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07 Sep 17

Moldova Feels Squeezed in Russia’s Information War

Corruption and weak legislation have turned Moldova into a media battleground – in which Russia seems to have the upper hand.

staying-power-of-kosovo-s-new-government-doubted-09-06-2017
06 Sep 17

Staying Power of Kosovo’s New Government Doubted

As a disparate group of parties finally form a coalition government in Kosovo, opposition leaders and experts question its strength and durability.

german-turkish-feud-threatens-eu-role-in-balkans-09-02-2017
05 Sep 17

German-Turkish Feud Threatens EU Role in Balkans

If the dispute between Germany and Turkey worsens, President Erdogan will be tempted to try to undermine the EU in the Balkans, experts warn.

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31 Aug 17

Croatia Fascist Slogan Threatens to Topple Govt

The slogan of the Croatian WWII fascist Ustasa movement, ‘Za dom spremni’, remains so politically toxic that a dispute over a plaque bearing the words could bring down the country’s governing coalition.

vetevendosje-set-to-dominate-kosovo-s-future-political-scene-08-28-2017
29 Aug 17

Vetevendosje Set to Dominate Kosovo's Future Political Scene

2017 seems to be the year of Vetevendosje, whose surprising domination in the recent parliamentary elections is expected to be confirmed in the upcoming local elections, experts say.

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25 Aug 17

Kosovo-Serbia ‘Historic’ Deal Remains Stuck, Years On

Only one of the four agreements signed between Kosovo and Serbia two years ago has been implemented, while all others are blocked – as the two sides blame each other for the deadlock.

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22 Aug 17

Turkish Crisis Fuels Investment Surge in Balkans

The political crisis in Turkey is motivating many Turkish companies to shift their business operations to the nearby Balkan states.

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21 Aug 17

‘Lucifer’ Wreaks Havoc With Balkan Agriculture

One of the worst-ever heat waves to hit the Balkans this summer, ‘Lucifer’ has brought drought and forest fires, decimating crops across the region, experts say.

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17 Aug 17

Turkish Purges Leave Once Mighty Army Weakened

Once one of the world's strongest armed forces, the Turkish military has been seriously undermined by waves of arrests and dismissals, experts warn.

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15 Aug 17

Bosnia-Born American Sues US over Travel Ban

A Bosnian-American is suing the US government after he was placed on the ‘no-fly list’, which prevents him from doing his job and from visiting his family in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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10 Aug 17

Bosnia Sees Increase in ‘Desperate’ Illegal Migrants

The number of people arriving illegally in Bosnia has grown this year as desperate migrants seek new ways to reach EU states after other countries on the ‘Balkan Route’ closed their borders.

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04 Aug 17

Croatia’s Operation Storm: Crimes Unpunished 22 Years On

An NGO’s criminal complaint accusing unknown perpetrators of committing war crimes during the Croatian military’s Operation Storm, whose 22nd anniversary is marked this weekend, highlights the lack of prosecutions so far.

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03 Aug 17

Clock Starts Ticking for Kosovo’s Next Government

The countdown to the deadline for Kosovo to form a new government will begin the moment the new parliament starts work, but political parties are still struggling to secure a ruling majority.

serbia-s-govt-to-cash-in-from-sound-of-music-07-31-2017
02 Aug 17

Serbia’s Govt to Cash in on Sound of Music

New measures obliging clubs and bars to sign contracts with their performers – and pay taxes on them – have divided the musical community.

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27 Jul 17

Busting Myths About Russia’s Balkan Designs

A new book takes a searching look at what Russia is up to – and what it is not – in Southeast Europe.