Archive for the ‘Balkans’ Category

Greece Deports Over 1,400 Migrants To Turkey

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 Comments Off on Greece Deports Over 1,400 Migrants To Turkey

Greece has restarted an agreement to send any refugees who arrive on Greek lands back to Turkey reports North Press. Greece recently re-activated the EU-Turkey statement of Mar, 18, 2016, which provides for the deportation of any illegal migrant or refugee from its lands to Turkey.

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Delays Continue to Dog Bosnian Counter-Terrorism Policy

Saturday, January 23, 2021 Comments Off on Delays Continue to Dog Bosnian Counter-Terrorism Policy

Bosnia lags behind the rest of the Western Balkans in terms of its strategy on countering terrorism, particularly how to handle fighters returning from foreign wars. Trailing its Western Balkan peers, Bosnia has yet to prepare a report on the implementation of its five-year counter-terrorism strategy, which expired in late 2020, nor has it begun […]

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Under Biden, Balkans to Remain Flashpoint in US-Russia Relations

Saturday, January 23, 2021 Comments Off on Under Biden, Balkans to Remain Flashpoint in US-Russia Relations

The United States under Joe Biden must resist turning a blind eye to Russia’s provocations in Kosovo and across in the Balkans in exchange for deals elsewhere.

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Could Turkey-Greece talks yield positive results?

Saturday, January 23, 2021 Comments Off on Could Turkey-Greece talks yield positive results?

Turkey has agreed to resume long-stalled talks with Greece on complex territorial disputes, but its calculus appears focused on short-term gains in its relations with the United States and the European Union.

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Turkish-Greek talks, all talk?

Saturday, January 23, 2021 Comments Off on Turkish-Greek talks, all talk?

Greece and Turkey will hold explanatory talks for the first time in years following the tensions that peaked last year between the regional rivals, although the two parties have yet to agree on the issues to be discussed. Greece and Turkey will sit down for exploratory talks on Jan. 25 in Istanbul for the first […]

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Idlib city | Unknown assailants attack HTS checkpoint, a few days after eliminating an ISIS cell

Monday, January 18, 2021 Comments Off on Idlib city | Unknown assailants attack HTS checkpoint, a few days after eliminating an ISIS cell

Reliable sources have informed thee Syrian Observatory that unknown gunmen attacked, last night, a checkpoint of Hayyaat Tahrir Al-Sham at the southern entrance of Idlib city, on the road to Areha. Clashes erupted between the attackers and HTS members stationed at the checkpoint, then HTS brought in military reinforcement to the area, before the attackers […]

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Greece to purchase advanced jets from France amid tensions with Turkey

Monday, January 18, 2021 Comments Off on Greece to purchase advanced jets from France amid tensions with Turkey

Greek lawmakers have approved a government plan to purchase advanced fighter jets from France in a three-billion-dollar deal that is expected to infuriate Turkey, amid a dispute with Athens over energy resources in the Mediterranean.

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Chief Rabbi: Montenegro is Thankfully Freedom From anti-Semitism

Sunday, January 17, 2021 Comments Off on Chief Rabbi: Montenegro is Thankfully Freedom From anti-Semitism

Hostility to Jews has never been a state ideology in Montenegro, and so has never taken root among citizens, Luciano Mose Prelevic tells BIRN. Montenegro is one of few countries in the world where anti-Semitism does not manifest itself in public at all, the Chief Rabbi of Montenegro and Croatia, Luciano Mose Prelevic, told BIRN, […]

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Bishop with Attitude Threatens to Shake Up Serbian Politics

Sunday, January 17, 2021 Comments Off on Bishop with Attitude Threatens to Shake Up Serbian Politics

Christmas comments by outspoken Serbian Orthodox bishop Grigorije have fuelled talk of a potential political challenge to Serbia’s ruling Progressives. On January 7, when Orthodox Christians mark Christmas, a Serbian Orthodox bishop in Germany gave an interview to Balkan news outlet NewsMax Adria. His remarks, however, were more political than religious.

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Hungary’s Government in Reality Controls More than Half of Leading Media

Sunday, January 17, 2021 Comments Off on Hungary’s Government in Reality Controls More than Half of Leading Media

Research shows Orban’s allies exert control over more than 50 per cent of influential media outlets. And that does not mean the rest belongs to the opposition; rather these outlets operate as independent islands, which also act independently of each other.

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Divide and Rule: The Rise and Rise of a Bosniak Strongman in Serbia

Thursday, January 14, 2021 Comments Off on Divide and Rule: The Rise and Rise of a Bosniak Strongman in Serbia

With an election in June, former Grand Mufti Muamer Zukorlic has landed a powerful blow in the fight for ascendancy in Serbia’s mainly Muslim Sandzak region. Observers, however, say he is being used by the Serbian government.

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Bosnia’s Institutions Must Take Lead in Implementing ECHR Judgements

Thursday, January 14, 2021 Comments Off on Bosnia’s Institutions Must Take Lead in Implementing ECHR Judgements

The latest political pledge to amend Bosnia’s electoral law and constitution in line with rulings by the European Court of Human Rights looks destined to fail. It’s time the institutions of state take the lead, with the help of NGOs, academics and the international community.

