The Balkans


    • Turkey urges EU to be an “honest broker” in disputes

      Turkey urges EU to be an “honest broker” in disputes

      The Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Monday called on the European Union to be an “honest broker” in disputes between Ankara and EU member states France, Greece and Cyprus, news wires reported. He warned that Turkey would be forced to “reciprocate” against any decisions the bloc takes against the country.

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    • Merkel and Macron give impetus to Kosovo-Serbia talks

      Merkel and Macron give impetus to Kosovo-Serbia talks

      A video summit with the leaders of Serbia and Kosovo will be held on Friday, co-headed by French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, a source in the Elysee Palace announced on Monday. Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Kosovan PM Avduallah Hoti are expected to join the French and German leaders, as well as EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell, the source said.

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    • Serbia, Kosovo leaders to meet in Brussels

      Serbia, Kosovo leaders to meet in Brussels

      The leaders of Serbia and Kosovo will hold talks in Brussels on 12 July, European Commission spokesman said on Monday cited by news wires. Sunday’s meeting between Kosovo PM Avdullah Hoti and Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, which will be the first in this format since November 2018, will be hosted by EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell.

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    • Belgrade in state of emergency once again

      Belgrade in state of emergency once again

      Serbia's authorities declared on Friday a state of emergency in Belgrade, and reimposed some restrictions to slow the spread of Covid-19 after a surge of infections in the capital, news wires reported. People will be required to wear masks in indoor public spaces or on public transport, opening hours of clubs and cafes will be shortened, and gatherings will be limited to 100 people indoors or 500 outdoors. The state of emergency comes into effect immediately.

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    • Serbia hopes for EU membership by 2026

      Serbia hopes for EU membership by 2026

      Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić paid on Friday a one-day official visit to Brussels, where he talked with the highest EU officials about the European perspective of Serbia, Serbia-EU relations, as well as the continuation of the dialogue on normalisation of relations with Pristina. He expressed hopes that the accession negotiations between Serbia and the EU will be completed by 2024, and that it is realistic for Serbia to become an EU member by 2026.

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    • Dozens arrested after opposition protests in Montenegro

      Dozens arrested after opposition protests in Montenegro

      Montenegrin police have detained dozens of people after seven officers were injured in clashes with pro-Serb opposition protesters in several towns last night. Police say two opposition lawmakers are among the detained after protests late Wednesday in the capital Podgorica and other towns. The incidents reflect mounting political tensions in the small Balkan nation ahead of a parliamentary election set for 30 August.

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    • Indictment filed against Kosovo president

      Indictment filed against Kosovo president

      The Office of the Special Prosecutor in the Hague said on Wednesday it had filed an indictment against Kosovo President Hashim Thaci and nine other former guerrillas for war crimes and crimes against humanity, including nearly 100 murders, torture and enforced disappearances, news wires reported.

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