Archive for the ‘Balkans’ Category

Kosovo Ex-Guerrillas Vow Protests Against President Thaci’s Indictment

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 Comments Off on Kosovo Ex-Guerrillas Vow Protests Against President Thaci’s Indictment

Former Kosovo Liberation Army fighters say they will demonstrate against the pending war crimes indictment of President Hashim Thaci and other former guerrilla chiefs, calling the charges an insult to their struggle for independence.

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Two Decades on, Kosovo’s Guerrilla Boss Thaci May Finally Face Trial

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 Comments Off on Two Decades on, Kosovo’s Guerrilla Boss Thaci May Finally Face Trial

The indictment filed by the Specialist Prosecutor charging Kosovo President Hashim Thaci was a long-awaited move that follows two decades of investigations into alleged wartime wrongdoings.

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The US and EU Have Both Failed Kosovo

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 Comments Off on The US and EU Have Both Failed Kosovo

The only ones benefitting from the failures of Brussels and Washington in Kosovo are the autocrat Vucic and his friends in Moscow and Beijing.

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Serbia and Kosovo

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 Comments Off on Serbia and Kosovo

U.S.-mediated talks scheduled for Saturday between Serbian and Kosovo leaders aimed at normalising relations were cancelled after a special prosecutor indicted Kosovo’s President Thaçi on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity relating to Kosovo’s 1998-9 conflict. Crisis Group expert Marko Prelec says the indictment could usher in seismic changes in Kosovo’s politics, which […]

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Trust in Democracy Fragile in Central Europe, Balkans – Report

Saturday, June 27, 2020 Comments Off on Trust in Democracy Fragile in Central Europe, Balkans – Report

Corruption, populism, nationalism and disinformation have eroded faith in liberal democracy in Central and Eastern Europe, according to a new Globsec report – which says many people would trade in some of their freedoms for greater security and traditional values.

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Turkey’s Plans for Hagia Sophia Strain Greek Relations

Sunday, June 21, 2020 Comments Off on Turkey’s Plans for Hagia Sophia Strain Greek Relations

Plans to convert the famous 6th-century building in Istanbul back into a mosque, after being a museum since 1935, have further tested relations with Greece – already damaged by over other regional and international disputes.

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US and EU Policy on Kosovo is in Disarray

Sunday, June 21, 2020 Comments Off on US and EU Policy on Kosovo is in Disarray

The Trump administration is pushing for a quick deal between Pristina and Belgrade after the European Union failed to restart the dialogue – but the rift between the US and the EU is bad news for Kosovo itself.While there have rarely been more envoys and special representatives mandated to help solve the Kosovo-Serbia dispute, it […]

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North Macedonia, Greece: Rewriting History after Prespa

Sunday, June 21, 2020 Comments Off on North Macedonia, Greece: Rewriting History after Prespa

Arguments over statues and the teaching of history may be gripping the UK and US – but they are nothing new to North Macedonia, where they are being settled through diplomacy.

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Three’s a Crowd: the Albanian Crime Gang that Wasn’t

Saturday, June 20, 2020 Comments Off on Three’s a Crowd: the Albanian Crime Gang that Wasn’t

In 2018, Albanian authorities said they had busted an organised crime group with tentacles reaching across Europe. Then a newly-created team of special prosecutors backtracked.

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Migrants Trapped in Balkan Camps Find Ramadan a Trial

Friday, May 22, 2020 Comments Off on Migrants Trapped in Balkan Camps Find Ramadan a Trial

For migrants and refugees isolated in camps in the Balkans during the COVID-19 pandemic, celebrating the holy month of Ramadan is an extra ordeal.

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Lebanon summons German ambassador over Hezbollah ban

Monday, May 11, 2020 Comments Off on Lebanon summons German ambassador over Hezbollah ban

Lebanon’s foreign minister summoned the German ambassador on Tuesday to explain Berlin’s decision last week to ban the Shi’ite Hezbollah movement on its soil.

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Violence and Hunger Stalk Refugees and Migrants in Albania

Monday, May 11, 2020 Comments Off on Violence and Hunger Stalk Refugees and Migrants in Albania

Dozens of refugees and migrants trying to cross Albania have been reduced to begging for food on the streets of Tirana, victims of gang violence and under-funding at a state-run reception centre.

