WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY
- The US Embassy in Sarajevo has called for greater accountability and investigation into corruption allegations in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
- The US Ambassador to Serbia Kyle Scott hosted an event commemorating the WWII Halyard Mission when over 500 US and allied airmen were saved over Serbia.
- Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump nominates current Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy in Moscow Anthony F. Godfrey as the next US Ambassador to Serbia.
- Albanian President Ilir Meta told the OSCE that the June 30th elections are illegal, plunging Albania closer to a major political crisis.
- Kosovo President Hashim Thaci dismisses an adviser of Serbian nationality after media reports claiming he is a Serbian spy.
- Chairman of the Bosnian Presidency Milorad Dodik will travel to Minsk for the 2nd European Games. They kick off on Friday, June 21st. He will join the Presidents of Russia, Georgia, Moldova, Azerbaijan and Serbia.
- Minister of Foreign Affairs of N. Macedonia Nikola Dimitrov says that the EU must show the same courage his country did when it signed the Prespa Agreement. He also said that if a positive decision isn’t reached in October for the start of accession, that N. Macedonia’s European perspective will end.
- Meanwhile, the EU continues to pressure Kosovo to revoke the 100% tariffs on Serbia and Bosnia.
- And Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic says there is no reason to meet the Kosovo delegation in Paris on July 1 if the tariffs remain in place, but is always willing to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
- Huawei’s surveillance technology arrives in Belgrade including 1,000 HD cameras that use facial recognition technology in 800 locations across the Serbian capital.
- Primary school students in Serbia have protested for a second straight day after a math test was leaked online. They are calling for the resignation of the education minister.
- Slovenia sells Abanka to rival Nova KBM, despite the best bid coming from American investment firm Apollo.
- Reuters: “Up to 700 migrants from Asia and the Middle East who had been sleeping rough in the Bosnian town of Bihac have been moved to a camp on the site of a former garbage dump near the Croatian border that has been criticized as inadequate by UN agencies.”
- Return of the Yugo-style cars?: A car restoration company in N. Macedonia has updated some vintage cars with a twist – they’re electric.
BEYOND THE POLITICS
- CEPA Analysis: “Moscow Gains from Albania Turmoil” by Janusz Bugajski
- Kare 11: “From Macedonia to Minnesota, one stray dog’s journey to a caring home: It’s all thanks to one U.S. service member and his wife.“