PRISTINA, Kosovo — The Kosovo daily Koha Ditore commen- ted on the first 100 days of the 2nd. Thaci government: Compared to the first 100 days of Thaci’s first mandate the current government drafted less laws and took fewer decisions. The Prime Minister’s official visits abroad were less and fewer official guests visited Kosovo. During these 100 days the Government couldn’t ensure new recognitions for Kosovo’s independence. The main increase refers to the number of government officials: An additional ministry, four additional deputy prime ministers and 20 more deputy ministers. Finally a wage increase for government employees and further budget expenses resulted in a decrease of available funds due to the breach of agreements with the IMF. The miscalcu lation concerning the privatization of the publicly owned Post Telecom Kosovo (PTK) moreover contributes to Kosovo’s financial crisis: "100-poor days of Thaci Government", the daily titles. KON/NK
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- Serbia and Kosovo must not squander chance to overcome challenges, Security ... - UN News Centre 26/05/2015UN News CentreSerbia and Kosovo must not squander chance to overcome challenges, Security ...UN News Centre26 May 2015 – As Serbia and Kosovo aim to overcome the legacy of conflict, the two countries must avoid procrastination on implementing the remaining steps of the April 2013 Accord and allowing older issues to shackle opportunities to open new ground, . […]
- Kosovo corruption “omnipresent” despite EU's €111m-a-year mission - euronews 27/05/2015euronewsKosovo corruption “omnipresent” despite EU's €111m-a-year missioneuronewsThe EU has failed to lay the foundations for fighting corruption in Kosovo, a report has concluded. Law professor Jean-Paul Jacqué said corruption was 'omnipresent' in the region and Kosovo's judiciary incapable of meeting the challenges of organised ... […]
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- Czech unit in Kosovo comes under fire - Prague Post 25/05/2015Prague PostCzech unit in Kosovo comes under firePrague PostPrague, May 25 (ČTK) — An unknown perpetrator opened fire on the vehicles of the Czech police unit in Kosovo Sunday, but no one was wounded, the Czech Police Presidium said on its website today. Four Czech and one German police officers and an ...
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- EU judges jail 11 ex-Kosovo Albanian guerrillas for war crimes - Reuters 27/05/2015
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- Croatian Opposition Chief Rejects TV Debate With PM 27/05/2015The head of the main opposition party in Croatia has declined to appear in a TV duel with the Prime Minister, saying the real debate will be in the forthcoming election campaign.
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- Balkans Told to Take Share of Asylum Seekers 27/05/2015
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