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Balkan Blast 11/11/2021: DAS Palmer calls for “limited constitutional changes” in conversation with BiH’s leaders. Dodik, RS Assembly call for closing the OHR, threaten secession. N. Macedonia’s PM Zaev blames NATO, EU commitments on slow procurement of Covid vaccines.Photo: Reddit

Balkan Blast 11/11/2021: DAS Palmer calls for “limited constitutional changes” in conversation with BiH’s leaders. Dodik, RS Assembly call for closing the OHR, threaten secession. N. Macedonia’s PM Zaev blames NATO, EU commitments on slow procurement of Covid vaccines.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY DAS PALMER + BiH: State Department DAS and Special Representative to the Western Balkans Matthew Palmer yesterday spoke with Chairman and Bosnian Serb Member of the Presidency Milorad Dodik, BiH House of Peoples Speaker Bakir Izetbegović, and BiH House […]

Balkan Blast 3/10/2021: Kosovo’s FM Haridanj Stublla resigns, quits party. Slovenia reaches out to U.S. State Dept. on its EU Presidency. EU reflects on 10 years since the first meeting between Kosovo & Serbia. BiH’s FM Turković meets w/ German counterpart Maas in Berlin.

Balkan Blast 3/10/2021: Kosovo’s FM Haridanj Stublla resigns, quits party. Slovenia reaches out to U.S. State Dept. on its EU Presidency. EU reflects on 10 years since the first meeting between Kosovo & Serbia. BiH’s FM Turković meets w/ German counterpart Maas in Berlin.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY RAFET HUSOVIĆ PASSES AWAY: Leader of the Bosniak Party and former Deputy PM of Montenegro Rafet Husović passed away yesterday after falling ill. He was a longtime member of the Party of Democratic Action – Sandžak (SDA) until founding […]

Balkan Blast 3/9/2021: Protests spread across the Balkans on International Women’s Day. EU urges Kosovo and Serbia to make concrete steps towards normalization. Kosovo annuls votes for Bosniak, Romani parties after alleged vote fixing in Feb. 14 elections.

Balkan Blast 3/9/2021: Protests spread across the Balkans on International Women’s Day. EU urges Kosovo and Serbia to make concrete steps towards normalization. Kosovo annuls votes for Bosniak, Romani parties after alleged vote fixing in Feb. 14 elections.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY WOMEN’S DAY CELEBRATED ACROSS THE REGION: International Women’s Day was celebrated across the region yesterday. Leaders from across the region thanked and congratulated women on their successes, achievements, and contributions to society. But it wasn’t all rosy – women and allies […]

Nice view of the town of Perast, Montenegro and bay

Balkan Blast 3/5/2021: EUSR Lajčák wraps up trip in Serbia, meets Montenegrin leaders. U.S., EU AMBs to BiH meet with party leaders to encourage reforms. Serbia’s FM meets German counterpart Maas in Berlin. Kosovo announces final election results.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY EUSR LAJČÁK IN BELGRADE, PODGORICA: EUSR for the Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue Miroslav Lajčák started off yesterday by meeting with Serbia’s PM Ana Brnabić before setting off to Montenegro and meeting with leaders in Podgorica. Belgrade: EUSR Lajčák and PM Brnabić […]

Balkan Blast 3/4/2021: EUSR Lajčák meets EU Ambs in Kosovo, President Vučić in Belgrade. Freedom House reports ups and downs for democracy in the Balkans. N. Macedonia PM Zaev survives snap motion of no confidence.Photo: The Srpska Times

Balkan Blast 3/4/2021: EUSR Lajčák meets EU Ambs in Kosovo, President Vučić in Belgrade. Freedom House reports ups and downs for democracy in the Balkans. N. Macedonia PM Zaev survives snap motion of no confidence.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY BANDIĆ REMEMBERED AT FUNERAL: Friends, family, government officials, and associates of longtime Mayor of Zagreb Milan Bandić bid a final farewell to him at his funeral at Mirogoj Cemetery in Zagreb. Bandić suddenly passed away on Sunday at age […]

