“Kosovo accused Serbia of undermining a European Union-sponsored dialogue between the two countries by refusing to withdraw an international arrest warrant for Kosovo’s prime minister. Tensions between the states heightened early this year after Ramush Haradinaj, a former Kosovar guerilla leader who in September took over as prime minister, was arrested in France on an arrest warrant issued by Serbia. He was released after a French court rejected Belgrade’s extradition request. Western officials based in Kosovo’s capital of Pristina, as well as local security officials, fear Haradinaj could be arrested if he travels abroad for official visits if the arrest warrant is not withdrawn. A visit to Brussels next week, Haradinaj’s second trip to a foreign country since he took over two months ago, will be the next test.” (Retuers)

“Ramush Haradinaj’s government has decided to allocate budgetary funds amounting to 220,000 euros ($256,646) to help families of convicted Kosovo nationals who were found guilty of terrorist action in Kumanovo in 2015. Members of the Kumanovo Group were convicted by a court in Macedonia for several crimes, including violation of constitutional order, terrorism, and being a part of a terrorist organization, while the award means their families are considered incurable. Ironically, a month before the events of 2015, the Kosovo Parliament passed the “Law on the Prohibition of Joining Armed Conflicts Outside State Territory,” says Flaka Surroj, head of the media group Koha, for lajmi.net portal.” (translated from Sitel)

Kosovo institutions have less than two months remaining to ratify the agreement on the demarcation of the border with Montenegro, and whether they intend to move forward with the visa liberalization process. The message has been sent to Kosovo institutions by the European Union, as well as the US Deputy Assistant of state, Hoyt Brian Yee, who spent a few days in Pristna. Dhurata Hoxha, the Minister of European Integration, has talked about the urgency of concluding the demarcation issue, which was agreed upon long ago in Brussels. She acknowledged that EU officials are concerned that this matter should be closed without new delays.” (translated from Lajmi)

“The International Monetary Fund will revise up its 2017 growth forecast for Kosovo, but still considers its economic model unsustainable, IMF resident representative Ruud Vermeulen told Reuters on Friday. Kosovo, one of the poorest countries in Europe, has seen average annual economic growth of 3.4 percent over the past decade, but widespread corruption, organised crime and political tensions have deterred foreign investors.’Growth is high, but relies on an unsustainable model, driven by consumption and investments in non-tradable sectors financed primarily by remittances, with high unemployment and low activity as a result.’ Remittances from some 800,000 Kosovars who live abroad account for about 13 percent of national output. The IMF in July failed to complete a final review of a 184 million euro loan deal with Kosovo, freezing remaining funds worth some 15 million euros.” (Reuters)