WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY

  • Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic:  “I am surprised by (USAmbassador to Serbia) Scott’s statement. Hang on, man. They say, don’t shift the blame. Say what we are guilty of?,”
  • Montenegro and Israel plan to increase security provisions.
  • New elections in Serbia could be on June 23 or 30, 2019 or regular elections on May 3, 2020. 
  • N1: “Croatian Foreign and European Affairs Minister Marija Pejcinovic Buric has been short-listed for the position of secretary-general of the Council of Europe, the CoE said on Wednesday.”
  • Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic won’t accept “ultimatums and blackmail.”
  • The European Parliament discussed Kosovo visa liberalization on Wednesday. 
  • The England vs. Montenegro soccer match has brought racism in soccer to a forefront after the England vs. Montenegro match.
  • “British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday urged soccer authorities to take strong action against Montenegro after England players faced a torrent of racial abuse during a European Championship qualifying match.”
  • The Deputy Greek Foreign Minister says that the name North Macedonia will be used in books.
  • EU Official Johannes Hahn is in Bosnia and Herzegovina today. 

BEYOND THE POLITICS

  • Saudi low cost airline, Flynas, announced summer direct flights to Sarajevo. Flights will be from Riyadh starting in June. 
  • Swiss Info has a guide for young people from the Balkans that live there!