Balkan Blast 3/3/2021: EUSR Lajčák’s Day 2 in Kosovo recap. State Dept.’s Palmer underscores U.S.-EU cooperation on the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue. Vučić meets with BiH’s tripartite presidency, delivers vaccines.Photo: Time Out

Balkan Blast 3/3/2021: EUSR Lajčák’s Day 2 in Kosovo recap. State Dept.’s Palmer underscores U.S.-EU cooperation on the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue. Vučić meets with BiH’s tripartite presidency, delivers vaccines.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY BANDIĆ COMMEMORATION: A commemoration was held yesterday at the Croatian National Theater in Zagreb for longtime Mayor of Zagreb Milan Bandić who unexpectedly passed away on Sunday. Friends and associates spoke of how Bandić’s energy transformed Zagreb into a […]

Balkan Blast 3/2/2021: EUSR Lajčák arrives the Balkans, begin meetings with top officials. Albania’s PM Edi Rama in Brussels for SAA Council meeting. Srebrenica Memorial Centre releases “Genocide Papers.”Photo: Ardian Lumi

Balkan Blast 3/2/2021: EUSR Lajčák arrives the Balkans, begin meetings with top officials. Albania’s PM Edi Rama in Brussels for SAA Council meeting. Srebrenica Memorial Centre releases “Genocide Papers.”

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY LAJČÁK ARRIVES IN PRISTINA: EUSR to the Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue Miroslav Lajčák yesterday arrived in Kosovo where he met with U.S. Ambassador to Kosovo Philip Kosnett, NATO KFOR Commander Maj. Gen. Franco Federici, and Kosovo’s likely next PM Albin Kurti. EUSR […]

Balkan Blast 3/1/2021: EUSR Miroslav Lajčák starts tour of Kosovo, Serbia, and Montenegro today. Bulgaria & N. Macedonia make no progress in historical commission. Mayor of Zagreb Milan Bandić passes away.

Balkan Blast 3/1/2021: EUSR Miroslav Lajčák starts tour of Kosovo, Serbia, and Montenegro today. Bulgaria & N. Macedonia make no progress in historical commission. Mayor of Zagreb Milan Bandić passes away.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY Balkan Insider extends condolences to the family and friends of the Mayor of Zagreb Milan Bandić who suddenly passed away from a heart attack yesterday. BiH INDEPENDENCE DAY: We would like to wish Bosnia & Herzegovina a happy Independence […]

Nice view of the town of Perast, Montenegro and bay

Balkan Blast 2/25/2021: State Dept.’s DAS Palmer outlines expectations in BiH & region, DAS Montgomery on commitment to Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue. AFET adopts reports on Kosovo, Serbia. Central 5 FMs to meet on Slovenia’s EU Presidency.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY DAS PALMER ON EXPECTATIONS FROM THE NEW ADMIN: Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs and Special Representative to the Western Balkans Matt Palmer reiterated the commitment of the U.S. to Bosnia and the region. He called […]

Balkan Blast 2/24/2021: N. Macedonia’s & France sign agreements – FM Osmani on visit to France. Kosovo’s Kurti aims to stop privatization process. Bosnia’s Dodik expects greater pressure from the West.exploringmacedonia.com

Balkan Blast 2/24/2021: N. Macedonia’s & France sign agreements – FM Osmani on visit to France. Kosovo’s Kurti aims to stop privatization process. Bosnia’s Dodik expects greater pressure from the West.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY CONGRATS!: Albanian judge Ardian Dvorani has been recognized as one of twelve anticorruption champions throughout the world by the U.S. State Department.FM OSMANI IN FRANCE: FM of N. Macedonia Bujar Osmani visited France yesterday. He met with counterpart Jean-Yves Le […]