Kosovo

    • Opposition parties beat former guerrillas in Kosovo’s snap poll

      Opposition parties beat former guerrillas in Kosovo’s snap poll

      Opposition parties on Sunday snap election in Kosovo took the lead over former guerrillas who have dominated politics for the past decade, news wires reported. The leftist-nationalist Vetevendosje (Self-determination party) of Albin Kurti was in first place with 26% of the vote, followed by the centre-right LDK who had 25.2 % after more than three quarters of the ballots were counted, the electoral commission said. The victory of the two opposition parties was a heavy rebuke to parties led by former guerrillas who battled Serbia in the 1990s, paving the way for Kosovo's independence.

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    • 'War wing' fights for survival in Kosovo poll

      'War wing' fights for survival in Kosovo poll

      The former guerilla commanders who have dominated Kosovo since its independence will fight for political survival in elections on Sunday, with opposition parties threatening to boot them from power, AFP comments. The poll is the fourth since tiny Kosovo formally broke away from Serbia in 2008. But the optimism generated by that split has been flattened by frustration with a political class blamed for corruption and widespread poverty.

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    • West urges Kosovo, Serbia to restart talks

      West urges Kosovo, Serbia to restart talks

      Western powers this week urged foes Serbia and Kosovo to stop creating obstacles and reboot their stalled dialogue “with urgency”. In a statement, the five so-called ‘Quint’ countries - US, Britain, France, Germany and Italy - warned that otherwise "Kosovo’s and Serbia’s path towards the European Union (EU)" would be prevented.

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    • Serbia puts forces on alert amid Kosovo tensions

      Serbia puts forces on alert amid Kosovo tensions

      Serbia ordered its security forces on full alert on Tuesday after police in neighbouring Kosovo mounted an anti-smuggling operation in a northern region of the country populated mainly by Serbs. According to Serbia's state TV Kosovo's special police "burst into" northern Kosovo and made several arrests, but it was only a cover up for actions aimed at intimidating Serbs in Kosovo.

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    • Kosovo ready to seek compromise with Serbia

      Kosovo ready to seek compromise with Serbia

      Kosovo is ready for a compromise deal with Serbia to resolve long-standing issues between the countries, President Hashim Thaci said in a letter to US President Donald Trump. “I will be ready and willing to make compromises necessary to reach a comprehensive and balanced settlement that will encompass all outstanding issues,” Thaci said in a letter dated 8 January, but published only now.

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    • Kosovo lawmakers approve army

      Kosovo lawmakers approve army

      Kosovo's parliament on Friday approved three draft laws on the Kosovo Security Force (KSF) expanding its competences and creating a legal base for its transformation into a regular army with 5,000 troop, plus 3,000 reservists. The three draft laws concern one directly on the Kosovo Security Force, KSF, another on a Ministry of Defence and a third on service in the KSF.

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    • NATO greenlights MAP for Bosnia

      NATO greenlights MAP for Bosnia

      NATO foreign ministers gave Bosnia-Herzegovina the green light to take a major step forward on its path toward joining the world's biggest military alliance, albeit the Bosnian Serb objections to membership. Meeting in Brussels on December 5, the ministers invited Bosnia to submit its first annual national program of political, economic, and defense reforms aimed at bringing aspiring countries into line with the Atlantic alliance's standards.

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    • Kosovo hits Serbia, Bosnia with 100% import tax

      Kosovo hits Serbia, Bosnia with 100% import tax

      Kosovo has imposed a 100 percent tax on products from Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina in a move the government said is aimed at defending the country’s “vital interest" following Belgrade's "aggressive campaign” against the young republic on the international stage. The retaliation also requires authorities to remove or prevent from entering any goods that did not address Kosovo by its constitutional name, Republic of Kosovo, which Serbia and Bosnia do not recognise. 

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    • Vucic to request Russia's support over Kosovo tensions

      Vucic to request Russia's support over Kosovo tensions

      Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic arrived in Moscow on Tuesday for talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, to discuss how to push forward a deal with Kosovo after a plan to rework their borders faced international resistance. The negotiations will be held amid the growing tensions around Kosovo and their agenda will include a broad range of issues. Yet, The situation with Kosovo is expected "to be the priority” in talks with Putin.

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    • Vucic insists on EU membership guarantee

      Vucic insists on EU membership guarantee

      Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said on Thursday he would seek a guarantee that his country would join the European Union in 2025 as part of any deal with neighbouring Kosovo, which would pave the way for both states to enter the bloc and settle their long-standing disputes.

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