Thursday, May 05, 2016


News and Features on the Balkans

EU Officials In Kosovo To Celebrate Visa-Free Regime

Top EU officials have urged politicians in Kosovo to put aside differences and work together on the difficult path to joining the bloc.
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Serbian Prime Minister Loses Ground In Repeat Elections

Results from a May 4 repeat vote at 15 polling stations in Serbia appear to show Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic's Progressive Party has lost ground in its attempt to strengthen its mandate for European integration.
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EU Proposes Easy Visas For Kosovo

The European Commission has proposed that EU governments lift visa requirements for travelers from Kosovo.
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Video EU Enlargement Chief: No 'Discount' For Turkey On Visa Liberalization

The European Union's top enlargement official says that Turkey will not get an easier ride than Ukraine, Georgia, and Kosovo in securing a liberalized visa regime with the 28-member bloc.
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Kosovo Scores Big With UEFA Membership, Eyes FIFA Next

European soccer's governing body, UEFA, has narrowly voted at a congress in Budapest to make Kosovo its 55th member. Kosovo Football Federation President Fadil Vokrri called it a "historic moment."
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Kosovo's Airport Temporarily Shut After Airplane Overshoots Runway

Kosovo's main airport was temporarily shut down after a Turkish Airlines flight overshot a runway while landing in rainy weather.
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Video Fire Guts Historic Serbian Church In New York

Fire destroyed a historic Serbian Orthodox cathedral in Manhattan on May 1, just hours after worshippers celebrated Orthodox Easter there.
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Serbian Opposition Rallies Against Alleged Election Fraud

Around 2,000 people have protested in the Serbian capital, Belgrade, alleging falsification of the April 24 snap parliamentary elections and to demand that an upcoming repeat vote at 15 polling stations be held fairly.
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Outcome Of Serbia's Elections Unclear Until May 4 Partial Repeat Vote

Postelection confusion in Serbia extended to a fifth day on April 29 and looked set to continue for at least another week after a partial recount led to one party being provisionally eliminated from parliament.
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EULEX Launches Crackdown On Organized Crime In Kosovo

The European Union's police mission in Kosovo launched a major operation against organized crime on April 27.
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World Press Freedom At Lowest In More Than A Decade, Watchdog Says

A U.S.-based rights watchdog says press freedom in the world declined in 2015 to its lowest level in 12 years, under increased pressure from a combination of political, criminal, and terrorist elements.
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Serb Taken Hostage In Libya

Serbia's Foreign Ministry has confirmed that a citizen of Serbia was kidnapped in Libya over the weekend.
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Police Crack Balkan Drug, Weapons Ring

Police from six Balkan countries have arrested 22 people and seized large quantities of weapons and drugs in a coordinated operation targeting an international smuggling ring, Interpol says.
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Video Macedonian Protesters Attack 'Symbols Of Excess'

In what some observers are dubbing the "Colorful Revolution," thousands of protesters wearing vibrant clothes threw paint balls on Macedonia's Foreign Ministry building in Skopje on April 25.
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Official Tally Confirms Victory For Serbian Prime Minister's Coalition

An official vote tally from Serbia’s April 24 general election has confirmed that incumbent pro-European Union parties have won a landslide victory.
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Video Vucic Declares Victory In Serbian Parliamentary Elections

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic has declared a "historic triumph" for his center-right Serbian Progressive Party in early parliamentary elections, promising to keep the country on its course to join the European Union.
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Poised For Big Win, Vucic Highlights Serbian 'Paradox'

Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic looks set to strengthen his hold on Serbia this weekend. But which way does a former ultranationalist turned EU champion intend to lead the country?
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Balkan States To Coordinate On Migrants

Foreign ministers from Greece, Macedonia, Albania, and Bulgaria vowed to improve coordination handling migrants on the Balkan route to northern Europe.
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A Palette Of Anger In Macedonia

Revolutionary fervor has never looked so bold in Skopje, with grand monuments and statues bathed in paint splatter, and fountains overflowing with soap bubbles.
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Video EU Considers Sanctioning Macedonia's Leaders Over Amnesty

The European Union is considering imposing sanctions on Macedonia's leaders for reneging on an agreement last year to investigate corruption in the ruling class and issuing an amnesty instead, news media reported on April 21.
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