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30 Nov 15

Biden Remembers Tito

The US is not ‘rediscovering’ its interest in the Balkans – it never lost it.

29 Nov 15

Barring Refugees From Balkans is Discriminatory

The new policy of barring people on the basis of nationality violates refugees’ and asylum seekers’ basic rights.

26 Nov 15

Anti-Schengen Clamour Holds Dangers for Balkans

Growing calls to scrap a border-free Europe - in the wake of the Paris attacks – are a real threat to stability in the Western Balkans.

25 Nov 15

Is Europe Right to Reward the Macedonian Government?

By linking the 'conditional' recommendation for accession negotiations to implementation of the EU-led agreement,  the government is being rewarded for addressing  a crisis for which it was largely responsible.

18 Nov 15

Dayton’s Successes Offer Reform Lessons for Bosnia

The EU and US should learn from the successful outcomes of the 1995 Dayton peace deal to help Bosnia and Herzegovina create a comprehensive reform package that will ensure a functioning state.

17 Nov 15

The EU’s Responsibility Failure in Bosnia

Two decades after the Dayton Peace Agreement ended the 1992-95 war, Bosnia and Herzegovina presents risks that the European Union would rather avoid than confront.

12 Nov 15

Serbia’s UNESCO ‘Victory’ Has Exposed its True Face

Belgrade’s brutal and offensive campaign against Kosovo’s membership bid, comparing it to ISIS, has reminded Europe and its own neighbours of how little the ‘new’ Serbia has changed.

10 Nov 15

Serbia’s Tabloids: Freedom Fighters or Warring Tycoons?

The war between Serbian tabloids Informer and Kurir went nuclear when one accused the other of racketeering - but are claims that it’s a dispute about media freedom true?

06 Nov 15

Why Real Journalists Scare the Balkan Elites

Jeta Xharra, head of BIRN Kosovo and guest at the Speak UP 3 conference on Freedom of Expression and Media in the Western Balkans and Turkey, organized by the European Commission on November 4, recalls the progress and the persistent challenges facing investigative journalists since the last conference in 2013.

06 Nov 15

Opposition is Pulling Kosovo Into the Unknown

The government may be arrogant but the opposition’s radical tactics risk polarising society to an unprecedented degree, as well as stirring ethnic tension.

05 Nov 15

Why Romanians Decided Not to ‘Give in’

The success of the protests that forced out the Ponta government indicates that Romanians have had enough of a culture of generalized corruption.

05 Nov 15

Bosnian Serb Intrigues Stymie Labour Law Reform

A new labour law - a key step in Bosnia’s reform agenda - has pitched all the key stakeholders in Bosnia's Serbian-dominated entity against each other.

29 Oct 15

Vucic in Moscow: Will Friendship Work?

Serbia’s Prime Minister is popular in Moscow – but whether this affection translates into the kind of investment that Serbia wants and needs is unclear.

28 Oct 15

Bosnia’s Fragile Stability Masks a Downward Spiral

Underlying all the elements of a disturbing security picture is the West’s retreat from its role as enforcer of the Dayton order and driver of reform.

23 Oct 15

Rama Must End the Agony Over Remzi Hoxha

It is time that the Albanian government solved the fate of my father, Remzi Hoxha, a Kosovar Albanian activist who vanished and was almost certainly murdered 20 years ago.