WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY

  • Radovan Karadzic‘s appeal in the Hague will be today at 2 p.m. local time (9:00 a.m. EST). Representatives of the Mothers of Srebrenica Association will be in attendance.
  • Bosnian Serb Member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina Milorad Dodik says Republika Srpska does not trust the Hague. He commented on Karadzic: “Did Karadzic make a decision on having civilians attacked somewhere – he did not.”
  • Bosnian news outlet Zurnal has posted an interview with one of the men allegedly involved in the weapons smuggling plot that Croatian intelligence is allegedly a part of to make Bosnia and Herzegovina appear to be a a hotbed for Islamic extremism. N1 posted a summary of the interview in English here.
  • The Members of the Bosnian Presidency are giving the Ministry of Security three days to produce comprehensive information on the affair.
  • Croatia’s Jews, Serbs, and Roma are set to snub the Croatian state commemoration for the Jasenovac extermination camp for the fourth straight year citing a lack of change in Croatia’s approach to historical revisionism.
  • The15th meeting of the Stabilization and Association Council between the Republic of North Macedonia and the European Union (SA Council) was held on Tuesday with Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov, Defense Minister Radmila Sekerinska, and Deputy Prime Minister Bujar Osmani in attendance.
  • NATO HQ: “Following a meeting with Prime Minister Zoran Zaev on Tuesday (19 March 2019), the NATO Secretary General (Jens Stoltenberg) said that the signature of the Accession Protocol for the Republic of North Macedonia in February was a historic moment for the country and for NATO. ‘Your leadership helped make this happen,’ he said. ‘By working with Athens you have shown what courage, commitment and diplomacy can achieve.’
  • The European Union’s Federica Mogherini is aiming for a June start for North Macedonia to begin accession talks.
  • Johannes Hahn notes that North Macedonia needs reform: “Now reform efforts must continue especially in the areas of judiciary, fight against corruption and organised crime and public administration.”
  • Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will be in North Macedonia on April 2 for an official visit. 
  • BREXIT: Slovenia’s Foreign Minister Miro Cerar is in favor of postponing Brexit until May 23 the latest.
  • Belgrade has annulled sentences five protesters for their role inside the Radio Television Serbia building. They were released pending a retrial. 
  • According to Gazeta Express, Kosovo Minister for European Integration Dhurata Hoxha says that a decision on visa liberalization will happen after European elections.
  • Bosnian Minister of Civil Affairs Adil Osmanovic met with Chinese Ambassador Ji Ping to discuss increasing cooperation in the fields of culture, science, and health. 
  • A draft law on higher education includes the University of North Mitrovica as a Kosovan institution. The university is currently under the Serbian curriculum and its diploma is not recognized in Kosovo.
  • Kosovo is suffering from the highest unemployment rate in the Western Balkans at 29%.

BEYOND THE POLITICS

  • Kosovo 2.0: “Stuck on a bus” takes a dive into how bus companies in Kosovo are not using the newly finished state highways, but if they did, it would leave many citizens not from cities stuck in villages.
  • Game of Thrones: CNET takes a look at the Google Street View of some of the most well-known locations of the hit TV series Game of Thrones which is filmed in Dubrovnik, Croatia.