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kosovo-s-serbs-feel-frightened-insecure-and-misused-01-19-2017
19 Jan 17

Kosovo’s Serbs Feel Frightened, Insecure and Misused

Serbs in Kosovo say that the recent ‘propaganda train’ dispute between Belgrade and Pristina left them worried about their security and fearful that they are being used as political pawns.

us-retreat-under-trump-spells-disaster-for-bosnia-01-18-2017
19 Jan 17

US Retreat Under Trump Spells Disaster for Bosnia

Bosnia’s descent into a permanent state of instability was a result of the retreat of the United States from the region, which is about to accelerate under Donald Trump.

serbia-s-agenda-with-train-to-nowhere-remains-mysterious-01-18-2017
19 Jan 17

Serbia’s Agenda With ‘Train to Nowhere’ Remains Mysterious

Belgrade clearly banked on eliciting a stormy reaction from Kosovo by dispatching a train to Mitrovica; whether this drama was a designed to put Kosovo in the wrong - or was a simple miscalculation - is less clear.

which-balkan-minorities-is-less-talking-about--01-19-2017
19 Jan 17

Which Balkan Minorities Is Less Talking About?

A journalist who covered the conflict in former Yugoslavia takes issue with Timothy Less’ claim that the minorities whose desires need accommodating are those defined by ethnicity and religion.

serbia-urged-to-build-on-results-of-2016-01-17-2017
18 Jan 17

Serbia Urged to Build on Results of 2016

Serbia’s economy outperformed most predictions last year – but experts say the government must not fritter away the gains in pay and pension rises, or it risks ending up where it started.

dodik-s-secession-talk-keeps-bosnia-on-edge-01-17-2017
17 Jan 17

Dodik’s Secession Talk Keeps Bosnia on Edge

The Bosnian Serb leader may be bluffing when he talks about holding a ‘historic’ referendum this year – but either way, he is pushing the country towards ever-greater instability.

commissioner-fears-slovenia-aliens-act-may-influence-balkans-01-16-2017
17 Jan 17

Balkan States ‘Could Emulate Slovenian Law Curbing Refugees’

Nils Muiznieks, the Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights, warns that Slovenia’s proposed new Aliens Act will likely cause an unwelcome 'domino effect' along the Balkan refugee route.

young-albanians-strike-gold-in-the-emirates-01-16-2017
17 Jan 17

Young Albanians Strike Gold in the Emirates

The Gulf states have turned into a dream destination for many young Albanians whose career paths were blocked back home.

scrapped-us-health-conference-costs-bosnia-canton-dear-01-16-2017
16 Jan 17

Scrapped US Health Conference Costs Bosnia Canton Dear

The former director of the Health Insurance Institute of Sarajevo Canton faces a lawsuit after spending more than 20,000 euros on a conference in the US that never took place.  

multi-ethnic-states-have-failed-in-the-balkans-01-16-2017
16 Jan 17

Multi-ethnic States Have Failed in the Balkans

In response to Jasmin Mujanovic’s comment article, ‘New Partitions are the Last Thing the Balkans Need,’ Timothy Less maintains that the Balkan countries lack even the most basic elements needed to make multi-ethnicity work, so it is time to consider a new territorial settlement.

serbian-opposition-challenged-to-agree-on-presidential-candidate-01-16-2017
16 Jan 17

Serbian Opposition Challenged to Agree on Presidential Candidate

Opposition parties in Serbia can only win the upcoming presidential election if they unite behind a joint candidate, experts say – but whether they can agree on one candidate to be seen.

romania-2017-russian-shadow-falls-on-west-s-staunch-ally-01-05-2017
16 Jan 17

Romania 2017: Russian Shadow Falls on West’s Staunch Ally

Growing Russian influence on the borders, corruption and tough economic issues are the main challenges facing Romania in the months ahead.

serbia-in-2017-yet-another-year-of-election-campaigns-01-13-2017
13 Jan 17

Serbia in 2017: Yet Another Year of Election Campaigns

With more elections on the horizon – possibly yet another parliamentary election – 2017 could be eerily similar to 2016 in Serbian politics.

nato-ignoring-balkan-tensions-experts-warn-01-13-2017
13 Jan 17

NATO Ignoring Balkan Tensions, Experts Warn

Analysts question NATO’s strategy of focusing on building up forces on its eastern flank - while ignoring growing Russian-inspired tensions in the Balkans.

depleted-divided-and-dispirited-the-syrians-of-bulgaria-01-12-2017
12 Jan 17

Depleted, Divided and Dispirited - The Syrians of Bulgaria

The war in Syria has created tensions in Bulgaria's Syrian community, one of the largest in Eastern Europe, and given some members a pretext to seek asylum elsewhere.

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