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Balkan Blast 2/23/20201: What’s the future of the DFC office in the Balkans? SNSD slams the Bonn Powers of the High Rep. in BiH. Former head of secret police in N. Macedonia disappears.Photo: Time Out

Balkan Blast 2/23/20201: What’s the future of the DFC office in the Balkans? SNSD slams the Bonn Powers of the High Rep. in BiH. Former head of secret police in N. Macedonia disappears.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY WHAT’S THE FUTURE OF THE DFC IN THE BALKANS?: “The U.S. development bank has said it remains committed to supporting private investment in the Balkans amid talk that officials have discussed closing its Serbian office. “David Marchick, chief operating […]

Balkan Blast 2/22/2021: Morale at U.S. Embassy in Kosovo, many others down over lack of Covid vaccines. Albanian FM speaks to State Dept.’s Reeker. NATO & N. Macedonia beef up cyber security. Results of elections in Srebrenica, Doboj.

Balkan Blast 2/22/2021: Morale at U.S. Embassy in Kosovo, many others down over lack of Covid vaccines. Albanian FM speaks to State Dept.’s Reeker. NATO & N. Macedonia beef up cyber security. Results of elections in Srebrenica, Doboj.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY MORALE DOWN AT U.S. EMBASSY IN KOSOVO: Nahal Toosi of Politico obtained a cable from Ambassador Philip Kosnett to the U.S. State Department. The cable reportedly says that morale at the U.S. Embassy in Kosovo is “near breaking point” due to […]

Balkan Blast 2/19/2021: Fmr. Amb. to Slovenia to run for Senate. Home Affairs Commissioner visits Lipa Camp, urges burden sharing. Serbian Amb. meets Rep. Mrvan. Corruption with EU funds in Montenegro arises.Photo: Reddit

Balkan Blast 2/19/2021: Fmr. Amb. to Slovenia to run for Senate. Home Affairs Commissioner visits Lipa Camp, urges burden sharing. Serbian Amb. meets Rep. Mrvan. Corruption with EU funds in Montenegro arises.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY FORMER U.S. AMB. IN SLOVENIA TO RUN FOR SENATE: Former U.S. Ambassador in Slovenia Lynda Blanchard announced she will be running for the Republican primary nomination in 2022 to fill Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby’s seat. Blanchard describes herself as […]

Balkan Blast 2/18/2021: Serbia ramps up Covid diplomacy – Bosnian Serbs go to Serbia for vaccination, delivers doses to Montenegro. EUSR Lajčák says EU confident in Kosovo-Serbia Deal. Weapons stolen from BiH military facility.Photo: The Srpska Times

Balkan Blast 2/18/2021: Serbia ramps up Covid diplomacy – Bosnian Serbs go to Serbia for vaccination, delivers doses to Montenegro. EUSR Lajčák says EU confident in Kosovo-Serbia Deal. Weapons stolen from BiH military facility.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY COVID CORNER: Croatian Health Minister Vili Beroš announced that Zagreb and Moscow have “agreed cooperation” on procuring the Sputnik V vaccine. But Croatia will not do it without approval from the European Medicines Agency. Montenegro received 2,000 Sputnik V […]

Balkan Blast 2/17/2021: Vetëvendosje’s Kurti sets priorities. DAS Palmer discusses NATO, EU, and Mostar with Izetbegović. Croatia takes big step towards the visa waiver program. Kosovo celebrates independence day.Photo: Ardian Lumi

Balkan Blast 2/17/2021: Vetëvendosje’s Kurti sets priorities. DAS Palmer discusses NATO, EU, and Mostar with Izetbegović. Croatia takes big step towards the visa waiver program. Kosovo celebrates independence day.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY DAS PALMER + IZETBEGOVIC: U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and Special Rep. to the W. Balkans Matthew Palmer yesterday spoke with SDA (Bosnia) leader Bakir Izetbegović. They discussed the need to increase efforts in Bosnia on NATO and […]

Balkan Blast 2/16/2021: Kosovars celebrate Vetëvendosje win, Isa Mustafa resigns as LDK leader. Russian DPM Borisov on visit to Belgrade for Serbia’s Statehood Day. HDZ-BiH candidate elected as Mayor of Mostar.Photo: Jessica S. Hitchcock/Twitter

Balkan Blast 2/16/2021: Kosovars celebrate Vetëvendosje win, Isa Mustafa resigns as LDK leader. Russian DPM Borisov on visit to Belgrade for Serbia’s Statehood Day. HDZ-BiH candidate elected as Mayor of Mostar.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY KOSOVO ELECTIONS, WHAT’S NEXT: Donning Albanian flags, Vetëvendosje supporters took to the streets to celebrate the party’s decisive victory in Kosovo’s parliamentary elections on Sunday. With over 99% of the vote counted, Vetëvendosje took 47.85% of the vote, Democratic Party […]

Balkan Blast 2/15/2021: Kurti’s Vetëvendosje dominates Kosovo’s parliamentary elections, Srpska Lista dominates Serb municipalities. Rotating Mayor of Mostar on the table? Russia aims to nix High Rep in BiH. N. Macedonia receives first vaccines from Serbia.Photo: Ardian Lumi

Balkan Blast 2/15/2021: Kurti’s Vetëvendosje dominates Kosovo’s parliamentary elections, Srpska Lista dominates Serb municipalities. Rotating Mayor of Mostar on the table? Russia aims to nix High Rep in BiH. N. Macedonia receives first vaccines from Serbia.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY CONGRESS CALLS FOR ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT: “A bipartisan group of lawmakers has asked the Biden administration to move ahead with a U.S. pledge made under the previous administration to invest $300 million in energy infrastructure projects in Central and […]

Balkan Blast 2/11/2021: Czech PM Babiš visits Covid vaccination center in Serbia. N. Macedonia receives 8,000 Pfizer vaccines from Serbia today. Second motion of no confidence filed against Slovenia’s Jansa. EP publishes draft report on Montenegro.

Balkan Blast 2/11/2021: Czech PM Babiš visits Covid vaccination center in Serbia. N. Macedonia receives 8,000 Pfizer vaccines from Serbia today. Second motion of no confidence filed against Slovenia’s Jansa. EP publishes draft report on Montenegro.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY   CZECH PM BABIŠ VISITS SERBIA: Czech PM Andrej Babiš yesterday visited Serbia on an official visit. He met with President Aleksandar Vučić and PM Ana Brnabić. A key leg of the trip included a visit to the largest vaccination […]

Balkan Blast 2/10/2021: Bosnia’s Džaferović warns of secessionism in BiH during Biden presidency. Serbian FM: Trump, Biden message on Kosovo different. China’s 17+1 Virtual Summit convenes Central-East Europe leaders. Slovak FM visits Montenegro, Bosnia.Photo: The Srpska Times

Balkan Blast 2/10/2021: Bosnia’s Džaferović warns of secessionism in BiH during Biden presidency. Serbian FM: Trump, Biden message on Kosovo different. China’s 17+1 Virtual Summit convenes Central-East Europe leaders. Slovak FM visits Montenegro, Bosnia.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY DŽAFEROVIĆ ON BIDEN ADMINISTRATION: Bosniak Member of the Presidency Šefik Džaferović warned that the Biden Administration could face difficulties with secessionism. He also was highlighted President Joe Biden’s vision for Bosnia and Herzegovina which laid out Biden’s aim for Bosnia during […]