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democracy-remains-elusive-in-albania-06-24-2017
24 Jun 17

Albania's Election Escapades

Patronage and corruption keep voting a 'low-standard' exercise in democracy. 

us-balkan-policy-will-eventually-catch-up-with-reality-06-07-2017
08 Jun 17

US Balkan Policy Will Eventually Catch Up With Reality

At some point, Washington will be forced to re-engage with the Balkans and work out a new policy that is in tune with political reality.

trump-s-presidency-keeps-us-balkan-policy-unchanged-05-30-2017
30 May 17

Trump’s Presidency Keeps US Balkan Policy Unchanged

While many expected US foreign policy to undergo some U-turns under Trump, his lack of engagement in international affairs – with a few exceptions – seems to mean Washington’s role in the Balkans is tantamount to “leading from behind”.

mogherini-must-build-on-west-s-balkan-breakthroughs-05-24-2017
24 May 17

Mogherini Must Build on West’s Balkan Breakthroughs

The EU and US must follow up their recent successes in knocking heads together in Macedonia and Albania – or the region’s descent into a dangerous crisis will continue.

eu-watches-idly-as-balkans-slides-into-chaos-05-05-2017
05 May 17

EU Watches Idly As Balkans Slides Into Chaos

The recent violence in Macedonia, and the various crises in and between Albania, Bosnia, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia, all suggest the Balkans may be sliding into turmoil and even conflict.

a-turkish-scenario-for-the-balkans--04-20-2017
20 Apr 17

A Turkish Scenario for the Balkans?

The result of the recent referendum in Turkey may have a ripple effect in the Balkans - but don’t expect dramatic changes. 

europe-is-not-going-to-solve-balkan-dramas-03-21-2017
22 Mar 17

Europe is not Going to Solve Balkan Dramas

The idea that the EU is going to speed up the accession process in the Balkans to prevent states from collapsing or fighting each other is a complete fantasy.

russia-never-went-away-from-the-balkans-01-18-2017
08 Feb 17

Russia Never Went Away from the Balkans

If the West now has to compete with Russia for influence in the Balkans, that might not be a bad thing.

balkan-states-eye-their-prospects-in-trump-era-01-19-2017
20 Jan 17

Balkan States Eye Their Prospects in Trump Era

Countries in the region are pondering whether they will lose or gain from a Trump presidency – but the end results of this new era are hard to call.

balkans-2017-economies-will-grow-despite-political-tensions-01-08-2017
09 Jan 17

Balkans 2017: Economies Will Grow Despite Political Tensions

Most Balkan states will be slightly better off at the end of this year than they were at the beginning - despite the best efforts of the political class to keep tensions on the boil.

don-t-expect-balkan-u-turns-from-trump-presidency-11-09-2016
09 Nov 16

Don’t Expect Balkan U-Turns From Trump Presidency

Serbs may be rejoicing over the Republican candidate’s win, but substantial changes in US relations with the region are unlikely.

western-failures-give-new-life-to-old-balkan-ghosts-08-19-2016
22 Aug 16

Western Failures Give New Life to Old Balkan Ghosts

The EU and US’s failure to better defend democracy and human rights in Turkey, where a government crackdown on opponents is continuing, sends a dangerous message to Balkan political elites.

eastern-europe-must-grasp-its-un-moment-07-05-2016
05 Jul 16

Eastern Europe Must Grasp Its UN Moment

Eastern Europe should not miss the historic opportunity to have one of its own elected as the next Secretary-General of the United Nations - preferably a woman.

the-balkans-will-suffer-if-britain-quits-europe-06-14-2016
15 Jun 16

The Balkans Will Suffer if Britain Quits Europe

If UK voters opt to quit the EU on June 23, which recent polls suggest they might, the negative effects will be felt as far away as Belgrade and Tirana.

albania-deserves-credit-for-saving-threatened-iranians-03-08-2016
09 Mar 16

Albania Deserves Credit For Saving Threatened Iranians

Tirana’s offer of refuge to enemies of the Iranian regime, facing massacre in Iraq, should be recognized by the world as a brave humanitarian gesture.