Kosovo

Pristina sends protest note to EU countries in wake of bus attack in Serbia

The Kosovo Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday sent a protest note to European Union member states in the wake of an attack on a bus from Kosovo while travelling through Serbia.

Dusseldorf train attacker was paranoid schizophrenic, police say

A man who injured nine people when he indiscriminately struck passers-by with an axe at Dusseldorf's main train station suffered from paranoid schizophrenia, police said Friday.

Stoltenberg tells Vucic NATO is against formation of Kosovo army - Serbian media

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg confirmed in a telephone conversation with Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic on Wednesday that the alliance was against the formation of a Kosovo army, the Serbian public broadcaster RTS said, after Kosovo's President Hashim Thaci said that Pristina was not abandoning its plan to establish armed forces.

Kosovo leadership endorses army bill

Kosovo Assembly leaders unanimously decided on Wednesday to send a bill on the transformation of Kosovo security forces to government for further procedure.

NATO warns Kosovo against creating army, cites "serious concerns"

NATO has "serious concerns" about Kosovo's intention to transform its security forces into an army, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told Kosovo's leaders Wednesday, warning that NATO would "review its level of commitment" if the proposal is approved.

Vucic, Thaci disagree over Kosovo army

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic on Tuesday strongly opposed Kosovo President Hashim Thaci's position on the formation of a Kosovo army, and the two officials insisted on their opposed views in a telephone conversation.

EP committee adopts progress reports for Western Balkan countries

The European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee on Tuesday adopted progress reports for Serbia, Kosovo, Macedonia and Montenegro, expressing support for these countries to draw closer to the EU and underlining the need for further reforms.

Kosovo FM says Serbia wants to dominate Southeast Europe "Russian-style"

Kosovo Foreign Minister Enver Hoxhaj has said in an interview with Hina that Serbia actually does not want to join the European Union but to dominate the southeast of Europe through constant provocation of tensions with its neighbours, including Croatia.

Croatia supports Kosovo's territorial integrity - Grabar-Kitarovic

Croatia's President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic on Monday expressed the support to Kosovo's territorial integrity and Euro-Atlantic aspirations during her talks with the visiting Kosovo Foreign Minister Enver Hoxhaj.

Stier says Croatia strongly supports Kosovo, calls for enhancing economic cooperation

The Croatian minister announced a closer economic cooperation with Kosovo.

Serbians wouldn't go to war for Kosovo - poll

A majority of citizens in Serbia wouldn't go to war to claim back Kosovo, shows a survey conducted by the Serbian nongovernmental organisation "Belgrade Centre for Security Policy".

Croatia and Albania ask NATO to revise Kosovo peacekeeping plan

Albania and Croatia have asked NATO to revise plans for its peacekeeping mission in Kosovo, arguing that nationalist rhetoric by Serb politicians threatens to destabilise the region scarred by the 1990s wars, Reuters news agency said on Thursday, quoting the Office of the Albanian Defence Minister.

Agreement reached on Kosovska Mitrovica bridge wall

North Mitrovica mayor Goran Rakic and Kosovo Physical Planning Minister Ferat Salja reached agreement early on Saturday on a wall symbolically dividing the Serb-populated north part of Kosovska Mitrovica from the Albanian-populated south part of the city.

EU calls on Belgrade, Pristina to avoid inflammatory rhetoric

The European Union has called on Belgrade and Pristina to defuse tensions and stick to their agreement on avoiding inflammatory rhetoric as well as to focus on the job that lies ahead, the Belgrade electronic media reported on Thursday evening, quoting a statement from Brussels.

Serbia's top officials convening urgent meetings after Kosovo talks

Serbia's top officials have convened a series of urgent meetings for Thursday after a second round of Serbia-Kosovo talks in Brussels which, according to the media, yielded no results.

EU encouraged by Belgrade-Pristina dialogue

Dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina is important for the region and the European Union, the EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, said late on Wednesday after a new round of talks between Serbian and Kosovo delegations in Brussels.

