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18 Oct 16

Croatian Town Launches Classes to Keep 'Arbanasi' Alive

The Croatian coastal town of Zadar is starting Albanian classes in a high school, designed in part to keep the tiny Arbanasi community aware of their distant Albanian origins.

14 Oct 16

Kosovo Prosecution Quizzes Former EU Judge

Francesco Florit, a former judge with the EU rule-of-law mission in Kosovo, was interviewed by the state prosecution and denied allegations that he took a bribe from a suspect in a murder case.

14 Oct 16

Kosovo Hails CoE Observer Status as Diplomatic Win

Kosovo diplomats and experts have welcomed the Council of Europe's decision to grant a Kosovo delgration observer status as an important step towards full membership.

12 Oct 16

Kosovo MPs Demand Serbia Releases Police Director

Kosovo’s parliament passed a resolution calling for the release of Mitrovica police director Nehat Thaci, who was arrested in Serbia on terrorism charges, and for the EU to intervene to ensure he is freed.

11 Oct 16

Kosovo Serb Leader Ivanovic Appeals Against Conviction

Kosovo Serb political party leader Oliver Ivanovic, convicted of war crimes for ordering the murder of ethnic Albanians in Mitrovica in April 1999, launched an appeal against his nine-year sentence.

11 Oct 16

Serbia Rejects Kosovo’s Trepca Mine Takeover

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said Belgrade does not accept the Kosovo government’s decision to put the huge ex-Yugoslav Trepca mining complex under Pristina’s control.

10 Oct 16

Kosovo President Demands Prosecutors Probe War Crimes

President Hashim Thaci sent letters to Kosovo prosecutors urging them to take action to resolve a series of crimes against both ethnic Albanians and Serbs during and after the war in 1999.

10 Oct 16

Kosovo Police Director Denies Serbian ‘Terror’ Charges

Nehat Thaci, the Kosovo Police director in the Mitrovica area who was arrested last month by Serbia, denied charges accusing him of staging a terrorist attack on a Serb family in 1999.

07 Oct 16

Kosovo-Croatia Match Marred by Anti-Serbian Chants

Croatian and Kosovo fans have been condemned for chanting murderous slogans together against Serbs at a World Cup qualifying match in Albania.

07 Oct 16

Kosovo Parliament to Debate Trepca Law Despite Protests

Kosovo’s parliament is due to start a debate on the draft law on the Trepca mine amid controversy over the exact plans and protests by Serbia and Kosovo Serbs.

06 Oct 16

Fresh Probes Threaten Kosovo Party's Power

New probes launched against several officials of the ruling Democratic Party of Kosovo, PDK, threaten to undermine the power of the party that has dominated politics for over a decade.

03 Oct 16

Kosovo Blocks Serbian Official's Planned Visit

Kosovo on Monday refused to allow Marko Djuric, head of the Serbian government’s Kosovo office, into the country, having ordered him out in September for breaking the protocol on Serbian official visits.

29 Sep 16

Serbia Arrests Kosovo Police Director for ‘Terrorism’

Kosovo police’s director in the Mitrovica area, Nehat Thaci, has been arrested at a border crossing by the Serbian authorities on terrorism charges, although the specific allegations remain unknown.

29 Sep 16

BIRN’s Kosovo War Film Gets Budapest Premiere

BIRN’s documentary ‘The Unidentified’, about the men responsible for some of the most brutal atrocities of the Kosovo war in 1999, had its Hungarian premiere at the Budapest International Documentary Festival.

29 Sep 16

Basketball Court Sparks Mosque Row in Kosovo

Rumours that Serbs planned to build a basketball court on a site where a mosque once stood in the divided northern town of Mitrovica have upset some Kosovo Albanians.


19 Oct 16

Serb Party Pushes Belgrade’s Agenda in Kosovo

The main Kosovo Serb party’s boycott of parliament shows that its decisions are guided by Belgrade, while also highlighting Pristina political leaders’ inability to integrate the country’s Serb minority.

19 Oct 16

Donald Trump Sows Confusion over NATO


17 Oct 16

Kosovo’s Privatisation Process Obstructed by Serbia

Kosovo’s efforts to privatise state companies from the Yugoslav era have continued to face strong opposition from Serbia, which has been seeking to assert control over key assets in its former province.

13 Oct 16

Kosovo Auditor Highlights Procurement Failures

29 Sep 16

World Bank Upbeat About Western Balkans

Culture and Lifestyle

15 Sep 16

Rapper Wounded in Albania-Kosovo Hip Hop Feud

Rappers on both sides of the Kosovo-Albania border are involved in increasingly bitter feuds that some in the media are likening to the 'wars' between hip-hop fans in the US in the 1990s.

15 Aug 16

Insiders’ Guide: Hidden Gems of the Balkans

10 Aug 16

Kosovo’s Dua Lipa Set to Sing in Albania