“Minister of European Integration Dhurata Hoxha said that Kosovo will apply for candidate status to the European Union in order to obtain candidate status in 2020. Although it seems ambitious, with a strong will and national consensus could turn Kosovo into a potential candidate for EU integration, according to her. ‘The government plans and objectives of European integration are and have been made very clear that we hope to apply for candidate status by the end of 2018 and to obtain candidate status by 202. However, although it is ambitious, I think that if we all have the same political will, commitment from ministries, institutions, our population, our small country can turn into a potential (candidate)'” (translated from Lajmi)

“A Kosovo court says a Turkish man will be held under arrest for up to 40 days as authorities decide whether he should be extradited to Ankara to face charges of belonging to a terror group. A statement Saturday said the court will decide whether U.T. should be extradited to Turkey, which has issued an international arrest warrant for him. Kosovo’s KTV private television station reports that Ugur Tuksoy, who was working for a non-governmental foundation in Kosovo, was arrested Friday in Prizren, western Kosovo, after Turkey accused him of participating in a failed 2016 coup attempt there.” (Washington Post)

“Vice President of the Self-Determination Movement, Dardan Sejdiu, said that the first debate between Shpend Ahmeti and Arban Abrashi has been scheduled for tomorrow, but the latter has canceled his participation.” Arbrashi, the former Minister of Labor and Justice, faces off with Shepnd Ahmeti to become Mayor of Pristina. Abrashi defended himself and said he awaits Ahmeti five days a week to debate. (translated from telegrafi)

“Led by NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller, the North Atlantic Council (NAC) is visiting KFOR on Friday (27 October 2017). The visit of NATO’s top decision-making body is a sign of NATO’s commitment to peace and stability in Kosovo and throughout the Western Balkans. NATO Ambassadors, joined by representatives of the non-NATO KFOR contributing nations and the European Union, will hold meetings with the Commander of KFOR, Major General Giovanni Fungo, the director of the NATO Advisory and Liaison Team Brigadier General Ralf Hoffmann, and with the other international organisations present in Kosovo (the United Nations, the EU and the OSCE).” (RTK Live)

“Leader of the Serbian List Party Goran Rakic said the party would not support the formation of the Army of Kosovo while he was in charge, he told Blic.” (translated from KosSev)