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Balkan Blast 2/9/2021: Slovak FM Ivan Korčok visits N. Macedonia, Serbia – to continue Balkans trip today. Zaev comments on Bulgaria, the EU, and energy in Atlantic Council event. Montenegro aims to join the EU by 2025-2026.exploringmacedonia.com

Balkan Blast 2/9/2021: Slovak FM Ivan Korčok visits N. Macedonia, Serbia – to continue Balkans trip today. Zaev comments on Bulgaria, the EU, and energy in Atlantic Council event. Montenegro aims to join the EU by 2025-2026.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY ZAEV ON BULGARIA, THE EU, AND ENERGY: In a webinar hosted by the Atlantic Council, PM of N. Macedonia Zoran Zaev insisted that “friends should not block each other” and Bulgaria’s position is “anachronistic and contrary to international law” while […]

Balkan Blast 2/8/2020: Biden calls on Serbia to recognize Kosovo. RS to spend $780,000 /year to lobby in US. UK and Albania sign new trade agreement. Montenegro overturns guilty verdict for 2016 coup plotters, asks for a retry.Photo: Ardian Lumi

Balkan Blast 2/8/2020: Biden calls on Serbia to recognize Kosovo. RS to spend $780,000 /year to lobby in US. UK and Albania sign new trade agreement. Montenegro overturns guilty verdict for 2016 coup plotters, asks for a retry.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY BIDEN CALLS ON SERBIA TO RECOGNIZE KOSOVO: U.S. President Joe Biden wrote a letter to Serbian counterpart Aleksandar Vučić congratulating him on Serbia’s national day (February 15) underscoring the 140 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries. President Biden […]

Balkan Blast 2/5/2021: Balkans slump in The Economist’s Global Democracy Index. New poll on Kosovo elections shows Vetëvendosje leading. Dodik questioned by Bosnia’s Prosecutor’s Office over Ukrainian icon scandal.Photo: Time Out

Balkan Blast 2/5/2021: Balkans slump in The Economist’s Global Democracy Index. New poll on Kosovo elections shows Vetëvendosje leading. Dodik questioned by Bosnia’s Prosecutor’s Office over Ukrainian icon scandal.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY U.S. + MNE + DEFENSE: Acting Deputy Commanding General of USAREUR Major General Joseph Jarrad continued his tour of the Balkans with a visit to Montenegro where he met with Minister of Defense Olivera Injac and Acting Deputy Chief of […]

Balkan Blast 2/4/2021: U.S. AMB to Albania meets with leadership to discuss DEFENDERS 21 military exercises. Serbia’s Vučić speaks with Russia’s Putin via telephone. BiH HR Inzko calls on RS gov’t to revoke charters for war criminals.Photo: Jessica S. Hitchcock/Twitter

Balkan Blast 2/4/2021: U.S. AMB to Albania meets with leadership to discuss DEFENDERS 21 military exercises. Serbia’s Vučić speaks with Russia’s Putin via telephone. BiH HR Inzko calls on RS gov’t to revoke charters for war criminals.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY U.S. DIPLOMATS CORNER: Albania – U.S. Ambassador to Albania Yuri Kim and Major General Joseph Jarrard, Deputy Commanding General of USAREUR met with President Ilir Meta, PM Edi Rama, and Defense Minister Niko Peleshi to discuss the planned DEFENDERS 21 […]

Balkan Blast 2/3/2021: Kosovo faces backlash from EU, Arab League for planned embassy in Jerusalem. Croatian FM Grlić-Radman calls for electoral reform in BiH. Serbia’s inter-party dialogue to start in March?exploringmacedonia.com

Balkan Blast 2/3/2021: Kosovo faces backlash from EU, Arab League for planned embassy in Jerusalem. Croatian FM Grlić-Radman calls for electoral reform in BiH. Serbia’s inter-party dialogue to start in March?

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY NATO MINISTERIAL ANNOUNCED: NATO announced meetings of the North Atlantic Council, the political decision-making body of NATO, will take place on February 17-18, 2021. The meetings will be chaired by Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and available to watch on www.nato.int. […]

Balkan Blast 2/20/2021: Israel and Kosovo formally establish diplomatic relations. Serbia’s president in Paris for talks with France’s Macron. Kurz backs Albania, N. Macedonia for opening EU accession talks. Kosovo elections update.

Balkan Blast 2/20/2021: Israel and Kosovo formally establish diplomatic relations. Serbia’s president in Paris for talks with France’s Macron. Kurz backs Albania, N. Macedonia for opening EU accession talks. Kosovo elections update.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY REST IN PEACE: We would like to send our condolences to the family of Croatian MP Miroslav Tudjman who passed away after complications with Covid-19. The 75-year-old is a longtime HDZ MP and son of the first Croatian President Franjo […]

Balkan Blast 1/29/2021: State Dept. releases statement on Biden’s vision for the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue. A look into U.S. diplomacy at work across the Balkans. Serbia’s inter-party dialogue put on hold? Transparency Int’l releasers 2020 Corruption Index.

Balkan Blast 1/29/2021: State Dept. releases statement on Biden’s vision for the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue. A look into U.S. diplomacy at work across the Balkans. Serbia’s inter-party dialogue put on hold? Transparency Int’l releasers 2020 Corruption Index.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY BIDEN ADMIN ON KOSOVO-SERBIA DIALOGUE: RFE/RL reports that it received a statement from a State Department spokesperson on how President Joe Biden would move forward with the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue. The statement said, “As President Biden said: A comprehensive solution […]

Balkan Blast 1/28/2021: Lajcak calls landsawp “extremely dangerous”. Schmidt receives more backing from Schwarz-Schilling.Slovenia places 60 year Eurobond, its largest ever.U.S. Ambassador to Montenegro Judy Rising Reinke

Balkan Blast 1/28/2021: Lajcak calls landsawp “extremely dangerous”. Schmidt receives more backing from Schwarz-Schilling.Slovenia places 60 year Eurobond, its largest ever.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY LAJCAK ON LANDSWAP: EU Special Representative to the Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue Miroslav Lajčák yesterday told French newspaper Le Monde that a land swap would be “extremely dangerous.” He added that “both Serbia and Kosovo know that normalisation is a precondition, […]

(Opinion) The Biden Administration Needs a Point Man for the BalkansPhoto: Ardian Lumi

(Opinion) The Biden Administration Needs a Point Man for the Balkans

The Biden Administration Needs a Point Man for the Balkans by Akri Çipa President Biden and his foreign policy team have a wide array of international challenges to address. The Balkans is not expected to be a high priority on that list. Nevertheless, the opportunity is there for […]

Nice view of the town of Perast, Montenegro and bay

Balkan Blast 1/27/2021: President Biden, Chancellor Merkel discuss W. Balkans in first conversation. N. Macedonia’s Osmani, Dimitrov meet with High Rep. Borrell, EU Special Rep. Lajcak. Kurti, 46 others banned from running in Kosovo elections.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY BIDEN, MERKEL DISCUSS W. BALKANS: U.S. President Joe Biden’s discussed the Western Balkans, among other topics, during his first call with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. According to a White House readout, “He (President Biden) expressed his intention to revitalize […]