New round of Serbia-Kosovo talks set for Feb 1

Serbia and Kosovo will hold a new round of talks on the relaxation of bilateral relations in Brussels on Wednesday under the European Union's mediation, and Serbia's top officials -- President Tomislav Nikolic and Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic -- are expected to attend the talks, according to the RTS public broadcaster.

Nikolic says any Serb would go to war for his country

Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic said in Brussels on Tuesday that he did not know if there was any Serb who would not go to war for his country if necessary, thus repeating his belligerent statements directed at Kosovo Albanians some ten days ago.

Belgrade and Pristina agree to continue high-level dialogue

Belgrade and Pristina will continue dialogue on the highest level with the support of the European Union, but officials on both sides should tone down their rhetoric, Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic told media in Belgrade late on Tuesday after high-level talks with a Kosovo delegation in Brussels.

CAS dismisses Serbia's appeal

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne has dismissed the appeal filed by the Football Association of Serbia against the admission of Kosovo to the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), the governing body of football in Europe.  

Nikolic, Vucic to attend Brussels talks on relaxing Serbia-Kosovo ties

The Serbia-Kosovo negotiations on the normalisation of the relations between those two neighbouring countries will resume in Brussels on Tuesday under the mediation of the European Union and Serbia's top officials President Tomislav Nikolic and Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic are expected to come in Brussels, after a recent Serbian provocation with a train carrying a message "Kosovo is Serbia".

Serbians launch petition against war mongering

Prompted by recent inflammatory statements by Serbian politicians regarding an incident involving a Kosovo-bound train from Belgrade, Serbian citizens have launched a petition called "Serbian Citizens Against War Mongering", the Novi Sad-based portal 021.rs reported on Wednesday.

Serbian president dismisses accusations of sabre rattling, but says is ready to go to war

Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic said on Tuesday that he was ready to resign if Serbia kept silent in the event of an attack by Albanians on Serbs in Kosovo, dismissing accusations of sabre rattling.

Serbian president threatens Kosovo with military intervention

Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic on Sunday threatened Kosovo with military intervention to defend local Serbs after Kosovo deployed special forces to prevent a train painted with Serbia's national colors and the words "Kosovo is Serbia" from entering its territory.

Croatian Albanian MP addresses Croatian MEPs over Haradinaj arrest

Ermina Lekaj Prljaskaj, a member of the Croatian Parliament who represents five ethnic minorities, including the Albanian minority, on Wednesday asked Croatian members of the European Parliament to use their political influence to make their colleagues aware of the repeated arrest of Kosovo politician and former prime minister Ramush Haradinaj, who is wanted by Serbia on charges of war crimes.

Serbia officially requests Haradinaj's extradition from France

Serbia on Tuesday sent an official request to France to hand over Kosovo politician Ramush Haradinaj, arrested by French border police on 4 January on his arrival at Basel-Mulhouse on a flight from Pristina, as Belgrade finds him responsible for war crimes against civilians in Kosovo in 1998.

EP rapporteur favours bilateral resolution of Serbia-Croatia issues

The European Parliament's rapporteur for Serbia, David McAllister, said on Monday that Serbia was making generally good headway on its journey towards the European Union and that it was recommended that Serbia-Croatia outstanding issues should be solved bilaterally and not at the European Union's level.

Kosovo urges EU to exert pressure on Serbia over Haradinaj

Kosovo asked the European Union on Thursday to press the candidate country Serbia to drop arrest warrants against former Kosovo fighters, including a warrant for the arrest of former Kosovo prime minister Ramush Haradinaj, arrested in France this week, says Reuters.

Austrian MEP calls on EU to exert pressure on Serbia to withdraw outdated arrest warrants

An Austrian member of the European Parliament, Ulrike Lunacek, called on the European Union on Thursday to exert pressure on Serbia to withdraw outdated arrest warrants.

