Friday 7 September 2018
September 07, 2018
Serbian President Rejects Meeting With Kosovar Counterpart
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic refused to hold face-to-face talks with his Kosovar counterpart, Hashim Thaci, as mounting tension cast new doubt over prospects for a landmark agreement between the countries and the normalization of ties.
September 06, 2018
'Cybermonk,' Bane Of Nationalists, Likens Serbia-Kosovo Territory Swap To 'Ethnic Cleansing'
Sava Janjic, the popular abbot of a Serbian Orthodox monastery in Kosovo, draws fire for suggesting that any deal on redrawing the border between Kosovo and Serbia would be costly for the entire region. (The views expressed in this blog post do not necessarily reflect those of RFE/RL.)
August 31, 2018
Ashdown Sounds Warning Over Proposed Kosovo-Serbia Land Swap
Paddy Ashdown, the former high representative to Bosnia-Herzegovina, says a proposed remaking of the border between Kosovo and Serbia along ethnic lines is a bad idea that could result in borders being redrawn all over the Balkans and used to justify land seizures in Ukraine.
August 29, 2018
'Walter' Defended Sarajevo, Now He's Bringing Tourists
A new multimedia museum dedicated to the cult Bosnian movie Walter Defends Sarajevo is due to open later this year, and organizers hope it draws a good number of tourists -- especially from China. (The views expressed in this blog post do not necessarily reflect those of RFE/RL.)
August 24, 2018
Bolton Says U.S. Won't Oppose Kosovo-Serbia Land Swap Deal
White House national-security adviser John Bolton has said that the United States would not oppose a territorial exchange between Kosovo and Serbia to resolve their long-running dispute – provided Pristina and Belgrade work out a "mutually satisfactory settlement" between themselves.
August 23, 2018
Kosovo Protesters Rally For Chief Prosecutor's Resignation
Hundreds of people protested in Kosovo's capital, Pristina, to demand the resignation of chief prosecutor Aleksander Lumezi, accusing him of hindering anticorruption efforts. The rally on August 22 came after a special prosecutor, Elez Blakaj, resigned, saying he had been under pressure from Lumezi.
August 16, 2018
Quick Border Deal Between Kosovo, Serbia Could Ignite Balkans
No matter what the wording, Western diplomats, Balkan analysts, and even those on the ground say any moving of the borders could destabilize a region that has struggled to come to terms with the violent breakup of the former Yugoslavia.
August 14, 2018
Talk Of Border Changes Raises Anxiety In Kosovo, Serbia
The presidents of Serbia and Kosovo have said they may consider changes to their joint borders as a way out of a diplomatic impasse, two decades after fighting a war. Some local residents in the area worry it might actually exacerbate lingering ethnic tensions.