Bosnia postpones local elections over budget delays (23.05.2020)

Officials in Bosnia-Herzegovina announced on May 23 that they will postpone local elections, whihc had been set for October 4 because of the country's ongoing budget crisis.

Belarus to hold presidential election in August despite pandemic (08.05.2020)

authoritarian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka sought to play down the risks of the coronavirus pandemic. … Lukashenka, who has led the former Soviet country since 1994, has expressed intentions to seek reelection to a sixth term.

Media watchdog condemns 'wave of violence' against Ukrainian journalists (07.05.2020)

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is urging Ukrainian authorities to enforce legislation penalizing violence against journalists after a reporter was assaulted by officers in Kyiv last week while he was filming an anti-lockdown protest.

Corruption, political blockages, threaten international efforts to help BiH weather corona (06.05.2020)

Bosnia and Herzegovina is weathering the COVID-19 outbreak better than some other nations, but there’s a real danger that corruption will undermine global efforts to help it contain the pandemic, the international community’s High Representative to the Western Balkan country told the Security...

Kosovo's Constitutional Court delays parliamentary vote on new prime minister (01.05.2020)

Kosovo’s Constitutional Court has suspended a parliamentary vote on a new prime minister until May 29, dashing President Hashim Thaci’s hopes for a quick resolution to a political crisis.

Borrell: "Status quo" in Belgrade-Pristina dialogue unsustainable (30.04.2020)

He said that he is looking forward to a swift resumption of the dialogue to help achieve a comprehensive normalization of relations, stressing that he is ready to engage with all political actors in Pristina.

Kosovo court takes another step toward indicting war suspects (28.04.2020)

[…] A prosecutor of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers, with headquarters in The Hague, Netherlands, asked the court's president to assign a pre-trial judge because of his "intent to initiate additional proceedings before the Specialist Chambers."

Peace in Ukraine I: A European War – ICG report (27.04.2020)

To help Ukraine find peace, the EU, NATO, and member states must seek new approaches to arms control discussions with Russia and European security as a whole. They should also consider a more flexible sanctions policy, such that progress in Ukraine may lead to incremental easing.

Put aside political agendas ‘to save lives’, top UN official in Kosovo urges (24.04.2020)

The senior UN official in Kosovo is stressing that strong leadership and political unity are needed now more than ever, as local leaders and their international partners wage war on the “enormous challenge” posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.