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27 Jul 17

Eight Signs of Hope From Kosovo’s Election

Kosovo’s general election result may have been muddle – but it also saw a number of trends that give cause for optimism about the country’s democratic future.

europe-must-respond-to-threats-to-liberal-values-07-25-2017
25 Jul 17

Europe Must Respond to Threats to Liberal Values

As the crisis over the judiciary in Poland has shown, the EU must be more vigilant in defending values that both member states and candidate countries seem determined to test.

bosnia-s-next-elections-could-be-a-game-changer-07-18-2017
19 Jul 17

Bosnia’s Next Elections Could be a Game Changer

As internal acrimony consumes the nationalist camps, the 2018 elections could see a breakthrough by a reunited Bosnian left – transforming the country’s reform prospects.

ethnic-partition-would-spell-disaster-for-the-balkans-07-04-2017
05 Jul 17

Ethnic Partition Would Spell Disaster for the Balkans

Calls to rearrange Balkan borders along ethnic criteria are dangerously retrograde - and would fuel the very conflicts they seek to resolve.

when-will-bosnia-s-left-get-it-right--07-04-2017
04 Jul 17

When Will Bosnia’s Left Get it Right?

Bosnia's tarnished leftist parties are contemplating initiatives to revive their fortunes, but until they focus on what people in the country really need, this is unlikely to happen.

economic-storm-clouds-hover-over-romania-07-03-2017
04 Jul 17

Economic Storm-clouds Hover Over Romania

After weeks of political turmoil, companies and investors in Romania now face growing uncertainty and a fiscal overhaul that risks putting the country’s recent economic gains in jeopardy.

russian-rhetoric-steps-up-intimidation-of-montenegro-06-28-2017
28 Jun 17

Russian Rhetoric Steps Up Intimidation of Montenegro

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin has intensified the Kremlin’s threatening rhetoric against Montenegro over its NATO membership – but was he attempting to scare Serbia too?

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24 Jun 17

Albania's Election Escapades

Patronage and corruption keep voting a 'low-standard' exercise in democracy. 

un-needs-to-properly-redress-kosovo-victims-06-21-2017
21 Jun 17

UN Needs to Properly Compensate Kosovo Victims

The United Nations should reconsider its refusal to compensate Kosovo Roma who suffered lead poisoning at UN-run camps after the Kosovo war.

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21 Jun 17

Stagnant Bosnia Awaits its “Macedonian Moment”

Events in Macedonia have shown that genuine change remains possible in this region – but only if ordinary citizens are prepared to lead the way. 

vucic-gears-up-for-belgrade-city-elections-06-19-2017
19 Jun 17

Vucic Gears Up for Belgrade City Elections

Just weeks after winning nationwide presidential polls, new President Aleksandar Vucic already appears to be preparing his campaign for the all-important municipal elections in the Serbian capital.

aleksandar-vucic-s-broken-promises-to-america-06-16-2017
19 Jun 17

Aleksandar Vucic’s Broken Promises to America

President Vucic has repeatedly promised to resolve the murders of the Albanian-American Bytyqi brothers in Serbia in 1999, so when he visits Washington, the US must pressure him to finally deliver.

kosovo-faces-dilemma-if-ex-warriors-cannot-form-govt-06-13-2017
13 Jun 17

Kosovo Faces Dilemma If Ex-Warriors Cannot Form Govt

If the grand coalition led by former Kosovo Liberation Army fighters fails to form a new government, President Hashim Thaci must decide whether to award a mandate to the opposition or push for new polls.

serbian-media-barons-catch-vucic-off-guard-06-13-2017
13 Jun 17

Serbian Media Barons Catch Vucic off Guard

The apparent decision of two of Serbia’s biggest media moguls to directly enter the political arena poses an intriguing dilemma for Aleksandar Vucic - and for the opposition.

can-we-talk-about-education-in-kosovo-instead--06-09-2017
09 Jun 17

Can We Talk About Education in Kosovo Instead?

The campaign for this weekend’s snap elections has shown that Kosovo’s politicians prefer to argue about border demarcation than about how to fix the country’s broken education and healthcare systems.