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Balkan Blast 11/19/2020: Trump names Air Force pilot shot down over BiH Assistant Sec. of Defense. State Department weighs in on N. Macedonia’s opening of EU accession talks. Battle of Vukovar commemorated across Croatia.Photo: Time Out

Balkan Blast 11/19/2020: Trump names Air Force pilot shot down over BiH Assistant Sec. of Defense. State Department weighs in on N. Macedonia’s opening of EU accession talks. Battle of Vukovar commemorated across Croatia.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY TRUMP NOMINATES F-16 PILOT SHOT DOWN IN BOSNIA: Outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump has nominated Scott O’Grady for the post of Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs at the Pentagon. O’Grady, an Air Force pilot with extensive […]

Balkan Blast 11/18/2020: Bulgaria officially blocks N. Macedonia on its EU path. BiH local and municipal elections become more clear. Kosovo’s Osmani optimistic for a Joe Biden Presidency. Mass grave of suspected Kosovar Albanians found in Serbia.Twitter/Jens Stoltenberg

Balkan Blast 11/18/2020: Bulgaria officially blocks N. Macedonia on its EU path. BiH local and municipal elections become more clear. Kosovo’s Osmani optimistic for a Joe Biden Presidency. Mass grave of suspected Kosovar Albanians found in Serbia.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY ICMYI: Dr. Dženeta Karabegović writes for Balkan Insider, “Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Reset in the Local Elections“: “While the whole world was focused on the U.S. election results earlier this month, campaigning for local elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina was […]

(Opinion) Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Reset in the Local Elections

(Opinion) Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Reset in the Local Elections

Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Reset in the Local Elections by Dr. Dženeta Karabegović While the whole world was focused on the U.S. election results earlier this month, campaigning for local elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina was well underway. Despite the ongoing pandemic and epidemiological measures which limited events, campaigns […]

Balkan Blast 11/16/2020: Results of local elections in BiH. Bulgaria set to block N. Macedonia from opening EU accession talks. Acting Kosovo President hopes to rebalance Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue. Krivokapic expects ministers to form own teams in Montenegro.Photo: Jessica S. Hitchcock/Twitter

Balkan Blast 11/16/2020: Results of local elections in BiH. Bulgaria set to block N. Macedonia from opening EU accession talks. Acting Kosovo President hopes to rebalance Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue. Krivokapic expects ministers to form own teams in Montenegro.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY   OSMANI ON THE DIALOGUE: “Kosovo’s acting president accused the European Union on Friday of not treating Kosovo on ‘an equal footing’ with neighboring Serbia in the negotiations to normalize ties between the former war foes. “Vjosa Osmani, the […]

Balkan Blast 11/13/2020: Kosovo’s leaders respond to Vucic comparing Kosovo to Nagorno-Karabakh. Italian Amb., KFOR successfully mediate between Decani Monastery and the Decan/i Municipality over roads. Serbia to join the Eurasian Economic Union by end of year.Photo: Ardian Lumi

Balkan Blast 11/13/2020: Kosovo’s leaders respond to Vucic comparing Kosovo to Nagorno-Karabakh. Italian Amb., KFOR successfully mediate between Decani Monastery and the Decan/i Municipality over roads. Serbia to join the Eurasian Economic Union by end of year.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY VUCIC THREATENS DIALOGUE: Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic warned that a Nagorno-Karabakh situation could engulf Kosovo if an agreement through the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue is not reached. This comes on the heels of Kosovo’s Speaker of Parliament and Acting President Vjosa […]

Balkan Blast 11/12/2020: Joe Biden and Boris Johnson discuss W. Balkans on phone call. EU calls on Pristina to continue Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue. Bulgaria and N. Macedonia continue intense negotiations.

Balkan Blast 11/12/2020: Joe Biden and Boris Johnson discuss W. Balkans on phone call. EU calls on Pristina to continue Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue. Bulgaria and N. Macedonia continue intense negotiations.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY BIDEN AND BORIS DISCUSS REGION: U.S. President-elect Joe Biden spoke on the phone with PM of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson on Tuesday. Among the topics discussed included, “strengthening democracy and working on issues such as the Western Balkans […]

Balkan Blast 11/11/2020: Western Balkan leaders sign declaration on regional common market at virtual Berlin Process meeting. Kosovo’s Osmani calls for end to Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue. Russian Railways opens a training center in Belgrade.

Balkan Blast 11/11/2020: Western Balkan leaders sign declaration on regional common market at virtual Berlin Process meeting. Kosovo’s Osmani calls for end to Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue. Russian Railways opens a training center in Belgrade.

HAPPY VETERANS DAY and a big THANK YOU to all of those who have served in the United States Armed Forces! WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY BERLIN PROCESS: Leaders of the Western Balkan 6 – Albania, BiH, Kosovo, Montenegro, N. Macedonia, and Serbia gathered […]

Balkan Blast 11/10/2020: How Balkan leaders reacted with media calling U.S. election for Joe Biden. KLA leaders plead not guilty to war crimes in The Hague. Bulgaria, N. Macedonia near solution to solve historical disputes?Photo: Sasa Stojanovic

Balkan Blast 11/10/2020: How Balkan leaders reacted with media calling U.S. election for Joe Biden. KLA leaders plead not guilty to war crimes in The Hague. Bulgaria, N. Macedonia near solution to solve historical disputes?

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY MEDIA OUTLETS CALL ELECTION FOR BIDEN: U.S. media news outlets on Saturday called the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election for former VP Joe Biden. Leaders in the Balkans took to social media to congratulate Biden and his running mate, Senator Kamala Harris, including […]

Balkan Blast 11/6/2020: Thaci, Veseli, Selimi charged with war crimes, Thaci resigns. Slovenian PM Jansa falsely states Trump wins election. Dzaferovic on visit to Pakistan, denounces Islamophobia. Krivokapic reveals nominations for ministerial posts.

Balkan Blast 11/6/2020: Thaci, Veseli, Selimi charged with war crimes, Thaci resigns. Slovenian PM Jansa falsely states Trump wins election. Dzaferovic on visit to Pakistan, denounces Islamophobia. Krivokapic reveals nominations for ministerial posts.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY THACI CHARGED WITH WAR CRIMES, RESIGNS: Kosovo President Hashim Thaci has resigned from his post after the Kosovo Specialist Chambers confirmed charges of war crimes. Speaker of Parliament Vjosa Osmani will take as acting president until a new president is […]