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Israel, Greece advance major defense deal

Monday, January 11, 2021 Comments Off on Israel, Greece advance major defense deal

Israel and Greece will soon sign a $1.68 billion agreement for the purchase of Israeli jets and the opening of a military flight school operated by an Israeli company. Israel’s Defense Ministry announced this morning that it is set to sign a $1.68 billion security agreement with Greece effective for 20 years. According to the […]

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Kosovo: Top Politicians Sent to Hague to Face War Charges

Tuesday, January 5, 2021 Comments Off on Kosovo: Top Politicians Sent to Hague to Face War Charges

Kosovo experienced a watershed moment in 2020 when four guerrilla leaders who became political heavyweights in the post-war years, including President Hashim Thaci, were sent to stand trial for wartime and post-war crimes. Adecade after explosive allegations were made against Kosovo Liberation Army fighters in a report by Council of Europe rapporteur Dick Marty, the […]

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Germany’s Push for New High Representative to Bosnia is Worrying

Tuesday, January 5, 2021 Comments Off on Germany’s Push for New High Representative to Bosnia is Worrying

At a time when the West desperately needs to coordinate its policy towards Bosnia, Berlin’s unilateral push to appoint a new international overseer for the country is a troubling development. Berlin wants to replace Bosnia and Herzegovina’s long-serving High Representative Valentin Inzko – responsible for monitoring implementation of the 1995 Dayton Peace Accords – with […]

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In Muslim Region of Serbia, Ottoman-era Mosques Perish

Tuesday, January 5, 2021 Comments Off on In Muslim Region of Serbia, Ottoman-era Mosques Perish

Razed or ‘restored’ with little regard for their original form, Ottoman-era mosques in a mainly Muslim pocket of Serbia face extinction. In mid-December, a group of men, some of them armed, set up a roadblock at a construction site in the southern Serbian town of Novi Pazar, where an Islamic centre was being built by […]

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Migrants on Balkan Route Find Health Care Out of Reach

Saturday, January 2, 2021 Comments Off on Migrants on Balkan Route Find Health Care Out of Reach

Many migrants and refugees on the road to Western Europe have serious health problems – but for those staying outside official camps, especially, accessing proper treatment can be difficult.

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Promised Montenegrin Lustration Law May Prove Mission Impossible

Saturday, January 2, 2021 Comments Off on Promised Montenegrin Lustration Law May Prove Mission Impossible

Can Montenegro succeed where its Balkan peers failed in conducting a fair process of lustration? Not likely, say analysts and experts. Montenegro’s new coalition government is promising a law on lustration to weed out public officials guilty of past human rights violations, but political analysts and legal experts say it faces considerable constitutional and political […]

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Share This Now! How Conspiracy Theories Swamped North Macedonia

Saturday, January 2, 2021 Comments Off on Share This Now! How Conspiracy Theories Swamped North Macedonia

The fight against the spread of fake news is becoming more sophisticated in North Macedonia – but those involved in disseminating misinformation are upping their game as well. The day starts with coffee and unread messages: a few from friends, a few work related, a paid furniture ad, and one with lots of exclamation marks […]

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Ethnic Parties Reassert Grip on Bosnia’s Mostar at Landmark Election

Saturday, January 2, 2021 Comments Off on Ethnic Parties Reassert Grip on Bosnia’s Mostar at Landmark Election

After a 12-year gap caused by an ethnically-driven political dispute, municipal elections were finally held in the divided city of Mostar, but they failed to deliver the expected shift away from the main Bosniak and Croat ethnic parties.

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Albanians Search Anxiously for Youngsters Arrested in Street Protests

Monday, December 21, 2020 Comments Off on Albanians Search Anxiously for Youngsters Arrested in Street Protests

Parents of the youthful protesters arrested during the latest anti-government rallies are hunting in police stations across Tirana for their children – some accusing the police of making arbitrary arrests. Emin Basha, uncle of Ibrahim Basha, a police officer killed on duty while fighting drug lords in southern Albania four years ago, is searching for […]

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Last Despatches: News Team Killed the Day After Kosovo War Ended

Monday, December 21, 2020 Comments Off on Last Despatches: News Team Killed the Day After Kosovo War Ended

It was June 13, 1999, and Uli Reinhardt, a photojournalist from the German news magazine Stern was due to meet his colleague Gabriel Gruener at 6pm in the southern Kosovo city of Prizren.

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With Arms Deals and Donations, Turkey Steps up Balkan Influence

Monday, December 21, 2020 Comments Off on With Arms Deals and Donations, Turkey Steps up Balkan Influence

Turkey has long pursued a policy of soft-power diplomacy in the Balkans. More recently, the defence sector has come to the fore. When, in the midst of a reignited war over the Caucasus mountain region of Nagorno-Karabakh, President Aleksandar Vucic said Serbia was considering buying Turkish armed drones, it was the latest indicator of Turkey’s […]

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Kosovo Truth Commission’s Future in Doubt After Thaci’s Indictment

Monday, December 21, 2020 Comments Off on Kosovo Truth Commission’s Future in Doubt After Thaci’s Indictment

President Hashim Thaci set in motion the creation of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission for Kosovo – but after he was charged with war crimes, it’s unclear whether any other political leader has the will to push the idea forward.