Italy repatriates two suspected Islamists, to Kosovo and Pakistan

Two people suspected of having links with Islamic terrorism, one from Kosovo and another from Pakistan, have been forcibly repatriated from Italy for national security reasons, the Italian Interior Ministry said Wednesday.

Nikolic says Serbia can't meet two EU conditions

Serbia wants to join the European Union but there are two conditions it cannot meet - it cannot recognise Kosovo's independence and it cannot be on bad terms with countries with which the EU is on bad terms, primarily Russia, Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic has said in an interview with the Al Jazeera broadcaster.

Albania-Israel match was terror target, say Kosovo police

Kosovo police say they have foiled terrorist plans, including an attack at the Albania-Israel World Cup qualifier, and arrested 19 people suspected of links to the Islamic State.

Serbia optimistic about new policy chapters in talks with EU

Following a positive report of the European Commission on Serbia's progress in the process of integration with the EU and an agreement on telecommunications reached with Prisitina, there is growing optimism in Belgrade that new policy chapters in negotiations with the EU could be opened by the end of the year.

Kosovo to get international phone prefix after deal with Serbia

Kosovo will get its own international dialing code after reaching a telecommunications deal with Serbia, officials said Sunday.

Johnson says Britain backs Serbia's EU membership bid

The visiting British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Thursday that although it was leaving the European Union, Great Britain would remain a friend of Serbia and would keep supporting Belgrade on its journey towards the EU.

Macedonian police say Islamist attacks foiled

Macedonian police said on Thursday that Islamist terror attacks had been foiled as they announced the arrest of two citizens in a wider regional crackdown, AFP reported.

Vukovar mayor receives Albanian, Kosovo delegations

Vukovar Mayor Ivan Penava on Thursday received representatives of the Association of Albanian Defenders in the Croatian Homeland War and delegations of the Republic of Albania and Republic of Kosovo for talks at which the friendship and cooperation between the two peoples was stressed.

11 arrested in Albania and Kosovo on terrorism charges

Eleven people suspected of preparing assassinations and recruiting fighters for the Islamic State group, were arrested in Albania and Kosovo, according to the AFP news agency that quoted officials sources on Sunday.

Kosovar arrested in Italy for Islamist propaganda

A 24-year-old man from Kosovo has been arrested in northern Italy on charges of spreading Islamist propaganda, Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said Friday.

Croatian Football Federation fined 50,000 Swiss francs over incident in Shkoder

A disciplinary commission of the international football federation FIFA has fined the Croatian Football Federation (HNS) 50,000 Swiss francs over incidents at a World Cup 2018 qualifier between Kosovo and Croatia, played in Shkoder, Albania, on October 6.

Albanian FM urges Bosnian authorities to recognise Kosovo travel documents

Albanian Foreign Minister Ditmir Bushati called on Bosnian authorities on Monday to finally recognise Kosovo travel documents and enable its citizens to freely travel like the citizens of all other countries in the region.  

Wales held by Georgia, wins for Ukraine, Croatia in WC qualifiers

Wales dropped points in their bid for World Cup qualification when they were held 1-1 by Georgia in Cardiff on Sunday.

Croatia, Kosovo face fines after anti-Serb chants

Croatia and Kosovo could face fines over extremist chants by their fans at the World Cup qualifier they played in Shkodra, Albania on Wednesday, according to local media.

Croatia cruised 6-0 in Kosovo. Spain held 1-1 by Italy, Wales draw 2-2 in Austria

Italy managed to battle out a 1-1 draw at home to a lively Spain on Thursday in Turin, in a high-profile World Cup qualifier.

Kosovo exhilarated ahead of football homecoming with Croatia

Several years after declaring independence, Kosovo play a first competitive football game at 'home' - in neighbouring Albania.

CAS to hear Serbia appeal over Kosovo in October

A Serbian appeal against the admission of Kosovo as a UEFA member will be heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on October 31.

