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Western Balkans leaders pledge to speed up reforms for EU growth plan

Feb. 29, 2024 08:37 AM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The leaders of Western Balkan countries agreed Thursday to speed up regional cooperation to benefit more from a new European Union plan of financial aid that will help provide a faster road to membership. Brussels' plan calls for 6 billion euros (about $6.5...

2 Serbs sentenced over an attack on NATO-led peacekeepers in Kosovo

Feb. 27, 2024 10:07 AM EST

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — A Kosovo court on Tuesday sentenced two ethnic Serbs to six-month jail terms for attacking NATO-led peacekeepers a year ago. But one of them will be released for time served, and the other can avoid jail time if he pays a 6,000 euro ($6,500) fine. ...

Thousands of minority Serbs protest Kosovo's decision to abolish the Serbian dinar

Feb. 12, 2024 12:31 PM EST

MITROVICA, Kosovo (AP) — Thousands of minority Serbs in Kosovo on Monday protested a ban on the use of the Serbian currenc y in areas where they live, an issue that is proviking the latest crisis in relations between Serbia and Kosovo. Tensions escalated after the government of...

Leaders of Serbia and Kosovo spar at the UN over the latter's ban of the Serbian dinar

Feb. 09, 2024 13:03 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The leaders of Serbia and Kosovo sparred at the United Nations over the latter's ban of the use of the Serbian currency in areas where minority Serbs live, the latest crisis between the two governments. Tensions escalated after the government of Kosovo, a...

Germany doubles its commitment of troops to the NATO-led peacekeepers in Kosovo

Feb. 05, 2024 10:07 AM EST

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Germany will double its contribution of about 100 troops to the NATO-led peacekeepers in Kosovo in a demonstration of its commitment to regional security, German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius said Monday. Pistorius, who was on a regional tour to Kosovo...

Kosovo's block on the Serbian currency raises alarm in the EU and US

Feb. 04, 2024 10:59 AM EST

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — The European Union and the United States expressed their deep concern Sunday after Kosovo banned the use of the Serbian currency and police raided the premises of organizations working with the Serb minority in the north of the country. In the past week,...

Serbia will seek a UN Security Council meeting over latest escalation of tensions with Kosovo

Feb. 02, 2024 09:33 AM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia will seek an urgent U.N. Security Council meeting to discuss the escalation of tensions with its former province of Kosovo after its government decided to ban the use of the Serbian dinar and introduce the euro in areas where minority Serbs live, Serbia's president...

The European Union calls on Kosovo to delay requiring ethnic Serbians to use euros instead of dinars

Feb. 01, 2024 12:57 PM EST

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — The European Union on Thursday called on Kosovo to postpone an effort to force ethnic Serbian-dominated areas to adopt the euro currency like in the rest of the country, as rules that would block use of the Serbian dinar went into effect. Most of Kosovo uses...

Kosovo will impose the use of the euro in minority Serb areas, concerning Western powers

Jan. 31, 2024 19:25 PM EST

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo authorities on Wednesday said they would impose the use of the country’s currency, the euro, and abolish the use of neighboring Serbia’s dinar in the north where most of the ethnic Serb minority lives. Kosovo’s Central Bank Governor Ahmet...

Kosovo's former infrastructure chief sentenced to prison for abusing post on road project spending

Jan. 31, 2024 11:11 AM EST

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — A Kosovar court on Wednesday sentenced a former infrastructure minister to more than 3 1/2 years in prison for abusing his position by overspending public funds on a road project. Three of his top aides were also ordered to serve time. The Pristina district...