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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.

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.

turkey-s-hand-in-bulgarian-election-angers-sofia-03-19-2017
20 Mar 17

Turkey’s Hand in Bulgarian Election Angers Sofia

Observers link Ankara’s blatant interference in Bulgaria’s election to Turkey’s own upcoming constitutional referendum.

croatia-hopes-for-exoneration-in-bosnia-war-crimes-appeal-03-17-2017
17 Mar 17

Croatia Hopes for Exoneration in Bosnia War Crimes Appeal

Croatia is hoping that it will be exonerated of any wrongdoing in wartime Bosnia and Herzegovina during appeals in The Hague against the war crimes convictions of six former Bosnian Croat leaders.

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17 Mar 17

Refugees Face Cool Welcome in Romania, Bulgaria

Worsening relations between Turkey and Europe have raised concerns in Bulgaria andRomania that a new wave of migrants may be on the way - a prospect that both countries find daunting.

kosovo-risks-alienating-crucial-allies-in-army-row-03-15-2017
16 Mar 17

Kosovo Risks Alienating Crucial Allies in Army Row

President Thaci is taking a gamble as he presses on with moves to create a Kosovo army despite US and NATO opposition. 

macedonia-s-propaganda-war-spreads-nationalist-hysteria-03-15-2017
15 Mar 17

Pro-Govt Media Inflame Nationalist Hysteria in Macedonia

Pro-government media outlets are becoming ever more violent in their language as they attempt to keep protests going on the streets against the formation of an opposition-led government.

bosnia-farmers-fear-effects-of-eu-trade-agreement-03-13-2017
15 Mar 17

Bosnia Farmers Fear Effects of EU Trade Agreement

Bosnia’s farmers fear the new trade deal with the EU could wipe out domestic farmers - who have been left face the full force of EU competition without support and protection from their government. 

millennials-see-hope-for-change-in-april-election-03-12-2017
15 Mar 17

Millennials See Hope for Change in Serbia's April Election

Defying stereotypes about apathetic youngsters, most Serbian millennials at home and abroad plan to vote in April - seeing political participation as essential for change.

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14 Mar 17

Belgrade Makeover: Grand Revamp or Fantasy?

Announced plans for the large-scale refurbishment of the Serbian capital have been broadly welcomed - but questions about the cost and overall strategy linger.

romania-hopes-gas-finds-turn-it-into-energy-hub-03-13-2017
14 Mar 17

Romania Hopes to Become Regional Energy Hub

Bucharest’s plans to start extracting gas in the Black Sea zone and construct a regional pipeline aim to ensure Romania’s energy security and turn it into a regional gas exporter.

moldova-pays-high-price-for-power-games-03-07-2017
08 Mar 17

Moldova Pays High Price for Power Games

The former Soviet country’s energy security remains at risk as Moldova is unable to reform its power sector and to cut links to controversial intermediary companies.

croatia-s-undemocratic-past-creates-present-day-problems-03-06-2017
06 Mar 17

Croatia’s Undemocratic Past Creates Present-Day Problems

It remains unclear how a new government-appointed body which will examine how to deal with the legacy of Croatia’s pro-Nazi and Communist regimes can resolve divisions over the country’s history.

bulgarian-parties-hustle-for-patriotic-votes-in-election-03-06-2017
06 Mar 17

Bulgarian Parties Hustle for Patriotic Votes in Election

With 20 parties and coalitions competing in the early general election on March 26, many are betting on nationalistic rhetoric to appeal to discouraged voters.

reform-logjam-threatens-bosnia-s-hopes-of-imf-cash-03-03-2017
03 Mar 17

Reform Logjam Threatens Bosnia’s Hopes of IMF Cash

Financially drained by feuding politicians who have repeatedly ducked key reforms, Bosnia again faces a possible liquidity crisis if the troubled IMF program is not unblocked.