US and The Balkans

Croatia WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Kolinda Celebrates World Cup Victory in Russia; PM Plenkovic Off to Russia for World Cup Semi-Final; US Defense Secretary Mattis to Visit Croatia

Croatia WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Kolinda Celebrates World Cup Victory in Russia; PM Plenkovic Off to Russia for World Cup Semi-Final; US Defense Secretary Mattis to Visit Croatia

“CROATIAN president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic joined the players in the dressing room to party after they booked a World Cup semi-final date with England. Grabar-Kitarovic had watched Croatia’s penalty shoot-out victory over Russia in the VIP seats alongside Fida head Gianni Infantino and Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev. The 50-year-old was animated […]

Kosovo WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Kosovo Prepares Report on Dialogue with Serbia; Slain Kosovo Serb Politician to Have Street Named After Him; Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations Travels to Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, and Macedonia

Kosovo WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Kosovo Prepares Report on Dialogue with Serbia; Slain Kosovo Serb Politician to Have Street Named After Him; Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations Travels to Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, and Macedonia

“Kosovo Prime Minister, Ramush Haradinaj, in a press conference on Friday said the Government has proceeded to the Assembly a report on the results of the dialogue with Serbia. He said the report represents factual situation, noting that Kosovo’s priority is implementation of the Agreement on energy, reached […]

Trump Nominates US Chargé d’Affaires in Turkey for Ambassador to KosovoUS Embassy Kosovo

Trump Nominates US Chargé d’Affaires in Turkey for Ambassador to Kosovo

“Philip S. Kosnett, the current Chargé d’Affaires ad interim at the United States Embassy in Ankara, has been nominated by U.S. President Donald Trump for ambassador to the Republic of Kosovo, according to a readout published late Thursday. ‘Over the course of his Foreign Service career, he served […]

US Vice President Mike Pence Spoke to MacedonianPrime Minister Zoran ZaevPhoto: Alkis Konstantinidis / Reuters

US Vice President Mike Pence Spoke to MacedonianPrime Minister Zoran Zaev

“Vice President Mike Pence spoke with Prime Minister Zoran Zaev of the Republic of Macedonia to congratulate him on the historic agreement with Greece to resolve the long-standing name issue between the two countries. He welcomed the positive decision by the European Council on a path to open […]

Senator Wicker (R-MS): Bosnia can’t go on like thisPhoto: N1

Senator Wicker (R-MS): Bosnia can’t go on like this

“Bosnia’s citizens are not as divided as their political leaders portray them to be, and any attempt to weaken the state or the rule of law in the country leads to instability in the region, US Senator Roger Wicker said after meeting with the members of Bosnia’s tripartite […]

United Macedonian Diaspora Begins Birthright Trip to MacedoniaPhoto: United Macedonian Diaspora

United Macedonian Diaspora Begins Birthright Trip to Macedonia

“Two Americans, one Australian, and two Canadians – five students of proud Macedonian heritage – are spending three incredible weeks in our homeland, Macedonia, through the fourth annual Birthright Macedonia program. During their first weekend, they visited the Kale Fortress, the grave of Macedonian independence revolutionary Goce Delchev, the Old Bazaar, […]

President Trump Executive Order and the Balkans

President Trump Executive Order and the Balkans

“Continues the national emergency originally declared on June 26, 2001, by EO 13219 to deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States constituted by the actions of persons engaged in, or assisting, sponsoring, or supporting (i) extremist violence […]

Thaci and Wess Mitchell on Talked on the Phone?Photo: BalkanEU

Thaci and Wess Mitchell on Talked on the Phone?

“President Hashim Thaci and Wess Mitchell, US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs spoke today by phone. The topic of this conversation, according to Thaci, was the final phase of the dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia. Thaci in a Facebook post, President Thaci said he agreed […]

Serbia WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Serbian Anti-Trafficking  Activist Honored by Secretary of State Pompeo in Washington DC; EBRD Gives Loan to Serbia for Home Energy Efficiency;  US House Foreign Affairs Committee Calls on Serbia to Solve Bytyqi Brothers MurderPhoto: Martin Falbisoner

Serbia WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Serbian Anti-Trafficking Activist Honored by Secretary of State Pompeo in Washington DC; EBRD Gives Loan to Serbia for Home Energy Efficiency; US House Foreign Affairs Committee Calls on Serbia to Solve Bytyqi Brothers Murder

“The United States Secretary of State named Ivana Radović a Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Hero.  Ms. Radović is Head of Policy and Learning at ASTRA, one of Serbia’s premier grassroots anti-trafficking NGOs.  The Department of State also upgraded Serbia to Tier Two on its annual TIP Report, a […]