Kosovo

Nice view of the town of Perast, Montenegro and bay

Balkan Blast 6/29/2021: Balkans leaders attend Summits/Meetings in Rome, Poland, and Brussels. Serbs celebrate Vidovdan throughout the region. Russia’s Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Zakharova calls Kosovo a “black hole in Europe.”

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY SUMMITS, SUMMITS SUMMITS: Leaders in the Balkans participated in three separate summits and ministerial meetings yesterday. Italy and the United States chaired a ministerial meeting of the Global Coalition Against Daesh in Rome on Monday for the first meeting […]

Balkan Blast 6/28/2021: Serbia’s president, opposition leader come face-to-face after president challenges opposition to a fight. Bosnia’s FM meets with Sen. Cardin, 25 members of Congress. German FM Maas, Portugal’s FM Santos Silva, and Slovenia’s FM Logar call for EU integration of W. Balkans.Photo: The Srpska Times

Balkan Blast 6/28/2021: Serbia’s president, opposition leader come face-to-face after president challenges opposition to a fight. Bosnia’s FM meets with Sen. Cardin, 25 members of Congress. German FM Maas, Portugal’s FM Santos Silva, and Slovenia’s FM Logar call for EU integration of W. Balkans.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY VUČIĆ, JEREMIĆ FACE OFF: Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vučić and opposition leader Vuk Jeremić came face-to-face on Friday at the Office of the President of Serbia after Vučić challenged the opposition leader to a fight. Jeremić and three other opposition politicians […]

Balkan Blast 6/25/2021: Kosovo’s Kurti doesn’t get pledge on visa liberalization in Paris from France’s Macron. Serbia’s Vučić and China’s Xi Jinping discuss “iron friendship”.  European Parliament adopts report on BiH to ire of Croatian MEPs.Photo: Croatia Week

Balkan Blast 6/25/2021: Kosovo’s Kurti doesn’t get pledge on visa liberalization in Paris from France’s Macron. Serbia’s Vučić and China’s Xi Jinping discuss “iron friendship”. European Parliament adopts report on BiH to ire of Croatian MEPs.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY KOSOVO’S KURTI MEETS MACRON IN FRANCE: Kosovo’s PM Albin Kurti said at a press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris that there are no guarantees from Macron for visa liberalization. “I am convinced that they got our […]

Balkan Blast 6/24/2021: N. Macedonia’s Zaev, Albania’s Rama express frustration over the EU’s failure to open accession negotiations. European institutions to help Montenegro with $1bn debt to China. US releases report on Kosovo’s Lake Ujmani/Gazivode per Washington Agreement. Montenegro gov’t to fall?Photo: Erasmusu.com

Balkan Blast 6/24/2021: N. Macedonia’s Zaev, Albania’s Rama express frustration over the EU’s failure to open accession negotiations. European institutions to help Montenegro with $1bn debt to China. US releases report on Kosovo’s Lake Ujmani/Gazivode per Washington Agreement. Montenegro gov’t to fall?

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY ZAEV, RAMA ON EU ACCESSION NEGOTIATIONS: N. Macedonia’s PM Zoran Zaev and Albania’s PM Edi Rama addressed reporters on the EU’s failure to open accession negotiations with Skopje and Tirana at a joint conference at the 2021 Skopje Economic […]

Balkan Blast 6/23/2021: EU General Affairs Council fails to agree to open accession talks with Albania and N. Macedonia. The EU’s Borrell says there’s no competition for the US to takeover the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue. Slovenia’s FM Logar outlines vision for W. Balkans and priorities for EU presidency.

Balkan Blast 6/23/2021: EU General Affairs Council fails to agree to open accession talks with Albania and N. Macedonia. The EU’s Borrell says there’s no competition for the US to takeover the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue. Slovenia’s FM Logar outlines vision for W. Balkans and priorities for EU presidency.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY BORRELL ON EU-U.S. RELATIONSHIP: EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell said on Monday that the relationship between the EU and the United States is positive and they are in harmony on the EU-led dialogue […]

Balkan Blast 6/22/2021: Kosovo’s PM Albin Kurti to meet France’s President Macron next week. Italian FM Di Maio to address Kosovo’s Parliament today. Serbia follows EU foreign policy to sanction Belarus, still refuses to sanction Russia. N. Macedonia’s Goran Pandev retires after 122 international matches.

