China and the Balkans

Balkan Blast 5/28/2021: Christian Schmidt named new High Representative for BiH. China to open grace period to Montenegro to repay $1bn loan. Croatian PM Plenković talks economic cooperation with China’s Yang Jiechi. Preševo Mayor accuses Serbia of ethnic cleansing.

Balkan Blast 5/28/2021: Christian Schmidt named new High Representative for BiH. China to open grace period to Montenegro to repay $1bn loan. Croatian PM Plenković talks economic cooperation with China’s Yang Jiechi. Preševo Mayor accuses Serbia of ethnic cleansing.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY SCHMIDT NAMED NEW HIGH REPRESENTATIVE TO BiH: The Ambassadors of the Steering Board of the Peace Implementation Council appointed Christian Schmidt as the next High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina. He will be replacing Valentin Inzko who resigned on […]

Balkan Blast 4/28/2021: Albania’s Socialists led by PM Edi Rama wins parliamentary elections. U.S. returns to pre-Trump policy on the Western Balkans. Germany, France deny non paper on Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue. Pendarovski visits EU officials in Brussels.Photo: Jessica S. Hitchcock/Twitter

Balkan Blast 4/28/2021: Albania’s Socialists led by PM Edi Rama wins parliamentary elections. U.S. returns to pre-Trump policy on the Western Balkans. Germany, France deny non paper on Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue. Pendarovski visits EU officials in Brussels.

Join your fellow Balkan Insider readers, on Thursday, April 29th at 12:00PM EST/6:00PM CET, for a webinar with the former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Croatia, W. Robert Kohorst. The former ambassador will share his highlights from his three plus years based in Zagreb on key geo-political […]

Balkan Blast 4/23/2021: Local politics overshadow commemorations at Jasenovac. Serbia’s President, PM, and Speaker visit Banja Luka.  Germany’s FM Maas on official visit to Kosovo, Serbia. Slovenia and Poland’s PMs call for an end to Nord Stream 2.

Balkan Blast 4/23/2021: Local politics overshadow commemorations at Jasenovac. Serbia’s President, PM, and Speaker visit Banja Luka. Germany’s FM Maas on official visit to Kosovo, Serbia. Slovenia and Poland’s PMs call for an end to Nord Stream 2.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY SERBIAN DELEGATION VISITS BANJA LUKA: Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić led a delegation to mark the Day of the City of Banja Luka, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Republika Srpska (RS) entity. The delegation included PM Ana Brnabić and […]

Balkan Blast 4/16/2021: Slovenia’s non-paper bombshell shocks the Western Balkans. Vučić meets QUINT, EU representatives. Rama’s offer for grand coalition shut down.

Balkan Blast 4/16/2021: Slovenia’s non-paper bombshell shocks the Western Balkans. Vučić meets QUINT, EU representatives. Rama’s offer for grand coalition shut down.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY SLOVENIA’S NON-PAPER BOMBSHELL: Slovenian news outlet necenzurirano leaked the alleged Slovenian non-paper that would redraw the borders in the Western Balkans along ethnic lines. According to the document, it aims to tackle the “unresolved national issues of Serbs, Albanians […]

Balkan Blast 4/15/21: EUSR Lajčák and State Dept.’s Reeker discuss Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue. Croatian FM visits BiH, supports for its territorial integrity. BiH’s Dodik calls for “peaceful separation” of BiH. AFET adopts 2019-2020 report on Montenegro.Photo: Jessica S. Hitchcock/Twitter

Balkan Blast 4/15/21: EUSR Lajčák and State Dept.’s Reeker discuss Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue. Croatian FM visits BiH, supports for its territorial integrity. BiH’s Dodik calls for “peaceful separation” of BiH. AFET adopts 2019-2020 report on Montenegro.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY LAJČÁK + REEKER: EUSR for the Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue Miroslav Lajčák yesterday met with Acting Assisting Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Phil Reeker. The interlocutors discussed coordinating U.S.-EU cooperation on the Dialogue and in the region. EUSR […]

Balkan Blast 4/14/2021: Kosovo discussed at the UN Security Council. Várhelyi calls for Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue to continue as soon as possible. Croatia to block Serbia’s EU path? Bosnia fails to inscribe genocide denial in Criminal Code.Photo: impakter.com

