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25 Aug 16

Kosovo Wiretap Revelations Increase Mistrust in Officials

Wiretapped phone conversations allegedly proving the ruling party’s influence over public sector jobs did not surprise the public, but analysts say Kosovo officials must react by making changes to restore trust.

24 Aug 16

Kosovo’s Thaci Seeks New ‘Peacemaker’ Image

Kosovo President Hashim Thaci, a wartime guerrilla leader, has been embracing reconciliation by commemorating murdered Serbs, but analysts question whether he is sincere or just trying to win international approval.

22 Aug 16

Bulgaria Pays the Price for Friendship with Turkey

Bulgaria complied with demands for extraditions of opponents of the Turkish government, hoping to prevent Ankara unleashing a new refugee influx, but Sofia is risking its relationships with Western allies, experts warn. 

16 Aug 16

Milosevic’s Old Allies Celebrate His ‘Innocence’

Disputed claims that the Hague Tribunal said that Slobodan Milosevic was innocent are being trumpeted by Serbian ministers, but analysts believe they are trying to whitewash the country’s wartime past.

16 Aug 16

Belgrade ‘Failing to Develop Mid-Market Tourism’

The city needs more mid-range hotels, a modernised convention centre, and innovative, accessible museums to boost tourist numbers, experts say.

11 Aug 16

Turkey's Foreign Policy Shift Worries Western Allies

By distancing himself from his old Western allies and pivoting towards Moscow, Turkey's president is signaling a major strategic shift, which could potentially impact well beyond the borders of the Balkans.

11 Aug 16

Critics Take Aim at New Kosovo War Court

The new Dutch-based ‘special court’ that will try senior Kosovo Liberation Army figures is expected to issue indictments soon, but inside Kosovo, anger about the court continues to simmer.

11 Aug 16

Romania Finally Tackles its Plagiarism Plague

After numerous embarrassing cases of high-level plagiarism, Romania is at last getting to grips with the problem.

10 Aug 16

Vucic Accused of Recycling Old Promises

While Serbia’s Prime Minister unveiled a long list of pledges in his new government program on Tuesday, critics pointed out that many of them were the same promises he made in 2014, or earlier.

10 Aug 16

Macedonians Trade Blame Over Storm Death Toll

As the country recovers from a terrifying storm, the arguments are only beginning over whether casualties could have been avoided.

09 Aug 16

Serbia’s ‘War’ on Crime Delivers Few Results

Political interference in the justice system is blamed for the failure of the courts to follow through on pledges to curb organized crime.

09 Aug 16

Kosovo Genocide Suit Against Serbia ‘Likely to Fail’

Kosovo President Hashim Thaci’s proposed plan to bring a genocide lawsuit against Serbia at the International Court of Justice for atrocities during the 1998-99 war has little chance of success, experts suggest.

03 Aug 16

Harsh Crackdown Leaves Turkey Fearful and Divided

As the government crackdown on alleged coup instigators develops into a broad sweep against the opposition, tens of thousands of Turks find themselves caught in the middle.

29 Jul 16

Croatia-Serbia Tensions Escalate Into Diplomatic War

As the two neighbours exchange verbal missiles, unresolved tensions dating back to World War II are once again coming to the surface.

29 Jul 16

Serbia Turns Blind Eye to Rare Bird Slaughter

Once a common sight, turtle doves and quails are increasingly rare in Europe - thanks partly to illegal poaching which is also rampant in Serbia.