US and The Balkans

Balkan Blast 1/15/2021: Kosovo’s Kurti and Osmani to team up in upcoming parliamentary elections. Dodik challenges Ukraine on 300-year-old golden icon. FMs abroad: Slovenian FM in Finland, French FM in Croatia, N. Macedonia’s FM in Greece.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY ICYMI: Balkan Insider yesterday hosted a Trans-Atlantic discussion with Florian Bieber (University of Graz) and Edward Joseph (Johns Hopkins SAIS) on challenges and opportunities in the region including backsliding democracy, EU enlargement, approaches to the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue, and much […]

Balkan Blast 1/14/2021: State Dept.’s Palmer expects “stable and continuous” in Biden Admin’s approach to the region. Montenegro’s Djukanovic and Krivokapic to meet on Friday. Slovenian Parliament’s motion of no confidence gaining traction.

Balkan Blast 1/14/2021: State Dept.’s Palmer expects “stable and continuous” in Biden Admin’s approach to the region. Montenegro’s Djukanovic and Krivokapic to meet on Friday. Slovenian Parliament’s motion of no confidence gaining traction.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY DON’T MISS OUT: Balkan Insider is hosting the webinar 2021 Outlook for the Balkans: A Trans-Atlantic Discussion with Florian Bieber and Edward Joseph TODAY at 12:00 PM EST/ 6:00 PM CET. See below for announcement and REGISTER HERE. PALMER ON BIDEN ADMINISTRATION: U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State […]

BALKAN BLAST 1/13/2021: State Dept.’s Phil Reeker visits Lajcak, discusses “renewed cooperation” on Dialogue.  Osmani meets EU officials Brussels. Former High Rep. to BiH Schwarz-Schilling calls for Schmidt to replace Inzko as High Rep.Photo: Reddit

BALKAN BLAST 1/13/2021: State Dept.’s Phil Reeker visits Lajcak, discusses “renewed cooperation” on Dialogue. Osmani meets EU officials Brussels. Former High Rep. to BiH Schwarz-Schilling calls for Schmidt to replace Inzko as High Rep.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY DON’T MISS OUT: Balkan Insider is hosting the webinar 2021 Outlook for the Balkans: A Trans-Atlantic Discussion with Florian Bieber and Edward Joseph on Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 12:00 PM EST/ 6:00 PM CET. See below for announcement […]

Balkan Blast 1/7/2021: Kosovo sets date for snap parliamentary elections. Ukrainian FM calls for return of icon Dodik gifted Russia’s Lavrov. Croatia rocked by another earthquake.Photo: Ardian Lumi

Balkan Blast 1/7/2021: Kosovo sets date for snap parliamentary elections. Ukrainian FM calls for return of icon Dodik gifted Russia’s Lavrov. Croatia rocked by another earthquake.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY We would like to wish all Orthodox believers from the Balkans and beyond a Merry Christmas! KOSOVO SNAP ELECTION DATE SET: Acting President of Kosovo Vjosa Osmani set snap parliamentary elections for February 14 after the Constitutional Court ruled […]

Nice view of the town of Perast, Montenegro and bay

Balkan Blast 1/6/2021: Kosovo’s Vjosa Osmani outlines cooperation with the Biden Administration. The EU’s High Rep. Borrell weighs in on BiH’s migrant crisis. Dodik claims Ukrainian icon was from family, slams High Rep in BiH after Covid hospital stay.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY OSMANI ON COOPERATION W/ THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION: Acting Kosovo President Vjosa Osmani outlined the expectations on cooperation with the Biden-Harris Administration and Pristina’s commitments under the Trump-Pence Administration. She highlighted, “We need to sit and talk with US President […]

Balkan Blast 1/5/2021: Rep. Ritchie Torres to take on Albanian issues in U.S. Congress. Norwegian Jan Braathu announced as OSCE Amb to Serbia. Croatia to request 100m euro from EU Solidarity Fund for earthquake relief.Photo: The Srpska Times

