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19 Jan 18

Vucic Visiting Kosovo to Profit Politically, Experts Say

Saturday's planned visit to Kosovo by Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic – following the assassination of Kosovo Serb leader Oliver Ivanovic – is being seen as a point-scoring exercise.

18 Jan 18

EU Funds Bring Hope for Bosnia's Neglected Farmers

A last-minute political breakthrough means that Bosnian farmers may finally be able to access badly needed EU funds for agriculture.

18 Jan 18

Croatia’s Online Anti-Hate Law Worries Experts

With Croatia announcing new laws on regulating hate speech, incitement to violence and fake news online, some experts fear it may lead to censorship and limit freedom of expression.

18 Jan 18

Murder Puts Serbia-Kosovo Dialogue in Doubt

Following the brutal slaying of Kosovo Serb politician Oliver Ivanovic, analysts from both Serbia and Kosovo fear for the future of the EU-led dialogue, which was already in trouble.

17 Jan 18

How Rich Are the Balkans’ Top Politicians?

Senior politicians in the region may earn far more than the average citizen – but the biggest earners are rarely those occupying the highest state posts. 

16 Jan 18

Autonomy Demands Strain Hungary-Romania Relations

Hungary and Romania are at odds – again – over the issue of Transylvanian Hungarian demands for autonomy, which Bucharest must address one day, experts say. 

15 Jan 18

Serbian Judiciary Fears ‘Reforms’ Will Curb Independence

As Serbia awaits changes to its constitution, experts fear that planned reforms to the judiciary may have opposite results to those intended. 

12 Jan 18

Macedonia 2018: All Eyes Focus on ‘Name’ Agreement

After a year of turbulence, there are hopes of breakthrough this year in Macedonia’s stalled NATO and EU accession bids, provided a compromise is finally reached on the long-standing ‘name’ dispute.

11 Jan 18

Protesters Plan Noisy Start to Bulgaria’s EU Presidency

An array of demonstrations will cast their shadow over the opening ceremony of Bulgaria’s EU presidency – but beyond embarrassing the government, it is unclear what they will achieve.

11 Jan 18

Kosovo: New Year Brings Same Old Struggles

Issues that piled up in 2017 – starting with the army, the border with Montenegro, relations with Serbia and the Serbian municipal association – will all come back to haunt the government in 2018.

10 Jan 18

Corruption Rows Blight Start to Bulgaria’s EU Presidency

While Bulgaria sees the EU Presidency as a chance to transform the country’s image, a wave of critical foreign media reports – focusing on corruption – suggests this will be much harder than Sofia expected.

09 Jan 18

Balkan Terror Trials Reveal Links to Western Europe

Terrorism trials involving Balkan Islamists show that many of these individuals were either indoctrinated by – or had close links to – radicalised communities in Germany, Austria and Italy. 

09 Jan 18

Turkish Party’s Balkan Branches Plan Causes Concern

After Turkey’s ruling party announced that it plans to open representative branches in some Balkan capitals – and elsewhere – experts have been pondering the party’s motives and agenda.

05 Jan 18

Croatia's Far Right Draws Strength from Diaspora

The radical and revisionist messages of far-right Croatian politicians and historians find a sympathetic audience among many members of Croatia’s huge émigré community.

04 Jan 18

Pro-Russian President Deepens Moldova’s Divisions

In his first year of office, Igor Dodon has been anything but a ‘President of all Moldovans’ – fighting with the government, agitating for Moscow and, some say, using Transnistria to build his own power base.