Small plane crashes near Skopje, killing all six people on board

A private German-registered small airplane flying from Italy to Kosovo crashed Tuesday in Macedonia, killing all six passengers and crew.

Kosovo make their point on international football stage

After becoming a FIFA member in May, Kosovo celebrate a first point and first goal in international competition after a 1-1 draw against Finland in a World Cup qualifying match.

Turkey hold Croatia to 1-1 draw; Spain, Italy, Wales off to winning starts

Spain, Italy and Euro 2016 semi-finalists Wales began their World Cup campaigns with victories while newcomers Kosovo earned their first point and scored their first goal in international competition in European qualifiers on Monday.

Kosovo boosted before World Cup opener as FIFA lets players switch

World Cup debutants Kosovo are being boosted Monday before their first-ever qualifier against Finland as players are still being assessed for eligibility, world governing body FIFA said.

Three Balkan states claim link to world's newest saint Mother Theresa

Albania, Macedonia and Kosovo have warmly welcomed Pope Francis' recognition of Mother Teresa as a saint on Sunday, with all three Balkan countries claiming links to the iconic nun.

Kosovo steps on world football stage

Kosovo take part in a major international competition for the first time in qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup, but its unresolved diplomatic status still casts a shadow.

Georgia, Korea and Kosovo interested in observing Croatia's election

In addition to local observers, foreign observers from Georgia, Korea and Kosovo have expressed their interest in observing Croatia's September snap election, the State Electoral Commission (DIP) reported on Tuesday.

Montenegro doesn't expect incidents ahead of Kosovo ratification of border deal

Montenegro and Kosovo signed the Border Agreement in August last year in Vienna, as a result of three-year-long negotiations.

Warmly welcomed in Kosovo, Biden to press for peace with Serbia

US Vice President Joe Biden, a strong supporter of Kosovo during its struggle for independence from Serbia, arrived to a warm welcome in Pristina for talks on Wednesday.

US Vice President Biden pushes Serbia, Kosovo to normalize ties

US Vice President Joe Biden discussed problems from the Balkan's recent troubled past Tuesday in Belgrade, kicking off a short visit to Serbia and its former province of Kosovo.

US Vice President Biden tours Serbia and Kosovo

US Vice President Joe Biden kicks off a short visit to Serbia and its former province of Kosovo on Tuesday.

Serbian PM: Government cannot and will not recognise Kosovo

Ethnic Albanians in Kosovo unilaterally declared independence in this southern Serbian province in 2008, an act that Belgrade considers a violation of its Constitution and its territorial integrity. 

U.S. Vice President Biden to visit Serbia, Kosovo next week

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden will visit Serbia and Kosovo next week, the White House said on Tuesday.

Protests in Kosovo ahead of vote on border with Montenegro

An opposition member of the Kosovo parliament on Tuesday threw tear gas in the parliament and an unidentified person threw a hand grenade at the home of a government official ahead of a vote on an agreement between Kosovo and Montenegro on border demarcation, which the Opposition is against.

Judoka Kelmendi gets first Olympic gold for Kosovo

Majlinda Kelmendi made Olympic history for Kosovo in Rio on Sunday with the nation's first-ever medal at the Games, a gold in women's judo.

Kosovo premier condemns attack on parliament

Kosovo Prime Minister Isa Mustafa on Friday condemned the bombing attack on the country's parliament, describing it as "terrorizing."

Explosion rocks Kosovo parliament

Kosovo's parliament building was damaged in a blast late Thursday, state television RTK reported.

Paris hosting summit on EU integration of Western Balkans

The leaders of six European Union and six Western Balkan countries will meet in Paris on Monday for the 3rd Berlin Process summit, which was launched two years ago so that countries in Southeast Europe could draw closet to EU membership through regional cooperation.

