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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.

divisive-memorials-are-holding-back-bosnia
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?

the-problem-with-the-kosovo-war-rape-petition
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?

kosovo-stands-at-a-critical-juncture
20 Jun 14

Kosovo Stands at a Critical Juncture

The political system might begin to open up if the coalition gets its chance to form the new government – but don’t expect the PDK to surrender without a fight.

whatever-happened-to-the-plenums-in-bosnia
16 Jun 14

Whatever Happened to the Plenums in Bosnia?

The protest movement that swept Bosnia earlier this year may have faded, but its principal legacy - a new sense of empowerment among the people – will endure.

a-challenge-for-kosovo-justice-for-all
12 Jun 14

A Challenge for Kosovo: Justice for All

If Kosovo is serious about its European future, whoever forms the next government faces a big job to improve its justice system and human rights record.

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11 Jun 14

Croatia Whitewashes War Crimes After Joining EU

Croatia’s latest war crimes acquittals show how the country is feeling freer to leave wartime atrocities unpunished now that EU pressure to deal with the past has eased.

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02 Jun 14

Why NATO May Sign up Montenegro This Year

The odds on NATO offering membership to Montenegro this year have greatly increased owing to the game-changing crisis in Ukraine.

macedonia-is-paying-for-its-rulers-cynical-games
30 May 14

Macedonia is Paying For Its Rulers’ Cynical Games

The recent eruption of ethnic violence in Macedonia is a direct result of the two ruling parties’ irresponsible and costly policy of divide and rule.