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China’s Balkan Investments Are Paradoxically Speeding Region’s EU Integration

Monday, May 11, 2020 Comments Off on China’s Balkan Investments Are Paradoxically Speeding Region’s EU Integration

If the EU suddenly seems more interested than it was in integrating the Western Balkans, it is partly because the expansion into the region by large regional powers such as China has got Brussels worried.

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Movement Ban Worsens Migrants’ Plight in Serbia, Bosnia

Thursday, April 23, 2020 Comments Off on Movement Ban Worsens Migrants’ Plight in Serbia, Bosnia

The complete ban of moving in and out of camps imposed in the current pandemic has left those locked inside them feeling more isolated, frustrated and information-starved than ever.

This was posted under category: Balkans, Eurasia, South East Asia

Third Entity Would Destroy Bosnia’s Croat Political Elite

Thursday, April 23, 2020 Comments Off on Third Entity Would Destroy Bosnia’s Croat Political Elite

The bosses of the main Croat party in Bosnia and Herzegovina may like talking about a third entity but in reality such an outcome would – as they well know – end their power and their party.

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Coronavirus is Not the Only Disease Afflicting the Balkans

Monday, April 13, 2020 Comments Off on Coronavirus is Not the Only Disease Afflicting the Balkans

Finding a cure to the current pandemic sweeping the Western Balkans – and the world – may well be easier than purifying the region of the malign influence of its political class.

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Balkan Private Sector Workers Hardest Hit by Coronavirus Fallout

Monday, April 13, 2020 Comments Off on Balkan Private Sector Workers Hardest Hit by Coronavirus Fallout

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed private sector workers in the Balkans to sudden job losses, salary cuts and forced unpaid leave as rights violations stack up.

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North Macedonia Officially Joins NATO

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 Comments Off on North Macedonia Officially Joins NATO

North Macedonia has officially become NATO’s 30th member, the military alliance says.

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People Promoting Facts, not Fake News, in Balkan Coronavirus Fight

Monday, March 23, 2020 Comments Off on People Promoting Facts, not Fake News, in Balkan Coronavirus Fight

With hundreds of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Balkans, a few people have taken on the burden of keeping the public calm and well-informed. BIRN takes a look at some of them.

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Kosovo’s Thaci Takes Aim at EU, Trying to Preserve Negotiating Role

Monday, March 23, 2020 Comments Off on Kosovo’s Thaci Takes Aim at EU, Trying to Preserve Negotiating Role

In cosying up to Washington and criticising Brussels, Kosovo’s president is trying to protect his place at the negotiating table with Serbia, analysts say. Since returning from a week-long trip to Washington in early March, Kosovo President Hashim Thaci has turned his fire on the European Union, seeing the United States as the best address […]

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Questions Marks over Official Data on Turkish Economic Decline

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 Comments Off on Questions Marks over Official Data on Turkish Economic Decline

The official data makes for uncomfortable reading: central bank reserves down 11 billion euros over three years, 150 per cent knocked off the value of the lira, inflation at nearly 12 per cent, unemployment roughly 13 per cent and output contracting.

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Kosovo Parliament Backs New Govt Under Kurti

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 Comments Off on Kosovo Parliament Backs New Govt Under Kurti

Four months after Kosovo held snap elections, parliament voted to support a new government under Albin Kurti on Monday.

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Greece irate as Turkey, Libya enforce maritime, military accords

Monday, December 16, 2019 Comments Off on Greece irate as Turkey, Libya enforce maritime, military accords

Turkey and Libya have begun implementing agreements on maritime boundaries and military cooperation, drawing an angry reaction from Greece which views the accords as a violation of its sovereign rights.

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Serbia To Receive Russian Antiaircraft Missiles Despite U.S. Sanctions Risk

Monday, November 11, 2019 Comments Off on Serbia To Receive Russian Antiaircraft Missiles Despite U.S. Sanctions Risk

Russia will deliver a sophisticated short-range air-defense missile system to Serbia despite U.S. warnings of possible sanctions against the Balkan country if the transaction goes through.

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Bosnia brings back, detains Islamic fighter from Syria

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 Comments Off on Bosnia brings back, detains Islamic fighter from Syria

A Bosnian national suspected of fighting for Islamic State in Syria has been transferred to Bosnia and put in detention, the Balkan country’s prosecutor’s office said on Saturday.

