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Kosovo celebrates 10 years of independence, Serbs boycott

Added: 18.02.2018 14:24 | 0 views | 0 comments

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — The Kosovo Assembly, or Parliament, convened in a special session Sunday to celebrate the country’s 10 years of independence — a ceremony boycotted by the country’s ethnic Serb lawmakers. Speaker Kadri Veseli pledged that “the second decade of independence would be focused on the economic well-being of Kosovo’s citizens.” The second [...]

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EU tells Western Balkan nations to work harder to join

Added: 18.02.2018 5:34 | 0 views | 0 comments

The European Union on Friday told six Western Balkan nations seeking membership that they would have to implement difficult reforms before they can be allowed to join the wealthy bloc. Worried about growing Russian and Chinese influence in the Balkans, the EU has launched a new integration campaign, giving Serbia and Montenegro a tentative accession date of 2025. "Everybody realizes that the conditions have to be met, that quality comes before speed, that the strategy is not an invitation to do away with conditionality," the EU's top enlargement official, Johannes Hahn, told a meeting of EU and Western Balkan foreign ministers in Bulgaria.

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America meddles in elections, too

Added: 18.02.2018 2:36 | 0 views | 0 comments

February 18, 2018 3:36 PM
NEW YORK (NYT) - Bags of cash delivered to a Rome hotel for favoured Italian candidates. Scandalous stories leaked to foreign newspapers to swing an election in Nicaragua. Millions of pamphlets, posters and stickers printed to defeat an incumbent in Serbia.

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EU tells Western Balkan nations to work harder to join

Added: 17.02.2018 16:45 | 0 views | 0 comments

The European Union on Friday told six Western Balkan nations seeking membership that they would have to implement difficult reforms before they can be allowed to join the wealthy bloc. Worried about growing Russian and Chinese influence in the Balkans, the EU has launched a new integration campaign, giving Serbia and Montenegro a tentative accession date of 2025. "Everybody realizes that the conditions have to be met, that quality comes before speed, that the strategy is not an invitation to do away with conditionality," the EU's top enlargement official, Johannes Hahn, told a meeting of EU and Western Balkan foreign ministers in Bulgaria.

From: www.yahoo.com

Kosovo marks 10th anniversary of independence from Serbia

Added: 17.02.2018 6:25 | 0 views | 0 comments

Kosovo on Saturday celebrates 10 years since it declared independence, a moment of pride for its ethnic Albanian majority, although sovereignty remains fiercely contested by Serbia.

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Kosovo celebrates a decade of independence from Serbia

Added: 17.02.2018 4:05 | 0 views | 0 comments

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo is celebrating 10 years of independence from Serbia in two-day festivities around the country. Saturday’s events will conclude with an open-air evening concert in Pristina headlined by Rita Ora, a British singer of Kosovo origin. Kosovo declared independence on Feb. 17, 2008, nine years after NATO conducted a 78-day airstrike [...]

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[Ticker] Serbia must recognise Kosovo's independence, says German FM

Added: 15.02.2018 2:36 | 0 views | 0 comments

Germany's foreign minister, Sigmar Gabriel, says Serbia will have to recognise Kosovo's independence if it seeks to join the European Union. "If Serbia wants to move toward the EU, the building of the rule of law is a primary condition. But naturally so is the acceptance of Kosovo's independence," he said Wednesday in Pristina. EU states Cyprus, Greece, Romania, Slovakia and Spain do not recognise Kosovo as an independent state.

From: euobserver.com

Serbian leader won’t apologize for his nationalist past

Added: 13.02.2018 10:19 | 1 views | 0 comments

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Serbia’s president has refused to apologize for his nationalist wartime rhetoric calling for a “Greater Serbia” that would include large parts of Croatia, saying he won’t be humiliated. President Aleksandar Vucic said Tuesday — when grilled by reporters about a 1995 speech he made — that Serbs and Croats have widely [...]

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Slovenia urges Kosovo to ratify border deal with Montenegro

Added: 12.02.2018 11:07 | 1 views | 0 comments

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Slovenia’s president has urged Kosovo to ratify a border deal with Montenegro and to respect the agreements reached with Serbia during EU-mediated negotiations. While visiting Kosovo on Monday, Slovenian President Borut Pahor said resolving bilateral issues would help Kosovo and the other Western Balkan countries progress toward their integration into the [...]

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[Ticker] EU Commission says Kosovo's recognition is for member states

Added: 12.02.2018 6:51 | 0 views | 0 comments

The European Commission said Monday that the recognition of Kosovo is a matter for member states after Austria's vice-chancellor and far-right leader said over the weekend that Kosovo is a part of Serbia. Heinz-Christian Strache said his party does not support the recognition of Kosovo, which unilaterally broke away from Serbia in 2008. "We don't comment comments, the issue of recognition is for member states," a commission spokeswoman said.

From: euobserver.com

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