China and the Balkans

Balkan Blast for 11/11/2019: Serbia to Face Sanctions for Buying Russian Weapons? “Mini Schengen” Discussed in Ohrid. Macron Calls BiH a Ticking Time-bomb of Returning Jihadism.Photo: The Srpska Times

Balkan Blast for 11/11/2019: Serbia to Face Sanctions for Buying Russian Weapons? “Mini Schengen” Discussed in Ohrid. Macron Calls BiH a Ticking Time-bomb of Returning Jihadism.

  WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY The US Embassy in Sarajevo reiterated the longtime US policy of not drawing parallels between Kosovo and Republika Srpska in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It told Patria News Agency, “As we have repeatedly stated, there are no parallels between […]

Balkan Blast 11/07/2019: Swedish Royalty Meets BiH Presidency, Tours Sarajevo With Mayor. Kosovo’s Kurti Wants to Replace Tariffs on Serbia with Reciprocity. Head of Kosovo Intelligence Agency Resigns. China’s Alipay Coming to Serbia. Countrywide Strike by Teachers in Croatia.Photo: Reddit

Balkan Blast 11/07/2019: Swedish Royalty Meets BiH Presidency, Tours Sarajevo With Mayor. Kosovo’s Kurti Wants to Replace Tariffs on Serbia with Reciprocity. Head of Kosovo Intelligence Agency Resigns. China’s Alipay Coming to Serbia. Countrywide Strike by Teachers in Croatia.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY US State Department Special Envoy for the W. Balkans Matthew Palmer met with US ambassadors and chiefs of mission in Skopje. The US Embassy in Sarajevo took to Twitter, “Great to see so many of my colleagues from the region […]

Nice view of the town of Perast, Montenegro and bay

Balkan Blast 11/05/2019: State Dept.’s Palmer Meets with Serbia’s Vucic. EP President Sassoli Optimistic of N. Macedonia’s EU Accession. The US is All-in on Mine Free Sarajevo. Kosovo to Form Gov’t Within Ten Days. Brnabic Meets Xi Jingping, Huawei Executives.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY US State Department’s Special Representative for the Western Balkans and DAS Matthew Palmer met with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic on Monday and reiterated the US desire for Kosovo and Serbia to return to dialogue. He also called the EU […]

Balkan Blast 11/04/2019: Palmer Meets Thaci in Pristina, to Meet Serbia’s Vucic Next. State Dept.’s Reeker Slams the EU on N. Macedonia, Albania. US Military Sends Cyber Command Officers to Montenegro.Photo: Reddit

Balkan Blast 11/04/2019: Palmer Meets Thaci in Pristina, to Meet Serbia’s Vucic Next. State Dept.’s Reeker Slams the EU on N. Macedonia, Albania. US Military Sends Cyber Command Officers to Montenegro.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY US Special Envoy to the Western Balkans and DAS Matthew Palmer met with Kosovo President Hashim Thaci and other officials while on a trip to Pristina. He noted, ““The United States will always stand behind Kosovo’s sovereignty and independence,. […]

Balkan Blast 10/30/2019: Recap of the Balkans Event on the Hill. Senator Grassley (R-IA) Meets Reps. from the Am. Chamber of Commerce in Kosovo. State Dept.’s Special Rep. to the W. Balkans Meets with Leaders in N. Macedonia. The European Human Rights Court Ruled there Must Be Elections in Mostar.

Balkan Blast 10/30/2019: Recap of the Balkans Event on the Hill. Senator Grassley (R-IA) Meets Reps. from the Am. Chamber of Commerce in Kosovo. State Dept.’s Special Rep. to the W. Balkans Meets with Leaders in N. Macedonia. The European Human Rights Court Ruled there Must Be Elections in Mostar.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY The Advisory Council for Bosnia and Herzegovina (ACBH), United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD), and the US-Europe Alliance held a timely event on Capitol Hill on Tuesday which included ACBH President Ajla Delkic, UMD President Metodija Koloski, Heritage Foundation’s Luke Coffey, […]

Nice view of the town of Perast, Montenegro and bay

Balkan Blast 10/28/2019: Special Rep. Palmer on the Hill for W. Balkan Hearing. New Amb. to Serbia Presents Credentials to Pres. Vucic. S-400s in Serbia for Military Drills. Croatia’s Grabar-Kitarovic Receives Fulbright Award.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY US Special Representative to the W. Balkans and DAS Matthew Palmer addressed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in a hearing titled, “Successes and Unfinished Business in the Western Balkans.” KEY TAKEAWAYS: The US is devoted to resolving the Kosovo-Serbia […]

Balkan Blast 10/23/2019: US Senate Ratifies N. Macedonia’s NATO Accession Protocol. House of Reps. Pass Resolution on Bytyqi Brothers. Serbia’s Vucic Rejects Recognizing Kosovo’s Current Borders. US Emb. in Tirana Threatens to Blacklist Corrupt OfficialsPhoto: Time Out

Balkan Blast 10/23/2019: US Senate Ratifies N. Macedonia’s NATO Accession Protocol. House of Reps. Pass Resolution on Bytyqi Brothers. Serbia’s Vucic Rejects Recognizing Kosovo’s Current Borders. US Emb. in Tirana Threatens to Blacklist Corrupt Officials

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY The US Senate ratified N. Macedonia’s accession protocol 91-2 with 7 senators not voting. Let’s break it down: SAY IT AIN’T NAY – Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Rand Paul (R-KY) were the lone two who opposed ratifying N. Macedonia’s accession […]

Balkan Blast 10/21/2019: N. Macedonia, Albania Fail to Get Green Light to Open EU Talks. Russian Premier Visits Belgrade. Balkan Leaders Descend on DC for World Bank & IMF Meetings.JetSettingFools

Balkan Blast 10/21/2019: N. Macedonia, Albania Fail to Get Green Light to Open EU Talks. Russian Premier Visits Belgrade. Balkan Leaders Descend on DC for World Bank & IMF Meetings.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY The European Council failed to give the green light to open accession talks with  Albania and N. Macedonia, a bitter pill to swallow after the Prespa Agreement and reforms.  Prime Minister of N. Macedonia Zoran Zaev called for early parliamentary elections […]

Balkan Blast 10/17/2019: Fallout from Albania, N. Macedonia’s EU Accession Talk Aspirations. Kosovo Arrests Two Police Officers in Ivanovic Murder. Russia’s Medvedev in Serbia This Weekend.

Balkan Blast 10/17/2019: Fallout from Albania, N. Macedonia’s EU Accession Talk Aspirations. Kosovo Arrests Two Police Officers in Ivanovic Murder. Russia’s Medvedev in Serbia This Weekend.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY The fallout from the decision not to start EU accession talks with Albania and N. Macedonia were at the forefront of discussions in Brussels today.  France’s Emmanuel Macron, who has been pushing for halting opening EU accession talks with […]