Balkan Blast 6/22/2021: Kosovo’s PM Albin Kurti to meet France’s President Macron next week. Italian FM Di Maio to address Kosovo’s Parliament today. Serbia follows EU foreign policy to sanction Belarus, still refuses to sanction Russia. N. Macedonia’s Goran Pandev retires after 122 international matches.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY KURTI ON VISIT TO FRANCE: Kosovo PM Albin Kurti on Sunday met with French President Emmanuel Macron’s political advisor for the Balkans Isabelle Dumont, French Ambassador Marie-Christine-Butel, and Adviser in the Directorate of Continental Europe at the French Foreign […]

Balkan Blast 6/21/2021: Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz hosts Western Balkans Summit in Vienna. Serb leaders from across the region react to Montenegro’s resolution on Srebrenica. Russia’s Deputy FM Grushko, Serbian leaders discuss Putin’s visit to Belgrade later this year.Photo: Croatia Week

Balkan Blast 6/21/2021: Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz hosts Western Balkans Summit in Vienna. Serb leaders from across the region react to Montenegro’s resolution on Srebrenica. Russia’s Deputy FM Grushko, Serbian leaders discuss Putin’s visit to Belgrade later this year.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY KURZ HOSTS WESTERN BALKANS SUMMIT IN VIENNA: Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz on Saturday hosted Western Balkan leaders in Vienna. The summit was attended by EU Special Representative for the Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue Miroslav Lajčák, Albania’s Minister of Infrastructure and Energy […]

Balkan Blast 6/18/2021: SEECP Summit wraps up in Turkey, Antalya Diplomacy Forum starts today. PM Zoran Zaev leads delegation from N. Macedonia to Bulgaria ahead vote on EU accession talks. Min. Leposavić sacked in Montenegro for genocide denial.

Balkan Blast 6/18/2021: SEECP Summit wraps up in Turkey, Antalya Diplomacy Forum starts today. PM Zoran Zaev leads delegation from N. Macedonia to Bulgaria ahead vote on EU accession talks. Min. Leposavić sacked in Montenegro for genocide denial.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY LEADERS GATHER FOR SEECP MEETING: Leaders from countries across south east Europe gathered for the South-East European Cooperation Platform (SEECP) Summit in Antalya yesterday. High Representative Josep Borrell represented the EU at the SEECP Summit. Today, leaders will stay […]

Balkan Blast 6/17/2021: Former US Rep. Stivers awarded Order of the Serbian Flag by Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vučić. EUSR Lajčák notes “If you don’t trust the EU, go somewhere else” at the GLOBSEC 2021 Bratislava Forum. The Netherlands relents on blocking Albania’s EU path.

Balkan Blast 6/17/2021: Former US Rep. Stivers awarded Order of the Serbian Flag by Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vučić. EUSR Lajčák notes “If you don’t trust the EU, go somewhere else” at the GLOBSEC 2021 Bratislava Forum. The Netherlands relents on blocking Albania’s EU path.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY FORMER US REP. STIVERS (R, OH-15) AWARDED BY SERBIA’S VUČIĆ: Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić awarded former Ohio Congressman Steve Stivers with the Order of the Serbian Flag of the Second Degree for building relations between Serbia and the US. […]

Balkan Blast 6/16/2021: Vučić, Kurti far from an agreement after meeting in Brussels as a part of the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue. US, EU release joint statement including to “further strengthen our joint engagement in the Western Balkans.” China says NATO bombing of embassy in Belgrade deliberate.

Balkan Blast 6/16/2021: Vučić, Kurti far from an agreement after meeting in Brussels as a part of the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue. US, EU release joint statement including to “further strengthen our joint engagement in the Western Balkans.” China says NATO bombing of embassy in Belgrade deliberate.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY KURTI, VUČIĆ FAR APART ON AGREEMENT: Kosovo PM Albin Kurti and Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić met in Brussels yesterday in Brussels under the auspicious of the EU in the latest session of the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue. The EU Special Representative […]