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07 Dec 17

Hague Tribunal Declares ‘Mission Accomplished’

The president of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, which closes this month, told the UN Security Council that the court had “forever changed the landscape of international justice”.

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04 Dec 17

Kosovo Commission Calls Montenegro Border Deal Damaging

The Kosovo government's new commission on the border deal with Montenegro has attacked the agreement, saying it endorsed a border that did not follow Kosovo's previous border, when it was a province of Yugoslavia.

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01 Dec 17

Kosovo Businesses Doubtful About Planned Free Trade Zone

After Kosovo's Foreign Minister urged Serbia to help set up a free trade zone in the divided town of Mitrovica, local businesses say they question the likely benefits.

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28 Nov 17

Kosovo Veterans Protest at Macedonia Shootout Convictions

Kosovo Liberation Army veterans marked Albanian independence day by protesting against the convictions of 33 ethnic Albanians found guilty of involvement in a deadly gun battle with police in Kumanovo, Macedonia.

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28 Nov 17

Report Urges Permanent US Military Presence in Balkans

A permanent US military presence in south-east Europe is necessary to stabilise the region, argues a report by Washington-based think-tank the Atlantic Council, which also warns of increased Russian attempts to exert influence.

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27 Nov 17

Albania, Kosovo Sign Diaspora Outreach Agreements

The prime ministers of Albania and Kosovo signed three agreements establishing a joint agenda and cultural and language centres for Albanians living abroad. 

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27 Nov 17

Kosovo Slams Serbia’s 'False Recognition' Claims

Kosovo’s Deputy Prime Minister Enver Hoxhaj has condemned Serbia's Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic for claiming that Kosovo 'made up' receiving diplomatic recognitions from seven or eight countries.

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27 Nov 17

Serbia Ends Probe of Army General for Kosovo Atrocities

The Serbian war crimes prosecution has ended its investigation into retired Yugoslav Army general Dragan Zivanovic, shutting down the only known probe of a top official in Serbia for Kosovo war crimes.

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27 Nov 17

Sofia Claims Kosovo’s Gorani as ‘Bulgarian Minority’

Encouraged by Albania’s recent recognition of a Bulgarian minority, Bulgaria hopes for a similar result in Kosovo – although the Gorani community is claimed also by Serbia and Macedonia.

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24 Nov 17

Kosovo Court Acquits Limaj of All Charges

A Kosovo court on Friday acquitted Deputy Prime Minister Fatmir Limaj on each count of the corruption indictment against him and his group.

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24 Nov 17

Kosovo Police Arrest MPs For Avoiding Trial

Three Vetevendosje MPs, Albin Kurti, Albulena Haxhiu and Donika Kadaj- Bujupi, were arrested on Friday after they failed to show up in court to face charges of letting off tear gas in parliament.

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24 Nov 17

Kosovo Special Court President Promises to Protect Witneses

On her first official visit to Pristina, the president of the new Kosovo Specialist Chambers, established to prosecute wartime and post-war crimes, said witneses will be protected.

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23 Nov 17

Kosovo Judge Orders Opposition MPs' Arrests

Arrest warrants have been issued for three opposition Vetevendosje MPs – Albin Kurti, Donika Kadaj-Bujupi and Albulena Haxhiu – for letting off tear gas in parliament in 2015, after all three failed to show up in court.

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21 Nov 17

Political Pressures Taking Toll on Kosovo Journalists: Report

Some media owners are using their outlets for political ends, Kosovo’s public broadcaster has been subjected to political interference, while working conditions for journalists remain poor, a new report says.

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20 Nov 17

Opposition Parties Make Gains in Kosovo Election Run-offs

The opposition Vetevendosje party and the Democratic League of Kosovo, LDK, both had cause to celebrate as the results came in from the second round of local elections - as did the Prime Minister's party.

Premium

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07 Dec 17

Cancer of Corruption Continues to Blight Europe

In a year that saw the shocking murder of a Maltese journalist known for her investigations into corruption, the fight against this scourge must be unrelenting.

28 Nov 17

Kosovars Remain Faithful to Old Albanian Flag

13 Nov 17

Kosovo's Huge New Govt Scorned as 'Chaotic'

Business

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06 Nov 17

Threat to Quit CEFTA Stirs Debate in Kosovo

As Kosovo’s government mulls withdrawing from CEFTA, citing its unequal treatment, economists warn that a halt to regional free trade will result in price rises.

19 Oct 17

EU Mulls Lower Roaming Charges for Balkans

Culture and Lifestyle

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14 Nov 17

Albanian Music Artists Descend on 2017 MTV EMAs

The 2017 MTV Europe Music Awards, dubbed the "Albanian edition" by Kosovo media, saw four artists with Albanian heritage - including Kosovo-born pop singer Rita Ora - participating in the star-studded event in the UK capital on Sunday.

01 Aug 17

Best Balkan Films to Watch This Summer