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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.

erdogan-visit-signals-turkey-s-new-passion-for-serbia-10-16-2017
18 Oct 17

Erdogan Visit Signals Turkey’s New Passion for Serbia

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan seems to be shifting his Balkan focus from Bosnia and Herzegovina towards Serbia, and from religious, ethnic and political relations towards business links.

europe-must-support-winds-of-change-in-macedonia-10-12-2017
10 Oct 17

Europe Must Support ‘Winds of Change’ in Macedonia

As the new government under Zoran Zaev makes welcome moves towards openness and transparency, it’s time for Europe and NATO to respond with support and encouragement.

how-did-war-criminals-become-serbia-s-heroes--10-09-2017
09 Oct 17

How Did War Criminals Become Serbia’s Heroes?

War criminals who have served their sentences have become active participants in political life in Serbia thanks to the government and media, which have decided to forget what they did and promote them as heroes.

catalonia-won-t-get-much-help-from-the-balkans-10-03-2017
04 Oct 17

Catalonia Won’t Get Much Help From the Balkans

A number of Balkan states may have been rebellious provinces within recent memory – but don’t expect them to stick up for anyone else’s fight for self-determination.

croatia-s-spying-row-with-bosnia-is-no-coincidence-10-02-2017
03 Oct 17

Croatia’s Spying Row With Bosnia is No Coincidence

As Croatia braces for a potentially devastating war-crimes ruling in November, it is desperately trying to force Bosnia on to the defensive.

homage-to-catalonia-a-croatian-perspective-09-29-2017
30 Sep 17

Homage to Catalonia, a Croatian Perspective

Growing euphoria in Catalonia over the announced independence referendum from Spain causes split emotions in a person who experienced the bloody wars of Yugoslavia.

local-election-catches-macedonia-s-parties-unprepared-09-28-2017
29 Sep 17

Local Election Catches Macedonia’s Parties Unprepared

Exhausted by the country’s years-long political crisis, the two main parties have started the local election campaign short of promises and looking weary already.

weakened-merkel-is-bad-news-for-the-balkans-09-27-2017
27 Sep 17

Weakened Merkel is Bad News For the Balkans

An enfeebled Angela Merkel means a weaker, less courageous Germany – which will not do any of the Balkan states hoping to join the EU any favours.