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27 Mar 15

The Ghost of Greater Albania Won’t go Away

If Albanian nationalism is still disturbing the Balkans, it is because the historic errors that brought it into being have not yet been fully addressed.

macedonia-s-dui-is-heading-towards-perfect-storm
27 Mar 15

Macedonia's DUI is Heading Towards Perfect Storm

The surveillance scandal in Macedonia is inflicting enormous political damage on the government’ s Albanian partner party.

serbia-keeps-memory-on-fallen-nighthawk
27 Mar 15

Serbia Keeps Downed US Stealth Bomber on Show

Sixteen years after it was shot down by Yugoslav air forces during the NATO bombing, the wreckage of a US stealth plane is still proudly displayed at the Belgrade Museum of Aviation.

the-eu-is-paying-a-protection-racket-in-bosnia
26 Mar 15

The EU is Paying a Protection Racket in Bosnia

By outsourcing conditionality to Bosnia’s own politicians, the EU is prioritising the ‘stability’ of the elites over the interests of Bosnia’s own citizens.

albania-counts-cost-of-uk-tax-consultants
25 Mar 15

Albania Counts Cost of UK Tax Consultants

The UK firm Crown Agents is hoping Albania will extend its €4.1 million annual contract - even though the expected rise in customs revenues has yet to materialize.

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24 Mar 15

Why I Named My Kosovo War Child ‘Victory’

Nazmi Kaciku’s daughter was born on the day NATO launched air strikes against Serbian forces on March 24, 1999, so he gave her a name that celebrated Kosovo Albanians’ struggle.

gruevski-must-resign-and-make-way-for-transition-process
23 Mar 15

Gruevski Must Resign and Make Way For Transition Process

It is time for the Macedonian Prime Minister to go - any other solution would be like rearranging the deck chairs on a sinking ship.

dreaming-of-uniting-montenegro-still-haunts-lekic
23 Mar 15

Dream of Uniting Montenegro Still Haunts Lekic

The departing leader of the Democratic Front has not abandoned hope of rallying Montenegro’s divided opposition forces.

bosnia-must-reform-ethnic-quota-system-experts-urge
23 Mar 15

Bosnia Must Reform Ethnic Quota System, Experts Urge

Complex system of post-election ethnic quotas is seen as playing into the hands of parties who have learned how to manipulate the rules.

smederevo-deal-contains-minefields-experts-warn
23 Mar 15

Smederevo Deal Contains Minefields, Experts Warn

Serbia’s decision to award the contract to manage Smederevo Steel to HPK Engineering could have adverse consequences, industry experts say.

last-savamala-residents-await-unknown-destiny
23 Mar 15

Last Savamala Residents Await Unknown Destiny

As the Sava riverbank is cleared to make way for the giant Waterfront project, the fate of the few remaining residents of this Belgrade neighbourhood remains uncertain.

imf-deadlines-pose-challenge-for-serbia
20 Mar 15

IMF Deadlines Pose Challenge for Serbia

While trying to meet its obligations to the IMF, Serbia will struggle to comply with the given time frame, experts say.

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19 Mar 15

Srebrenica: Flashbacks to an Atrocity

Northern Irish artist Anthony Haughey is marking the 20th anniversary of the 1995 Srebrenica massacres with a film about the conflicting ideologies and contested views of history surrounding the killings.

gangs-grow-rich-on-smuggling-albanians-to-new-york
19 Mar 15

Gangs Grow Rich on Smuggling Albanians to New York

Traffickers use fake documents to smuggle ever-growing numbers of impoverished Albanian to the US via Central America and Mexico.

russia-in-the-balkans-perceptions-and-realities
17 Mar 15

Russia in the Balkans: Perceptions and Realities

The pragmatic interests of the Balkan states – which lie in the direction of Europe - are imposing limits on the Kremlin’s drive to regain influence in the region.

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