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12 Dec 17

Why Macedonians and Greeks Should Work Together

Confidence-building initiatives that bring civil society activists in Greece and Macedonia together in practical ways have helped lay some of the groundwork for a potential rapprochement between Skopje and Athens.

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07 Dec 17

Cancer of Corruption Continues to Blight Europe

In a year that saw the shocking murder of a Maltese journalist known for her investigations into corruption, the fight against this scourge must be unrelenting.

kosovo-is-wasting-its-energy-on-recognition-battles-11-27-2017
05 Dec 17

Kosovo is Wasting its Energy on Recognition Battles

Getting diplomatic recognition by small, far-off states is far less important than having a functioning economy.

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30 Nov 17

A Poisonous Week at the Hague Tribunal

The nationalistic reactions to the death of Slobodan Praljak and the conviction of Ratko Mladic show that bitterly hostile disagreements persist over the reasons for the 1990s wars and the crimes that were committed.

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30 Nov 17

In His Final Act, War Criminal Hijacks Court

The shocking public suicide of Slobodan Praljak at the Hague Tribunal has overshadowed the significant findings of Croatia’s complicity in mass crimes in Bosnia and has further diminished the legacy of the international court.

after-mladic-s-conviction-can-serbia-face-its-past--11-22-2017
23 Nov 17

After Mladic’s Conviction, Can Serbia Face Its Past?

The conviction of Ratko Mladic was overdue justice, but the full reckoning with the Serbian political project that he took to its genocidal extreme is still nowhere to be found.

how-balkan-elites-govern-by-manufacturing-scandals-11-20-2017
23 Nov 17

How Balkan Elites Govern by Manufacturing Scandals

The frenzy in Serbia over Bakir Izetbegovic’s interview is a classic example of the way Balkan governments use “friendly” media to distract the public from corruption scandals.

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21 Nov 17

Bosnia Marks Dayton Anniversary Amid Growing Crisis

Twenty-two years after the Dayton peace deal, the exodus of thousands of families from Bosnia and Herzegovina is a sign of the uncertain future facing a country tormented by local divisions and international failures.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.