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Balkan States Race to Secure COVID-19 Vaccine Supplies

Monday, December 21, 2020 Comments Off on Balkan States Race to Secure COVID-19 Vaccine Supplies

As the countries of the Balkans strive to secure sufficient supplies of COVID-19 vaccine, many questions remain unanswered – how much will there be, when will it start and what will it all cost? With UK grandmother Margaret Keenan becoming the first person in the world to receive the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine as part of […]

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BUDAPEST AND WARSAW MAYORS PUSH FOR EU TO SIDESTEP RECALCITRANT GOVERNMENTS

Monday, December 14, 2020 Comments Off on BUDAPEST AND WARSAW MAYORS PUSH FOR EU TO SIDESTEP RECALCITRANT GOVERNMENTS

The mayors of the Polish and Hungarian capitals have written to the European Commission urging it to fund municipalities directly if their governments insist on maintaining the veto of the EU recovery fund.

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Vlado Buckovski, North Macedonia’s Ice-Breaker With Sofia

Monday, December 14, 2020 Comments Off on Vlado Buckovski, North Macedonia’s Ice-Breaker With Sofia

North Macedonia’s former PM is entering into the crossfire of the bilateral historical dispute with neighbouring Bulgaria with dangerously high expectations on all sides. t is his fate in life to enter wars after important battles have already been lost.” This was how one colleague journalist portrayed North Macedonia’s former prime minister Vlado Buckovski during […]

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Sofia to Moscow: ‘We’re not going to fight Russia, there are no nuclear weapons here’

Wednesday, December 9, 2020 Comments Off on Sofia to Moscow: ‘We’re not going to fight Russia, there are no nuclear weapons here’

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov on Saturday denied statements by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, that his country and Romania are stocking offensive weapons, including nuclear weapons, that could be used against Russia. There has never been a nuclear weapon in Bulgaria, he stressed.

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North Cyprus leader pushes for two-state solution, agrees to informal summit

Monday, December 7, 2020 Comments Off on North Cyprus leader pushes for two-state solution, agrees to informal summit

North Cyprus President Ersin Tatar reiterated support for a two-state solution as the island’s two leaders agreed to participate in an informal summit during talks with UN envoy Jane Holl Lute Tuesday. The newly elected leader of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), Ersin Tatar, reiterated his stance on a two-state solution for Cyprus […]

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US confirms Greece is seeking to buy F-35s amid tensions with Turkey

Friday, December 4, 2020 Comments Off on US confirms Greece is seeking to buy F-35s amid tensions with Turkey

The US acknowledgment follows a report earlier this month that Athens formally requested to buy as many as 24 of the advanced fighter aircraft. The United States’ ambassador to Greece confirmed in a statement today that Athens has sought to purchase Lockheed Martin’s advanced F-35 fighter jet amid tensions with Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean.

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Murky Bosnian Charity Appeals for African Wells Raise Concerns

Monday, November 30, 2020 Comments Off on Murky Bosnian Charity Appeals for African Wells Raise Concerns

Millions of euros have been raised through appeals in Bosnia and Herzegovina to build wells and mosques in Africa, but concerns persist about suspect fundraising methods and claims that photographs documenting some charity-funded wells were faked.

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In Spending on Serbs Abroad, Serbia Looks to Maintain Influence

Monday, November 30, 2020 Comments Off on In Spending on Serbs Abroad, Serbia Looks to Maintain Influence

Most of the money Serbia spends on Serbs in the rest of the former Yugoslavia goes to those in Bosnia and Montenegro, where Serbian influence is greatest.

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The Vukovar Murders: Which Units Killed Civilians in Croatia in 1991?

Sunday, November 22, 2020 Comments Off on The Vukovar Murders: Which Units Killed Civilians in Croatia in 1991?

“As far as I can remember, at least 50 prisoners were killed during the afternoon of November 19, 1991. I witnessed some of these killings.” These are the words of Ivan Gasparovic, one of the few witnesses to the crimes that were committed in the Croatian village of Dalj the day after the fall of […]

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‘Wag The Dog’: Bulgarians See Through Govt’s Hard Line on North Macedonia

Sunday, November 22, 2020 Comments Off on ‘Wag The Dog’: Bulgarians See Through Govt’s Hard Line on North Macedonia

Bulgaria’s government is talking tough on North Macedonia’s EU ambitions, but analysts and ordinary Bulgarians see it as an electoral ploy and are forging their own connections.

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Kosovo War Crimes Court Can Promote Justice on All Sides

Sunday, November 22, 2020 Comments Off on Kosovo War Crimes Court Can Promote Justice on All Sides

The cases of former Kosovo Liberation Army officials in The Hague should exert pressure on Serbia to prosecute its own former officials for war crimes in Kosovo, says Lotte Leicht of Human Rights Watch.

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