Muslim World and The Balkans

Balkan Blast 11/12/2019: US Amb. for International Religious Freedom Visits Srebrenica Memorial. Former Ambassadors to the Balkans on List that Endorses Biden. Macron Calls Vucic, Thaci to Meeting; Meets Komsic and Pendarovski. Republika Srpska Votes Against Bonn Powers.

Balkan Blast 11/12/2019: US Amb. for International Religious Freedom Visits Srebrenica Memorial. Former Ambassadors to the Balkans on List that Endorses Biden. Macron Calls Vucic, Thaci to Meeting; Meets Komsic and Pendarovski. Republika Srpska Votes Against Bonn Powers.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY Ambassador for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback was in Bosnia and Herzegovina today where he visited the Srebrenica-Potocari Memorial for the Victims of the 1995 Genocide. He later travelled to Sarajevo to meet with religious leaders.   Brownback noted on […]

Balkan Blast 11/12/2019: Balkan Leaders Meet France’s Macron Ahead of the Paris Peace Conference. EU’s Von der Leyen Supports Opening Accession Talks with Albania and N. Macedonia. The US Supports “Mini-Schengen.”

Balkan Blast 11/12/2019: Balkan Leaders Meet France’s Macron Ahead of the Paris Peace Conference. EU’s Von der Leyen Supports Opening Accession Talks with Albania and N. Macedonia. The US Supports “Mini-Schengen.”

  WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY   US State Department’s Ambassador for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback and US Ambassador to Serbia Anthony Godfrey met with Patriarch Irinej of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Belgrade.   President of N. Macedonia Stevo Pendarovski had his photos […]

Balkan Blast 11/06/2019: State Dept.’s Palmer Meets with Serbian FM, Opposition. High Representative to BiH Inzko Addresses the UN Security Council. Swedish Royals on Visit to BiH. How Bad is the Air Pollution in the Balkans in the Winter?Photo: Travelade

Balkan Blast 11/06/2019: State Dept.’s Palmer Meets with Serbian FM, Opposition. High Representative to BiH Inzko Addresses the UN Security Council. Swedish Royals on Visit to BiH. How Bad is the Air Pollution in the Balkans in the Winter?

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY US State Department Special Envoy for the W. Balkans Matthew Palmer met with Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic and representatives of the opposition on Tuesday. President of opposition party Party of Freedom and Justice, Dragan Djilas, gave Palmer copies of […]

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 10/23/2019: 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 10/16/2019: 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 […]

Balkan Blast 10/15/2019: France Pressured on EU Accession Talks for Albania, N. Macedonia. Croatian FM Denies Blocking EU Condemnation of Turkish Advances in Syria. Second Kosovar Woman Files Charges for Wartime Rape. EURO 2020 Qualifying ResultsPhoto: Jessica S. Hitchcock/Twitter

Balkan Blast 10/15/2019: France Pressured on EU Accession Talks for Albania, N. Macedonia. Croatian FM Denies Blocking EU Condemnation of Turkish Advances in Syria. Second Kosovar Woman Files Charges for Wartime Rape. EURO 2020 Qualifying Results

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY France and the Netherlands remain the two biggest hurdles for Albania and N. Macedonia to begin accession talks.  But Prime Minister of N. Macedonia Zoran Zaev expects a positive vote for accession talks to begin later this week. He […]

Balkan Blast 10/10/2019: US Presidential Envoy Meets Kosovo Leaders, Heading to Serbia Today. BiH’s Komsic on Working Visit to Austria Today. Slovenia’s Sarec in N. Macedonia Today. Albin Kurti Calling for Confederation of Kosovo and Albania?

Balkan Blast 10/10/2019: US Presidential Envoy Meets Kosovo Leaders, Heading to Serbia Today. BiH’s Komsic on Working Visit to Austria Today. Slovenia’s Sarec in N. Macedonia Today. Albin Kurti Calling for Confederation of Kosovo and Albania?

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY US President Donald Trump’s Special Envoy to the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue Richard Grenell visited Kosovo leaders on Wednesday including President Hashim Thaci, outgoing Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj, election winner Albin Kurti.  According to Bloomberg, Trump gave Grenell a full mandate to […]