Pahor, Thaci advocate Belgrade-Pristina dialogue

Reconciliation is the only path towards peace, security and progress in the region, Pahor and Thaci told a news conference held after their meeting, which focused on the situation in the region and relations between Pristina and Belgrade.

Senior Serbian army officers reported for war crimes in Kosovo

The two senior officers of the then Yugoslav Army are considered to be responsible for the murder of 41 Albanian civilians on 2 April 1999, the Pristina-based KTV television said.

France: Wrong time for EU to lift visas for Georgia, Kosovo, Ukraine

Now is not the time for the European Union to grant visa-free access to citizens of Georgia, Ukraine and Kosovo, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve says, dampening the countries' hopes of achieving the sought-after benefit in the coming months.

FIFA appoints Fatma Samoura as No 2, admits Kosovo, Gibraltar

FIFA Friday appointed Senegalese UN executive Fatma Samoura secretary general while giving Kosovo and Gibraltar the go-ahead to play in World Cup qualifiers as football governing body's newest members.

Croatia and Kosovo sign agreement on cultural cooperation

Croatian Culture Minister Zlatko Hasanbegovic and Kosovo Culture, Youth and Sport Minister Kujtim Shala in Zagreb on Wednesday signed a bilateral agreement on cooperation in culture.

European Commission proposes granting Kosovo visa-free access to EU

The European Commission proposed Wednesday to grant citizens of Kosovo visa-free access to the European Union, even though five of the bloc's member states have yet to recognize the independence of the former Serbian breakaway province.

Kosovo admitted as 55th member of UEFA, Platini still welcome back

Kosovo has been admitted as the 55th member of UEFA at the 40th congress of the European football confederation in Budapest on Tuesday while banned president Michel Platini could yet be welcomed back.

Vucic on visit to northern Kosovo, promises to protect Serbia's interests

During a tour of the mining complex Trepca, Vucic said that "a strong Serbia is not afraid of anything" and that the government in Belgrade would do everything possible to protect its citizens and national and economic interests in Kosovo.

Croatian defence minister visits Adem Jashari Memorial Centre in Kosovo

Croatia's Defence Minister Josip Buljevic and Presidential Adviser Ante Deur visited the Adem Jashari Memorial Centre in Prekaz on Tuesday at the end of their two-day visit to Kosovo, the Defence Ministry said in a press release.

Croatian defence minister supports Kosovo reforms

Croatian Defence Minister Josip Buljevic met with Kosovo's state leaders in Pristina on Monday, supporting a reform of Kosovo's security force, the implementation of the Pristina-Belgrade agreement, and Kosovo's Euro-Atlantic integration.

Croatian defence minister visiting Kosovo

Croatian Defence Minister Josip Buljevic is visiting Kosovo on Monday and Tuesday and during the visit he will meet with leading Kosovo officials, his ministry said on Monday.

Thaci elected president of Kosovo amid opposition violence

Kosovo's parliament on Friday elected Hashim Thaci as the country's new president, in a session interrupted by opposition tear gas attacks and as anti-government protests in the streets turned violent.

Tear-gas attack pauses presidential election in Kosovo parliament

Kosovo's parliament went into recess Friday as a tear-gas attack by the opposition interrupted the debate ahead of a presidential election.

Kosovo parliament votes on new president amid worries of violence

The Kosovo parliament convened Friday to elect a new president amid heavy security and worries about violence, local media reported.

Kosovo opposition again launches tear gas in parliament

The parliament of Kosovo has scheduled a vote to elect the country's new president for Friday in a session again disrupted by an opposition tear gas attack.

Albanian president would like Bosnia to recognise Kosovo

"My wish is for Bosnia and Herzegovina to recognise Kosovo. I think it's a reality," the Albanian president said.

Kurz: Countries must act till EU defines joint response

Countries must take their own measures until the European Union finds a common response to the migrant crisis, Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz said in Vienna on Wednesday, ahead of a ministerial conference on the migrant crisis which brought together interior and foreign ministers from ten countries along the Balkan route, including Croatia.

