US and The Balkans

Balkan Blast 6/9/2021: US President Biden signs executive order to expand sanctions on Western Balkans corrupt actors. Ratko Mladić life sentence upheld at UN court. German FM Heiko Maas calls for greater freedom of movement in Berlin Process virtual meeting.

Balkan Blast 6/9/2021: US President Biden signs executive order to expand sanctions on Western Balkans corrupt actors. Ratko Mladić life sentence upheld at UN court. German FM Heiko Maas calls for greater freedom of movement in Berlin Process virtual meeting.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY BIDEN AIMS TO TACKLE CORRUPTION, DESTABILIZATION: US President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Blocking Property And Suspending Entry Into The United States Of Certain Persons Contributing To The Destabilizing Situation In The Western Balkans. He expanded the […]

Balkan Blast 6/4/2021 US DAS Palmer, EUSR Miroslav Lajčák meet Vučić; Palmer meets Serbia’s other top officials. SDA and HDZ BiH leaders discuss electoral reform in Bosnia. Slovenia reveals EU Presidency program. MEPs to look at Chinese surveillance system in Belgrade.

Balkan Blast 6/4/2021 US DAS Palmer, EUSR Miroslav Lajčák meet Vučić; Palmer meets Serbia’s other top officials. SDA and HDZ BiH leaders discuss electoral reform in Bosnia. Slovenia reveals EU Presidency program. MEPs to look at Chinese surveillance system in Belgrade.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY DAS PALMER IN BELGRADE, LAJČÁK MEETS VUČIĆ: US DAS and Special Representative to the Western Balkans Matthew Palmer yesterday met with Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vučić, PM Ana Brnabić, and FM Nikola Selaković. EUSR Lajčák began the day meeting with […]

Balkan Blast 6/1/2021 US DAS Palmer, EUSR Lajčák meet top officials on trip to Kosovo. Spain to open liaison office in Pristina. New Mayors in Croatia’s four biggest cities. Serbia’s Parliament Speaker at State Duma in Moscow, no sanctions against Russia.

Balkan Blast 6/1/2021 US DAS Palmer, EUSR Lajčák meet top officials on trip to Kosovo. Spain to open liaison office in Pristina. New Mayors in Croatia’s four biggest cities. Serbia’s Parliament Speaker at State Duma in Moscow, no sanctions against Russia.

Welcome back to the Balkan Blast. We hope all of our subscribers had a safe Memorial Day. We would like to remember all of the military personnel who gave the ultimate sacrifice serving the United States. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY DAS PALMER, LAJČÁK […]

Balkan Blast 4/30/2021: Kosovo’s Kurti, EU’s Borrell aim for June date to restart Dialogue. Slovenian PM Janša meets France’s Macron in Paris. Russian Embassy in BiH responds to State Dept.’s Matthew Palmer.Photo: Reddit

Balkan Blast 4/30/2021: Kosovo’s Kurti, EU’s Borrell aim for June date to restart Dialogue. Slovenian PM Janša meets France’s Macron in Paris. Russian Embassy in BiH responds to State Dept.’s Matthew Palmer.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY KURTI’S DAY 2 IN BRUSSELS: Kosovo PM Albin Kurti on his final day in Brussels met with EU High Representative Josep Borrell, President of the European Commission Ursala von der Leyen, Enlargement Commissioner Olivér Várhelyi, and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. […]

Balkan Blast 4/29/2021: N. Macedonia’s Pendarovski meets NATO’s Stoltenberg. Kurti starts meetings in Brussels, says no new meeting on Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue. State Dept.’s Chollet, Palmer comment on situation in BiH. Serbia’s Vučić denies non paper written in Belgrade.Photo: Ardian Lumi

Balkan Blast 4/29/2021: N. Macedonia’s Pendarovski meets NATO’s Stoltenberg. Kurti starts meetings in Brussels, says no new meeting on Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue. State Dept.’s Chollet, Palmer comment on situation in BiH. Serbia’s Vučić denies non paper written in Belgrade.

Join your fellow Balkan Insider readers, on Thursday, April 29th at 12:00PM EST/6:00PM CET, for a webinar with the former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Croatia, W. Robert Kohorst. The former ambassador will share his highlights from his three plus years based in Zagreb on key geo-political […]

Balkan Blast 4/28/2021: Albania’s Socialists led by PM Edi Rama wins parliamentary elections. U.S. returns to pre-Trump policy on the Western Balkans. Germany, France deny non paper on Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue. Pendarovski visits EU officials in Brussels.Photo: Jessica S. Hitchcock/Twitter

Balkan Blast 4/28/2021: Albania’s Socialists led by PM Edi Rama wins parliamentary elections. U.S. returns to pre-Trump policy on the Western Balkans. Germany, France deny non paper on Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue. Pendarovski visits EU officials in Brussels.

Join your fellow Balkan Insider readers, on Thursday, April 29th at 12:00PM EST/6:00PM CET, for a webinar with the former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Croatia, W. Robert Kohorst. The former ambassador will share his highlights from his three plus years based in Zagreb on key geo-political […]

Balkan Blast 4/26/2021: PM Edi Rama’s Socialist Party holding a lead in Albania’s parliamentary elections, Kosovo’s Kurti criticized for voting in Albania. German FM Maas visit to Serbia on Friday. Serbia’s Vučić meets Lajčák in Brussels on Dialogue.Photo: The Srpska Times

Balkan Blast 4/26/2021: PM Edi Rama’s Socialist Party holding a lead in Albania’s parliamentary elections, Kosovo’s Kurti criticized for voting in Albania. German FM Maas visit to Serbia on Friday. Serbia’s Vučić meets Lajčák in Brussels on Dialogue.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY ALBANIAN ELECTION RESULTS: PM Edi Rama is charging towards win his third term as prime minister with the Socialist Party holding a commanding lead from Sunday’s parliamentary elections with 48% of the vote counted at the time of this […]

Balkan Blast 4/23/2021: Local politics overshadow commemorations at Jasenovac. Serbia’s President, PM, and Speaker visit Banja Luka.  Germany’s FM Maas on official visit to Kosovo, Serbia. Slovenia and Poland’s PMs call for an end to Nord Stream 2.

Balkan Blast 4/23/2021: Local politics overshadow commemorations at Jasenovac. Serbia’s President, PM, and Speaker visit Banja Luka. Germany’s FM Maas on official visit to Kosovo, Serbia. Slovenia and Poland’s PMs call for an end to Nord Stream 2.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY SERBIAN DELEGATION VISITS BANJA LUKA: Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić led a delegation to mark the Day of the City of Banja Luka, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Republika Srpska (RS) entity. The delegation included PM Ana Brnabić and […]

Balkan Blast 4/22/2021: Kurti and Vučić head to Brussels next week, to meet separately with EU officials. Tense atmosphere consumes Albania’s elections over the weekend – President accuses PM of running a”kleptocratic regime.” Croatian, Italian, and Slovenian FMs sign declaration on north Adriatic.Photo: Erasmusu.com

Balkan Blast 4/22/2021: Kurti and Vučić head to Brussels next week, to meet separately with EU officials. Tense atmosphere consumes Albania’s elections over the weekend – President accuses PM of running a”kleptocratic regime.” Croatian, Italian, and Slovenian FMs sign declaration on north Adriatic.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY KURTI, VUČIĆ TO SEPARATELY MEET EU OFFICIALS NEXT WEEK: Kosovo PM Albin Kurti and Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić will separately meet EU officials in Brussels next week. Serbia’s Vučić said he expects a “constructive conversation, important and constructive talks […]