Balkan Blast 1/5/2021: Rep. Ritchie Torres to take on Albanian issues in U.S. Congress. Norwegian Jan Braathu announced as OSCE Amb to Serbia. Croatia to request 100m euro from EU Solidarity Fund for earthquake relief.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY ALBANIAN ISSUES IN CONGRESS: Albanian-American leader Harry Bajraktari announced that Congressman Ritchie Torres (D, NY-15) will “follow the path of Eliot Engel” who spent 16 years representing New York and was the most recent Chairman of the House Committee […]

Balkan Blast 1/4/2021: End of year wrap-up. Serbia holds ceremony for Russian-led BalkanStream pipeline. Germany’s Roth warns of leaving a power vacuum in the W. Balkans. Etihad decreases stake in Air Serbia.Photo: Ardian Lumi

Balkan Blast 1/4/2021: End of year wrap-up. Serbia holds ceremony for Russian-led BalkanStream pipeline. Germany’s Roth warns of leaving a power vacuum in the W. Balkans. Etihad decreases stake in Air Serbia.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY We hope all of our subscribers had a happy and healthy new year. We are looking forward to providing you with the top news from the Balkans in 2021. For business inquiries, sponsorship, and tips, reach out to us […]

Balkan Blast 12/17/2020: Russia’s FM Lavrov finishes Balkans trip, but not without controversy. N. Macedonia’s leaders slam Bulgaria, remain firm on identity. Catch up on Montenegrin PM Krivokapic’s trip to Brussels. Kosovo’s Osmani calls on Albania to “condemn Serbian genocide in Kosovo.”S.Borisov/Shutterstock

Balkan Blast 12/17/2020: Russia’s FM Lavrov finishes Balkans trip, but not without controversy. N. Macedonia’s leaders slam Bulgaria, remain firm on identity. Catch up on Montenegrin PM Krivokapic’s trip to Brussels. Kosovo’s Osmani calls on Albania to “condemn Serbian genocide in Kosovo.”

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY Greetings from Florida where it is 80 degrees F (27 C) and sunny while Washington and New York get hammered with up to a foot plus (30 cm)! But let’s get caught up in the Balkans! 25 YEARS SINCE […]

Balkan Blast 12/15/2020: The international community marks 25 years since signing the Dayton Peace Accords. Russia’s FM Lavrov meets Dodik in BiH.  Bulgarian PM Borissov calls on N. Macedonia to sign annex to 2017 Friendship Treaty about minorities.

Balkan Blast 12/15/2020: The international community marks 25 years since signing the Dayton Peace Accords. Russia’s FM Lavrov meets Dodik in BiH. Bulgarian PM Borissov calls on N. Macedonia to sign annex to 2017 Friendship Treaty about minorities.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY 25 YEARS SINCE DAYTON OFFICIALLY SIGNED: The international community and Bosnia and Herzegovina on Monday commemorated the official signing of the Dayton Peace Accords (DPA) in Paris. U.S. President-elect Joe Biden released a statement highlighting the work is not done […]

Balkan Blast 12/11/2020: Head of Bosnia’s top judicial institution resigns. Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue continues at expert level in Brussels. Inzko says int’l community moving to “third phase” of policy towards BiH. Montenegro’s Krivokapic to visit Brussels next week.Photo: Emir Alomerovic

Balkan Blast 12/11/2020: Head of Bosnia’s top judicial institution resigns. Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue continues at expert level in Brussels. Inzko says int’l community moving to “third phase” of policy towards BiH. Montenegro’s Krivokapic to visit Brussels next week.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY HEAD OF TOP BiH JUDICIAL BODY RESIGNS: “Milan Tegeltija, head of the Bosnian High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council, HJPC, the Bosnian state’s top judicial institution, resigned on Thursday after coming under pressure from the public and the international community […]