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11 Apr 14

Why Macedonia’s Albanian Party Barons Dread Pendarovski

The DUI is not boycotting the presidental election because no ‘consensual’ candidate has appeared, but because Stevo Pendarovski poses a threat to the DUI-VMRO’s divide-and-rule strategy.

04 Apr 14

Crimea, Kosovo: The Art of Getting it Right

You could not make half of it up. As the Ukraine crisis has developed, and with annexation of Crimea by Russia, it was inevitable that Kosovo and the Balkans would get dragged in to the arguments.

04 Apr 14

The Cynicism of the Croatia-Serbia ‘Atrocity Olympics’

By stubbornly pursuing doomed genocide lawsuits against each other, Croatia and Serbia entered a legal suicide pact that cost taxpayers millions and perpetuated pernicious narratives about the past.

21 Mar 14

War Crimes and Eulex’s Broken Kettle

Kosovo already has an EU rule of law Mission, EULEX; the idea to establish another international criminal tribunal for Kosovo to deal with war crimes is both superfluous and absurd.

20 Mar 14

Further ‘Putinization’ Awaits Post-Election Serbia

The Progressives’ absolute triumph in the general election, and the lack of any discernible opposition forces, will further strengthen the trend towards authoritarianism.

25 Feb 14

Bosnia Needs the Right Strategy for Change

The urgent need to take action in Bosnia should not sacrifice the importance of doing it properly, or the need for a constitution that guarantees political accountability.

21 Feb 14

Bosnia’s Only Starting on Road to Democracy

Lack of agreement on whether Bosnia’s root problem is the Dayton structures, corruption, inequality - or something else - is a reminder of the challenges facing the protest movement.

20 Feb 14

Is Ukraine the Next Yugoslavia?

Parallels between the situation today in Ukraine and the former Yugoslavia in the early 1990s are disturbing and real.

19 Feb 14

Bosnians Are Hungry in Three Languages

Bosnia must escape from its dead end through complete reform of its failed political system - with the aid of a new EU Marshall Plan.

14 Feb 14

Five Reasons to Act Urgently on Bosnia

Don’t let Bosnia’s leaders – or the international community – off the hook with delay.

14 Feb 14

Bosnia Must be Rebuilt in Sarajevo, Not Brussels

The protests have shown clearly that Bosnians want to decide their own future, not have solutions handed down from elsewhere.

12 Feb 14

Listen First Before Intervening in Bosnia

The US and EU should listen to the concerns of protesters on the streets before getting involved in order to avoid further entrenching Bosnia’s discredited political elites in power.

12 Feb 14

Only Outside Intervention Can Break Bosnia's Deadlock

If Bosnians want reform, they should look to the EU-led Kosovo-Serbia process - in which citizens and NGOs have played little or no part.

11 Feb 14

Elite-Driven Reform Will Not Save Bosnia

Plans to reform Bosnia are doomed to fail if they are based on the idea of a ‘silver bullet’ in Brussels or Washington - and leave out ordinary people.

07 Feb 14

Bosnia’s Day of Reckoning Demands Bold Action

Spreading protests mean that the EU and US must urgently produce a completely new yet practical plan to resolve Bosnia’s longstanding deadlock.