WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY

  • Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Eliot Engel (D, NY-16) SAYS: “I am proud to celebrate the 11th anniversary of independence in Kosova. I will always fight for justice and freedom for the people of Kosova. I am honored to promote the strong friendship between our great nations. Congratulations Kosova!”
  • Politico EU’s Andrew Gray, “On Kosovo: 3 presidents and a prime minister“: “The good news is they got on really badly.That’s about the only thing the presidents of Serbia and Kosovo agreed upon after an acrimonious public debate at the weekend that laid bare how hard it will be for them to seal a peace deal, even two decades after the 1998-1999 war between their nations.Both Kosovo’s Hashim Thaçi and Serbia’s Aleksandar Vučić said their bad-tempered exchange was useful because it buried any false hopes that they will reach a quick agreement. Still, they face strong Western pressure to push ahead.”

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