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24 Mar 17

Montenegro’s Politicians Play High-Stakes Political Game

With the pro-Russian opposition using boycotts and protests in an attempt to thwart the country’s accession to NATO, the government must act wisely to avoid any further political destablisation.

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22 Mar 17

Vucic Team Use Arrests Ahead of Serbian Election

Grand mass roundups of criminals, staged ahead of elections, have become a trusted marketing instrument for Serbia’s ruling Progressive Party.

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22 Mar 17

Europe is not Going to Solve Balkan Dramas

The idea that the EU is going to speed up the accession process in the Balkans to prevent states from collapsing or fighting each other is a complete fantasy.

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21 Mar 17

Fiddling in Sarajevo as Europe Unravels

The pointless summit in Sarajevo showed only that Brussels remains in the grip of a dangerous illusion that the Balkans can remain perpetually unstable but peaceful in Europe’s waiting room. 

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21 Mar 17

Gruevski’s Party has Left Macedonia in Limbo

The former PM and his allies are deliberately misleading the public in order to discredit the proposed coalition led by the Social Democrats and foment ethnic tensions.

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20 Mar 17

EU’s Own Credibility is at Stake in Macedonia

In its approach to Macedonia, and the Balkans, the EU has neglected democratisation in the name of stability - and has so betrayed its own values and empowered local autocrats.

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17 Mar 17

Europe is Ignoring Growing Balkan Chaos

EU leaders may repeat that the doors ‘remain open’ to Balkan countries - but in reality the doors look closed for the foreseeable future, which means current tensions there are likely to escalate.

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16 Mar 17

Why Britain Won’t Shut up About Montenegro

If Britain’s leaders seem obsessed about the ‘Russian plot’ in Montenegro, it is because they want to keep America and Russia as far apart as possible.

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14 Mar 17

Balkan Politicians Seek to Profit from Macedonia’s Troubles

Macedonia’s seemingly benevolent neighbours are using ‘concern’ over the situation there for their own murky games and purposes.

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10 Mar 17

Genocide Appeal’s Rejection Sends Bosnia Critical Message

The International Court of Justice’s refusal to consider an application to review its 2007 ruling in Bosnia’s genocide case against Serbia could shake up the political scene and offer the country some vital lessons.

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07 Mar 17

Vucic Rivals Face Obstacle Course in Presidential Race

The regime of the Serbian Prime Minister has done it best to ensure that Prime Minister Vucic’s rivals in the presidential election remain virtually invisible.

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06 Mar 17

Macedonia’s Crisis has Become Existential

The long-running political crisis in the divided Balkan country has entered a new and more dangerous phase.

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06 Mar 17

Centenary of Strange Vanishing Act Still Haunts Montenegro

As the hundredth anniversary of the sudden abolition of the Montenegrin state looms next year, it is time to take another look at one of the strangest disappearing acts in history.

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03 Mar 17

Kosovo, Serbia and the Senseless Battle of New York

Officials from Kosovo and Serbia clashed spectacularly at the UN Security Council again this week, but their aggressive moral posturing does little to address the wartime past or prevent future problems.

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23 Feb 17

Vucic-Nikolic ‘Pact’ Hides Serbian Leaders’ Bitter Rivalry

Serbia’s President and Prime Minister may have sealed a ‘non-aggression’ pact, but their relationship is not an alliance of friends but a deal reflecting pure mutual interest.