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18 Oct 14

Own Goals All Round in Abandoned Match Blame Game

The reaction to the Serbia-Albania football fiasco revealed a more serious problem than hooliganism -- lack of real political leadership.

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17 Oct 14

Channelling Kosovo Remittances into Investment

Kosovo must find ways to tempt its large diaspora community into investing its cash in industry back home.

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15 Oct 14

Bringing South East Europe’s Energy Markets Together

Serbia and Albania should play the lead role in assisting the transformation and integration of the region’s energy markets.

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07 Oct 14

The West Won’t Strike Gold in Bosnian Election

The West should not make the Bosnian electorate responsible for its own policy confusion.

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24 Sep 14

Belgrade Pride: Between External Pressure and Internal Threats

Serbia has the strength and responsibility to enable Gay Pride march to go ahead, but the question remains whether it has will to do so.

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18 Sep 14

Is Serbia Continuing Its Kosovo Cover-Up?

After 45 ethnic Albanians killed in Kosovo were exhumed from a mass grave in Serbia, why has Belgrade not prosecuted officials who ordered the criminal operation to hide the bodies?

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06 Aug 14

The Criminal Consequences of Kosovo’s Post-War Disorder

An EU prosecutor’s accusations of ethnic cleansing by Kosovo Liberation Army commanders after the war in 1999 offers uncomfortable truths for the West as well as Kosovo itself.

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24 Jul 14

Divisive Memorials Are Holding Back Bosnia

As people in Prijedor mark the anniversary of their relatives' wartime deaths, are ethnically exclusive memorials - designed to fit one narrative only - hampering reconciliation in Bosnia?

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23 Jul 14

The Problem with the Kosovo War Rape Petition

A campaign in Kosovo urging the UN to investigate wartime rapes shows the failure of local institutions to do anything themselves, highlights prejudiced attitudes towards victims and cannot bring justice.

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15 Jul 14

Bosnian Serb Opposition Banks on Vucic Effect

The SDS is looking to Serbian leader Aleksandar Vucic for inspiration in Bosnia’s October elections – but will imitating his policies and winning his party’s endorsement be enough?

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15 Jul 14

EU Facilitated Dialogue Won’t Resolve Macedonia, Bosnia Logjams

Copy-pasting the EU facilitated dialogue between Serbia and Kosovo to resolve the deadlocks over Macedonia’s name issue, and inside Bosnia, won’t be straightforward.

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11 Jul 14

Srebrenica’s Forgotten Legacy - War Criminals in the US

As Bosnians the world over mark the anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre, survivors deserve to know why so many Bosnian Serb fighters involved in the slaughter have since found sanctuary in America.

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03 Jul 14

Why Balkan Countries are Wrong About Gay Marriage

Authorities in the region should realise that defining marriage in the constitution as a union between a man and a woman is not only pointless, but actually harmful.

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27 Jun 14

Storm Gathers Over Macedonian ‘Ethnic Terror’ Trial

The impending verdict on a group of ethnic Albanians accused of Islamic terrorism over the murder of five ethnic Macedonians could spark dangerous ethnic tensions or even religious strife.

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24 Jun 14

Albania’s Dope Capital Goes Up in Smoke

Police have destroyed Europe’s largest marijuana plantation in the lawless Albanian village of Lazarat – but were locals really living the high life on the profits from growing dope?