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30 Jan 15

Greece Could Disrupt the EU’s Balkan Policy

The arrival of a more pro-Russian government in Athens could add to the Brussels’ exiting headaches in the Balkans.

29 Jan 15

Kosovo Protesters Aren’t ‘Savages’ But Citizens

Those condemning the violence of the protests in Kosovo have not even begun to ask themselves why they are happening.

26 Jan 15

Kezarovski Case Shows Macedonia Has Lost Its Way

In its handling of both the Kezarovski case and the amendments to the constitution, the government of Nikola Gruevski has again shown its true authoritarian colours.

24 Jan 15

Zagreb Finally Sheds its Wallflower Reputation

The Croatian capital is at last becoming a major tourist destination in its own right. Why has it taken so long?

21 Jan 15

Investigative Journalism, From BIRN’s Probe to Porn Vids

When someone mentions the phrase ‘investigative journalism’, does BIRN or an irresponsible tabloid come to mind?

20 Jan 15

A Serbian Guide to Ruining Reputations

False allegations against the Serbian war crimes prosecution and the enforced retirement of the prosecutor suggest that powerful people are still trying to hide the truth about the 1990s conflicts.

15 Jan 15

Grabar Kitarovic Will Take Croatia Back to 1990s

If the HDZ wins the elections this year - which is likely - an era of constructive engagement between Croatia and the Balkan region is likely to come to an end.

13 Jan 15

Croatia Heads Into Rocky Time of ‘Cohabitation’

Grabar Kitarovic’s victory means the country how has a right-wing president, eager to unseat a weak government of the left – a recipe for instability if ever there was.

12 Jan 15

Josipovic Fell Victim to Curse of Incumbency

A tanking economy, splits on the left and the hostility of the large diaspora combined to snatch a second term away from the election front-runner.

09 Jan 15

No Losers Under Albania’s Pension Reform

The idea that people stand to lose out from pension changes is based on a fundamental misreading of the math. This is a win-win reform.

09 Jan 15

The Balkan Muslim ‘Threat’ has Never Materialised

Paradoxically, the Islamist danger is not coming from where once it was most expected - from among Muslims in the Balkans.

26 Dec 14

Serbia’s ‘Austerity’ Budget Saves Country Nothing

While ministers claim the 2015 budget will get Serbia’s economy back on track, a look at the figures shows that both spending and the deficit remain as out of control as ever.

23 Dec 14

Odds Still Favour Josipovic in Croatia

The incumbent president may struggle to win in the first round – but polls suggests that votes cast on the left will outnumber those on the right in the decisive second round.

23 Dec 14

Covering Air Serbia’s Debts is No Fairytale

In agreeing to take over Air Serbia’s debts, the government has broken its promise - that the airline’s partnership with the United Arab Emirates would cost the country nothing.

17 Dec 14

Why Arkan’s Exploits Aren’t News in Serbia

It came as no surprise that the glamorous birthday party of paramilitary chief Zeljko Raznatovic’s son got more coverage than BIRN’s report on the wartime brutality of his ‘Tigers’.