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06 Jul 15

Croatia Marks EU Anniversary in Downbeat Mood

Two years after joining the EU, although the economy is starting to recover, the country feels divided and stuck in the doldrums.

06 Jul 15

Tide of Migrants Causes Headache for Macedonia

As more migrants arrive at Macedonia’s southern border from Greece, humanitarian agencies are struggling to avert possible humanitarian disaster.

03 Jul 15

Lax Precautions for Kosovo Terror Suspects

In spite of admitting terrorist activities, six Kosovars have been released from custody and placed under house arrest or ordered to check in with the police.

02 Jul 15

New IMF Loan Slips out of Bosnia's Reach

Failure to obtain new arrangement from the IMF brings Bosnia closer to bankruptcy and puts new EU initiative for the troubled country in jeopardy.

02 Jul 15

Serbia Failing to Stem Exodus of Young Talent

As more and more young people leave, the government must implement rather than just discuss strategies designed to retain local talent.

26 Jun 15

Serbia Forced to Put Media Sale on Hold

The privatisation of state-owned media in Serbia - now put on hold - divides journalists, as some welcome it while others fear it will inflict huge damage on the profession.

25 Jun 15

Balkan Economies Brace for Impact of Grexit

Balkan countries are weighing up the likely impact on trade, banks, currencies and investment if Greece is forced out of the eurozone.

25 Jun 15

EU Reforms Collide with Macedonia’s Grim Reality

Macedonia’s squabbling leaders will be hard pressed to carry out the long list of urgent reforms pressed by Brussels – assuming the good will to implement them existed, which is not the case.

22 Jun 15

Bosnian Serb Leader Puts Hopes in Russian Loan

The president of Bosnia’s Serb-dominated entity hopes a Russian loan can save Republika Srpska from an imminent liquidity crisis, but concerns have been raised over the economic and political cost.

22 Jun 15

Montenegro Hopes Crime-Busting Chief Will Satisfy EU

Podgorica is forming a special prosecution to fight organised crime – but whether it will deliver results is an open question.

19 Jun 15

Speculation Grows of Russian Shift on Bosnia

Recent Russian statements on Bosnia fuel reports that the Kremlin is rethinking its traditional policy, at the possible expense of the Serbs.

11 Jun 15

No Easy Answer to Serbia’s Gas Conundrum

Serbia is looking for alternative supply routes to replace Russian gas, but the options are not so tempting.

11 Jun 15

Irish Gay Marriage Vote Shakes Croatia’s Conservatives

The victory of gay marriage advocates in Catholic Ireland has caused confusion in Croatia – where both ‘for’ and ‘against’ camps are pondering the consequences.

11 Jun 15

Bosnian Serb Corruption Battle Leaves Big Fish Untouched

While a number of public companies in Bosnia’s Serb-dominated entity are being investigated for corruption, bigger scandals remain completely ignored.

05 Jun 15

ISIS Video Urges Balkan Muslims to Kill Unbelievers

New video released by ISIS calls for more Balkan fighters to join their ranks - and to kill, poison and blow up unbelievers in their home countries.