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23 Sep 16

The Bosnians Have Made a Mess of This Referendum

The Bosniaks have made a strategic error in magnifying the trivial issue of the Serbs’ national day out of all proportion.

23 Sep 16

Bosnian Serb Referendum Risks Reopening Pandora’s Box

Sunday’s controversial Bosnian Serb referendum, which directly contravenes decisions made by state and international authorities, will undermine the enforcement mechanisms of the 1995 Dayton peace accord.

21 Sep 16

Spectre of Violence Hangs Over Bosnia Referendum

Referenda have been deployed as a political weapon in the former Yugoslavia since it started to disintegrate – but their consequences rarely correspond to what their architects intend.

20 Sep 16

The Last Coal Plant in the Western Balkans?

The Stanari lignite power plant in Bosnia officially starts operations today. If we are to have any hope of tackling climate change, it had better be the last one in the region,

15 Sep 16

Croatia Elections Foretell Disaster Awaiting Bosnia's Civic Parties

After Croatia's Social Democratic Party, SDP, suffered an embarrassing defeat in the country's recent elections, a similar fate awaits Bosnia's civic parties in the upcoming local elections there.

13 Sep 16

Eastern Europe Risks Losing UN Top Job Race

The four Eastern European candidates for the post of UN Secretary-General face serious problems - three could be voted down because they are male, while Bulgaria’s Irina Bokova could become a casualty to politics.

12 Sep 16

Right’s Win in Croatia Adds to Left’s Woes in Europe

The success of the main conservative party in the Croatian general elections confirms a continent-wide trend towards the right.

31 Aug 16

Divided West Leaves Bosnia's ‘Governor’ Exposed

The Office of the High Representative has suffered a major blow after the international community declined to support it against the Bosnian Serb referendum - which may have dire implications.

31 Aug 16

A Balkan Quarrel in a Donald Trump Style

This summer’s escalation of heated exchanges between Croatia, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina has produced a sense of déjà vu, but with a contemporary hint of Trump’s belligerent rhetoric.

30 Aug 16

Bulgaria’s Impossible Balancing Act

Fear rather than ambition is driving Bulgaria’s juggling act between Turkey, Russia and the EU.

23 Aug 16

Football ‘Defections’ Highlight Albania’s Kosovo Problems

When three footballers said they were switching their allegiance from the Albanian national team to Kosovo, an outburst of anger revealed Albanians’ conflicted attitude to Kosovo’s statehood.

23 Aug 16

Croatian Church Urges Right-Wing Election Win

The Croatian Catholic Church in Croatia is getting involved in the upcoming elections because it fears that the main centre-right party - the Croatian Democratic Union, HDZ - could lose.

22 Aug 16

Western Failures Give New Life to Old Balkan Ghosts

The EU and US’s failure to better defend democracy and human rights in Turkey, where a government crackdown on opponents is continuing, sends a dangerous message to Balkan political elites.

12 Aug 16

Vucic’s Long Wish List Fails to Impress

Serbia’s Prime Minister has finally formed the new government with eight new faces, but few are impressed with his choices, or with his almost 48,000-word address that took six hours to deliver.

08 Aug 16

Will Serbia Ever Try Generals for Kosovo Crimes?

Two years after the Serbian prosecution started investigating a Yugoslav Army general for allegedly ordering attacks on Kosovo villages that left 120 civilians dead in 1999, no military official has been indicted.