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17 Jan 18

Ivanovic Death is Failure for All of Kosovo

Serbia, the Kosovo Albanians and the international factors in Kosovo, such as the EU, all bear responsibility for creating the conditions that led to this shocking assassination. 

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17 Jan 18

Murder, Measles and New Tanks

Not quite a promising start to 2018 in the Western Balkans: The year's dawn saw three deaths from a curable disease followed by the assassination of a prominent politician in Northern Kosovo.

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12 Jan 18

Balkans Fail to Feature in Russia’s Election Race

Foreign policy is a key issue in any Russian presidential election – but in this one, the once important Balkan region appears to be a non-issue.

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11 Jan 18

China’s Stealthy Advance in Balkans Should Worry EU

While Europe focuses on the threat of Russian penetration in Eastern Europe, it is neglecting the subtler dangers than come from China’s growing influence in the region.

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09 Jan 18

Kosovo Leaders’ War Court U-Turn is Self-Destructive

The futile attempts by former guerrillas turned politicians to revoke Kosovo’s commitments to impartially prosecute war crimes at the new Special Court show that the West’s support for the ruling elite must end.

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25 Dec 17

Serbia Risks Flouting UN Torture Convention By Extraditing Activist

If Serbia acts on its decision to extradite a Kurdish rights activist to Turkey, it will be showing its absolute disregard for the UN Convention against Torture that it has signed.

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22 Dec 17

European Banks Must Stop Funding Balkan Hydropower Plants

A new report shows that even small power plants funded by European banks are inflicting serious damage on the region’s precious natural habitats.

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19 Dec 17

Has Croatia and Serbia’s Past Hijacked Their Future?

The inability or refusal of the Croatian and Serbian governments to come to grips with the crimes of the 1990s means that both are still being held back by reactionary nationalism.

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18 Dec 17

With Michael, Balkan Royalist Hopes Lie Buried

The late King of Romania’s grand farewell ended an era when hopes of royalist restorations seemed faintly possible.

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14 Dec 17

Rising Balkan Risks Demand Action Home and Abroad

Heightened tensions and potential violence have been predicted for the Balkans in 2018, so people in the region must find the courage to seek solutions themselves, with help from Washington and Brussels.

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13 Dec 17

Croatia's Corrupt Football World Thwarts Hope of Reform

As corruption allegations and court cases continue to tarnish Croatian football’s image, fans are losing hope that things will ever change in their beloved sport.

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12 Dec 17

Why Macedonians and Greeks Should Work Together

Confidence-building initiatives that bring civil society activists in Greece and Macedonia together in practical ways have helped lay some of the groundwork for a potential rapprochement between Skopje and Athens.

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07 Dec 17

Cancer of Corruption Continues to Blight Europe

In a year that saw the shocking murder of a Maltese journalist known for her investigations into corruption, the fight against this scourge must be unrelenting.

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05 Dec 17

Kosovo is Wasting its Energy on Recognition Battles

Getting diplomatic recognition by small, far-off states is far less important than having a functioning economy.

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30 Nov 17

A Poisonous Week at the Hague Tribunal

The nationalistic reactions to the death of Slobodan Praljak and the conviction of Ratko Mladic show that bitterly hostile disagreements persist over the reasons for the 1990s wars and the crimes that were committed.