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Nice view of the town of Perast, Montenegro and bay

Balkan Blast 11/05/2019: State Dept.’s Palmer Meets with Serbia’s Vucic. EP President Sassoli Optimistic of N. Macedonia’s EU Accession. The US is All-in on Mine Free Sarajevo. Kosovo to Form Gov’t Within Ten Days. Brnabic Meets Xi Jingping, Huawei Executives.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY US State Department’s Special Representative for the Western Balkans and DAS Matthew Palmer met with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic on Monday and reiterated the US desire for Kosovo and Serbia to return to dialogue. He also called the EU […]

Balkan Blast 11/04/2019: Palmer Meets Thaci in Pristina, to Meet Serbia’s Vucic Next. State Dept.’s Reeker Slams the EU on N. Macedonia, Albania. US Military Sends Cyber Command Officers to Montenegro.Photo: Reddit

Balkan Blast 11/04/2019: Palmer Meets Thaci in Pristina, to Meet Serbia’s Vucic Next. State Dept.’s Reeker Slams the EU on N. Macedonia, Albania. US Military Sends Cyber Command Officers to Montenegro.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY US Special Envoy to the Western Balkans and DAS Matthew Palmer met with Kosovo President Hashim Thaci and other officials while on a trip to Pristina. He noted, ““The United States will always stand behind Kosovo’s sovereignty and independence,. […]

Balkan Blast 10/30/2019: Recap of the Balkans Event on the Hill. Senator Grassley (R-IA) Meets Reps. from the Am. Chamber of Commerce in Kosovo. State Dept.’s Special Rep. to the W. Balkans Meets with Leaders in N. Macedonia. The European Human Rights Court Ruled there Must Be Elections in Mostar.

Balkan Blast 10/30/2019: Recap of the Balkans Event on the Hill. Senator Grassley (R-IA) Meets Reps. from the Am. Chamber of Commerce in Kosovo. State Dept.’s Special Rep. to the W. Balkans Meets with Leaders in N. Macedonia. The European Human Rights Court Ruled there Must Be Elections in Mostar.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY The Advisory Council for Bosnia and Herzegovina (ACBH), United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD), and the US-Europe Alliance held a timely event on Capitol Hill on Tuesday which included ACBH President Ajla Delkic, UMD President Metodija Koloski, Heritage Foundation’s Luke Coffey, […]

Nice view of the town of Perast, Montenegro and bay

Balkan Blast 10/28/2019: Special Rep. Palmer on the Hill for W. Balkan Hearing. New Amb. to Serbia Presents Credentials to Pres. Vucic. S-400s in Serbia for Military Drills. Croatia’s Grabar-Kitarovic Receives Fulbright Award.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY US Special Representative to the W. Balkans and DAS Matthew Palmer addressed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in a hearing titled, “Successes and Unfinished Business in the Western Balkans.” KEY TAKEAWAYS: The US is devoted to resolving the Kosovo-Serbia […]

Balkan Blast 10/23/2019: US Senate Ratifies N. Macedonia’s NATO Accession Protocol. House of Reps. Pass Resolution on Bytyqi Brothers. Serbia’s Vucic Rejects Recognizing Kosovo’s Current Borders. US Emb. in Tirana Threatens to Blacklist Corrupt OfficialsPhoto: Time Out

Balkan Blast 10/23/2019: US Senate Ratifies N. Macedonia’s NATO Accession Protocol. House of Reps. Pass Resolution on Bytyqi Brothers. Serbia’s Vucic Rejects Recognizing Kosovo’s Current Borders. US Emb. in Tirana Threatens to Blacklist Corrupt Officials

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY The US Senate ratified N. Macedonia’s accession protocol 91-2 with 7 senators not voting. Let’s break it down: SAY IT AIN’T NAY – Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Rand Paul (R-KY) were the lone two who opposed ratifying N. Macedonia’s accession […]

Balkan Blast 10/22/2019: New US Amb. to Serbia to Arrive in Country This Week. Senate Votes on N. Macedonia NATO Accession Today. BiH’s Zvizdic Meets NSC’s John Erath. Japan to Open Embassy in Kosovo.Photo: AP

Balkan Blast 10/22/2019: New US Amb. to Serbia to Arrive in Country This Week. Senate Votes on N. Macedonia NATO Accession Today. BiH’s Zvizdic Meets NSC’s John Erath. Japan to Open Embassy in Kosovo.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY Anthony Godfrey was sworn in as US Ambassador to Serbia and is expected to arrive in country later this week. NATO is opening its arms to N. Macedonia after its failed EU bid. Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg noted on Twitter, […]

Balkan Blast 10/21/2019: N. Macedonia, Albania Fail to Get Green Light to Open EU Talks. Russian Premier Visits Belgrade. Balkan Leaders Descend on DC for World Bank & IMF Meetings.JetSettingFools

Balkan Blast 10/21/2019: N. Macedonia, Albania Fail to Get Green Light to Open EU Talks. Russian Premier Visits Belgrade. Balkan Leaders Descend on DC for World Bank & IMF Meetings.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY The European Council failed to give the green light to open accession talks with  Albania and N. Macedonia, a bitter pill to swallow after the Prespa Agreement and reforms.  Prime Minister of N. Macedonia Zoran Zaev called for early parliamentary elections […]

Balkan Blast 10/17/2019: Fallout from Albania, N. Macedonia’s EU Accession Talk Aspirations. Kosovo Arrests Two Police Officers in Ivanovic Murder. Russia’s Medvedev in Serbia This Weekend.

Balkan Blast 10/17/2019: Fallout from Albania, N. Macedonia’s EU Accession Talk Aspirations. Kosovo Arrests Two Police Officers in Ivanovic Murder. Russia’s Medvedev in Serbia This Weekend.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY The fallout from the decision not to start EU accession talks with Albania and N. Macedonia were at the forefront of discussions in Brussels today.  France’s Emmanuel Macron, who has been pushing for halting opening EU accession talks with […]

Balkan Blast 10/16/2019: Albania and N. Macedonia Blocked from EU Accession Talks, But Still Have a Chance. US Special Rep. to the Western Balkans, Matthew Palmer, Will Not Attend the Belgrade Security Forum. Outrage Over Handke’s Nobel Prize Continues.

Balkan Blast 10/16/2019: Albania and N. Macedonia Blocked from EU Accession Talks, But Still Have a Chance. US Special Rep. to the Western Balkans, Matthew Palmer, Will Not Attend the Belgrade Security Forum. Outrage Over Handke’s Nobel Prize Continues.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY France continues to block Albania and N. Macedonia’s accession talk aspirations citing the need for EU reforms on enlargement. Also a hot topic at the General Affairs Council (GAC) is the topic of decoupling Albania from N. Macedonia. Not […]