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dishonour-for-zagreb-over-alternative-facts-about-holocaust-04-21-2017
21 Apr 17

Dishonour for Zagreb Over ‘Alternative Facts’ About Holocaust

The Zagreb authorities have showed their disrespect for World War II victims by honouring a film-maker whose documentary downplays the crimes committed at the Jasenovac concentration camp in Croatia.

a-turkish-scenario-for-the-balkans--04-20-2017
20 Apr 17

A Turkish Scenario for the Balkans?

The result of the recent referendum in Turkey may have a ripple effect in the Balkans - but don’t expect dramatic changes. 

un-balks-at-justice-for-kosovo-lead-poisoning-victims-04-19-2017
19 Apr 17

UN Balks at Justice for Kosovo Lead-Poisoning Victims

The United Nations is ignoring own advice to give a clear apology for a tragedy that was its fault, seriously undermining the ability to press governments on human rights violations.

vucic-s-brand-of-stability-will-be-short-lived-04-18-2017
19 Apr 17

Vucic’s Brand of “Stability” Will be Short-lived

The West will live to regret putting its faith in Aleksandar Vucic as the great ‘factor of stability’ in the Balkans. 

kosovo-struggles-to-confront-its-painful-past-04-13-2017
14 Apr 17

Kosovo Struggles to Confront its Painful Past

The failure of the local and international community to properly address Kosovo's traumatic past has left its communities alienated and mistrustful of official initiatives.

europe-is-not-in-a-new-age-of-dictators--04-12-2017
12 Apr 17

Europe is Not in a New ‘Age of Dictators’

Strongmen may be on the rise in parts of Eastern Europe but fears for the future of European democracy are exaggerated.

brussels-is-letting-bosnia-s-reform-agenda-slip-away-04-05-2017
06 Apr 17

Brussels is Letting Bosnia’s Reform Agenda Slip Away

It will be a disaster for both Bosnia and the EU if Brussels continues its policy of abandoning conditionality in the country.

higher-education-is-reinforcing-kosovo-s-ethnic-divide-04-04-2017
04 Apr 17

Higher Education is Reinforcing Kosovo's Ethnic Divide

Despite years of international efforts aimed at integration, the system of higher education in Kosovo continues to reflect and replicate the country’s deep ethnic divisions.

why-do-serbia-s-presidential-elections-mean-so-much--03-31-2017
31 Mar 17

Why Do Serbia’s Presidential Elections Mean So Much?

The Serbian presidential elections aren’t important because of the ceremonial role of the president, but because if Aleksandar Vucic does not win outright, the weak and fragmented opposition could stage a revival.

serbia-s-presidential-race-was-loaded-from-the-start-03-29-2017
30 Mar 17

Serbia’s Presidential Race Was Loaded From the Start

From media bias to a suspiciously large electoral roll and issues over voting in Kosovo, the presidential election in Serbia has been marred by glaring irregularities.

europe-must-play-a-key-role-in-the-balkans-03-28-2017
29 Mar 17

Europe Must Play a Key Role in the Balkans

While it is a delusion to expect the EU to solve problems in the Balkans through accelerated enlargement, so is the suggestion that it can be a mere spectator to a deepening crisis which it has enabled.

the-pope-can-t-stop-medjugorje-now-03-28-2017
28 Mar 17

The Pope Can’t Stop Medjugorje Now

As the Vatican dispatches another papal envoy to the controversial shrine of Medjugorje in Bosnia, a British journalist recalls his first trip there in the 1980s.

army-rows-widens-cracks-in-kosovo-coalition-03-26-2017
27 Mar 17

Army Rows Widens Cracks in Kosovo Coalition

The dispute over the transformation of Kosovo's armed forces could spell the end of Kosovo's troubled ruling coalition.

bosnian-croats-keep-pushing-for-unachievable-entity-03-24-2017
27 Mar 17

Bosnian Croats Keep Pushing for Unachievable Entity

Bosnian Croat leaders are not giving up on their old demand for a third entity - but given how unlikely they are to get one, the question is what their real goal is.

montenegro-s-politicians-play-high-stakes-political-game-03-23-2017-1
24 Mar 17

Montenegro’s Politicians Play High-Stakes Political Game

With the pro-Russian opposition using boycotts and protests in an attempt to thwart the country’s accession to NATO, the government must act wisely to avoid any further political destablisation.