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move-to-publish-intelligence-files-divides-romania-05-22-2017
22 May 17

Move to Publish Intelligence Files Divides Romania

Plans to declassify secret files that belonged to the Justice Ministry have caused a dispute - with some claiming they should be destroyed as they contain forgeries and inaccuracies.

albania-analysts-ponder-recent-pm-opposition-big-deal--05-22-2017
22 May 17

Albania Analysts Ponder Recent PM, Opposition ‘Big Deal’

Analysts in Albania seem split in their views over a landmark deal between Prime Minister Edi Rama and opposition leader Lulzim Basha, which – if implemented – could end years of political deadlock.

croatian-liberal-leader-rules-out-supporting-hdz-05-19-2017
19 May 17

Croatian Liberal Leader Rules out Supporting HDZ

Ivan Vrdoljak, head of the opposition Croatian People’s Party, told BIRN that his party has no intention of joining a coalition government under the Croatian Democratic Union, HDZ.

the-fates-of-balkan-and-western-democracy-are-inseparable-05-19-2017
19 May 17

The Fates of Balkan and Western Democracy are Inseparable

An assault on democratic norms in the Balkans should be treated with the same urgency as such a crisis would precipitate within the core of the EU.

spark-fades-away-in-bosnia-s-last-match-factory-05-18-2017
19 May 17

Spark Fades Away in Bosnia’s Last Match Factory

Only a dozen workers remain in the Dolac match factory, Bosnia’s last, which has been churning out matches using a secret recipe since the days of the Emperor Franz Joseph.

tacit-thaci-vucic-alliance-again-outsmarts-the-west-05-18-2017
18 May 17

Tacit Thaci-Vucic ‘Alliance’ Again Outsmarts the West

As the leaders of both Kosovo and Serbia game the West - by feigning a commitment to the EU Dialogue that neither intends to honour – it is time the West came up with a master plan.

lgbt-community-struggles-for-acceptance-in-romania-05-17-2017
17 May 17

LGBT Community Struggles for Acceptance in Romania

As the world marks International Day Against Homophobia, Romania has a long way to go in terms of respecting LGBT rights. 

albanian-parties-negotiating-the-end-of-political-stalemate-05-16-2017
17 May 17

Albanian Parties Negotiating End Of Political Stalemate

Analysts in Tirana believe that postponing the election date and changes in government are acceptable, but the opposition should pledge to implement judicial reform.

 

croatia-braces-for-local-elections-amid-growing-crisis-05-16-2017
17 May 17

Croatia Braces for Local Elections amid Growing Crisis

Besides establishing local administrations, upcoming Croatian elections are also expected to indicate the biggest winners and losers in Croatia's growing political turmoil.

us-expects-zaev-to-form-new-macedonian-government-05-17-2017
17 May 17

US Expects Zaev to Form New Macedonian Government

US State Department official Hoyt Yee, who is currently touring the Balkans, said that the Macedonian President understands that he is expected to give Zoran Zaev a chance to form a government.

comic-coup-only-helped-montenegro-pm-mandic-says-05-15-2017
17 May 17

‘Comic Coup’ Only Helped Montenegro PM, Mandic Says

One of the opposition leaders accused of being involved in last year’s alleged plot tells BIRN that the charges against him are politically motivated and casts doubts on the prosecution’s independence.

rabid-anti-albanian-sentiments-grip-serbian-media-05-16-2017
16 May 17

Rabid Anti-Albanian Sentiment Grips Serbian Media

Growing ethnic and political tensions across the Balkans have triggered rabid warmongering and ethnic anti-Albanian ethnic slurs in Serbian media, local experts warn.

bosnian-serbs-stale-politics-face-big-shakeup-05-15-2017
16 May 17

Bosnian Serbs’ Stale Politics Face Big Shakeup

The once stagnant and monotonous political scene in Bosnia’s Serb-dominated entity is now in a state of unusual turmoil, which could lead to major changes.

anti-darwin-campaign-highlights-serbia-s-conservative-revival-05-15-2017
16 May 17

Anti-Darwin Campaign Highlights Serbia's Conservative Revival

As intellectuals petition for Darwin’s theory of evolution to be excluded from schools, experts warn of a more general resurgence of right-wing thinking in Serbia.

ruling-coalition-breakups-heighten-bosnia-s-agony-05-15-2017
15 May 17

Ruling Coalition Breakups Heighten Bosnia’s Agony

The de-facto collapse of the ruling coalitions at state level and the Federation Entity are pushing Bosnia deeper into political and economic turmoil.

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