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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY

  • Serkosovobia?: A now updated Fox News report on US President Donald Trump’s overtures to Kosovo and Serbia to come to an agreement had referred to long lasting problems between “Serkosovobia” and Kosovo. The previous version also contended they were a part of the “foreign Yugoslavia.”
  • Russia in Serbia: According to N1, “Russian President Vladimir Putin has awarded his Serbian counterpart Aleksandar Vucic the Order of Aleksandar Nevsky for contributing to the development of relations between the two countries. A decree awarding the decoration was published on the Kremlin’s web site. It said that Vucic was being decorated for ‘personal contributions to the development of comprehensive cooperation with the Russian Federation.'”
  • Incoming: The director-general of the [Israeli] Defense Ministry, Udi Adam, will reportedly travel to Croatia this week, in a bid to resolve tensions over a floundering $500 million arms deal. (Times of Israel)
  • Bosnia on Edge: Davor Dragocevic, father of slain David Dragocevic, has demanded that state institutions resolve his son’s death. 
  • Naming names: BiH Prosecutor calls out Pakistani and Iraqi nationals for smuggling ring. “The accused would take over migrants on their illegal entry into BiH, mostly in the area of Zvornik, Višegrad and Bijeljina, transport them to BiH, accommodate them in hidden locations and smuggle them to the territory of the Republic of Croatia, most often via Bihać, Livno, Ljubuški or Čapljina area.” (Sarajevo Times
  • Macedonia Name Change: Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said, “We will know the final number on the day of the vote. The session is scheduled for January 9, and according to the statements from the opposition regarding their presence, I expect the hearing to last for two to three days. The act of voting will show the outcome of the debate, the adoption of amendments, remarks, etc. Talks with political parties will continue, tomorrow I have a meeting with Bela Kasami from the Besa Movement and I am glad that Albanian parties from the opposition bloc like Besa and the Alliance of Albanians support NATO and EU accession unambiguously,” 
  • Slovenia in US:The American Chamber of Commerce in Slovenia is taking sixteen high-tech members  members to the United States for consultations. They will be in Washington DC and Las Vegas, Nevada. 
  • Christmas in Montenegro: Vijesti writes, “‘The Christmas celebration has a special place and significance in Montenegrin history,’ said Montenegrin President Milo Djukanovic and gave recognition to the organization of the Ceremony Academy on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the event to the Ministry of Defense and the Government. ‘Shortly after the end of the First World War, a group of citizens in Montenegro proclaimed themselves to be the Grand National Assembly and, under the patronage of the Government of Serbia, decided to abolish their own state and dynasty,’ Djukanovic said in a statement.”

BEYOND THE POLITICS

  • Nikola Tesla: The 76th anniversary of Nikola Tesla’s death has been marked both in Zagreb. He has more than 700 patents and is revered for the alternating current. According to Tesla, “The present is theirs; the future, for which I really worked, is mine.”
  • Chinese Money and Serbian Steel: The BBC has released aa World Business Report on the influence of Chinese money on the Serbian steel industry. 
  • American “Snow Queen” dominates in World Cup on the slopes outside Zagreb. 
  • Conutry Codes: Kosovo will switch its international country code to +383 by January 15 according to Telecom Paper
  • Sport: Bosnian soccer star Edin Dzeko made a blind girl’s dream come true when she met the whole AS Roma soccer team. 

UPCOMING EVENTS


WhatUnited Macedonian Diaspora 14th Annual Macedonian Old New Year’s Masquerade Charity Ball   
About

Come Join Us for a Full Evening of Dancing, Intrigue, and Fun

Mingle and Network away the evening celebrating old Macedonian New Year’s

In Support of the United Macedonian Diaspora’s Internship and Scholarship Programs

Open Bar, featuring Macedonian Rakija and WinesDelicious and Rich Macedonian Menu, Complimentary Valet, Raffle, Step & Repeat Photo Opportunity, and Entertainment by DJ Bobby

Dress Code: Black Tie

We Sell Out Every Year!
Date: Saturday, January 12, 2019

Time: 8:00 p.m.

Location:Manor House – Ingleside at Rock Creek, 5121 Broad Branch Rd NW, Washington, DC 20008

Link for Tickets: United Macedonian Diaspora


What: Concert of Croatian-American Panist Frane Rusinović

About: Frane Rusinović is a Croatian American pianist born in Split, Croatia. He started playing piano at the age of 9 and has been pursuing a career as a concert pianist ever since. At the age of 10 he moved to the U.S. with his family, where he studied piano with Anna Ouspenskaya at the Levine School of Music in Washington D.C., completing with a Certificate of Distinction. He continued his study as a student of Boris Slutsky at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. At the age of 18 he moved to Germany to study at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln where he earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in piano performance. There, he studied with Florence Millet and graduated in the class of Jacob Leuschner. Frane has performed at numerous recitals and master classes with renowned world pianists. He took part in and won many local and national piano competitions, performing at Merkin Hall, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. In recent years, he has continued performing all across Europe: Dusseldorf, Hannover, Amsterdam, Berlin, Vienna, Split, and more. Frane continues to reside in Germany and is actively performing as a soloist and with chamber music ensembles, while teaching as a docent at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln.

Date: Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Location: Embassy of Croatia, 2343 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

Link: RSVP via e-mail to RSVP.Washington@mvep.hr


What: Rape as a Weapon of War: A Conversation with Former Kosovo President Atifete Jahjaga

About: Please join the Center for Strategic and International Studies for a Smart Women, Smart Power conversation with Her Excellency Atifete Jahjaga, former President of Kosovo. She will discuss gendered perspectives in decision-making and how rape was used as a tool of war in Kosovo.

Jahjaga was the fourth President of the Republic of Kosovo and the first woman to hold the position. Prior to her election, she served as the Deputy General Director of the Police of Kosovo. Jahjaga had served as a police officer since the establishment of the Kosovo Police in 2000 and rose to the rank of General Lieutenant Colonel.

Date: Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Time: 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Location: 1616 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

Link to Event: CSIS