Serbian, Albanian PM to Face Off in TV Duel

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Bulgaria: Serbian, Albanian PM to Face Off in TV Duel Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic (L) and Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama (R), during Tirana Talks at the Vienna Economic Forum held in Tirana, Albania, 28 May 2015.

The Prime Ministers of Serbia and Albania are to clash in a TV debate on August 31 in Vienna, following months of resurged tensions between the two leaders.

The show by regional TV production Okruzenje ("Surroundings") will be broadcast live in Western Balkan cities as diverse as Ljubljana, Zagreb, Sarajevo, Banjaluka, Podgorica, Tirana, Pristina and Belgrade, according to

In October 2014, tensions flared when a match between the two countries' respective national teams was abandoned over unrest which was prompted by the appearance of a drone over the pitch waving the Greater Albania flag (one including Kosovo).  

Aleksandar Vucic and Edi Rama have also been involved in the past months in several other public rows, like the misquotation of a comment by Rama which led Vucic to write on Twitter that he would never allow Albania and Kosovo to become a unified state.

But the two leaders have also been engaged in occasionally hurling at each other remarks on Twitter which do not seem to cross lines.

Vucic and Rama have met a total of two times this year, once in Belgrade and the other time in Tirana.

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GrueFski - 13 Aug 2015 // 10:18:27

Plus Albania is a neighbor of Greece's, Serbia isn't. Why not have the best possible relations with your neighbors? Serbia is far away, Albania is right next door.

GrueFski - 12 Aug 2015 // 11:45:00

Simon also advices anyone Greek to read Takis Michas's "Unholy Alliance: Greece and Milosevic's Serbia in the Nineties"



A Montenegrin language edition will soon be publsihed

GrueFski - 12 Aug 2015 // 11:29:36

That's why Simon does advice Greek officials to recognize Kosovo independence as soon as possible

GrueFski - 12 Aug 2015 // 11:28:37

A better neutral ground would be Nis, Vranya, Pirot or Leskovyc - once they re-become what they should be - Bulgarian localities.
Or Athens/Thessaloniki once Greece recognizes Kosovo independence (Serbs and F YROMian get along excellently - almost no linguistic barrier - there are tons of Serb loanwords or loantranslations from ShtAkavian/StAkavian language into "Macedonian" "language" (F YROMian "literary" dialect or mixture of dialects - just like there are 2 Norwegian languages, there are 3 Bg ones: the third one - Banat Bulgarian - doesn't even use Cyrillic script))
Also Serb "historians" claim the entire (Greek) Macedonia as Serbian, including its capital "Solun" (Thessaloniki), the name of which doesn't mean anything in Greek, but has a clear significance in Serb: We are never going to get Kosovo back (let me break it down for you: "S-" = we, "-o-" = never, "-l-" = are going to, "-u-" = get back, recover, retrieve; "-n" = Kosovo

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