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27 Mar 15

The Ghost of Greater Albania Won’t go Away

If Albanian nationalism is still disturbing the Balkans, it is because the historic errors that brought it into being have not yet been fully addressed.

macedonia-s-dui-is-heading-towards-perfect-storm
27 Mar 15

Macedonia's DUI is Heading Towards Perfect Storm

The surveillance scandal in Macedonia is inflicting enormous political damage on the government’ s Albanian partner party.

the-eu-is-paying-a-protection-racket-in-bosnia
26 Mar 15

The EU is Paying a Protection Racket in Bosnia

By outsourcing conditionality to Bosnia’s own politicians, the EU is prioritising the ‘stability’ of the elites over the interests of Bosnia’s own citizens.

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23 Mar 15

Gruevski Must Resign and Make Way For Transition Process

It is time for the Macedonian Prime Minister to go - any other solution would be like rearranging the deck chairs on a sinking ship.

gruevski-has-made-a-nightmare-out-of-macedonia
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.

serbia-s-leaders-find-new-enemies-within
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.

the-proof-is-around-you-mr-hahn
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.

big-brother-is-watching-us-in-bosnia
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.

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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.

a-very-macedonian-coup-d-etat
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.

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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.

kosovo-protesters-aren-t-savages-but-citizens
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.

kezarovski-case-shows-macedonia-has-lost-its-way
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.

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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?

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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?