17 September 2019
  • 11:29 Another luxury gem opens its doors on Montenegro’s coast
  • 09:35 Hot topics August 2019: Bosnia fails to form state government; Serbia tops FDI list; Kosovo sets elections for October; Sarajevo film festival picks the winners; Pepsi and KMV become 100% owners of Knjaz Milos
  • 11:33 Šarec on the first official visit to Serbia
  • 11:28 Top events in September
  • 11:59 July Hot Topics: Macron in Belgrade; Kosovo PM resigns; Major media merger in Slovenia approved; BiH closing unprofitable coal mines

Thaci’s ultimatum: referendum or resignation

Kosovo’s president Hashim Thaci announced that he would resign or call a referendum if the Assembly does not approve an agreement with Belgrade. According to this agreement, Kosovo would get three municipalities in central Serbia – Bujanovac, Preševo and Medvedja. Thaci reiterated that Prishtina cannot afford to threaten a strategic alliance with the USA and that […]

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Mutual recognition key to normalising relationships

In his letter to the Serbian president Aleksander Vučić, congratulating him on Serbia’s statehood day, the US president emphasised that mutual recognition between Serbia and Kosovo is the only way to normalise relations between the two countries. In the letter published on the Serbia president’s official page, it states that “the United States remains unwavering […]

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Vučić and Plenković meet in Davos

After meeting with the Croatian prime minister Andrej Plenković, Serbian president Aleksandar Vučić said today in Davos that Croatia and Serbia need to improve mutual relations if they want to survive and that the whole region must stop thinking about the past and face the future instead. “I’m not happy about political relations in the […]

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Bosnian upcoming elections plagued by irregularities

In the run-up to the general election which is due to take place in Bosnia and Herzegovina on Sunday, the campaigns have been marred by accusations of possible voter fraud, outside interference, as well as insults and hate speeches by opposing sides. Candidates from Serb, Croat and Bosniak sides have all been found by Transparency […]

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Merkel’s CDU puts pressure on Macedonia’s opposition party

Germany’s CDU party have appealed to Macedonian VMRO DPMNE to vote for the agreement with Greece about the name change which it has so far opposed. Deutsche Welle reported the European People’s Party (EPP), an association of the European conservative parties, is expected to pressure VMRO-DPMNE to accept the deal. The deputy chair of the […]

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Regional leaders meet in New York

Presidents of Croatia and Kosovo met in New York, discussing the possibility of border changes in the Balkans. Though Kolinda Grabar Kitarović, Croatia’s president, said the discussion with Hashim Thaci was “quite interesting”, she was adamant that there should be no redrawing of borders. “We are very cautious and we have argued that the principles […]

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Germans prefer BiH to Croatia for business investments

For German entrepreneurs, Bosnia and Herzegovina market is much more interesting than the market of neighbouring Croatia and despite many administrative obstacles, most of them decide to invest in it, according to BiH’s daily Oslobodjenje. Sven Torsten Pothof, director of the German Foreign and Trade Chamber for the territory of BiH and Croatia (AHK), says […]

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Bill proposal to increase minimum wage in BiH

The Social Democratic Party (SDP) of Bosnia and Herzegovina has written a bill proposal to raise minimum wage in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina which it will introduce in the parliamentary session next week. The minimum wage currently stands at 45% of the average salary, and the party will propose a ten-point increase in […]

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Thaci and Vučić in Brussells today

Presidents of Kosovo and Serbia, Hashim Thaçi and Aleksandar Vučić are meeting today in Brussels together with the EU Minister of Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini. In this final stage of the dialogue, it is expected the talks will be about the normalisation of relations between the two countries. Today’s meeting  takes place a few days […]

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Priština biggest obstacle to Kosovo solution, says Serbian Foreign Minister

Hashim Thaci, President of Kosovo, said during a debate organised by Kosovo’s Democratic Institute on Wednesday that border correction will save Kosovo from partition, territorial exchanges and foundation of Serbian Republic. “To me, a Serbian Republic is more dangerous than border correction,” he added. “The correction of borders is a great victory for Kosovo.« Thaci argued he never […]

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