Muslim World and The Balkans

Balkan Blast 4/6/2020: Number of Coronavirus Cases Surge in the Balkans. Beginning of the Siege of Sarajevo Remembered. Twitter Removes 8,000 Fake Accounts Associated With Serbia.Photo: Reddit

Balkan Blast 4/6/2020: Number of Coronavirus Cases Surge in the Balkans. Beginning of the Siege of Sarajevo Remembered. Twitter Removes 8,000 Fake Accounts Associated With Serbia.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY We would like to remember all those affected by the Siege of Sarajevo which started on April 5, 1992, and lasted until February 29, 1996. CORONAVIRUS – BiH: BiH Presidency Chairman Sefik Dzaferovic announced aid from Azerbaijan. The Federation […]

Balkan Blast 3/30/2020: Coronavirus Update from the Balkans. U.S. Statement Post Fall of Gov’t in Kosovo. CONGRATS to NATO’s Newest Member, N. Macedonia!

Balkan Blast 3/30/2020: Coronavirus Update from the Balkans. U.S. Statement Post Fall of Gov’t in Kosovo. CONGRATS to NATO’s Newest Member, N. Macedonia!

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY CORONAVIRUS – BiH: In Bosnia, the EUFOR multinational battalion surveyed three border crossings –  Zvornik, Karakaj and Sepak. They inspected preventative measures against the COVID-19 virus. A member of EUFOR has been transferred from Sarajevo to Vienna after contracting coronavirus. Bosnia’s Serb-dominated […]

Balkan Blast 3/25/2020: More Deaths Related to the Coronavirus in the Balkans. Kosovo Parliament to Hold a No Confidence Vote in the Kurti Government. US and Germany, France on Different Pages Over No Confidence Vote.Photo: Ardian Lumi

Balkan Blast 3/25/2020: More Deaths Related to the Coronavirus in the Balkans. Kosovo Parliament to Hold a No Confidence Vote in the Kurti Government. US and Germany, France on Different Pages Over No Confidence Vote.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY CORONAVIRUS – BiH: The EU will provide EUR 68 million in aid (28m for healthcare, 40m in economic aid) to Bosnia, according to BiH Presidency Chairman Sefik Dzaferovic. Bosnia and Herzegovina has closed the airports in Sarajevo, Mostar, Banja Luka, […]

Balkan Blast 3/23/2020: Confirmed Coronavirus Cases Rises, First Deaths Recorded. Croatia Rocked by 5.3 Magnitude Earthquake. N. Macedonia Ready to Join NATO. EU Appoints Lajcak as Special Envoy.exploringmacedonia.com

Balkan Blast 3/23/2020: Confirmed Coronavirus Cases Rises, First Deaths Recorded. Croatia Rocked by 5.3 Magnitude Earthquake. N. Macedonia Ready to Join NATO. EU Appoints Lajcak as Special Envoy.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY CORONAVIRUS – BiH: The Bosnian Presidency on Sunday asked the government to close all the borders to BiH. Bosnian Security Minister Fahrudin Radoncic says there will be no police on the inter-entity line between the Federation of Bosnia and […]

Balkan Blast 2/20/2020: U.S. Envoy Grenell Named New Director of National Security. Last Move?Denies Kosovo-Serbia Land Swap on Table. The USAID and the EBRD to Fund Project Connecting BiH to the Gas Grid of Croatia. BiH Presidency Meets Amid “Crisis.”

Balkan Blast 2/20/2020: U.S. Envoy Grenell Named New Director of National Security. Last Move?Denies Kosovo-Serbia Land Swap on Table. The USAID and the EBRD to Fund Project Connecting BiH to the Gas Grid of Croatia. BiH Presidency Meets Amid “Crisis.”

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY GRENELL NEW ACTING DIR. OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE: U.S. President Donald Trump announced via Twitter that Ambassador to Germany and Special Presidential Envoy to the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue, Richard Grenell, is now the Acting Director of National Intelligence. Trump wrote, “I […]

Balkan Blast 2/19/2020: State Dept.’s Palmer: Up to (Kosovo and Serbia) to establish parameters of the dialogue. New Croatian President, Zoran Milanovic, Inaugurated. BiH Presidency Members to Meet Today Amid Crisis.Photo: Emir Alomerovic

Balkan Blast 2/19/2020: State Dept.’s Palmer: Up to (Kosovo and Serbia) to establish parameters of the dialogue. New Croatian President, Zoran Milanovic, Inaugurated. BiH Presidency Members to Meet Today Amid Crisis.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY PALMER ON KOS-SRB DIALOGUE: U.S. State Department Special Envoy to the Western Balkans Matthew Palmer told EUObserver, “It’s up to the parties to establish the parameters of the dialogue,” and added, “What we support is the parties finding a […]

Balkan Blast 2/10/2020: The EU Invites W. Balkan Leaders to an Informal Meeting on Feb. 16th. The New EU Enlargement Strategy is Received Differently from Leaders Across the Region. U.S. Envoy to the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue Urges Kosovo to Drop the 100% Tariffs.Photo: Stockholm Center for Freedom

Balkan Blast 2/10/2020: The EU Invites W. Balkan Leaders to an Informal Meeting on Feb. 16th. The New EU Enlargement Strategy is Received Differently from Leaders Across the Region. U.S. Envoy to the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue Urges Kosovo to Drop the 100% Tariffs.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY U.S. Presidential Envoy to the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue and Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell offered to speak immediately with opposition leader Kadri Veseli about why the U.S. supports removing the 100% tariffs on Serbia through a Twitter exchange. Meanwhile, Kosovo President […]

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 12/15/2020: QUINT States on Recak/Racak Massacre. Croatian PM Plenkovic Addresses European Parliament, Sets Goals for Presidency. Montenegrin FM Explains New Religious Law.Photo: Emir Alomerovic

Balkan Blast 12/15/2020: QUINT States on Recak/Racak Massacre. Croatian PM Plenkovic Addresses European Parliament, Sets Goals for Presidency. Montenegrin FM Explains New Religious Law.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY Ambassadors of the QUINT states (U.S., U.K., France, France, Germany, and Italy) in Kosovo released a statement honoring those killed in the Recak/Racak massacre twenty-one years ago which “eventually prompted NATO allies to intervene and end a humanitarian catastrophe.” US […]

Balkan Blast 12/13/2020: Holiday Wrap Up – Presidential Elections in Croatia as it Takes Over EU Presidency. N. Macedonia’s PM Resigns. No PM Nominated in Kosovo. SE Europe Countries Relocate Troops in Iraq. Trump Statue Burned in Slovenia.Photo: N1

Balkan Blast 12/13/2020: Holiday Wrap Up – Presidential Elections in Croatia as it Takes Over EU Presidency. N. Macedonia’s PM Resigns. No PM Nominated in Kosovo. SE Europe Countries Relocate Troops in Iraq. Trump Statue Burned in Slovenia.

We hope everyone has had a relaxing holiday season  with family and friends. We are proud to bring back our regularly scheduled newsletters. As always, tips and feedback are appreciated! WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY Around 400 members of the Oregon National Guard of […]