US and The Balkans

Balkan Blast 7/16/2021: Albania’s Rama blames “EU nationalisms” for delayed accession negotiations. Serbia slammed by EU for appointing ambassador to Syria. Austrian, Croatian, Slovenian presidents gather for annual trilateral meeting.Photo: Erasmusu.com

Balkan Blast 7/16/2021: Albania’s Rama blames “EU nationalisms” for delayed accession negotiations. Serbia slammed by EU for appointing ambassador to Syria. Austrian, Croatian, Slovenian presidents gather for annual trilateral meeting.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY ALBANIA’S PM RAMA SLAMS THE EU: Albanian PM Edi Rama blamed “EU nationalisms” of larger countries as a main reason why the Western Balkan integration process has slowed down. “We are hostages of EU nationalisms. The path of Western […]

Balkan Blast 7/15/2021: China, Russia aim to end BiH’s Office of the High Representative through UN Security Council. Kosovo to reintroduce reciprocal trade measures against Serbia. China responds to State Dept.’s Palmer on debt trap diplomacy in Montenegro.Egypt and Serbia increase military relations.Photo: impakter.com

Balkan Blast 7/15/2021: China, Russia aim to end BiH’s Office of the High Representative through UN Security Council. Kosovo to reintroduce reciprocal trade measures against Serbia. China responds to State Dept.’s Palmer on debt trap diplomacy in Montenegro.Egypt and Serbia increase military relations.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY RUSSIA, CHINA AIM TO END OHR IN THE UN SECURITY COUNCIL: “Russia and China have circulated a draft U.N. Security Council resolution that would immediately strip the powers of the international high representative overseeing implementation of the 1995 peace […]

Balkan Blast 7/14/2021: Kosovo and Serbia’s leaders to meet in Brussels on July 19. BiH’s Tegeltija leads SAA Council talks with EU’s Borrell. Croatia’s Milanović fuels more ethnic segregation on trip to BiH. Montenegro’s Abazović on visit to Kazakhstan.

Balkan Blast 7/14/2021: Kosovo and Serbia’s leaders to meet in Brussels on July 19. BiH’s Tegeltija leads SAA Council talks with EU’s Borrell. Croatia’s Milanović fuels more ethnic segregation on trip to BiH. Montenegro’s Abazović on visit to Kazakhstan.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY HAPPY STATEHOOD DAY, MONTENEGRO!: We would like to wish all Montenegrins who celebrated yesterday a Happy Statehood Day! KOSOVO-SERBIA MEETING ON JULY 19: European Commission Spokesperson Peter Stano announced on Tuesday that the next high-level meeting between Serbia’s President […]

Balkan Blast 7/13/2021: Bosniak Presidency Member slams Croatia’s Milanović for aiming for more ethnic division in BiH. Slovenia’s PM causes row between EU and Iran. European Commission’s Stano says Serbia must leave Russian-led EAEU before joining EU.

Balkan Blast 7/13/2021: Bosniak Presidency Member slams Croatia’s Milanović for aiming for more ethnic division in BiH. Slovenia’s PM causes row between EU and Iran. European Commission’s Stano says Serbia must leave Russian-led EAEU before joining EU.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY BOSNIA’S DŽAFEROVIĆ CRITICIZES CROATIAN PRESIDENT: Bosniak Member of the Presidency Šefik Džaferović criticized Croatian President Zoran Milanović after his trip to Bosnia over the weekend. Milanović insisted he would protect Croats through the Dayton Peace Accords and said that […]

Balkan Blast 7/8/2021: EUSR Lajčák meets with Kosovo and Serbia’s Chief Negotiators for talks on “the full range of Dialogue elements”.  State Dept.’s DAS Palmer meets Montenegro’s Djukanović.  Dodik instructs BiH ambassador’s from RS not to lower flags on Srebrenica anniversary.Photo: HARP

Balkan Blast 7/8/2021: EUSR Lajčák meets with Kosovo and Serbia’s Chief Negotiators for talks on “the full range of Dialogue elements”. State Dept.’s DAS Palmer meets Montenegro’s Djukanović. Dodik instructs BiH ambassador’s from RS not to lower flags on Srebrenica anniversary.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY BIDEN ON HIS WAY TO KOSOVO: U.S. President Joe Biden is finding a new permanent home in Ferizaj/Uroševac, Kosovo. The town announced work has begun on a €600,000 statue dedicated to the U.S. President who becomes the latest Western official […]

Balkan Blast  7/7/2021: Slovenia’s Janša addresses European Parliament, avoids controversy. Kosovo and Serbia to meet at chief negotiators’ level in Brussels today.  Serbia’s Vučić praises Chinese Communist Party on its 100th anniversary via video.Photo: Rašo

Balkan Blast 7/7/2021: Slovenia’s Janša addresses European Parliament, avoids controversy. Kosovo and Serbia to meet at chief negotiators’ level in Brussels today. Serbia’s Vučić praises Chinese Communist Party on its 100th anniversary via video.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY JANŠA, VON DER LEYEN AT THE EP: “Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Janša didn’t lash out at European institutions. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen didn’t explicitly call out Janša over ongoing rule-of-law concerns. Several leading MEPs didn’t directly […]

Balkan Blast 7/6/2021: President Biden announces nominee for U.S. Amb. to Kosovo. Germany’s Angela Merkel hosts virtual Western Balkans Summit of the Berlin Process. U.S., EU officials urge electoral reform on visit to BiH.

Balkan Blast 7/6/2021: President Biden announces nominee for U.S. Amb. to Kosovo. Germany’s Angela Merkel hosts virtual Western Balkans Summit of the Berlin Process. U.S., EU officials urge electoral reform on visit to BiH.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY Good Tuesday Morning! I hope that you all had a safe and happy Fourth of July weekend filled with hamburgers, hot dogs, and sunshine! BIDEN ANNOUNCES KOSOVO AMB NOMINEE: U.S. President Joe Biden announced Jeffrey M. Hoveneier as Nominee […]

Balkan Blast 7/1/2021: State Dept.’s Reeker meets with Albania’s leadership, members of justice system in Tirana. The UK and Germany release joint declaration on vision for the Western Balkans. Germany’s Merkel speaks with Serbia’s Vučić, BiH’s Tegeltija ahead of Berlin Process Summit.Photo: The Srpska Times

Balkan Blast 7/1/2021: State Dept.’s Reeker meets with Albania’s leadership, members of justice system in Tirana. The UK and Germany release joint declaration on vision for the Western Balkans. Germany’s Merkel speaks with Serbia’s Vučić, BiH’s Tegeltija ahead of Berlin Process Summit.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY REEKER IN ALBANIA: Acting Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Philip Reeker visited Tirana on Wednesday. He met with PM Edi Rama, Democratic Party Chair Lulzim Basha, members of the justice system, and others. According to […]

Balkan Blast 6/30/2021: Russia slams appointment of new High Rep for BiH at the UN Security Council. U.S. DAS Palmer on official visit to Bosnia on Saturday. Leaders of Albania, N. Macedonia, and Serbia push Mini-Schengen Initiative forward.

Balkan Blast 6/30/2021: Russia slams appointment of new High Rep for BiH at the UN Security Council. U.S. DAS Palmer on official visit to Bosnia on Saturday. Leaders of Albania, N. Macedonia, and Serbia push Mini-Schengen Initiative forward.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY NEW HIGH REP FOR BiH DISCUSSED IN UNSC: The UN Security Council gathered for a briefing today on Bosnia and Herzegovina at the request of Russia to discuss the appointment of Christian Schmidt as the new High Representative for […]