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Shifting focus of Kosovo government talks hampers deal (15.01.2020)

The two main parties’ repeated shifts of the goal posts is being blamed for the almost endless delays in forming a new government since the October 2019 snap elections. … International representatives who have been continuously calling for speedier talks feel increasingly frustrated.

North Macedonian PM resigns to allow technocrat cabinet to prepare April elections (03.01.2020)

North Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev has resigned, as expected, paving the way for a technocrat government to be formed to organize fresh elections in the Balkan nation.

Ukraine, Russia-backed separatists complete prisoner swap (29.12.2019)

Ukrainian authorities and Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine have completed what was billed as an "all-for-all" prisoner swap near the city of Horlivka on December 29, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's office said.

Coalition talks remain deadlocked in Kosovo (26.12.2019)

Kosovo faces political paralysis, and possible new elections, after talks between the two biggest parties appeared to hit a brick wall on Wednesday evening.

Putin defends rebel leaders in eastern Ukraine (19.12.2019)

Russian President Vladimir Putin has defended the pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine, calling for direct talks between them and the Kyiv government to help restore peace. … Mr Putin was speaking at his annual wide-ranging, marathon press conference, broadcast live on all major TV channels.

Ukraine, separatists fail to agree on prisoner exchange (18.12.2019)

Ukraine and Russia-backed separatists failed Wednesday to agree on a prisoner exchange and troop pullback after several hours of tense talks on the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Representatives of Ukraine, Russia and the separatist rebels met in the Belarusian capital, Minsk, to discuss conditions...

Hague prosecutor: Balkan states cooperating poorly on war cases (18.12.2019)

Prosecutors in ex-Yugoslav countries are not doing enough to cooperate to ensure war crimes suspects are brought to trial, said Serge Brammertz, chief prosecutor at the UN court in The Hague.

Hopes rise in Kosovo for deal on new government (12.12.2019)

Marathon talks between the two parties that polled most votes in the October legislative elections look set to end soon, with a final agreement on a new coalition government.

Cautious optimism for Russia-Ukraine ceasefire (10.12.2019)

Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday signaled their willingness to participate in a ceasefire agreed in France the previous day. Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, signed a deal, mediated by France and Germany, to withdraw forces from...