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23 Aug 16

Football ‘Defections’ Highlight Albania’s Kosovo Problems

When three footballers said they were switching their allegiance from the Albanian national team to Kosovo, an outburst of anger revealed Albanians’ conflicted attitude to Kosovo’s statehood.

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23 Aug 16

Croatian Church Urges Right-Wing Election Win

The Croatian Catholic Church in Croatia is getting involved in the upcoming elections because it fears that the main centre-right party - the Croatian Democratic Union, HDZ - could lose.

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22 Aug 16

Western Failures Give New Life to Old Balkan Ghosts

The EU and US’s failure to better defend democracy and human rights in Turkey, where a government crackdown on opponents is continuing, sends a dangerous message to Balkan political elites.

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12 Aug 16

Vucic’s Long Wish List Fails to Impress

Serbia’s Prime Minister has finally formed the new government with eight new faces, but few are impressed with his choices, or with his almost 48,000-word address that took six hours to deliver.

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08 Aug 16

Will Serbia Ever Try Generals for Kosovo Crimes?

Two years after the Serbian prosecution started investigating a Yugoslav Army general for allegedly ordering attacks on Kosovo villages that left 120 civilians dead in 1999, no military official has been indicted.

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08 Aug 16

Doc About Tycoon Highlights Croatia’s ‘Institutional Decay’

New investigative film about Agrokor boss Ivica Todoric tells a wider story about what has happened in Croatia since independence.

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28 Jul 16

Investigating Narratives of War through Focus Groups

Focus groups prove to be useful in researching narratives of war in Croatia, despite raising ethical concerns.

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27 Jul 16

Peace and Justice Remain Elusive in Macedonia

The continuing practice of limiting negotiations to the main parties, to the exclusion of other actors in society, will only further entrench a discredited political leadership.

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26 Jul 16

The Balkans and the Outskirts of Europe

The Balkans today are caught between Brexit and bloody showdown in Turkey. These are the new European geo-strategic coordinates that we need to be aware of.

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25 Jul 16

It is Time to Let go of Cardinal Stepinac

The endless-seeming arguments over Cardinal Stepinac’s life and actions are a depressing reminder that World War II remains unfinished business in parts of the former Yugoslavia.

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21 Jul 16

Bosnians Applaud as Their ‘Neighbours’ Cows’ Perish

Bosnia’s Bosniak, Croat and Serbian elites all seem bent on hurting each other’s interests - oblivious to the devastating effect this is having on the whole country and all its citizens.

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19 Jul 16

Vucic Reaps Benefits From Guantanamo ‘Favour’

By accepting two Guantanamo detainees, Serbia has obtained a license from the US to continue his ‘balancing’ act with Russia and continue as usual on the domestic front.

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15 Jul 16

Britain’s EU Supporters Hope May Manages ‘Soft’ Exit

The complete disarray of her political rivals gives Britain’s new Prime Minister a very free hand to determine the exact shape of the UK’s future relationship with Europe.

 

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14 Jul 16

How to Create Ethnic Cohesion in Macedonia

Most of Macedonian society is ethnically divided, polarised and segregated, and serious attempts must be made to bring communities closer, end discrimination and boost participation in the democratic process.

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13 Jul 16

Srebrenica: An Intimate Genocide

Remembering the victims of this genocidal massacre, 21 years on, it is important to note that nothing was either unpredictable or inevitable.