Home Page
 

Latest Analysis from the Balkans

kosovo-with-the-largest-govt-of-its-post-war-history-yet-not-efficient-11-09-2017
13 Nov 17

Kosovo's Huge New Govt Scorned as 'Chaotic'

With over 50 deputy ministers already and more, apparently, to come, Ramush Haradinaj's government is the largest in Kosovo’s post-war history, which analysts say will greatly complicate its work.

hopes-rise-for-settlement-to-macedonia-name-dispute-11-13-2017
13 Nov 17

Hopes Rise for Settlement to Macedonia Name Dispute

Optimism is growing that Greece and Macedonia can finally settle a long-standing dispute that has held up Macedonia’s Euro-Atlantic integration.

eu-wises-up-to-moldova-s-geopolitical-games-11-06-2017
09 Nov 17

EU Wises up to Moldova’s Geopolitical Games

Moldova’s scandal-ridden governments have been playing the ‘Western’ card for years as they advance on the road to EU membership – but Brussels is becoming increasingly suspicious of their intentions.

resistance-grows-in-albania-to-rama-s-tax-reforms-11-08-2017
08 Nov 17

Resistance Grows in Albania to Rama’s Tax Reforms

Controversial reforms designed to curb the grey economy by forcing small firms to pay VAT, among other things, are coming under increasingly hostile scrutiny.

kosovo-s-oldest-party-hails-local-election-comeback-11-05-2017
08 Nov 17

Kosovo's Oldest Party Hails Local Election Comeback

Solid results in the local elections have given the Democratic League of Kosovo new hope that better days lie ahead – but some experts say celebrations would be premature.

serbian-media-and-politicians-abusing-murder-case-11-03-2017
07 Nov 17

Serbian Media Slated for Exploiting Singer Murder Case

As the flow of lurid stories about the murder of a singer continues, critics say the tabloid media have grossly violated ethical norms to keep the story going.

threat-to-quit-cefta-stirs-debate-in-kosovo-11-05-2017
06 Nov 17

Threat to Quit CEFTA Stirs Debate in Kosovo

As Kosovo’s government mulls withdrawing from CEFTA, citing its unequal treatment, economists warn that a halt to regional free trade will result in price rises.

balkan-muslims-stage-counteroffensive-against-radicals-10-31-2017
06 Nov 17

Balkan Muslims Stage Counteroffensive Against Radicals

Balkan youth have been an easy target for extremists seeking to radicalise them and convince them to fight abroad, but now parents, activists and official Islamic organisations are striking back.

kosovo-faces-dilemma-over-turkish-extradition-demand-11-03-2017
04 Nov 17

Kosovo Faces Dilemma Over Turkish Extradition Demand

After Kosovo arrested an alleged Gulenist teacher on a Turkish warrant, the country’s justice system faces a tough decision on extradition, which will either upset Ankara or the EU.

belgrade-vote-could-derail-vucic-regime--10-06-2017
02 Nov 17

Vucic’s Fears For Belgrade ‘Pushing Serbia Into Elections’

As Serbia’s President hints at another snap election next year, in tandem with the local elections for Belgrade, analysts believe the move reflects the ruling party’s fear that it could lose control of the capital.

multiple-expensive-arbitrations-and-lawsuits-pressure-croatia-10-30-2017
31 Oct 17

International Lawsuits Pile up Against Croatia

Croatia faces numerous international arbitration processes over borders, important companies or stopped construction projects – with potentially expensive outcomes.

dacic-s-undiplomatic-antics-cause-anguish-in-serbia-10-30-2017
31 Oct 17

Dacic’s Undiplomatic Antics Cause Anguish in Serbia

The unorthodox pranks and statements of Serbia’s Foreign Minister may appal some in Serbia’s media and civil society – but Serbia’s President is determined to turn a blind eye.

restive-provinces-replace-communism-as-spectre-haunting-europe--10-29-2017
30 Oct 17

Restive Provinces Replace Communism as ‘Spectre Haunting Europe’

As the standoff between Spain and Catalonia continues, Balkan Insight looks at the many other provinces and regions in the Balkans and elsewhere that are challenging the integrity of Europe’s current states.

serbia-s-newly-mighty-dinar-intrigues-experts-10-27-2017
27 Oct 17

Serbia’s Newly Mighty Dinar Intrigues Experts

Serbia’s national currency is strengthening markedly, but whether this is because of healthy macro-economic indices or is down to speculators is harder to call.

romania-s-ruling-party-pushes-ahead-with-justice-bill-despite-criticism-10-24-2017
25 Oct 17

Romania Ruling Party Pushes Justice Bill Despite Opposition

The Social Democrat-led coalition’s justice bill has been handed to parliament despite warnings that it will curb the independence of the judicial system and could hurt the country’s standing in Europe.