About: ethnic tensions

Enlargement 15-07-2019

Belgrade condemns ‘hate’ after Orthodox graves in Kosovo vandalised

Graves at a Serbian Orthodox cemetery in Kosovo have been vandalised, police said on Sunday (14 July), in an incident that comes at a time of rising tension between Belgrade and Pristina.
Enlargement 04-12-2018

Kosovo says to maintain its tariffs on Serbia despite EU pressure

Kosovo will keep its 100% tariffs on Serbian goods until Belgrade recognizes Pristina, Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj said on Monday (4 December), defying calls by the European Union and United States for the tariffs to be abolished.
Enlargement 12-11-2018

Serbia warns Kosovo against ‘undermining’ regional stability

Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić on Sunday (11 November) accused Kosovo of "undermining regional cooperation and stability" by raising taxes on Serbian goods.
Enlargement 05-10-2018

As Bosnians prepare to vote, some lament being ‘second-class citizens’

In a country where political power is formally shared by three ethnic groups, Bosnians who identify as "ostali" -- or "others" -- are second-class citizens.
Enlargement 27-03-2018

Tensions as Kosovo police arrest senior Serbian official

Kosovo police arrested a senior Serbian official in the flashpoint town of Mitrovica on Monday (26 March), raising fresh tensions between the former foes who are trying to relaunch a dialogue. 
Africa 16-02-2018

Ethiopia’s prime minister resigns to smooth path for political reform

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn suddenly resigned yesterday (15 February) in what he described as a bid to smooth reforms, following years of violent unrest that threatened the ruling party’s hold on Africa’s second most populous nation.
Enlargement 29-11-2017

Macedonian police detain ex-minister over April riots

Macedonian authorities detained a former interior minister and a number of lawmakers and political activists on Tuesday (28 November) on charges related to violence in parliament in April which pushed the Balkan country into a political crisis.
Enlargement 12-06-2017

Kosovo’s ‘war wing’ coalition wins parliamentary vote

A coalition led by the ruling centre-right Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) came first in Kosovo's snap parliamentary election yesterday (11 June), but it will have to find a coalition partner to form a stable government, results based on a partial vote count showed.
Enlargement 11-05-2017

Kosovo government falls over border demarcation deal with Montenegro

Kosovo's government collapsed yesterday (10 May) after it lost a confidence vote in parliament, a move expected to trigger a snap election after more than a year of political crisis in the tiny Balkan country.
Enlargement 28-04-2017

Violence erupts as protesters storm Macedonia parliament

Nationalists stormed Macedonia's parliament on Thursday (27 April) and attacked MPs, including the opposition leader, in protest against a vote for a new parliamentary speaker.
Enlargement 04-04-2017

Tusk tells Macedonia, paralysed by political crisis, to focus on EU entry

European Council President Donald Tusk said in Macedonia yesterday (3 April) he hoped the country's leaders would avoid fuelling ethnic tensions and focus on advancing towards EU membership instead.
Enlargement 22-03-2017

Rise above political bickering, Hahn urges Macedonia leaders

Macedonia needs to rise above political feuding and form a government as soon as possible to unblock the Balkan country's path to European Union membership, the EU said yesterday (21 March).
Politics 15-03-2017

Russia: Commission should play a more positive role in the Western Balkans

Speaking to EURACTIV.com, Russia’s Ambassador to the EU, Vladimir Chizhov, criticised the European Commission’s handling of the crises in Macedonia and Kosovo, and regretted the “hysteria” over alleged Russian interference in Montenegro.
Elections 13-03-2017

Macedonia’s political crisis takes ethnic turn

A political crisis that has paralysed Macedonia for two years is sliding into an ethnic dispute, with nationalists taking to the streets over a series of demands by the country's Albanians.
Elections 08-03-2017

Macedonian president warns EU, NATO of Albanian meddling

In a letter sent to Council President Donald Tusk ahead of the 9-10 March EU summit, Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov warns against attempts by Western powers to impose on his country a political platform “written in Tirana”.
Global Europe 03-03-2017

Russia accuses NATO, EU and Albania of meddling in Macedonia

Russia accused Albania, NATO and the European Union yesterday (2 March) of trying to impose a pro-Albanian government on Macedonia, which is gripped by political crisis.
Enlargement 02-03-2017

Macedonian president accused of fomenting ‘coup’

Macedonia's political crisis deepened yesterday (1 March) as opposition leader Zoran Zaev accused President Gjorge Ivanov of fomenting a "coup d’état" by refusing to give him the mandate for forming a government.
Elections 24-02-2017

Macedonia’s Social Democrats to form government with Albanian party support

The leader of Macedonia's Social Democrats said yesterday (23 February) he expected to be able to form a new government in March, having found an agreement with the biggest Albanian party over a law backing broader use of their language in the country.
Enlargement 29-02-2016

Kosovo presidential vote violence ‘extremely worrying’, says EU

Scenes of violence at Kosovo's parliament, in which opposition MPs released tear gas to prevent the election of a new president, were "extremely worrying", the European Union said on 27 February.
Global Europe 10-09-2015

Pro-Kurdish leader warns of Turkey being dragged into civil war

While EU Council President Donald Tusk visited Turkey on Wednesday (9 September), the leader of the country's main pro-Kurdish party warned that the country was being dragged into a "civil war" following a wave of attacks on its offices by nationalists.
Armenia 22-07-2015

Tusk tour focuses on frozen conflicts

Council President Donald Tusk's trip to the South Caucasus has largely focused on the 'frozen conflicts' in Nagorno-Karabakh, Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
Central Europe 16-06-2015

Anti-Roma protests prompt Bulgarian PM to appeal for calm

Bulgaria's prime minister appealed for calm today (16 June) following several days of violence and ethnic tensions involving the EU country's 10 percent Roma minority.
Enlargement 11-06-2015

Talks to end Macedonia crisis end without agreement

Macedonian political leaders failed to reach a final agreement to resolve the country's political crisis in marathon talks in Brussels yesterday (10 June), the European Union said.
Enlargement 03-06-2015

Macedonia to hold elections by April 2016

Macedonia's political leaders agreed on Tuesday (2 June) to hold elections in early 2016 in order to overcome a deep political crisis, EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn said.

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