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no-good-news-for-the-balkans-after-uk-chooses-brexit-06-24-2016
24 Jun 16

Balkans Shaken as UK Chooses EU Exit

Initial reactions from the Balkan region to the negative vote on the EU in Britain are gloomy - but concerns about the effects of a 'Brexit' on Southeastern Europe's economies are less dramatic. 

kosovo-prosecution-probes-suspicious-kla-veterans-list-06-24-2016
24 Jun 16

Kosovo Probes Dubious KLA Veterans' List

Amid growing public pressure, the Kosovo State Prosecution has initiated a probe into the list of Kosovo Liberation Army veterans, which many see as suspiciously large.

kosovo-ghost-terror-case-overruled-amid-essential-violations--06-23-2016
23 Jun 16

BIRN Probe Helps Overrule Kosovo Terror Verdict

A BIRN investigation was used in the Kosovo court of appeals as evidence to overrule a first-instance prison term for two men accused of joining a phantom terrorist organisation.

kosovo-anti-corruption-to-audit-the-assets-of-mustafa-and-thaci-06-20-2016
21 Jun 16

Kosovo Agency to Audit Mustafa's, Thaci's, Assets

Kosovo's Anti-Corruption agency will audit the asset declarations of the President and Prime Minister, following a draw that determines which public officials are to undergo scrutiny.

balkans-eu-prospect-must-remain-alive-panel-says-06-20-2016
20 Jun 16

Balkan EU Prospects Must Remain Alive, Panel Says

There is no alternative to EU accession for the Balkan countries despite the many ongoing setbacks, participants at a BIRN panel organised in Skopje, Macedonia, said.

kosovo-assembly-extends-eluex-mandate-06-17-2016
17 Jun 16

Kosovo Assembly Extends EULEX Mandate

The Kosovo parliament approved two bills that reinstated EULEX's mandate in the country.

mogherini-gives-green-light-to-eulex-mandate-in-kosovo-06-16-2016
16 Jun 16

Mogherini Approves New EULEX Mandate in Kosovo

Kosovo's assembly is expected to vote to extend EULEX's mandate after EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini backed a renewal of the mission with fewer competences.

eu-cash-brings-kosovo-war-crimes-court-closer-06-15-2016
15 Jun 16

EU Cash Brings Kosovo War Crimes Court Closer

The approval of a one-year budget for the specialist chambers brings the Hague-based war-crimes court one step closer to operation.

kosovo-government-seeks-to-extend-eulex-mandate-06-10-2016
10 Jun 16

Kosovo Govt Seeks to Extend EULEX Mandate

Just five days before the EU rule-of-law mission in Kosovo’s mandate expires, the government approved draft legislation intended to allow it to continue operating.

kosovo-serbs-hesitant-to-take-part-in-extra-census-06-09-2016
09 Jun 16

Kosovo Serbs Hesitant to Take Part in Extra Census

Serb representatives reject a Kosovo government initiative to enable the census of Kosovo Serbs living in four northern municipalities.

kosovo-court-of-appeals-to-decide-on-ghost-terror-group--06-06-2016
07 Jun 16

Kosovo ‘Mystery Terror Group’ Members Challenge Convictions

The lawyers for two Kosovo men who were convicted of being part of an alleged terrorist group called ‘Harausham’ said they will use a BIRN investigation as part of their appeal against the verdict.

kosovo-border-deal-head-attacked-by-vetevendosje-activists-06-03-2016
03 Jun 16

Kosovo Activists Paint Border Deal Chief's Car

Angered over his role in the controversial border demarcation deal with Montenegro, Vetevendosje activists threw paint at a senior official's car in Pristina on Friday.

balkan-states-show-effort-but-lack-capacity-to-fight-terrorism-us-says-06-03-2016-1
03 Jun 16

US Queries Balkan States' Capacity to Fight Terrorism

US State Department report says Balkan states showed mixed results in countering terrorism in 2015, most of the problems being down to a lack of resources and overlapping jurisdictions.

birn-s-kosovo-war-film-screened-in-pristina-06-03-2016
03 Jun 16

BIRN’s Kosovo War Film Screened in Pristina

BIRN’s award-winning documentary The Unidentified, investigating the commanders responsible for some of the most brutal attacks of the Kosovo war, was shown in Pristina for a second time.

pdk-chief-says-kosovo-will-implement-controversial-agreements-neighbours-06-02-2016
02 Jun 16

Kosovo PDK Chief Says Disputed Deals Will Take Effect

Kadri Veseli, head of the ruling PDK, said Kosovo will implement controversial agreements with Montenegro and on creating an association of Serb-majority municipalities.

Premium

kosovo-mps-hesitate-to-extend-eulex-mandate-06-13-2016
14 Jun 16

EULEX Mandate in Limbo as EU Snubs Kosovo Proposal

While the Kosovo parliament will vote tonight for the extension of the EU rule of law in Kosovo for two more years, its scope of work is yet to be agreed upon.

06 Jun 16

How a Dress Display Broke Wartime Rape Taboos

Business

french-deal-may-fail-for-kosovo-s-ski-resort-06-01-2016
01 Jun 16

Kosovo Claims Brezovica Project Can go Ahead

Kosovo officials claim French investors in the Brezovica ski resort have met a deadline to submit bank guarantees for the project - however, the future of the 410-million-euro scheme still looks unclear.

14 Apr 16

Surge in Remittances Powers Kosovo's Recovery

Culture and Lifestyle

shok-couldn-t-get-the-oscar-but-it-made-the-history-02-29-2016
29 Feb 16

Kosovo Film Makes History Despite Oscars Disappointment

The short film ‘Shok’ (‘Friend’) failed to win an Oscar but the conflict drama made history for being the first movie shot in Kosovo ever to be nominated for a prestigious Hollywood award.

14 Jan 16

Kosovo War Movie Nominated for Oscar