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eight-signs-of-hope-from-kosovo-s-election-07-26-2017
27 Jul 17

Eight Signs of Hope From Kosovo’s Election

Kosovo’s general election result may have been muddle – but it also saw a number of trends that give cause for optimism about the country’s democratic future.

europe-must-respond-to-threats-to-liberal-values-07-25-2017
25 Jul 17

Europe Must Respond to Threats to Liberal Values

As the crisis over the judiciary in Poland has shown, the EU must be more vigilant in defending values that both member states and candidate countries seem determined to test.

kosovo-war-court-president-promises-impartial-justice-07-19-2017
20 Jul 17

Kosovo War Court President Promises Impartial Justice

The president of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers, Ekaterina Trendafilova, told BIRN the new court has no ethnic bias, will protect its witnesses from intimidation and deliver justice impartially and independently.

kosovo-dokufest-brings-the-future-07-19-2017
20 Jul 17

Prizren Docufest Transforming Kosovo Film, Director Says

Ahead of Kosovo biggest cultural event, Dokufest director Veton Nurkollari told BIRN that the Prizren film festival was raising the game for Kosovo cinematography.

elections-fail-to-cure-kosovo-s-political-maladies-07-10-2017
11 Jul 17

Elections Fail to Cure Kosovo’s Political Maladies

The recent snap election failed to fix Kosovo's political deadlock, raising questions about the  formation of a new government and continuation of reforms.

balkan-imams-take-counter-extremism-struggle-online-07-04-2017
10 Jul 17

Balkan Imams Take Counter-Extremism Struggle Online

After dozens of self-proclaimed imams were prosecuted for recruiting fighters for Middle East wars, state-backed religious organisations have joined the online fight for the hearts and minds of Muslims in the Balkans.

romania-s-reagan-square-builds-on-balkan-tradition-06-29-2017
30 Jun 17

Romania’s Reagan Square Builds on Balkan Tradition

The Romanian capital is continuing the Balkan tradition of naming landmarks after US Presidents as Bucharest City Hall votes to inaugurate Ronald Reagan Square next to the government building.

kosovo-special-court-prepares-to-charge-ex-guerrillas-06-27-2017
28 Jun 17

Kosovo Special Court Prepares to Charge Ex-Guerrillas

Six years after a Council of Europe report accused Kosovo Liberation Army fighters of brutal crimes, the special court set up to prosecute these allegations is almost ready to issue its first indictments.

visa-rejection-frustrates-kosovo-s-tennis-stars-06-21-2017
22 Jun 17

Visa Rejection Frustrates Kosovo’s Tennis Stars

Moldova’s refusal to give Kosovo tennis players visas to play in the Fed Cup is only the latest disappointment suffered by the country’s athletes – the result of continued disputes over Kosovo’s statehood.

un-needs-to-properly-redress-kosovo-victims-06-21-2017
21 Jun 17

UN Needs to Properly Compensate Kosovo Victims

The United Nations should reconsider its refusal to compensate Kosovo Roma who suffered lead poisoning at UN-run camps after the Kosovo war.

hashim-thaci-guerrilla-chief-who-became-president-06-19-2017
20 Jun 17

Hashim Thaci, Guerrilla Chief Who Became President

Kosovo's president has established himself as a shrewd tactician able to outmanoeuvre his opponents – but who still remains haunted by his past.

mpe-call-out-kosovo-to-deliver-over-visa-liberalisation-06-16-2017
19 Jun 17

MEP Urges Kosovo To Work on Visa Liberalisation

In an interview with BIRN, MEP Tanjа Fajon urges Kosovo's politicians to take decisive action - if they want their citizens to eventually enjoy visa-free travel into the EU's passport-free Schengen area.

kosovo-faces-dilemma-if-ex-warriors-cannot-form-govt-06-13-2017
13 Jun 17

Kosovo Faces Dilemma If Ex-Warriors Cannot Form Govt

If the grand coalition led by former Kosovo Liberation Army fighters fails to form a new government, President Hashim Thaci must decide whether to award a mandate to the opposition or push for new polls.

political-ambition-trumps-party-rivalries-in-kosovo-06-09-2017
09 Jun 17

Political Ambition Trumps Party Rivalries in Kosovo

The Kosovo Constitutional Court’s controversial interpretation of coalitions and parliamentary groups has forced the main parties to form pre-electoral coalitions, resulting in the most improbable political marriages.

can-we-talk-about-education-in-kosovo-instead--06-09-2017
09 Jun 17

Can We Talk About Education in Kosovo Instead?

The campaign for this weekend’s snap elections has shown that Kosovo’s politicians prefer to argue about border demarcation than about how to fix the country’s broken education and healthcare systems.