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Heiko Maas

German Foreign Minister: Western Balkans Should Join EU

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s foreign minister says it’s in the European Union’s “strategic interest” to expand in the Western Balkans because otherwise China and Russia will gain regional influence instead.

Government Holds Balkan Conference

Serb Officials Warn Of Another War In The Balkans

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) – Serbian officials warned on Friday of another war in the Balkans if Albanians try to form a joint state with Kosovo in the war-weary European region and the West does not reject such a plan. The angry

Lavdrim Muhaxheri, also known by the nom de guerre Abu Abdullah al Kosova, is a Kosovo Albanian Islamic State leader and recruiter of ethnic Albanian jihadi foreign fighters fighting in Syria and in Iraq.

Report: Foreign-Funded Islamist Networks Active in EU Applicant States

The Switzerland-based Centre for Security Studies (CSS) has published a report, focusing on the “Dynamics of Radicalization and Violent Extremism in Kosovo”, which claims that “foreign-funded extremist networks” are active in states applying to join the European Union (EU).

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Serbia’s PM Shrugs Off Weapons Find: ‘Nobody touched me’

BELGRADE – Serbia’s Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said on Sunday he did not believe he had been subject to an assassination attempt, seeking to calm tensions after the discovery of a cache of heavy weapons on a route regularly taken

Balkan Migrant Route

EU Ministers Meet As Balkan Migrant Route Slammed Shut

(AFP) – EU interior ministers were set to meet in Brussels Thursday to discuss the migrant crisis after western Balkan nations slammed shut their borders, exacerbating a dire humanitarian situation on the Macedonian frontier. The scheduled two-day meeting will tackle

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Former Military Chief Rips Bush, Obama: Iraq War Helped Create Islamic State

Lt. General Michael Flynn, former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, has been outspoken in his criticism of the Obama administration’s handling of the Islamic State before, but his new interview in Der Spiegel contains some of his toughest words yet, and he offers stern criticism of the Bush administration as well.

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EU And Balkans Leaders Hold Crisis Migrant Summit

BRUSSELS, Belgium (AFP) – European Union and Balkan leaders hold emergency talks on Europe’s migrant crisis today amid threats from three frontline states to close their borders if northern EU countries stop accepting migrants. The mini-summit called by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, groups

Islamic State

Police Raids On Islamic State Supporters in Europe After Secret Land Purchases

Macedonian security services have staged a series of raids on Islamic State targets in their country following reports that terrorists have been secretly buying land for training grounds in the Balkans. Kosovan police sources have warned Islamic State is also preparing a huge attack

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Pope Francis Calls Sarajevo ‘The Jerusalem of Europe’

In his one-day visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina Saturday, Pope Francis held up Sarajevo as an example for the whole world of peaceful coexistence among Jews, Christians, and Moslems, who for centuries maintained their distinct cultures and beliefs yet lived together in harmony.