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Balkan Blast 4/21/2021: U.S. President Biden calls for “flexibility and difficult compromise” in Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue. EU Commissioner Várhelyi calls for European Council to move forward with the Western Balkans. Three separate Jasenovac commemorations on Thursday. Dodik starts campaign for “peaceful separation” of BiH.

Balkan Blast 4/21/2021: U.S. President Biden calls for “flexibility and difficult compromise” in Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue. EU Commissioner Várhelyi calls for European Council to move forward with the Western Balkans. Three separate Jasenovac commemorations on Thursday. Dodik starts campaign for “peaceful separation” of BiH.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY BIDEN EMPHASIZES DIALOGUE IN LETTER TO OSMANI: U.S. President Joe Biden wrote a congratulatory letter to Kosovo’s President Vjosa Osmani on Monday. Biden noted the “the Biden family has a personal connection to your country” through his son Beau who […]

Balkan Blast 4/20/2021: The UK and Serbia sign extensive Partnership, Trade and Cooperation Agreement. Serbia’s inter-party dialogue kicks off online. PM Edi Rama says April 25 elections are test of Albania’s character.

Balkan Blast 4/20/2021: The UK and Serbia sign extensive Partnership, Trade and Cooperation Agreement. Serbia’s inter-party dialogue kicks off online. PM Edi Rama says April 25 elections are test of Albania’s character.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY UK + SERBIA: The UK and Serbia signed a Partnership, Trade and Cooperation Agreement to secure “continued preferential trade access between the UK and Serbia with significant savings for business to support jobs and the wider economy.” The Agreement was […]

Balkan Blast 4/19/2021: EU FMs postpone debate on W. Balkans after alleged Slovenian non-paper calling for border changes. Montenegro’s FM Radulović speaks with EUSR Lajčák. Iranian and Serbian FMs meet in Tehran. Serbia looks set to change Constitution.

Balkan Blast 4/19/2021: EU FMs postpone debate on W. Balkans after alleged Slovenian non-paper calling for border changes. Montenegro’s FM Radulović speaks with EUSR Lajčák. Iranian and Serbian FMs meet in Tehran. Serbia looks set to change Constitution.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY EU POSTPONES DEBATE ON WB: A debate of the EU Foreign Ministers about the Western Balkans scheduled for today has been postponed until May. An unnamed senior EU official said the meeting should take place in person. The official […]

Balkan Blast 4/16/2021: Slovenia’s non-paper bombshell shocks the Western Balkans. Vučić meets QUINT, EU representatives. Rama’s offer for grand coalition shut down.

Balkan Blast 4/16/2021: Slovenia’s non-paper bombshell shocks the Western Balkans. Vučić meets QUINT, EU representatives. Rama’s offer for grand coalition shut down.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY SLOVENIA’S NON-PAPER BOMBSHELL: Slovenian news outlet necenzurirano leaked the alleged Slovenian non-paper that would redraw the borders in the Western Balkans along ethnic lines. According to the document, it aims to tackle the “unresolved national issues of Serbs, Albanians […]

Balkan Blast 4/15/21: EUSR Lajčák and State Dept.’s Reeker discuss Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue. Croatian FM visits BiH, supports for its territorial integrity. BiH’s Dodik calls for “peaceful separation” of BiH. AFET adopts 2019-2020 report on Montenegro.Photo: Jessica S. Hitchcock/Twitter

Balkan Blast 4/15/21: EUSR Lajčák and State Dept.’s Reeker discuss Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue. Croatian FM visits BiH, supports for its territorial integrity. BiH’s Dodik calls for “peaceful separation” of BiH. AFET adopts 2019-2020 report on Montenegro.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY LAJČÁK + REEKER: EUSR for the Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue Miroslav Lajčák yesterday met with Acting Assisting Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Phil Reeker. The interlocutors discussed coordinating U.S.-EU cooperation on the Dialogue and in the region. EUSR […]

Balkan Blast 4/14/2021: Kosovo discussed at the UN Security Council. Várhelyi calls for Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue to continue as soon as possible. Croatia to block Serbia’s EU path? Bosnia fails to inscribe genocide denial in Criminal Code.Photo: impakter.com