Belgrade and Ljubljana exchanges join SEE Link

The agreement was signed at the Western Balkans Investment Summit in London organised by the EBRD and was attended by the prime ministers of Croatia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia.

Oreskovic presents Croatia's investment projects at EBRD summit in London

Croatian Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic presented strategic projects of his government and main cross-border energy and infrastructure investment projects at the Western Balkans Investment Summit of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in London on Monday.

Austria, Balkan states to coordinate migration at Wednesday meeting

Interior and foreign ministers from Western Balkan countries and Austria are set to gather Wednesday in Vienna to coordinate their increasingly restrictive border policies.

Kosovo opposition disrupts parliament in another tear gas attack

Kosovo police expelled the political opposition from parliament on Friday afternoon after its members again disrupted a government session with tear gas, the Koha.net news portal reported.

Moscow expects Belgrade to stick to policy of neutrality

Russia counts on Serbia adhering to its policy of military neutrality, despite the agreement which Belgrade signed with NATO, Belgrade-based electronic media reported on Tuesday afternoon, citing a high ranking Kremlin official.

The list of EU membership hopefuls

Seven countries are candidates or potential candidates for membership in the European Union. Iceland had once been on the list too, but withdrew its application last year.

Kosovo films to be shown in Zagreb and Porec

The first festival of Kosovo films will take place in Zagreb and in the coastal city of Porec on 23-24 February, the organiser of the event

Serbia, Kosovo start talks on air, rail transport; association of Serb municipalities contentious

Delegations of Serbia and Kosovo agreed in Brussels on Wednesday evening to start talks on direct air and rail transport connections, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini confirmed in a statement.

EP ratifies Stabilisation and Association Agreement with Kosovo

“This is very good news and another important step on Kosovo's path towards EU integration. For the first time, the EU and Kosovo will enter into a contractual agreement”, said rapporteur Ulrike Lunacek (Greens, AT).

15 injured, 24 arrested in Pristina protest

Kosovo opposition sympathisers protested against a Belgrade-Pristina agreement reached in Brussels, which gives greater local powers to the Serb minority, and a Kosovo-Montenegro border agreement.

Kosovo anti-government protest turns violent; police fire teargas

Kosovo police fired teargas after demonstrators protesting an EU-brokered agreement with Serbia began throwing stones and firebombs at the parliament building in Pristina on Saturday, state TV RTK reported.

Kosovo opposition to protest deal for more ethnic Serb autonomy

Members of Kosovo's opposition bloc are set to protest Saturday in Pristina against an EU-brokered agreement with Serbia.

Dacic: Serbia is absolutely against Kosovo in UN

 We are not in favor of (Kosovo) entering the UN - in any case, we will do all to make sure it does not happen," Dacic told Belgrade-based TV Pink.

Serbia rejects US idea for Kosovo's UN membership

He said West Germany had never recognised East Germany, although it had been a member of the UN.

Kosovo Const. Court upholds disputed agreement with Serbia

The opposition in Kosovo has been blocking the parliament since mid-September in an attempt to have the agreement with Serbia cancelled.

Serbia opens first chapters in EU accession talks

EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn said before the conference that a country intending to join the EU cannot be in conflict with its neighbours.

Medvedev to visit Belgrade in early 2016

Vucic thanked Russia for its support to Serbia in UNESCO and the UN regarding Kosovo, and he particularly thanked Lavrov, saying that he "supports Serbia's independence and sovereignty in every institution."

Protests in Pristina against agreement with Serbia, opposition leader arrested

Police raided the offices of the opposition movement Vetevendosje (Self-determination), whose deputies recently paralysed the work of parliament in protest against the normalisation agreement.

NATO to remove flight restrictions in Serbia's air space

Vucic said that it was very important to ease tension at the lower levels of air space over Kosovo because Belgrade wanted Serbian aircraft to be able to land in Pristina.