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27 Feb 15

Gruevski Has Made a Nightmare out of Macedonia

A government that conducts spying operations on this scale has not only lost credibility; it has lost the right to govern.

23 Feb 15

Serbia’s Leaders Find New ‘Enemies Within’

The country’s war crimes prosecutor has come under fire from senior officials after announcing that the Serbian Army’s top general could be investigated over his role in the Kosovo conflict.

18 Feb 15

The ‘Proof’ is Around You, Mr Hahn

The Commissioner’s latest words on Serbia and Macedonia show that the EU is unfortunately sticking to a policy of turning a blind eye to disturbing developments in the Balkans.

05 Feb 15

Big Brother is Watching Us in Bosnia

A year on from the February protests, many of us who took part in them are still being targeted by an increasingly oppressive state apparatus.

03 Feb 15

The ICJ Verdict: The Genocide Case That Wasn’t

While the judgement is unsurprising, as the problems between Croatia and Serbia were essentially political, it should invite discussion on what states are obligated to do for crime victims.

03 Feb 15

A Very Macedonian Coup d’Etat

As Gruevski buys time for his repressive regime, the opposition has only one option – to publish its supposedly sensational information and take the consequences.

30 Jan 15

Greece Could Disrupt the EU’s Balkan Policy

The arrival of a more pro-Russian government in Athens could add to the Brussels’ exiting headaches in the Balkans.

29 Jan 15

Kosovo Protesters Aren’t ‘Savages’ But Citizens

Those condemning the violence of the protests in Kosovo have not even begun to ask themselves why they are happening.

26 Jan 15

Kezarovski Case Shows Macedonia Has Lost Its Way

In its handling of both the Kezarovski case and the amendments to the constitution, the government of Nikola Gruevski has again shown its true authoritarian colours.

24 Jan 15

Zagreb Finally Sheds its Wallflower Reputation

The Croatian capital is at last becoming a major tourist destination in its own right. Why has it taken so long?

21 Jan 15

Investigative Journalism, From BIRN’s Probe to Porn Vids

When someone mentions the phrase ‘investigative journalism’, does BIRN or an irresponsible tabloid come to mind?

20 Jan 15

A Serbian Guide to Ruining Reputations

False allegations against the Serbian war crimes prosecution and the enforced retirement of the prosecutor suggest that powerful people are still trying to hide the truth about the 1990s conflicts.

15 Jan 15

Grabar Kitarovic Will Take Croatia Back to 1990s

If the HDZ wins the elections this year - which is likely - an era of constructive engagement between Croatia and the Balkan region is likely to come to an end.

13 Jan 15

Croatia Heads Into Rocky Time of ‘Cohabitation’

Grabar Kitarovic’s victory means the country how has a right-wing president, eager to unseat a weak government of the left – a recipe for instability if ever there was.

12 Jan 15

Josipovic Fell Victim to Curse of Incumbency

A tanking economy, splits on the left and the hostility of the large diaspora combined to snatch a second term away from the election front-runner.