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Diplomats try to find solutions to Serbia and Kosovo tensions
Diplomatic envoys held talks in Pristina and Belgrade, meeting the leaders of Kosovo and Serbia to try and resolve tensions between the former foes.
Serbia revokes combat readiness of its troops as tension ease
Serbia revoked its combat readiness of its troops after weeks of tensions with its Balkan neighbour Kosovo.
Serbia orders ‘full combat readiness’ of its security troops
The international community urges calm as Serbia puts its security troops at ‘full combat readiness’ because of tensions with its Balkan neighbour Kosovo.
Kosovan Serbs demonstrate against Kurti's government
An estimated 1500 Kosovan Serbs have demonstrated in the north of the country against what they claim is the partisan rule of Prime Minister Albin Kurti.
Kosovo formally applies for EU membership
In a historic moment for the young Balkan nation, Prime Minister Albin Kurti of Kosovo has submitted an application to join the EU.
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Hungary's illiberal PM Viktor Orban was in hot water again, while it was the first time an EU-Western Balkans summit was held in Albania.
EU-Kosovo visa proposal is 'a political one', say experts
Under draft laws, Kosovar citizens could soon travel to the EU without a visa for a period of stay of 90 days over a six-month period
Pop singer Dua Lipa granted honorary Albanian citizenship
The Levitating singer was born in London to Kosovar parents. The move comes at a time when the UK government has experienced significant criticism for demonising Albanian immigrants to the country.
Will local Serbian plum brandy 'sljivovica' make the UNESCO List?
Will Serbs' local plum brandy 'sljivovica' make it for the UNESCO List?
Arms made at pace ‘highest since Cold War’ as Europe’s east aids Kyiv
Central and eastern European countries, from the Czech Republic to Poland, have seen their guns and ammo manufacturing reach 30-year highs as they try to replenish stock donated to Ukraine and beef up their own defence.
The real-life Balkan micronation being built first in the metaverse
The independent country, which occupies a slither of unclaimed land wedged between Serbia and Croatia, will take shape in virtual reality.
Germany calls for Balkans unity at summit in Berlin
In Berlin, the German chancellor Olaf Scholz has called on the nations of the Western Balkans to resolve their conflicts in order to ensure regional stability
Urusla von der Leyen on charm tour in the Balkans
The European Commission President met with Serbia’s President Aleksander Vucic to discuss energy and hopes that Serbia’s gas market will open up for diversification.
The EU and North Macedonia sign migration agreement
The European Union and North Macedonia have signed an agreement on border management cooperation. The accord involves the EU’s frontier agency, Frontex.
Kosovo pushes ahead with car licensing rule resisted by Serbs
Dozens of U.S. NATO peacekeepers patrolled northern Kosovo on Thursday to preserve calm after Pristina announced that around 50,000 ethnic Serbs in the region would have to switch their car licence plates to local ones within two months.
Kosovo postpones number plate plan following Serb protests
NATO's KFOR peacekeeping force says the situation in northern Kosovo is tense but they are "prepared to intervene" if it become unstable.
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Sánchez encourages EU membership bids on Western Balkans tour
Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, tells North Macedonia that it did the right thing by unblocking road that will lead to European Union.
Tensions between Croatia and Serbia after memorial visit blocked
Croatian authorities said it was "unacceptable" that they had not been formally notified of the Serbian president's private trip.
Serbia, Albania and North Macedonia row back on EU summit snub threat
The trio are frustrated at the lack of progress in joining the EU.
What do we know about Macron's idea for a two-tier Europe?
Critics say Macron's plan is just an attempt to appease non-EU countries waiting in the wings, some of whom have been in the candidacy queue for years now.