Balkan Blast 4/14/2021: Kosovo discussed at the UN Security Council. Várhelyi calls for Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue to continue as soon as possible. Croatia to block Serbia’s EU path? Bosnia fails to inscribe genocide denial in Criminal Code.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY KOSOVO DISCUSSED AT THE UNSC: The United Nations Security Council held its six-month briefing on the situation in Kosovo. Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) Zahir Tanin presented his latest report. To kick off […]

Balkan Blast 4/13/2021: EU refuses to pay Montenegro’s $1bn debt to China. USAID allocates $22m to Serbia. Slovenian President Pahor asks about “peaceful dissolution” of BiH on trip to Sarajevo. EUSR Lajčák remains confident on Kosovo-Serbia deal.Photo: The Srpska Times

Balkan Blast 4/13/2021: EU refuses to pay Montenegro’s $1bn debt to China. USAID allocates $22m to Serbia. Slovenian President Pahor asks about “peaceful dissolution” of BiH on trip to Sarajevo. EUSR Lajčák remains confident on Kosovo-Serbia deal.

We would like to wish all Muslims across the U.S., Balkans, and world a Happy Ramadan! WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY USAID’S ALLOCATES $22M TO SERBIA:  Serbia’s Minister of European Integration Jadranka Jokšimović and Director of the Office of Democratic and Economic Development at USAID […]

Balkan Blast 4/8/2021: U.S., OSCE, and EU Ambs to BiH meet urge change in electoral law. Germany, Portugal, and Slovenia’s Defense Ministers meet to discuss the Strategic Compass process, EU-NATO cooperation, military mobility, and Mozambique. Croatia’s Interior Ministry denies sexual abuse allegations against Croatian Police.Photo: HARP

Balkan Blast 4/8/2021: U.S., OSCE, and EU Ambs to BiH meet urge change in electoral law. Germany, Portugal, and Slovenia’s Defense Ministers meet to discuss the Strategic Compass process, EU-NATO cooperation, military mobility, and Mozambique. Croatia’s Interior Ministry denies sexual abuse allegations against Croatian Police.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY DIPLOMATS CORNER: Albania – DAS Matthew Palmer’s “virtual visit” to Albania included meeting with Champions of Justice Reform from state institutions, independent justice institutions, media, civil society, and academia. He “reinforced U.S. support for the implementation of justice reform and its […]

Balkan Blast 4/7/2021: DAS Palmer has a “virtual visit” to Albania ahead of elections. Montenegrin Serbs rally for Srebrenica denier. Slovenia’s PM Janša out? Vučić gets Sinopharm vaccine from “Chinese brothers.”

Balkan Blast 4/7/2021: DAS Palmer has a “virtual visit” to Albania ahead of elections. Montenegrin Serbs rally for Srebrenica denier. Slovenia’s PM Janša out? Vučić gets Sinopharm vaccine from “Chinese brothers.”

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY PALMER’S VIRTUAL VISIT TO ALBANIA: U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and Special Representative to the Western Balkans Matthew Palmer went on a “virtual visit” to Albania today. He spoke with President Ilir Meta, PM Edi Rama, and Democratic […]

Balkan Blast 4/6/2021: U.S. NSA Jake Sullivan speaks with Croatia’s PM Andrej Plenković on Covid, energy diversification, and VWP. New President of Kosovo Vjosa Osmani lays out vision for future. Montenegro’s PM looks to oust Srebrenica denying minister. Sarajevo marks beginning of nearly four year siege.Photo: Time Out

Balkan Blast 4/6/2021: U.S. NSA Jake Sullivan speaks with Croatia’s PM Andrej Plenković on Covid, energy diversification, and VWP. New President of Kosovo Vjosa Osmani lays out vision for future. Montenegro’s PM looks to oust Srebrenica denying minister. Sarajevo marks beginning of nearly four year siege.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY SULLIVAN + PLENKOVIĆ: U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan spoke with Croatian PM Andrej Plenković yesterday about COVID-19, energy diversification, and the Western Balkans. The White House wrote in a press statement, “Mr. Sullivan expressed the Biden Administration’s appreciation for […]