17 June 2019
  • 09:44 MAY HOT TOPICS: EC delivers its latest report on progress in Balkans; Merkel supports Croatia’s bid to join Euro and Schengen; Serbia and Bosnia threaten retaliation against Kosovo tariffs; EU elections deliver (almost) expected results in Slovenia and Croatia; Uljanik starts bankruptcy proceedings
  • 14:41 What are the expectations in Western Balkans after the EU elections?
  • 13:22 Top events in June
  • 13:10 Looking for New Identity
  • 13:04 How do shifts in international political economy affect national politics?

Stable Kosovo is possible only by removing politics

  Uncertainty is always connected with Kosovo, as it cannot exist as an independent state, says Vladimir Cvetković, dean of the Faculty of Security of the University of Belgrade, in an interview with Milena Zupančič from Slovenia’s Delo. Cvetković believes that today’s position of Serbia, in terms of its cooperation with the NATO alliance that […]

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Serbia marks 20 years since NATO bombing

This week Serbia is marking 20th anniversary since NATO air strikes on the country. Two decades on, the state is unstable, the society is stagnant, the media is biased, the people are moving abroad, and the streets are filled with protesters who want change, writes Milena Zupanič in Delo.  It has been 20 years since […]

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Roaming charges between Kosovo and Albania to be abolished

According to the national coordinator between the governments of Kosovo and Albania, Fatmir Ljimaj, roaming tariffs in telecommunications between Kosovo and Albania will be lifted in May.  Many other agreements between the two states will be implemented soon, Ljumaj added. Kosovo’s assembly passed a resolution to abolish roaming tariffs last June. The European Union has appealed to […]

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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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Germany reiterates its support for Kosovo

Heiko Maas, Germany’s foreign minister, reiterated Germany’s support to Kosovo in a recent interview for the German newspaper Stuttgarder Nachrichten. He confirmed his belief in European perspective for Kosovo and praised the reforms that have been carried out in the country so far. Kosovo has received a substantial financial assistance from both the EU and Germany; EUR […]

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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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Croatia’s bad at using EU investment funds

Croatia is the second worst member of the EU in terms of using European structural and investment funds, Croatia’s Jutarnji reports. By the end of 2018, just under EUR 2bn of funds were paid out of the total EUR 10.7bn. The only country behind Croatia in terms of the funds paid out is Spain.  Irregularities […]

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325 workers will lose jobs at Gorenje

Slovenian company Gorenje will terminate employment of 325 workers who were employed for a limited period of time last year. According to unionist Žan Zeba, this decision of the management board is a big surprise as there have recently been optimistic forecasts of increased production and additional employment. Gorenje was expected to launch increased production […]

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Growing number of migrants from BiH and Croatia go to Germany

The German Federal Bureau of Migration (BamF) has released a new report on immigration and emigration from these countries during 2016 and 2017. According to the data, 50,122 persons from Bosnia and Herzegovina emigrated to Germany – 24,010 in 2016 and 26,112 persons in 2017. In Croatia, the situation the number is even bigger with 110,526 Croats […]

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Slovenia ranked 31st on Bloomberg’s innovation index

The US business website Bloomberg has published a list of 60 most innovative countries in the world. Slovenia, which was not included on the list last year, ranked 31st this year, between Spain and Hungary. The most innovative country on this year’s index is South Korea, followed by Germany and Finland. Slovenia was ranked second for […]

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