Balkan Blast 4/14/2021: Kosovo discussed at the UN Security Council. Várhelyi calls for Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue to continue as soon as possible. Croatia to block Serbia’s EU path? Bosnia fails to inscribe genocide denial in Criminal Code.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY KOSOVO DISCUSSED AT THE UNSC: The United Nations Security Council held its six-month briefing on the situation in Kosovo. Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) Zahir Tanin presented his latest report. To kick off […]

Balkan Blast 4/13/2021: EU refuses to pay Montenegro’s $1bn debt to China. USAID allocates $22m to Serbia. Slovenian President Pahor asks about “peaceful dissolution” of BiH on trip to Sarajevo. EUSR Lajčák remains confident on Kosovo-Serbia deal.Photo: The Srpska Times

Balkan Blast 4/13/2021: EU refuses to pay Montenegro’s $1bn debt to China. USAID allocates $22m to Serbia. Slovenian President Pahor asks about “peaceful dissolution” of BiH on trip to Sarajevo. EUSR Lajčák remains confident on Kosovo-Serbia deal.

We would like to wish all Muslims across the U.S., Balkans, and world a Happy Ramadan! WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY USAID’S ALLOCATES $22M TO SERBIA:  Serbia’s Minister of European Integration Jadranka Jokšimović and Director of the Office of Democratic and Economic Development at USAID […]

4/9/2021: U.S. Secretary of State Blinken writes to Kosovo PM Albin Kurti. Montenegrin minister claims he didn’t deny the Srebrenica Genocide. Sarajevo has a new mayor – Benjamina Karić. Montenegrin PM aims to visit Israel.

4/9/2021: U.S. Secretary of State Blinken writes to Kosovo PM Albin Kurti. Montenegrin minister claims he didn’t deny the Srebrenica Genocide. Sarajevo has a new mayor – Benjamina Karić. Montenegrin PM aims to visit Israel.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY BLINKEN WRITES TO KURTI: U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken sent a letter of congratulations to Kosovo PM Albin Kurti for forming a government and spoke about U.S. expectations moving forward. Secretary Blinken underscored the U.S. looks “forward to […]

Balkan Blast 4/8/2021: U.S., OSCE, and EU Ambs to BiH meet urge change in electoral law. Germany, Portugal, and Slovenia’s Defense Ministers meet to discuss the Strategic Compass process, EU-NATO cooperation, military mobility, and Mozambique. Croatia’s Interior Ministry denies sexual abuse allegations against Croatian Police.Photo: HARP

Balkan Blast 4/8/2021: U.S., OSCE, and EU Ambs to BiH meet urge change in electoral law. Germany, Portugal, and Slovenia’s Defense Ministers meet to discuss the Strategic Compass process, EU-NATO cooperation, military mobility, and Mozambique. Croatia’s Interior Ministry denies sexual abuse allegations against Croatian Police.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY DIPLOMATS CORNER: Albania – DAS Matthew Palmer’s “virtual visit” to Albania included meeting with Champions of Justice Reform from state institutions, independent justice institutions, media, civil society, and academia. He “reinforced U.S. support for the implementation of justice reform and its […]

Balkan Blast 4/7/2021: DAS Palmer has a “virtual visit” to Albania ahead of elections. Montenegrin Serbs rally for Srebrenica denier. Slovenia’s PM Janša out? Vučić gets Sinopharm vaccine from “Chinese brothers.”

Balkan Blast 4/7/2021: DAS Palmer has a “virtual visit” to Albania ahead of elections. Montenegrin Serbs rally for Srebrenica denier. Slovenia’s PM Janša out? Vučić gets Sinopharm vaccine from “Chinese brothers.”

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY PALMER’S VIRTUAL VISIT TO ALBANIA: U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and Special Representative to the Western Balkans Matthew Palmer went on a “virtual visit” to Albania today. He spoke with President Ilir Meta, PM Edi Rama, and Democratic […]