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bosnia-s-izetbegovic-delivers-gift-to-serbian-nationalists-11-14-2017
15 Nov 17

Bosnia’s Izetbegovic Delivers Gift to Serbian Nationalists

Bosnian presidency member Bakir Izetbegovic’s statement that he would like Bosnia to recognise Kosovo was a free gift to Serbian nationalists seeking to win support by projecting themselves as their country’s true defenders.

special-court-must-bring-kosovo-s-criminals-to-justice-11-13-2017
14 Nov 17

Special Court Must Bring Kosovo’s Criminals to Justice

The new Special Court to try former Kosovo Liberation Army members for wartime and post-war crimes is not an attack on the struggle for independence, but an attempt to prosecute criminals.

the-kosovo-serbia-dialogue-is-just-lose-lose--11-13-2017
13 Nov 17

The Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue is Just ‘Lose-Lose’

Both countries, and both peoples, stand to lose out in the long term from a ‘dialogue’ that has never advanced beyond leaders shaking hands and photo opportunities in Brussels.

what-kind-of-neutrality-does-serbia-want--11-09-2017
10 Nov 17

What Kind of Neutrality does Serbia Want?

At a time when ‘neutrality’ can be just a cover for close ties to Russia, Serbia must start an open debate about what this concept truly means in the Balkan context.

kosovo-and-catalonia-have-little-in-common-11-02-2017
02 Nov 17

Kosovo and Catalonia Have Little in Common

Catalonia’s recent declaration of independence has prompted many to draw comparisons with events in Kosovo – but closer analysis shows the two cases are very different.

suriname-triggers-new-phase-in-kosovo-recognition-battle-11-01-2017
01 Nov 17

Suriname Triggers New Phase in Kosovo Recognition Battle

The apparent decision of a Latin American state to revoke its recognition of Kosovo shows the diplomatic struggle over Serbia’s former province is far from over.

herta-müller-made-serbia-look-in-the-mirror-10-31-2017
01 Nov 17

Herta Müller Made Serbia Look in the Mirror

The furious reaction to the German writer Herta Müller’s forthright statements about Serbia’s recent history says less about her than it does about a culture of denial in a large part of Serbian society.

war-crimes-denial-is-a-psychological-defence-mechanism-10-30-2017
31 Oct 17

War Crimes Denial is a Psychological Defence Mechanism

States and ethnic groups in the Balkans are still denying that their troops committed war crimes in an attempt to evade moral responsibility by blaming the other side, thwarting the possibility of reconciliation.

media-abuse-becomes-strategy-of-choice-in-albanian-politics-10-27-2017
27 Oct 17

Media Abuse Becomes Strategy of Choice in Albanian Politics

As Albania’s prime minister slammed journalists in an attempt to deflect scrutiny after parliament blocked the arrest of the former interior minister, reporters were also verbally abused in the street - a development that could have consequences for press freedom.

why-is-the-us-probing-serbian-loyalties--10-27-2017
27 Oct 17

Why is the US Probing Serbian Loyalties?

When a top US diplomat accused Serbia of sitting on the fence between Russia and the EU, he really put the cat among the pigeons - but what brought on the sudden demand for fealty?

serbia-braces-for-early-elections-in-2018-10-26-2017
26 Oct 17

Serbia Braces for Early Elections in 2018

Since coming to power in 2012, Serbian Premier-cum-President Aleksandar Vucic has reinforced his position by calling extraordinary parliamentary elections every two years. Will Serbia face another early ballot in 2018?

reality-check-for-bulgaria-s-balkan-leadership-ambitions-10-25-2017
26 Oct 17

Reality Check for Bulgaria’s Balkan Leadership Ambitions

Bulgaria’s upcoming EU presidency gives Prime Minister Boyko Borissov the opportunity to portray the country as a leader in the Balkans - but regional problems mean he might not achieve the grand successes he craves.

austria-s-right-turn-will-set-balkan-liberals-back-10-20-2017
24 Oct 17

Austria’s Right Turn Will Set Balkan Liberals Back

If Austria’s conservatives put together a government with the far right, the effects will be felt from Brussels to the Balkans.

macedonian-has-provided-a-blueprint-for-the-balkans-10-19-2017
20 Oct 17

Macedonia Has Provided a Blueprint for the Balkans

Events in Macedonia have powerfully confirmed the thesis that it is not parties or foreign governments that bring about democratic change in  authoritarian regimes, but grassroots popular mobilization.

kosovo-s-democratic-test-will-only-come-after-elections-10-18-2017
19 Oct 17

Kosovo’s ‘Democratic Test’ Will Only Come After Elections

October’s local elections in Kosovo will likely be free and fair – the real test of this young country’s democratic health is what happens after the election.