Developments in the Balkans

By BIAP
  • New Kosovar President

    After elections on 22 February 2011 were overturned by the Constitutional Court, negotiations between Kosovo's governing coalition and the leading opposition party chose Atifete Jahjaga as the new Kosovar President. Jahjaga comes to as power as Kosovo's highest ranking policewomen and as the third Kosovar president in 7 months.
  • ICTY Convicts Two Former Croatian Generals of War Crimes

  • Serbian Nationalist Leader on Hunger Strike

    Tomislav Nikolic, leader of the Serbian Progressive Party, began his hunger strike on 15 April 2011 to demand early elections, according to Radio Free Europe.
  • Macedonia Announces Early Elections

    Radio Free Europe reports that Macedonia will hold early elections on 5 June 2011. The motion, proposed by the ruling coalition led by Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski's VMRO-DPMNE party, passed unanimously. However, this proposal occurred while the biggest opposition party, the Social Democratic Union (SDSM), remained in a boycott of the parliament.
  • Kosovar Census Extended

    The Kosovar government annoucned an extension of the census that began on 1 April 2011. Scheduled to end on 15 April, this census, Kosovo's first in 30 years, will end on 19 April 2011, despite the fact that ethnic Serbs in northern Kosovo have boycotted the census.
  • Serbia Says Ready to Talk About Kosovo Division

    Radio Free Europe reports that Serbia says it is ready to discuss the division of Kosovo, though the Kosovar government has rejected this possibility and maintained the sanctity of its current borders.
  • EU Security Official in Kosovo Removed for 'Racist Comments'

    Radio Free Europe reports that an official of the European Union's police and justice mission in Kosovo (EULEUX) has been suspended over allegations of offensive ethnic and religious comments.
  • Albanian Election

  • Arrest of Ratko Mladić

  • Greek leaders fail to reach consensus over proposed austerity measures

  • Pope Benedict Visits Croatia

  • Macedonian Parliamentary Elections