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fixing-what-s-wrong-with-kosovo-politics-08-16-2017
17 Aug 17

Fixing What’s Wrong With Kosovo Politics

Kosovo’s current crisis is a result of local power struggles and bungled foreign interference – and until people realise that, the political system will remain damaged.

what-kosovo-can-t-expect-from-vucic-s-call-for-dialogue-08-14-2017
14 Aug 17

What Kosovo Can(’t) Expect from Vucic’s Call for Dialogue

Far from signalling a new era in Serbia-Kosovo relations, Vucic’s recent call to ‘get real’ on the issue could lead to attempts to redraw borders.

pence-s-montenegro-visit-timely-and-important--08-07-2017
08 Aug 17

Pence’s Montenegro Visit ‘Timely and Important’

Vice-President Pence’s visit to Montenegro not only underlined US support for NATO and regional democracy, it also highlighted concerns over Russia’s growing influence in the Balkans.

with-the-bulgarian-macedonian-treaty-work--08-03-2017
04 Aug 17

Will the Bulgarian-Macedonian Treaty Work?

The good-neighbourliness treaty recently signed by Bulgaria and Macedonia is a fine idea, but domestic political wrangles and differing interpretations of history in the two countries could easily undermine it.

might-vucic-become-serbia-s-de-gaulle-on-kosovo--08-01-2017
01 Aug 17

Might Vucic Become Serbia’s de Gaulle on Kosovo?

The Serbian President’s recent words on Kosovo invite intriguing comparisons with those of another nationalist in another time.

politicians-worsening-feuds-threaten-to-make-bosnia-ungovernable-07-30-2017
31 Jul 17

Politicians' Worsening Feuds Threaten to Make Bosnia Ungovernable

A recently cancelled lunch in Mostar is just the latest sign that the country’s ferociously divided leaders are increasingly unwilling to meet – let alone agree on anything substantial.

eight-signs-of-hope-from-kosovo-s-election-07-26-2017
27 Jul 17

Eight Signs of Hope From Kosovo’s Election

Kosovo’s general election result may have been muddle – but it also saw a number of trends that give cause for optimism about the country’s democratic future.

europe-must-respond-to-threats-to-liberal-values-07-25-2017
25 Jul 17

Europe Must Respond to Threats to Liberal Values

As the crisis over the judiciary in Poland has shown, the EU must be more vigilant in defending values that both member states and candidate countries seem determined to test.

bosnia-s-next-elections-could-be-a-game-changer-07-18-2017
19 Jul 17

Bosnia’s Next Elections Could be a Game Changer

As internal acrimony consumes the nationalist camps, the 2018 elections could see a breakthrough by a reunited Bosnian left – transforming the country’s reform prospects.

ethnic-partition-would-spell-disaster-for-the-balkans-07-04-2017
05 Jul 17

Ethnic Partition Would Spell Disaster for the Balkans

Calls to rearrange Balkan borders along ethnic criteria are dangerously retrograde - and would fuel the very conflicts they seek to resolve.

when-will-bosnia-s-left-get-it-right--07-04-2017
04 Jul 17

When Will Bosnia’s Left Get it Right?

Bosnia's tarnished leftist parties are contemplating initiatives to revive their fortunes, but until they focus on what people in the country really need, this is unlikely to happen.

economic-storm-clouds-hover-over-romania-07-03-2017
04 Jul 17

Economic Storm-clouds Hover Over Romania

After weeks of political turmoil, companies and investors in Romania now face growing uncertainty and a fiscal overhaul that risks putting the country’s recent economic gains in jeopardy.

russian-rhetoric-steps-up-intimidation-of-montenegro-06-28-2017
28 Jun 17

Russian Rhetoric Steps Up Intimidation of Montenegro

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin has intensified the Kremlin’s threatening rhetoric against Montenegro over its NATO membership – but was he attempting to scare Serbia too?

democracy-remains-elusive-in-albania-06-24-2017
24 Jun 17

Albania's Election Escapades

Patronage and corruption keep voting a 'low-standard' exercise in democracy. 

un-needs-to-properly-redress-kosovo-victims-06-21-2017
21 Jun 17

UN Needs to Properly Compensate Kosovo Victims

The United Nations should reconsider its refusal to compensate Kosovo Roma who suffered lead poisoning at UN-run camps after the Kosovo war.