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21.03.22

“…even before the war in Ukraine, there was a worrying resurgence of tensions in the region, particularly within Bosnia and Herzegovina and between Serbia and Kosovo. We have seen outside interference seeking to destabilise our neighbours and weaken the European Union, notably through Russia’s insidious and well-documented disinformation campaigns”.

By Josep Borrell

13.03.22

By Miodrag Vlahovic

Podgorica, 13 March 2022, dtt-net.com / peacefare.net- Russian aggression against Ukraine has provoked a dramatic change in the Western approach to Russia. Confrontation with Russia has re-united the Euro-Atlantic community and given a new raison d'etre to NATO. It will have profound effects in the Balkans too.

25.01.22

Brussels, 25 January 2022, dtt-net.com – France and Germany today used a Transparency International (TI) report praising Kosovo of making some progress last year in the fight against corruption, after Paris since 2018 said it disagrees with the positive assessment over the same with the European Commission (EC), which few believed in the official clash between the EC and the group of countries led by French authorities. 

 By Ekrem Krasniqi

21.01.22

 "Today we find inspiration in the history of France and Germany and in the successful reconciliation of our peoples also for our engagement in Kosovo and in the Western Balkans. To yearn for joining the European Union also means to comprehend this dimension of the European construction. The European Union could not have been built without the willingness of the peoples to live together".

By Marie-Christine Butel and Jorn Rohde

10.01.22

By Genc Pollo 

Images of violence in and around the headquarters of the opposition Democratic Party of Albania were to be seen on Saturday and prompted criticism. However understanding the context is more relevant to the recent political developments in Albania.

07.01.22

"Kosovo can do better; people deserve better. The EU not only offers opportunities, it also stands ready to help Kosovo in making the most of them, in honest partnership and mutual respect. EU has been supporting Kosovo also financially. The EU is here to keep supporting Kosovo to seize all the opportunities; it all depends on Kosovo commitment." 

By Ambassador Tomas Szunyog

03.01.22

By Ekrem Krasniqi 

Prishtina, 03 January 2022, dtt-net.com – Politicians in Kosovo believe that France, which took the six-month EU Presidency on Saturday will end its blockade - together with Denmark and Netherlands - once President Emmanuel Macron is re-elected in May,  and end visa regime by July, but what will Kosovo be asked to give in exchange at the moment when EU and the USA are pressing hard Prishtina  for more special power to Serbia backed Serb minority in exchange which many in Kosovo fear will be the open door to Bosnianization of the country  ?!

31.12.21

Citizens are demanding an end to poverty, an end to corruption, and an end to the destruction of a future for their children in this country. These justified demands cannot – must not – continue to go unheard. So, I call on decision makers in Bosnia and Herzegovina to make a better choice, to work for progress.

By Christian Schmidt

17.11.21

By Kurt Bassuener

(This article was first published on Just Security on 11 November)

17 November 2021, dtt-net.com - The visit by U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Western Balkans Gabriel Escobar to the region this week comes as Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) faces its greatest security challenge since the war in the 1990s. Yet in an approach that seems driven primarily by the desire to declare some – any – forward movement, he is pursuing a policy that single-mindedly focuses on deals with illiberal nationalist politicians, arrangements that would be good for their power, but detrimental – even dangerous — for their citizens.

12.11.21

 

"The EU has long been the dominant player in Bosnia and Herzegovina, however its policy toward the country and the Western Balkans more broadly is failing. A recent vote in the UN Security Council has destroyed what was left of the union’s credibility." 

“Today, the United States’ relationship with Europe isn’t about Europe; it’s about working with Europe on issues of common concern elsewhere.”

By KURT BASSUENER