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Balkan Blast 4/6/2021: U.S. NSA Jake Sullivan speaks with Croatia’s PM Andrej Plenković on Covid, energy diversification, and VWP. New President of Kosovo Vjosa Osmani lays out vision for future. Montenegro’s PM looks to oust Srebrenica denying minister. Sarajevo marks beginning of nearly four year siege.Photo: Time Out

Balkan Blast 4/6/2021: U.S. NSA Jake Sullivan speaks with Croatia’s PM Andrej Plenković on Covid, energy diversification, and VWP. New President of Kosovo Vjosa Osmani lays out vision for future. Montenegro’s PM looks to oust Srebrenica denying minister. Sarajevo marks beginning of nearly four year siege.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY SULLIVAN + PLENKOVIĆ: U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan spoke with Croatian PM Andrej Plenković yesterday about COVID-19, energy diversification, and the Western Balkans. The White House wrote in a press statement, “Mr. Sullivan expressed the Biden Administration’s appreciation for […]

Balkan Blast 4/5/2021: Kosovo elects Vjosa Osmani as president. Sec. Blinken calls for constitutional change in BiH. Macron urges Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue to continue. Slovenia’s Janša facing impeachment.Photo: Ardian Lumi

Balkan Blast 4/5/2021: Kosovo elects Vjosa Osmani as president. Sec. Blinken calls for constitutional change in BiH. Macron urges Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue to continue. Slovenia’s Janša facing impeachment.

We would like to wish everyone a Happy Easter to those who celebrated the holiday yesterday.  WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY KOSOVO’S NEW PRESIDENT: Vjosa Osmani was elected President of Kosovo after the third round of voting on Sunday with a total of 71 […]

Balkan Blast 4/1/2021: Sen. Cardin weighs in on Srebrenica Genocide denial. Serbia’s Vučić appears on CNN about Covid vaccine distribution. Kosovo FM hopes to reinvigorate diplomatic corps.

Balkan Blast 4/1/2021: Sen. Cardin weighs in on Srebrenica Genocide denial. Serbia’s Vučić appears on CNN about Covid vaccine distribution. Kosovo FM hopes to reinvigorate diplomatic corps.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY SEN. CARDIN WEIGHS IN ON SREBRENICA: U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) told Voice of America that he was “disturbed” about the reports of Montenegro’s Justice Minister Vladimir Leposavić was willing to recognize the Srebrenica Genocide “when it is established unequivocally.” […]

Balkan Blast 3/31/2021: How did the region fare in the State Dept.’s DRL Human Rights Report? Coming soon – Kosovo’s next president? Montenegrin Justice Minister says he’s not a genocide denier. Italian FM in BiH, Czech FM in Serbia.Photo: AP

Balkan Blast 3/31/2021: How did the region fare in the State Dept.’s DRL Human Rights Report? Coming soon – Kosovo’s next president? Montenegrin Justice Minister says he’s not a genocide denier. Italian FM in BiH, Czech FM in Serbia.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY STATE DEPARTMENT DRL REPORT: The U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL) released its 2020 Human Rights Report. Here are “significant human rights issues” outlined in the report for the region. Albania – “problems with […]

Balkan Blast 3/30/2021: Montenegrin gov’t responds to genocide denial. Italian FM visits Montenegro. N. Macedonia’s leaders postpone census five months. Serb List appeals to Kosovo’s Const. Court over number of ministers.

Balkan Blast 3/30/2021: Montenegrin gov’t responds to genocide denial. Italian FM visits Montenegro. N. Macedonia’s leaders postpone census five months. Serb List appeals to Kosovo’s Const. Court over number of ministers.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY MONTENEGRIN GOV’T RESPONDS TO GENOCIDE DENIAL: The Government of Montenegro on Monday said it accepted the Montenegrin Parliament decision in 2019 to accept the European Parliament resolution that condemned the Srebrenica Genocide. This happened after Montenegrin Justice Minister Vladimir Leposavić […]

Balkan Blast 3/29/2021: Serbia’s leaders react to European Parliament report. Slovenia’s PM Janša storms out of virtual meeting on press freedom. Montenegrin minister slammed for Srebrenica Genocide denial.exploringmacedonia.com

Balkan Blast 3/29/2021: Serbia’s leaders react to European Parliament report. Slovenia’s PM Janša storms out of virtual meeting on press freedom. Montenegrin minister slammed for Srebrenica Genocide denial.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY ASSESSING SLOVENIAN MEDIA IN EUROPE: The Democracy, Rule of law and Fundamental rights Monitoring Group (DRFMG) in the European Parliament invited Slovenian PM Janez Janša and Culture Minister Vasko Simoniti to speak on Friday, but the session ended abruptly when Janša attempted […]

Balkan Blast 3/26/2021: European Parliament supports integration of W. Balkans. EUSR Lajčák says leaders in Belgrade and Pristina could meet in coming weeks. China’s Defense Minister on three-day official visit to Serbia. Sarajevans want Bogićević as mayor.Photo: Reddit

Balkan Blast 3/26/2021: European Parliament supports integration of W. Balkans. EUSR Lajčák says leaders in Belgrade and Pristina could meet in coming weeks. China’s Defense Minister on three-day official visit to Serbia. Sarajevans want Bogićević as mayor.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY EU DISCUSSES WESTERN BALKANS: The European Parliament yesterday discussed the enlargement reports of the four Western Balkan countries progress to EU accession. The key takeaway from the discussions are that the European Parliament supports integration, but expects the countries […]

Balkan Blast 3/25/2021: NATO bombing remembered in Kosovo, Serbia. NATO FMs discuss Russia on second day of ministerial. Kosovo PM Kurti details four principles to the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue.Photo: Ardian Lumi

Balkan Blast 3/25/2021: NATO bombing remembered in Kosovo, Serbia. NATO FMs discuss Russia on second day of ministerial. Kosovo PM Kurti details four principles to the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY TWENTY-TWO YEARS SINCE NATO BOMBING COMMENCED: NATO’s bombing campaign against the remnants of Yugoslavia commenced twenty-two years ago yesterday. Kosovo’s Acting President Glauk Konjufca met with NATO Major General Franco Federici yesterday on the occasion. A press statement from the […]

Balkan Blast 3/23/2021: Kosovo elects Kurti 2.0 Government – who’s in his cabinet? NATO FMs are set to meet in Brussels today. Croatian FM presents non-paper on BiH to EU countries. Serbia to lobby against Kosovo in Interpol.Photo: The Srpska Times

Balkan Blast 3/23/2021: Kosovo elects Kurti 2.0 Government – who’s in his cabinet? NATO FMs are set to meet in Brussels today. Croatian FM presents non-paper on BiH to EU countries. Serbia to lobby against Kosovo in Interpol.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY KOSOVO ELECTS NEW GOVERNMENT – WELCOME TO KURI 2: Kosovo yesterday elected the Albin Kurti 2.0 government after new Speaker of Parliament and Acting President Glauk Konjufca called for a government session after starting his new roles. Konjufca will have five […]