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balkan-states-struggle-to-meet-nato-benchmark-05-26-2017
26 May 17

Balkan States Struggle to Meet NATO Benchmark

While NATO states have all confirmed their commitment to boosting defence spending to 2 per cent of GDP, for most Balkan countries, that represents a challenge.

macedonia-faces-long-road-to-recovery-after-gruevski-05-26-2017
26 May 17

Macedonia Faces Long Road to Recovery After Gruevski

New government faces a daunting task of rebuilding institutions, financial consolidation and curbing widespread corruption, if it is to live upto its reformist promises.

new-sigurimi-museum-recalls-albania-s-sinister-past-05-25-2017
26 May 17

New Sigurimi Museum Recalls Albania’s Sinister Past

The House of Leaves, the Tirana headquarters of the Communist-era secret service, has opened its doors to the public, reminding Albanians of a grim time that they would mostly like to forget.

why-serbian-presidents-rule-like-milosevic-04-28-2017
25 May 17

Why Serbian Presidents Rule like Milosevic

When Aleksandar Vucic takes over the presidency, he will be able to wield much more power than the job provides, just like his predecessors Slobodan Milosevic and Boris Tadic.

mogherini-must-build-on-west-s-balkan-breakthroughs-05-24-2017
24 May 17

Mogherini Must Build on West’s Balkan Breakthroughs

The EU and US must follow up their recent successes in knocking heads together in Macedonia and Albania – or the region’s descent into a dangerous crisis will continue.

who-is-who-in-the-kosovo-elections-05-23-2017
24 May 17

Who is Who in the Kosovo Elections

Balkan Insight provides a brief description of all the parties and coalitions competing in the June general elections.

move-to-publish-intelligence-files-divides-romania-05-22-2017
22 May 17

Move to Publish Intelligence Files Divides Romania

Plans to declassify secret files that belonged to the Justice Ministry have caused a dispute - with some claiming they should be destroyed as they contain forgeries and inaccuracies.

albania-analysts-ponder-recent-pm-opposition-big-deal--05-22-2017
22 May 17

Albania Analysts Ponder Recent PM, Opposition ‘Big Deal’

Analysts in Albania seem split in their views over a landmark deal between Prime Minister Edi Rama and opposition leader Lulzim Basha, which – if implemented – could end years of political deadlock.

croatian-liberal-leader-rules-out-supporting-hdz-05-19-2017
19 May 17

Croatian Liberal Leader Rules out Supporting HDZ

Ivan Vrdoljak, head of the opposition Croatian People’s Party, told BIRN that his party has no intention of joining a coalition government under the Croatian Democratic Union, HDZ.

the-fates-of-balkan-and-western-democracy-are-inseparable-05-19-2017
19 May 17

The Fates of Balkan and Western Democracy are Inseparable

An assault on democratic norms in the Balkans should be treated with the same urgency as such a crisis would precipitate within the core of the EU.

spark-fades-away-in-bosnia-s-last-match-factory-05-18-2017
19 May 17

Spark Fades Away in Bosnia’s Last Match Factory

Only a dozen workers remain in the Dolac match factory, Bosnia’s last, which has been churning out matches using a secret recipe since the days of the Emperor Franz Joseph.

tacit-thaci-vucic-alliance-again-outsmarts-the-west-05-18-2017
18 May 17

Tacit Thaci-Vucic ‘Alliance’ Again Outsmarts the West

As the leaders of both Kosovo and Serbia game the West - by feigning a commitment to the EU Dialogue that neither intends to honour – it is time the West came up with a master plan.

lgbt-community-struggles-for-acceptance-in-romania-05-17-2017
17 May 17

LGBT Community Struggles for Acceptance in Romania

As the world marks International Day Against Homophobia, Romania has a long way to go in terms of respecting LGBT rights. 

albanian-parties-negotiating-the-end-of-political-stalemate-05-16-2017
17 May 17

Albanian Parties Negotiating End Of Political Stalemate

Analysts in Tirana believe that postponing the election date and changes in government are acceptable, but the opposition should pledge to implement judicial reform.

 

croatia-braces-for-local-elections-amid-growing-crisis-05-16-2017
17 May 17

Croatia Braces for Local Elections amid Growing Crisis

Besides establishing local administrations, upcoming Croatian elections are also expected to indicate the biggest winners and losers in Croatia's growing political turmoil.

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