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24 Jan 17

Economy Trumps Political Rifts at Bosnia-Serbia Meeting

Economic ties proved more important than political differences at Monday's meeting between Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic and the chairman of Bosnia's Council of Ministers.

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24 Jan 17

MPs Nudge Turkey Closer to ‘One-Man’ Rule

After MPs backed constitutional amendments radically extending the President’s powers, fears are growing that Recep Tayyip Erdogan could soon enjoy almost limitless control.

bosnia-in-2017-political-feuds-jeopardize-quiet-economic-recovery-01-23-2017
24 Jan 17

Bosnia in 2017: Political Feuds Jeopardize Quiet Economic Recovery

After a bruising 2016, the test for Bosnian leaders in 2017 will be overcoming their differences on reforms, steering the economy towards recovery – while resisting the divisive force of nationalist politics. 

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23 Jan 17

Investment in Macedonia Falls Short of Govt Hype

BIRN database shows foreign firms invested only a small fraction of money in Macedonian that officials said was in the pipeline.

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23 Jan 17

‘Red Lines’ Complicate Macedonia’s Government Talks

The preconditions set by the ethnic Albanian parties on language rights and other issues will make the work of forming a new coalition government in Macedonia especially complex.

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20 Jan 17

Birth of Trump Era Divides Balkan Countries

Right-wing Serbs are euphoric while Romanians and Bosniaks are worried. All over the Balkans, governments and people are watching to see what a new era in US diplomacy brings.

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19 Jan 17

Bulgaria’s New President May Disappoint Russia’s Fans

Bulgarian Socialists want Rumen Radev to live up to his reputation as Russia’s friend - but experts doubt that he will do much to change the country’s fundamental Euro-Atlantic orientation. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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12 Jan 17

Elections and Judicial Reforms Await Albania in 2017

New general elections and the implementation of judicial reform will determine the orientation of a new government as well as affecting the country's EU perspectives.

moldova-president-sparks-intrigue-by-meeting-separatist-leader-01-10-2017
11 Jan 17

Moldova President Sparks Intrigue by Meeting Separatist Leader

A surprise meeting between Moldova’s new pro-Moscow president and the leader of separatist Transnistria triggered controversy over whether it was a political gambit or a sign of growing Russian involvement.

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11 Jan 17

Kosovo and Serbia: Non-Cooperation Perpetuates Injustice

The arrest in France of Kosovo’s ex-PM Ramush Haradinaj on a Serbian warrant highlighted how continuing enmity and lack of cooperation between Belgrade and Pristina means war criminals are not facing trial.