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Balkan Blast 6/15/2021: Recap of the NATO Summit in Brussels. What to expect in today’s meeting of the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue. MEP Vladimir Bilčík slams Slavic Brotherhood military drills b/t Belarus, Russia, & Serbia.Photo: Slovenia Times

Balkan Blast 6/15/2021: Recap of the NATO Summit in Brussels. What to expect in today’s meeting of the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue. MEP Vladimir Bilčík slams Slavic Brotherhood military drills b/t Belarus, Russia, & Serbia.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY NATO SUMMIT: The leaders of NATO members gathered in Brussels yesterday for a Summit on the future of NATO. Leaders from the region – Albania, Croatia, Montenegro, N. Macedonia, and Slovenia – joined counterparts from the 29-member alliance. ICYMI […]

Balkan Blast 6/14/2021: Tensions heat up between Kosovo and Serbia ahead of meeting in Brussels. Kosovo marks 22 years since NATO troops arrived in country. Albania to join UN Security Council. NATO Summit preview.Photo: The Srpska Times

Balkan Blast 6/14/2021: Tensions heat up between Kosovo and Serbia ahead of meeting in Brussels. Kosovo marks 22 years since NATO troops arrived in country. Albania to join UN Security Council. NATO Summit preview.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY TENSIONS HEAT UP BETWEEN KOSOVO AND SERBIA: On June 12, 1999, NATO forces entered Kosovo after 78-day bombing campaign against the remnants of what was Yugoslavia and the occasion was marked in Kosovo with the visit to the site […]

Balkan Blast 6/11/2021: Western Balkans leaders gather in Tirana with EC Várhelyi to discuss EC investments, regional cooperation. N. Macedonia’s Zaev meets with Macron in France. Kosovo’s Osmani on official visit to Estonia. Albanians in Serbia demand same rights as Serbs in Kosovo.

Balkan Blast 6/11/2021: Western Balkans leaders gather in Tirana with EC Várhelyi to discuss EC investments, regional cooperation. N. Macedonia’s Zaev meets with Macron in France. Kosovo’s Osmani on official visit to Estonia. Albanians in Serbia demand same rights as Serbs in Kosovo.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY WESTERN BALKAN LEADERS MEET IN TIRANA: The leaders of the Western Balkan 6 (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, N. Macedonia, and Serbia) gathered in Tirana to discuss regional issues and the EU’s investment plan. According to AP News, […]

Balkan Blast 6/10/2021: EU not joining in on President Biden’s update to sanctions on Western Balkans destabilizers and corrupt actors. Albania’s Parliament votes to dismiss President Ilir Meta. Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue to continue on June 15. Serbs slam UN court’s decision on Ratko Mladić.Photo: CIDEA

Balkan Blast 6/10/2021: EU not joining in on President Biden’s update to sanctions on Western Balkans destabilizers and corrupt actors. Albania’s Parliament votes to dismiss President Ilir Meta. Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue to continue on June 15. Serbs slam UN court’s decision on Ratko Mladić.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY EU NOT CONSIDERING JOINING US IN SANCTIONS: After US President Joe Biden announced an update to the sanctioning scheme against corrupt actors and destabilizers in the Western Balkans, EU spokesperson Peter Stano said the EU was not considering joining […]

Balkan Blast 6/9/2021: US President Biden signs executive order to expand sanctions on Western Balkans corrupt actors. Ratko Mladić life sentence upheld at UN court. German FM Heiko Maas calls for greater freedom of movement in Berlin Process virtual meeting.

Balkan Blast 6/9/2021: US President Biden signs executive order to expand sanctions on Western Balkans corrupt actors. Ratko Mladić life sentence upheld at UN court. German FM Heiko Maas calls for greater freedom of movement in Berlin Process virtual meeting.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY BIDEN AIMS TO TACKLE CORRUPTION, DESTABILIZATION: US President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Blocking Property And Suspending Entry Into The United States Of Certain Persons Contributing To The Destabilizing Situation In The Western Balkans. He expanded the […]

Blakan Blast 6/8/2021 Kosovo and Serbia call on each other to open archives to look for the missing. German FM Maas calls for end to veto in EU. Dodik, Čović aim to keep ethnic divide alive in BiH.Photo: The Srpska Times

Blakan Blast 6/8/2021 Kosovo and Serbia call on each other to open archives to look for the missing. German FM Maas calls for end to veto in EU. Dodik, Čović aim to keep ethnic divide alive in BiH.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY KOSOVO-SERBIA MISSING: Authorities in Belgrade and Pristina, including Director of the Office for Kosovo Petar Petković and Kosovo PM Albin Kurti, each claimed the other side was not doing enough to open archives to research the location and incidents […]

Balkan Blast 6/2/2021 US DAS Palmer, EUSR Lajčák in Kosovo preparing for Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue meeting in June, Day 2. US AMB Nelson discusses new High Rep Schmidt with BiH’s Dodik. Serbia’s Dačić talks to Lavrov: Russia supports Belgrade on Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue. Trouble in the Montenegrin government?Photo: The Srpska Times

Balkan Blast 6/2/2021 US DAS Palmer, EUSR Lajčák in Kosovo preparing for Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue meeting in June, Day 2. US AMB Nelson discusses new High Rep Schmidt with BiH’s Dodik. Serbia’s Dačić talks to Lavrov: Russia supports Belgrade on Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue. Trouble in the Montenegrin government?

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY DAS PALMER, LAJČÁK IN KOSOVO DAY 2: US DAS and Special Representative to the Western Balkans Matthew Palmer and EUSR for the Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue Miroslav Lajčák spent their second day in Kosovo meeting with government officials and held a […]

Balkan Blast 6/1/2021 US DAS Palmer, EUSR Lajčák meet top officials on trip to Kosovo. Spain to open liaison office in Pristina. New Mayors in Croatia’s four biggest cities. Serbia’s Parliament Speaker at State Duma in Moscow, no sanctions against Russia.

Balkan Blast 6/1/2021 US DAS Palmer, EUSR Lajčák meet top officials on trip to Kosovo. Spain to open liaison office in Pristina. New Mayors in Croatia’s four biggest cities. Serbia’s Parliament Speaker at State Duma in Moscow, no sanctions against Russia.

Welcome back to the Balkan Blast. We hope all of our subscribers had a safe Memorial Day. We would like to remember all of the military personnel who gave the ultimate sacrifice serving the United States. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY DAS PALMER, LAJČÁK […]

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 5/4/2021: Albania’s Socialists aim to impeach President Meta. EU’s Varhelyi kicks off visit to the Western Balkans. N. Macedonia’s Osmani meets German FM Maas in Berlin. Japan’s FM visited BiH, Slovenia over the weekend.Photo: Reddit

Balkan Blast 5/4/2021: Albania’s Socialists aim to impeach President Meta. EU’s Varhelyi kicks off visit to the Western Balkans. N. Macedonia’s Osmani meets German FM Maas in Berlin. Japan’s FM visited BiH, Slovenia over the weekend.

We would like to wish our Orthodox Christian readers a Happy Easter! WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY ALBANIAN RULING PARTY LOOKS TO IMPEACH PRESIDENT: Albania’s Socialist Party, which won a third consecutive mandate in parliamentary elections, has started a motion in parliament to impeach […]