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Montenegro recognizes Kosovo

Montenegro, the tiny state that has made its secession from the former Yugoslavia only two years ago was the 50th state to recognize Kosovo’s independence. With a large portion of the population who identify themselves a Serb this was a brave and conflicting decision. The BalkansInsight reports that “Blasts were being heard and ambulances streaming… » read more

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Who Recognized Kosovo?

There are 47 countries so far that have recognized Kosovo as an independent state. The most recent EU state to recognize it has been Malta on 15 August, the next EU state that has announced this move is Portugal. You can follow the recognition process on this site. Probably the most important recognisitios are coming… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal

The Foreign Policy Passport blog has an excellent review on the lengthy United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime report on the changing nature of criminal activities in the Balkans. These countries that are struggling with an economic transition at the same time with a post-war trauma have lower violent crime rates than Western Europe… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal

Hundreds of thousands took part in the 442th Csíksomlyó pilgrimage in Transylvania on last weekend. The pentecostal event is the most popular religious festivity of Hungarians. In fact, it is the most popular event in the Hungarian speaking world despite the fact that Hungarians are one of the least religious peoples of the world. Csíksomlyó… » read more

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In the run-up to Serbia’s election, the EU offered a Stability and Association Pact to the country. The same day Italy’s Fiat signed a memorandum of understanding with Serbia launching a strategic partnership and joint 700-millio-euro investment on car maker Zastava. Serbian Deputy Prime Minister Bozidar Djelic said that Serbia’s agreement with the EU and the agreement with Fiat are connected. In other words, it is claimed that if the winner of Serbia’s divisive election will not recognize the country’s association pact with the EU, the Fiat deal will be void, too.

Posted by Dániel Antal

The Central European Initiative is holding its two-days summit on this weekend. The rather loose regional co-operation is not very high on the international political agenda. The first news I found in English was from the Chinese Xinhua agency. The only news they produced on the Hungarian radio is who abstained from the meeting. The… » read more

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I find it very alarming that some people think that the Kosovo criss could be frozen like the division of Cyprus and postponed for later decades or generations. Just look at the per head gross income in Greece, Turkey, and the divided Cyprus: Greece: $30,500 Turkey: $9,400 Cyprus: $27,100 Northern-Cyprus: $7,135 Although the division of… » read more

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A declaration of independence or high-profile diplomatic statements make it into the news, but the real stake of new states if they can deliver basic public services to their citizens. Krenar Gashi has? a moving writingon receiving a proper letter in Kosovo from the United Kingdom at last. Older Kosovars have lived in four different… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal