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17 Dec 14

Why Arkan’s Exploits Aren’t News in Serbia

It came as no surprise that the glamorous birthday party of paramilitary chief Zeljko Raznatovic’s son got more coverage than BIRN’s report on the wartime brutality of his ‘Tigers’.

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12 Dec 14

Albania Must Come Clean on Torture Claims

Even if no one was tortured in Albania as part of the CIA rendition program, the country assisted in the illegal transfer of at least one person to or from a secret prison.

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05 Dec 14

Why Serbia’s Leaders Fear Vojislav Seselj

The release of war crimes defendant Seselj has brought back memories of the murky nationalist past of his former allies, Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic and President Tomislav Nikolic.

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05 Dec 14

Can Bosnia's Left Get it Right?

Left-wing political parties must woo voters from all ethnicities and implement serious internal reforms or risk disappearing from Bosnia’s political scene altogether.

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04 Nov 14

Why the International Rush for Government Formation?

The West should not be pushing the winning parties in the elections to form a government - when those same parties have no track record in delivering anything positive.

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31 Oct 14

Austerity is Bringing Serbia No Benefits

The revised budget reveals that the effects of the government’s ‘austerity’ policies are practically nonexistent - and will only result in a yet higher budget deficit.

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28 Oct 14

Vucic Sells Reformist Image to London Audience

The Serbian leader’s speech to the LSE confirms that ‘the Balkan peacemaker’ wants to rebrand himself as the region’s great economic reformer.

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23 Oct 14

Mayor’s Arrest Holds Important Lessons for Croatia

After the arrest and trial of former prime minister Ivo Sanader, the arrest of Milan Bandic shows that no one is untouchable in the fight against corruption in Croatia.

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22 Oct 14

Kosovars' Destructive Obsession with Serbia

For the sake of our own future, we Kosovo Albanians need to liberate ourselves from a destructive obsession with Serbia.

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18 Oct 14

Own Goals All Round in Abandoned Match Blame Game

The reaction to the Serbia-Albania football fiasco revealed a more serious problem than hooliganism -- lack of real political leadership.

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17 Oct 14

Channelling Kosovo Remittances into Investment

Kosovo must find ways to tempt its large diaspora community into investing its cash in industry back home.

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15 Oct 14

Bringing South East Europe’s Energy Markets Together

Serbia and Albania should play the lead role in assisting the transformation and integration of the region’s energy markets.

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07 Oct 14

The West Won’t Strike Gold in Bosnian Election

The West should not make the Bosnian electorate responsible for its own policy confusion.

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24 Sep 14

Belgrade Pride: Between External Pressure and Internal Threats

Serbia has the strength and responsibility to enable Gay Pride march to go ahead, but the question remains whether it has will to do so.

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18 Sep 14

Is Serbia Continuing Its Kosovo Cover-Up?

After 45 ethnic Albanians killed in Kosovo were exhumed from a mass grave in Serbia, why has Belgrade not prosecuted officials who ordered the criminal operation to hide the bodies?