WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY
- Bosnia Moves Forward With EU Accession: “The Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) has completed a process of responding to additional 655 questions from the European Commission’s Questionnaire, was confirmed by BiH’s Prime Minister Denis Zvizdic here on Monday.”
- ECJ Nominees: “President Borut Pahor nominated Marko Pavliha and Miro Prek for Slovenia’s two judges posts at the EU Court of Justice in Luxembourg on Friday. Pavliha is an international maritime law expert, while Prek has already served two terms at the court.”
- Montenegrin Foreign Minister Srdjan Darmanovic was in Geneva for a meeting on human rights.
- Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj: “Kosovo does not trade land for recognition. If that is the price, Kosovo has no need for Serbia’s recognition.” But his government are keen on finding missing persons. But on the same day he appointed a Kosovo Serb Minister of Agriculture, Djiana Zviic.
- Never fear, the Germans are here! German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is supporting Kosovo to be a part of Europe.
- The Croatian National Bank Governor Boris Vujcic has called for the Euro to be implemented as soon as possible.
- Serbia are new owners of Russian made MiG-29s.
- PM Andrej Plenkovic visited Karlovac for a weekend rally in the lead up to elections for the European Parliament in May. In total, 12 seats are up for grab and Croatia will hold the EU Presidency starting in January. Plenkovic and his HDZ party are fighting hard against a new party – Zivi Zid (Human Shield). The new Party has its center piece policy as taking Croatia out of NATO and out of the EU.
- Parliament of North Macedonia fails to life immunity for former speaker for role in storming parliament.
- “UN experts call on Croatia to stop violations of women’s reproductive rights“:
“The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights asked Croatia to urgently take action to prevent violation of women’s sexual and reproductive rights, after the local non-governmental organisation Roda reported violations of women’s reproductive rights based on testimonies of numerous women who had painful experiences at Croatia’s hospitals.”
BEYOND THE POLITICS
- ICMY: via Tea Ivanovic in Oslobdjenje: “Zoran Kesić: Balkan politicians swim in a sea of hatred“: The material was familiar to the audience in the First Congregational Unit in downtown Washington D.C. most of who watch his popular late night show “24 minutes with Zoran Kesić”. He didn’t spare Serbian leaders, but he also directed his original and thought-provoking style of humor at politicians from neighboring countries. One of the “songs” he performed at last night’s show was about Bosnia and Herzegovina, with a humorous nod to the country’s complicated post-Dayton political system with complex layers of regional governments and political authority.It was the 42-year-old’s first professional tour in the United States, but also the first time he visited North America. Kesić spent two weeks performing in four cities: Chicago, New York, Boston, and Washington D.C.He is mostly known for his political commentary and satire, and often comments on the Serbian government and its politicians, including skits about President Aleksandar Vučić.”
- The Daily Signal by Nolan Peterson , “You Saved Us’: In an Era of New Threats, Kosovo’s Pro-American Culture Continues“
- N1: UN experts call on Croatia to stop violations of women’s reproductive rights”:”The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights asked Croatia to urgently take action to prevent violation of women’s sexual and reproductive rights, after the local non-governmental organisation Roda reported violations of women’s reproductive rights based on testimonies of numerous women who had painful experiences at Croatia’s hospitals.”
- Don’t expect Starbucks in Croatia.
- Serb mathematicians won five awards! Congrats!