Kosovo’s left-wing opposition party sees landslide win

Next PM faces various challenges, including reviving the economy, reducing unemployment, and fighting the pandemic. Kosovo’s left-wing main opposition party has registered a clear victory in an early election held amid the coronavirus pandemic, economic downturn and stalled negotiations with wartime foe Serbia. With 98 percent of the votes counted on Monday, the Determination Movement […]

Kosovo opposition party set to win parliamentary vote: Exit poll

Vetevendosje forecast to win 41.8 percent of the votes while the governing LDK party projected to finish third. Kosovo’s anti-establishment party Vetevendosje is forecast to win Sunday’s parliamentary polls, according to an exit poll, a result which could further complicate efforts to resolve decades-long territorial disputes. The Pipos-Kosova Klan television exit poll showed Vetevendosje was […]

New generation faces old guard in Kosovo election

Kosovars are going to the polls in an early election that could see a new generation of politicians take the lead after tapping into widespread frustration and fatigue with the political establishment. Sunday’s general election comes after a year in which the coronavirus pandemic has deepened social and economic crises in the former Serbian province, […]

Kosovo is slowly recovering from Trump’s coup

In March 2020, under pressure from the Trump administration, the coalition government of Albin Kurti’s Movement for Self-Determination (LVV) in Kosovo collapsed in what some have seen as a political coup. United States President Donald Trump was running for re-election and he badly needed easy “diplomatic wins” to brag about at his campaign rallies. Kurti […]

Left out by EU, Balkan nations turn to Russia, China for vaccine

Nearly two months after the European Union started its vaccination campaigns, four out of six countries in the Western Balkans have yet to begin. With climbing coronavirus cases and still no clear timeline on when vaccines from the COVAX mechanism and EU procurement scheme will be delivered, many countries are now looking towards China and […]

Kosovo establishes Israel ties, to open embassy in Jerusalem

The global consensus is against recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital until the Palestinian conflict is resolved. Israel and Kosovo established diplomatic ties on Monday, with the Muslim-majority country recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. In a ceremony held over Zoom in Jerusalem and Pristina, Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi and his counterpart from Kosovo, […]

Kosovo, Israel to formally establish diplomatic ties Feb. 1

Author:  AP article author:  AP ID:  1611940846820834900 Fri, 2021-01-29 16:25 PRISTINA, Kosovo: Kosovo’s Foreign Minister on Friday said a formal ceremony will be held next week to establish diplomatic ties with Israel, a “historic moment” in the Balkan country’s history. Meliza Haradinaj-Stublla said she and her Israeli counterpart Gabriel Ashkenazi would hold a virtual ceremony […]

Kosovo set for snap vote as court rules gov’t elected illegally

Jailed legislator’s casting vote for government of Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti was invalid, Kosovo’s top court says. Kosovo’s highest court has ruled that the country must hold a fresh general election after the parliamentary confirmation of its new government earlier this year was declared illegal. The Constitutional Court of Kosovo on Monday said the election […]

Kosovo president resigns to face war crimes charges #duzline #duzlinenews #follow4follow

Hashim Thaci, a leader during Kosovo’s war for independence, is accused of nearly 100 murders and other atrocities. Kosovo President Hashim Thaci, a leader during Kosovo’s war for independence, has resigned in order to face charges on war crimes and crimes against humanity at a special court based in The Hague. Thaci announced his resignation […]

EU warns Serbia over Jerusalem embassy move

The EU has voiced “serious concern and regret” over Belgrade’s commitment to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, casting a shadow over the resumption of Serbia-Kosovo talks. President Aleksandar Vucic of Serbia and Kosovo Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti are to meet in Brussels for a second round of EU-brokered, face-to-face talks to resolve two […]