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Gruevski Poll Win Has Not Stabilised Macedonia

Macedonian President Branko Crvenkovski tells Ana Petruseva he will help rebuild the centre-left opposition and warns of the dangers of missing key deadlines for EU and NATO integration.


Bosnia Must Free Itself from International Tutelage

Bosnia`s top international envoy, Miroslav Lajcak, tells Nidzara Ahmetasevic that speculation over an end to the OHR’s mandate will be more realistic once the country has met five objectives and two conditions.

'Gruevski May Surprise Us Over Name Issue'

Dane Taleski, of Skopje University’s Law Faculty, tells Sinisa-Jakov Marusic that the VMRO-DPMNE leader may shock his supporters by reaching a quick deal with Greece.

'Radical Win Will Bring Misery to Serbia'

Writer, politician and former foreign minister Vuk Draskovic – who has returned to politics to support Serbian President Boris Tadic’s pro-Western coalition – tells Julijana Mojsilovic of the country’s prospects after May 11.

EU Rallies Rival Muslims of Serbia

Political rivalries in Serbia's Muslim-dominated Sandzak region have sparked a spate of shootings recently. Amela Bajrovic spoke to two politicians at the heart of this struggle, Esad Dzudevic, from the Bosniak Coalition for European Sandzak - Sulejman Ugljanin, and Munir Poturak, vice-president of the Sandzak Democratic Party.

Albanians in South Serbia Hope for Tadic Win

Riza Halimi, an Albanian politician in southern Serbia, tells Nikola Lazic of his ambitions in the coming election and of his hopes that pro-Europeans triumph on May 11.


EU Concessions to Serbia 'Unfortunate'

Sabine Freizer, the Europe Program Director of the International Crisis Group tells Gjeraqina Tuhina that Brussels ought not to have interfered in Serbia’s elections by signing a Stabilization and Association Agreement.


Radicals Can't Stop Serbia's European Integration

Goran Svilanovic tells Paul Hockenos in Berlin that a Radical-nationalist coalition after the May 11 elections can only delay Serbia’s eventual membership of the EU family.

International Judges Must Stay in Bosnia

The President of the State Court, Meddzida Kreso, tells Nidzara Ahmetasevic that international judges must stay on in the War Crimes Chamber in Sarajevo.

Kosovo to Join IMF This Year

Economy minister Ahmet Shala talks to Krenar Gashi about the challenges facing the country, its plan to join international financial institutions, fight the grey economy, run a donor conference and service foreign debt.


Milosevic's Socialists Predict Election Comeback

Party once ruled by Serbia’s old dictator believes it will return to centre stage after May 11 polls.

EULEX will not be like UNMIK

Alessio Zuccarini, the Deputy Head of EU Planning Team in Kosovo, tells Balkan Insight the European Union is ready to take over from current UN mission and will not repeat its mistakes.


Jonuz Musliu, Deputy Mayor, Bujanovac, Southern Serbia

The ethnic Albanian politician and ex-guerrilla says Serbia’s presidential candidates are pursuing the same policy towards Serbia’s Albanians, and insists that his Preshevo region should be allowed to join Kosovo.

INTERVIEW: EU Mission 'to Coach Kosovo into Europe'

EU diplomat says new body will have fewer powers than its Bosnian counterpart.

INTERVIEW: Governing Is Not The Same Thing as Fighting To Govern

Jeta Xharra, BIRN Kosovo Director, talks with Madeleine Albright, former US Secretary of State, on the challenges facing Kosovo

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