Kosovo

Kosovo WEEKEND ROUNDUP: U.S. Department of State: Kosovo facing corruption, interference in judiciary; Serbia Approves Assistance Package for Kosovo Serbs for Housing, Agriculture; Kosovo to Create Special Court for CorruptionPhoto: Traveleks

Kosovo WEEKEND ROUNDUP: U.S. Department of State: Kosovo facing corruption, interference in judiciary; Serbia Approves Assistance Package for Kosovo Serbs for Housing, Agriculture; Kosovo to Create Special Court for Corruption

“The U.S. Department of State says that the most significant human rights issues in Kosovo during 2017 included assaults on journalists; violence against displaced persons; endemic government corruption; lack of judicial independence, including failures of due process and selective implementation of decisions; and violence against members of ethnic […]

WEEKEND READ –  Does the West Have a Vision for the Western Balkans?Reuters

WEEKEND READ – Does the West Have a Vision for the Western Balkans?

“Large, burly men sat in the front rows of the parliament building in Banja Luka last December, their bulging muscles revealing elaborate tattoos under their black T-shirts and hoodies. These were the ‘little green men’ of the Balkans — only they were not little and wore black outfits instead of […]

Western Balkan Leaders Attend Digital Summit in SkopjePhoto: RTK

Western Balkan Leaders Attend Digital Summit in Skopje

“The first ever Western Balkans Digital Summit, bringing together Prime Ministers and Ministers responsible for digital agenda from the Western Balkans (WB), EU Berlin Process participants, European Commission (EC), Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), representatives of IT industries and businesses, academia, and youth, opened in Skopje today. The Digital […]

Kosovo Trade Fair Attracts Serbian Vendors

Kosovo Trade Fair Attracts Serbian Vendors

“Despite simmering diplomatic tensions between Serbia and Kosovo, business ties seem to be growing, with companies from both sides flocking to a regional trade fair to strike deals. In March, political relations hit a low when Kosovo police briefly arrested and expelled a top Serbian official after he […]

Hahn in DW Interview – 2025 is ambitious for Western Balkans to join EUPhoto: RFERL

Hahn in DW Interview – 2025 is ambitious for Western Balkans to join EU

“Tensions in the Western Balkans can only be overcome if all countries in the region join the European Union, says enlargement chief Johannes Hahn. The EU’s door should remain open for Turkey, he told DW. DW: Looking at the new progress reports for the Western Balkans, who are the […]

Thaci Wants Clearer Prospects for EU MembershipPhoto: European Western Balkans

Thaci Wants Clearer Prospects for EU Membership

“Kosovo President Hashim Thaci has called on the European Union to offer clearer prospects and treat it equally on its path to membership in the bloc. Hashim Thaci reacting to publication of the European Commission Report on Kosovo said that Kosovo remains committed and with ‘the proper will […]

EU-W. Balkans Summit Dominates Bulgarian PM’s Trip to Kosovo

EU-W. Balkans Summit Dominates Bulgarian PM’s Trip to Kosovo

“Representation of Kosovo in the EU-Western Balkans Summit set to take place on 16-17 May in Sofia, was one of the main topics of the meetings that Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov had with Kosovo state leaders in Pristina. Borissov addressing media after meeting Kosovo President Hashim Thaci […]

Three Months and No Information About Oliver Ivanovic Assassination

Three Months and No Information About Oliver Ivanovic Assassination

“It’s been exactly three months since the murder of Oliver Ivanovic. He was shot six times in the back on January 16 early in the morning on his way to work, in front of his party premises in North Mitrovica. Almost two months later, the investigation was transferred to […]

Kosovo's foreign minister Enver Hoxhaj holds a press conference with his Slovenian counterpart on June 26, 2013 in Brdo pri Kranju, near Ljubljana.     AFP PHOTO Rene GomoljPhoto: RFERL/Rene Gomolj

Kosovo WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Kosovo Officials Back on Interpol List; Bulgarian PM to Talk to Thaci about W. Balkans Summit in Sofia; OSCE Encourages Kosovo’s Roma, Ashkali, Egyptians to Enter Law Enforcement

“Kosovo Deputy Prime Minister, Enver Hoxhaj, has condemned recent actions of Serbia against Kosovo state leaders, by misusing international organisations. Recently Serbia has managed to put back in Interpol system arrest warrants for Kosovo President Hashim Thaci and Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj. Hoxhaj said that Serbia continues to […]

Serbia WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Vucic Discusses Brussels Agreement With Merkel; Guardian – Beware the chameleon strongmen of Europe;  Serbia and Republika Srpska Commemorate Jasenovac; Vucic to Meet Russian IntelligencePhoto: Balkan EU

Serbia WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Vucic Discusses Brussels Agreement With Merkel; Guardian – Beware the chameleon strongmen of Europe; Serbia and Republika Srpska Commemorate Jasenovac; Vucic to Meet Russian Intelligence

“A permanent Kosovo solution requires agreement from Germany, France, the EU, the US, Turkey, and Russia, President Aleksandar Vucic said in Berlin on Friday. ‘We are ready for a compromise, I told that to Mrs. Merkel, but for that, two sides are needed,’ Vucic said after his meeting with […]