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Balkan Blast 2/6/2020: Kosovo Aims to Replace Tariffs on Serbia With Reciprocity. USAID Official Threatens To Cut Assistance to BiH Over Human Trafficking. The EU’s Olivier Varhelyi to Visit Leaders in Montenegro and Serbia Today.Photo: The Srpska Times

Balkan Blast 2/6/2020: Kosovo Aims to Replace Tariffs on Serbia With Reciprocity. USAID Official Threatens To Cut Assistance to BiH Over Human Trafficking. The EU’s Olivier Varhelyi to Visit Leaders in Montenegro and Serbia Today.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY U.S. Presidential Special Envoy to the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue Richard Grenell urged the Kosovo government to revoke the 100% tariffs on Serbian goods. He noted, “We made clear to all the (Kosovo) party leaders that dropping the tariffs was in […]

Nice view of the town of Perast, Montenegro and bay

Balkan Blast 2/4/2020: Balkan Insider Exclusive Interview With Montenegrin President of Parliament Ivan Brajovic. Kosovo Forms Government Under Albin Kurti. Opposition Leader Janez Jansa in Slovenia to Try to Form Coalition in Slovenia.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY Following Montenegrin Parliament passing of the Religious Freedom Law which drew protests by the Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) and ethnic Serbs, President of the Parliament of Montenegro Ivan Brajovic revealed the five-year process in close cooperation with the Venice Commission […]

Balkan Blast 2/3/2020: Kosovo’s Vetvendosje & LDK Form Governing Coalition. The EU’s Borrell Reiterates Unity with the US on Trip to Kosovo and Serbia. The ECJ Won’t Hear Slovenia’s Lawsuit Against Croatia on Piran Bay.

Balkan Blast 2/3/2020: Kosovo’s Vetvendosje & LDK Form Governing Coalition. The EU’s Borrell Reiterates Unity with the US on Trip to Kosovo and Serbia. The ECJ Won’t Hear Slovenia’s Lawsuit Against Croatia on Piran Bay.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY Kosovo’s Vetvendosje (VV) and Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) have struck a deal to create a government headed by future PM Albin Kurti (VV). The EU’s top diplomat, Josep Borrell, visited Kosovo and Serbia on Thursday and Friday with the […]

Balkan Blast 1/30/2020: Albanian PM Edi Rama Meets NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg in Brussels. Greek FM Visits Podgorica. Serbia to Invest 1.3 mln EUR in Republika Srpska. The EU’s Josep Borrell in Kosovo and Serbia Today and Tomorrow.

Balkan Blast 1/30/2020: Albanian PM Edi Rama Meets NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg in Brussels. Greek FM Visits Podgorica. Serbia to Invest 1.3 mln EUR in Republika Srpska. The EU’s Josep Borrell in Kosovo and Serbia Today and Tomorrow.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY “Slovenian President Borut Pahor plans to start formal talks with parliamentary parties on February 4, seeking to resolve a political crisis sparked by the resignation of center-left Prime Minister Marjan Sarec on Monday. Sarec, who took power in September […]

Balkan Blast 1/29/2019: Western Balkan Speakers of Parliament Gather in Brussels. QUINT States Won’t Mediate for Winners of Kosovo’s Election. Croatian Military Jet Crashes Near Sibenik.Photo: Reddit

Balkan Blast 1/29/2019: Western Balkan Speakers of Parliament Gather in Brussels. QUINT States Won’t Mediate for Winners of Kosovo’s Election. Croatian Military Jet Crashes Near Sibenik.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY The Embassies of France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States (QUINT) in Kosovo released a joint statement reaffirming that they do not support any political party or politician over another and, “We will not engage in mediation. We […]

Balkan Blast 1/27/2019: Kosovo and Serbia “Agree in Principle” to Restore Rail Link. Informal Meeting of EU Interior Ministers in Zagreb. Austrian President to Visit BiH. BiH’s Dodik to Visit N. Macedonia.

Balkan Blast 1/27/2019: Kosovo and Serbia “Agree in Principle” to Restore Rail Link. Informal Meeting of EU Interior Ministers in Zagreb. Austrian President to Visit BiH. BiH’s Dodik to Visit N. Macedonia.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY Kosovo and Serbia agreed in principle restore rail links less than a week after agreeing to open the Belgrade-Pristina air route. The two sides are set to meet today with U.S.  Presidential Special Envoy to the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue Richard Grenell […]

Balkan Blast 1/23/2020: U.S. Presidential Special Envoy in Kosovo and Serbia, EU’s High Rep. to Visit Next Week. BiH Presidency Member Questions Name “Republika Srpska.”Photo: Travelade

Balkan Blast 1/23/2020: U.S. Presidential Special Envoy in Kosovo and Serbia, EU’s High Rep. to Visit Next Week. BiH Presidency Member Questions Name “Republika Srpska.”

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic spoke in passing to U.S. National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien at Davos. Vucic told reporters that “the door has been opened to talk to our American friends in a different way.” US Ambassador to Germany and […]

Balkan Blast 1/22/2020: Serbia’s Vucic “Fed Up” With Lectures on Relationship With Russia & China. Kosovo News Outlet Publishes Details of Belgrade-Pristina Aviation Agreement. Montenegro Aims to Continue Strong Bilateral Relationship With China.Photo: EPA / Valdrin Xhemaj

Balkan Blast 1/22/2020: Serbia’s Vucic “Fed Up” With Lectures on Relationship With Russia & China. Kosovo News Outlet Publishes Details of Belgrade-Pristina Aviation Agreement. Montenegro Aims to Continue Strong Bilateral Relationship With China.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY Hundreds mourned on the 14th anniversary of the death of pacifist Kosovo leader Ibrahim Rugova. He called for nonviolent resistance throughout the wars in the 1990s during the breakup of Yugoslavia. Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic is “fed up of being […]

Balkan Blast 1/21/2020: Belgrade-Pristina Flights to Resume After 20 Years. Vetvendosje’s Kurti is Officially PM Designate. Croatian PM Urges EU Enlargement. US-Europe Alliance Paper Calls for Strong U.S-U.K. Partnership in the Region.Photo: Slovenian Tourist Board

Balkan Blast 1/21/2020: Belgrade-Pristina Flights to Resume After 20 Years. Vetvendosje’s Kurti is Officially PM Designate. Croatian PM Urges EU Enlargement. US-Europe Alliance Paper Calls for Strong U.S-U.K. Partnership in the Region.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY U.S. Presidential Envoy to the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue and Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell and National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien oversaw the signing of a letter of intent between Kosovo, Serbia, and Lufthansa-operated Eurowings which will see the first flights between Belgrade and […]

Balkan Blast 01/20/2019:Slovenian Defense Minister Karl Erjavec Set to Resign & Leave Public Life. Montenegrin FM Darmanovic Briefs EU & NATO allies on religious law. Serbia’s Vucic Discusses Dayton with BiH’s Dodik. Serbia and China Deepen Cultural Ties.Photo: Slovenia Times

Balkan Blast 01/20/2019:Slovenian Defense Minister Karl Erjavec Set to Resign & Leave Public Life. Montenegrin FM Darmanovic Briefs EU & NATO allies on religious law. Serbia’s Vucic Discusses Dayton with BiH’s Dodik. Serbia and China Deepen Cultural Ties.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY “On 15 January 2020, EUFOR Chief of Staff, Brigadier General László Szabó, and Chief Joint Military Affairs, Colonel Johann Jamnig, visited AFBiH Ass Krupa to witness progress on the upgrade of the weapons and ammunition storage facility. They received […]