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brexit-has-brought-a-european-ice-age-closer-06-24-2016
24 Jun 16

Brexit has Brought a European ‘Ice Age’ Closer

Today is Friday, 24th June 2016. It’s a very sad day in the history of Europe.

provincial-revolt-ends-britain-s-eu-odyssey-06-24-2016
24 Jun 16

Provincial Revolt Ends Britain’s EU Odyssey

The combined votes of London and Scotland were not enough to outweigh a working class revolt against the political elites as well as the EU.

vucic-hits-a-crisis-with-his-western-friends--06-15-2016
16 Jun 16

Vucic Hits a Crisis With His ‘Western Friends’

The Serbian PM is finding his East-West balancing act increasingly hard to maintain.

macedonia-central-balkan-nation-in-crisis-06-15-2016
16 Jun 16

Macedonia: Central Balkan Nation in Crisis

The current neglect of this small and fragile country by the EU and US undermines democracy and stability in the Balkans.

the-balkans-will-suffer-if-britain-quits-europe-06-14-2016
15 Jun 16

The Balkans Will Suffer if Britain Quits Europe

If UK voters opt to quit the EU on June 23, which recent polls suggest they might, the negative effects will be felt as far away as Belgrade and Tirana.

serbia-s-new-parliament-debating-chamber-or-reality-show--06-10-2016
10 Jun 16

Serbia’s New Parliament: Debating Chamber or Reality Show?

The Serbian parliament can sometimes look more like ‘Big Brother’ than a serious legislature, with MPs competing to attract the most media coverage.

crisis-wracked-bosnia-approaches-tipping-point-06-09-2016
09 Jun 16

Crisis-Wracked Bosnia Approaches Tipping Point

A new report by a Bosnia-based think-tank, the Social Overview Service, warns time is running out to address damaging political divisions and economic woes and secure the country’s path towards the EU.

serbian-media-selectively-reporting-on-waterfront-protesters-05-26-2016
26 May 16

Serbia's Controlled Media Are Ignoring Waterfront Protests

It is not surprising that most Serbian mainstream media either ignored or only selectively reported on a rally in which more than 10,000 marchers demanded resignations over the controversial demolitions in the Waterfront area.

the-false-threat-of-secession-in-bosnia-05-02-2016
04 May 16

The False Threat of Secession in Bosnia

The simple truth is that the Republika Srpska cannot and will not become independent.

civil-society-must-play-role-in-macedonia-s-crisis-04-27-2016
28 Apr 16

Civil Society Must Play Role in Macedonia’s Crisis

An EU-led ‘citizens’ summit’ involving the big parties and the civil movement could revive a much-needed dialogue – whose absence has brought Macedonia to the brink of conflict.

vucic-faces-tough-opponents-in-serbia-s-new-assembly-04-26-2016
27 Apr 16

Vucic Faces Tough Opponents in Serbia’s New Assembly

The all-conquering Progressive Party leader faces a tough ride in the new parliament at the hands of at least three skilled opponents.

europe-must-be-ready-to-punish-macedonia-s-leaders-04-22-2016
22 Apr 16

Europe Must Be Ready to Punish Macedonia’s Leaders

Following the President’s outrageous pardon, the EU and US must show they are ready to sanction the country’s leaders for failing to keep their promises.

ever-changing-electoral-systems-fuelled-macedonia-s-crisis-04-18-2016
19 Apr 16

Ever-Changing Electoral Systems Fuelled Macedonia’s Crisis

Arbitrary changes to the electoral system, frequent dissolutions of parliament and over-powerful governing coalitions have contributed to the current political crisis in Macedonia.

time-to-confront-macedonia-s-little-dictator-04-18-2016
18 Apr 16

Time to Confront Macedonia’s Little Dictator

As Macedonians take to the streets in protest against their autocratic and corrupt regime, the international community should apply pressure from the outside as well.

the-last-presidential-pardon-in-macedonia-04-13-2016
13 Apr 16

The Last Presidential Pardon in Macedonia

Now that the President has subverted the last hope of Macedonia fulfilling the EU crisis agreement, only international intervention can save the country from violence.