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turkey-s-anti-gulen-campaign-leaves-bosniaks-in-dilemma-03-24-2017
24 Mar 17

Turkey’s anti-Gulen Campaign Leaves Bosniaks in Dilemma

The failure of Bosnia’s Bosniak leaders to meet Turkish demands to close down organisations allegedly linked to Fethullah Gulen could cost them Ankara’s support.

montenegro-s-politicians-play-high-stakes-political-game-03-23-2017-1
24 Mar 17

Montenegro’s Politicians Play High-Stakes Political Game

With the pro-Russian opposition using boycotts and protests in an attempt to thwart the country’s accession to NATO, the government must act wisely to avoid any further political destablisation.

bosnia-s-pyramids-get-celebrated-from-unusual-perspective-03-23-2017
23 Mar 17

Bosnia’s 'Pyramids' Get Celebrated from Unusual Perspective

Brussels-based photographer Thomas Nolf embraces Visoko’s famous so-called pyramids for offering a divided country a positive ‘ground-up’ version of history.

romania-accused-of-inaction-over-slavery-in-italy-03-22-2017
23 Mar 17

Romania Accused of Inaction Over ‘Slavery’ in Italy

After the latest UK media exposure of the slave-like conditions endured by Romanian migrant workers in Sicily, the government has been accused of making an inadequate response. 

patriotic-ngos-crowd-out-macedonian-civil-society-03-22-2017
23 Mar 17

‘Patriotic’ NGOs Crowd out Macedonian Civil Society

A clutch of new ‘patriotic’ NGOs, whose proclaimed goals are the protection of Macedonia’s integrity and unitary character, is changing the shape of civil society - in line with the ruling party’s wishes.

bosnian-authorities-ignore-us-warnings-on-crime-03-22-2017
22 Mar 17

Bosnian Authorities Ignore US Warnings on Crime

The Bosnian authorities are dismissing or failing to take serious notice of US government reports warning that the country is vulnerable to corruption, organized crime or even terrorism.

vanished-mural-sparks-protests-in-novi-sad-03-22-2017
22 Mar 17

Vanished Mural Sparks Protests in Novi Sad

Artist Guillaume Alby aka Remed says Serbia’s authorities are trying to ‘keep people blind’ after his striking mural in the city of Novi Sad was suddenly painted over.

vucic-team-use-arrests-ahead-of-serbian-election-03-22-2017
22 Mar 17

Vucic Team Use Arrests Ahead of Serbian Election

Grand mass roundups of criminals, staged ahead of elections, have become a trusted marketing instrument for Serbia’s ruling Progressive Party.

srebrenica-s-first-serb-mayor-tries-to-escape-the-past-03-22-2017
22 Mar 17

Srebrenica’s First Serb Mayor Tries to Escape the Past

Mladen Grujicic, Srebrenica’s first Serb mayor, says he wants to look beyond the trauma of war and the bitterly-contested genocide debate to seek a better future for the depopulated, impoverished town.

belgrade-tween-conquers-world-of-music-02-27-2017
22 Mar 17

Belgrade Tween Conquers World of Music

For award-winning composer 11-year-old Tijana Bugarcic, every sound is a melody and her whole life is music.

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.

serbian-diaspora-harbours-mixed-feelings-over-elections-03-22-2017
22 Mar 17

Serbian Diaspora Harbours Mixed Feelings Over Elections

Serbians living abroad are divided over whether they will cast a ballot in the country’s upcoming presidential elections.

fiddling-in-sarajevo-as-europe-unravels-03-20-2017
21 Mar 17

Fiddling in Sarajevo as Europe Unravels

The pointless summit in Sarajevo showed only that Brussels remains in the grip of a dangerous illusion that the Balkans can remain perpetually unstable but peaceful in Europe’s waiting room. 

gruevski-s-party-has-left-macedonia-in-limbo-03-20-2017
21 Mar 17

Gruevski’s Party has Left Macedonia in Limbo

The former PM and his allies are deliberately misleading the public in order to discredit the proposed coalition led by the Social Democrats and foment ethnic tensions.

vucic-s-call-for-customs-union-draws-faint-praise-03-15-2017
20 Mar 17

Call for Balkan Customs Union Draws Faint Praise

Economists have given calls for a new Balkans customs union a tepid welcome - saying the region’s political instability and poor business framework is a far bigger problem than lack of free trade.

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