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Kosovo Flies Home Jihadists’ Families From Syria

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 Comments Off on Kosovo Flies Home Jihadists’ Families From Syria

The authorities in Kosovo said on Saturday that more than 100 of their citizens, mostly women and children who were relatives of jihadists, had been flown home from Syria under heavy security with the assistance of the United States.

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Bosnia will take back and try two captured Islamic state fighters

Saturday, March 16, 2019 Comments Off on Bosnia will take back and try two captured Islamic state fighters

Bosnia is preparing to take back two of its nationals who are suspected of fighting for Islamic State in Syria and are now in detention in a Kurdish-run camp in the north of that country, its security minister said on Monday.

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Now That NATO Door Is Open, North Macedonia Gets To Show That It Belongs

Saturday, February 9, 2019 Comments Off on Now That NATO Door Is Open, North Macedonia Gets To Show That It Belongs

NATO says it is now ready North Macedonia. But is North Macedonia ready for the Western security alliance? At the center of a tug-of-war for influence between Russia and the West, Skopje signed a protocol on February 6 that could see another successor state of Yugoslavia become the military alliance’s 30th member if the move […]

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Egypt, Greece, Cyprus hold joint military drill along Mediterranean coast

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 Comments Off on Egypt, Greece, Cyprus hold joint military drill along Mediterranean coast

Naval and air forces of Egypt, Greece and Cyprus began a joint military drill on Monday along Egypt’s Mediterranean coast, the Egyptian army said. The exercise, dubbed “Medusa 6,” came as part of the effort to boost the “distinguished relations” among the three countries, the army said in a statement.

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Bulgaria supports NATO accession talks with Bosnia, Macedonia, Georgia

Saturday, April 28, 2018 Comments Off on Bulgaria supports NATO accession talks with Bosnia, Macedonia, Georgia

Speaking at the North Atlantic Council in Foreign Ministers’ session in Brussels on Friday, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva said Bulgaria supports NATO’s open door policy and believes that it is time to put under way the Membership Action Plan for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia and Georgia.

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Greece, Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia discuss Balkans

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 Comments Off on Greece, Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia discuss Balkans

On Tuesday (April 24) afternoon, Alexis Tsipras will be in Bucharest to participate in the 3rd high-level quadrilateral meeting of Greece, Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia. The co-ordination of the four states ahead of the EU-Western Balkans Summit that will be held in Sofia, the capital of the EU’s presiding country, Bulgaria for the first half […]

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Romania, Bulgaria, Greece FMs discuss regional cooperation

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 Comments Off on Romania, Bulgaria, Greece FMs discuss regional cooperation

The meeting of foreign ministers of the Romania-Bulgaria-Greece trilateral cooperation format represented an opportunity to strengthen the European project, Romanian Foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu said on Monday. “Our meeting was an opportunity to reconfirm the shared will of the three countries regarding the boosting of political dialogue in this trilateral format and assuming the commitment […]

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Bulgaria, Greece, Romania, Croatia to support Western Balkans EU integration

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 Comments Off on Bulgaria, Greece, Romania, Croatia to support Western Balkans EU integration

Bulgaria, Greece, Romania and Croatia – will help together for the European integration of the Western Balkans countries. This is the reason why the foreign ministers, Ekaterina Zaharieva, Nikos Kodzias, Teodor Melescanu and Maria Peichinovic Bouric, met at a working meeting in New York. Ministers have reviewed what has been achieved so far by Albania, […]

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Pence: Western Balkans future lay with the West

Thursday, August 3, 2017 Comments Off on Pence: Western Balkans future lay with the West

US Vice President Mike Pence said on Wednesday that the future of the Western Balkans lay “in the West,” on the last leg of a tour aimed at reassuring Eastern European allies worried by Russia. After visiting Baltic state Estonia and the Caucasus nation of Georgia, Pence arrived on Tuesday in NATO’s newest member Montenegro […]

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Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary sign gas network memorandum

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 Comments Off on Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary sign gas network memorandum

Representatives of gas companies Bulgartransgaz EAD (Bulgaria), ICBG AD (Bulgaria), DESFA S.A. (Greece), FGSZ Ltd. (Hungary) and SNTGN TRANSGAZ S.A. (Romania) signed a memorandum of understanding about a project for implementation of the Vertical Gas Corridor. The document was signed Wednesday at a joint meeting in Bucharest, the Energy Ministry told BTA.

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