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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.

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.

stagnant-bosnia-awaits-its-macedonian-moment--06-20-2017-1
21 Jun 17

Stagnant Bosnia Awaits its “Macedonian Moment”

Events in Macedonia have shown that genuine change remains possible in this region – but only if ordinary citizens are prepared to lead the way. 

us-balkan-policy-will-eventually-catch-up-with-reality-06-07-2017
08 Jun 17

US Balkan Policy Will Eventually Catch Up With Reality

At some point, Washington will be forced to re-engage with the Balkans and work out a new policy that is in tune with political reality.

trump-s-presidency-keeps-us-balkan-policy-unchanged-05-30-2017
30 May 17

Trump’s Presidency Keeps US Balkan Policy Unchanged

While many expected US foreign policy to undergo some U-turns under Trump, his lack of engagement in international affairs – with a few exceptions – seems to mean Washington’s role in the Balkans is tantamount to “leading from behind”.

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.

eu-watches-idly-as-balkans-slides-into-chaos-05-05-2017
05 May 17

EU Watches Idly As Balkans Slides Into Chaos

The recent violence in Macedonia, and the various crises in and between Albania, Bosnia, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia, all suggest the Balkans may be sliding into turmoil and even conflict.

a-turkish-scenario-for-the-balkans--04-20-2017
20 Apr 17

A Turkish Scenario for the Balkans?

The result of the recent referendum in Turkey may have a ripple effect in the Balkans - but don’t expect dramatic changes. 

brussels-is-letting-bosnia-s-reform-agenda-slip-away-04-05-2017
06 Apr 17

Brussels is Letting Bosnia’s Reform Agenda Slip Away

It will be a disaster for both Bosnia and the EU if Brussels continues its policy of abandoning conditionality in the country.

the-pope-can-t-stop-medjugorje-now-03-28-2017
28 Mar 17

The Pope Can’t Stop Medjugorje Now

As the Vatican dispatches another papal envoy to the controversial shrine of Medjugorje in Bosnia, a British journalist recalls his first trip there in the 1980s.

bosnian-croats-keep-pushing-for-unachievable-entity-03-24-2017
27 Mar 17

Bosnian Croats Keep Pushing for Unachievable Entity

Bosnian Croat leaders are not giving up on their old demand for a third entity - but given how unlikely they are to get one, the question is what their real goal is.

europe-is-not-going-to-solve-balkan-dramas-03-21-2017
22 Mar 17

Europe is not Going to Solve Balkan Dramas

The idea that the EU is going to speed up the accession process in the Balkans to prevent states from collapsing or fighting each other is a complete fantasy.

fiddling-in-sarajevo-as-europe-unravels-03-20-2017
21 Mar 17

Fiddling in Sarajevo as Europe Unravels

The pointless summit in Sarajevo showed only that Brussels remains in the grip of a dangerous illusion that the Balkans can remain perpetually unstable but peaceful in Europe’s waiting room. 

europe-is-ignoring-growing-balkan-chaos-03-17-2017
17 Mar 17

Europe is Ignoring Growing Balkan Chaos

EU leaders may repeat that the doors ‘remain open’ to Balkan countries - but in reality the doors look closed for the foreseeable future, which means current tensions there are likely to escalate.

genocide-appeal-s-rejection-sends-bosnia-critical-message-03-10-2017
10 Mar 17

Genocide Appeal’s Rejection Sends Bosnia Critical Message

The International Court of Justice’s refusal to consider an application to review its 2007 ruling in Bosnia’s genocide case against Serbia could shake up the political scene and offer the country some vital lessons.