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Balkan Blast 6/17/2020: Latest on the US-EU struggle for power over the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue.  Albania’s FM meets Bosnian counterpart, Chairman of Presidency  in #Sarajevo.  UK PM Boris Johnson announces pivot towards Ukraine, W. Balkans in address to House of Commons?

Balkan Blast 6/17/2020: Latest on the US-EU struggle for power over the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue. Albania’s FM meets Bosnian counterpart, Chairman of Presidency in #Sarajevo. UK PM Boris Johnson announces pivot towards Ukraine, W. Balkans in address to House of Commons?

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY CORONAVIRUS by the numbers: BiH: 3,085 confirmed cases,  2,178 recovered, 168 deaths. CROATIA: 2,255 confirmed cases, 2,140 recovered, 107 deaths. KOSOVO: 1,486 confirmed cases, 953 recovered, 33 deaths. N. MACEDONIA: 4,289 confirmed cases, 201 deaths. MONTENEGRO: 326 confirmed cases, 315 recovered, 9 deaths. SERBIA: 12,426 confirmed cases, 11,624 recovered, 256 deaths. […]

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 6/11/2020: France’s Macron aims for Kosovo-Serbia Summit.  The EU’s Oliver Varhelyi reached out to N. Macedonia’s party leaders ahead of elections. Montenegro to demolish buildings that didn’t have required permits.

Balkan Blast 6/11/2020: France’s Macron aims for Kosovo-Serbia Summit. The EU’s Oliver Varhelyi reached out to N. Macedonia’s party leaders ahead of elections. Montenegro to demolish buildings that didn’t have required permits.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY CORONAVIRUS by the numbers: BiH: 2,775 confirmed cases,  2,063 recovered, 161 deaths. CROATIA: 2,249 confirmed cases, 2,130 recovered, 106 deaths. KOSOVO: 1,298 confirmed cases, 913 recovered, 31 deaths. N. MACEDONIA: 3,364 confirmed cases, 164 deaths. MONTENEGRO: 324 confirmed cases, 315 recovered, 9 deaths. SERBIA: 12,031 confirmed cases, 11,348 recovered, 251 deaths. SLOVENIA: 1,488 confirmed […]

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 6/4/2020: Kosovo forms new gov’t with PM Avdullah Hoti, reactions from around the globe.  FDI in Croatia up 19% from 2019 – largest investor is Luxembourg. Montenegro’s FM defends country’s decisions vis-a-vis Serbia.

Balkan Blast 6/4/2020: Kosovo forms new gov’t with PM Avdullah Hoti, reactions from around the globe. FDI in Croatia up 19% from 2019 – largest investor is Luxembourg. Montenegro’s FM defends country’s decisions vis-a-vis Serbia.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY CORONAVIRUS BiH – The UN Development Program handed over an  anesthesia machine to a hospital in Sarajevo. By the numbers: 2,551 confirmed cases,  1,939 recovered, 157 deaths. CORONAVIRUS – CROATIA: The U.S.-based humanitarian organization International Medical Corps donated 70,400 protective masks, 12,000 facial guards and 18 […]

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 […]

Nice view of the town of Perast, Montenegro and bay

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 5/27/2020:Kosovo’s Hashim Thaci rejects working on the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue with the EU’s Miroslav Lajcak. MEPs Tanja Fajon and Vladimir Bilcik share concerns on elections in Serbia. Dodik to challenge election date in BiH.

Balkan Blast 5/27/2020:Kosovo’s Hashim Thaci rejects working on the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue with the EU’s Miroslav Lajcak. MEPs Tanja Fajon and Vladimir Bilcik share concerns on elections in Serbia. Dodik to challenge election date in BiH.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY CORONAVIRUS – BiH: The U.S. and NATO yesterday delivered medical equipment to the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. A similar delivery was sent to Republika Srpska on Friday. Forty ventilators and 100,000 COVID-19 tests will arrive today as a […]