina have reopened. Bosnia will reopen its borders in June with restrictions on citizens of certain countries. Bosnia’s Border Police Director said […]

Balkan Blast 5/12/2020:The EU’s Special Reprsentative to the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue Miroslav Lajcak weighs in on a final deal. A mass for Bleiburg causes rift between the Catholic Church and Orthodox Church in BiH.  Party leaders in N. Macedonia today to discuss election date.

Balkan Blast 5/12/2020:The EU’s Special Reprsentative to the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue Miroslav Lajcak weighs in on a final deal. A mass for Bleiburg causes rift between the Catholic Church and Orthodox Church in BiH. Party leaders in N. Macedonia today to discuss election date.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY CORONAVIRUS – BiH: Croatia donated medical equipment to Bosnia and Herzegovina to fight COVID-19. Bosnia’s prosecutor’s office says that ventilators procured from China for the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina do not meet necessary requirements. By the numbers: 2,141 confirmed cases, 1,114 recovered, […]