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17 Jan 18

Murder, Measles and New Tanks

Not quite a promising start to 2018 in the Western Balkans: The year's dawn saw three deaths from a curable disease followed by the assassination of a prominent politician in Northern Kosovo.

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11 Jan 18

China’s Stealthy Advance in Balkans Should Worry EU

While Europe focuses on the threat of Russian penetration in Eastern Europe, it is neglecting the subtler dangers than come from China’s growing influence in the region.

has-croatia-and-serbia-s-past-hijacked-their-future--12-19-2017
19 Dec 17

Has Croatia and Serbia’s Past Hijacked Their Future?

The inability or refusal of the Croatian and Serbian governments to come to grips with the crimes of the 1990s means that both are still being held back by reactionary nationalism.

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14 Dec 17

Rising Balkan Risks Demand Action Home and Abroad

Heightened tensions and potential violence have been predicted for the Balkans in 2018, so people in the region must find the courage to seek solutions themselves, with help from Washington and Brussels.

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07 Dec 17

Cancer of Corruption Continues to Blight Europe

In a year that saw the shocking murder of a Maltese journalist known for her investigations into corruption, the fight against this scourge must be unrelenting.

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30 Nov 17

A Poisonous Week at the Hague Tribunal

The nationalistic reactions to the death of Slobodan Praljak and the conviction of Ratko Mladic show that bitterly hostile disagreements persist over the reasons for the 1990s wars and the crimes that were committed.

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30 Nov 17

In His Final Act, War Criminal Hijacks Court

The shocking public suicide of Slobodan Praljak at the Hague Tribunal has overshadowed the significant findings of Croatia’s complicity in mass crimes in Bosnia and has further diminished the legacy of the international court.

after-mladic-s-conviction-can-serbia-face-its-past--11-22-2017
23 Nov 17

After Mladic’s Conviction, Can Serbia Face Its Past?

The conviction of Ratko Mladic was overdue justice, but the full reckoning with the Serbian political project that he took to its genocidal extreme is still nowhere to be found.

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23 Nov 17

How Balkan Elites Govern by Manufacturing Scandals

The frenzy in Serbia over Bakir Izetbegovic’s interview is a classic example of the way Balkan governments use “friendly” media to distract the public from corruption scandals.

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21 Nov 17

Bosnia Marks Dayton Anniversary Amid Growing Crisis

Twenty-two years after the Dayton peace deal, the exodus of thousands of families from Bosnia and Herzegovina is a sign of the uncertain future facing a country tormented by local divisions and international failures.

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31 Oct 17

War Crimes Denial is a Psychological Defence Mechanism

States and ethnic groups in the Balkans are still denying that their troops committed war crimes in an attempt to evade moral responsibility by blaming the other side, thwarting the possibility of reconciliation.

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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.

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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.

bosnia-croatia-feud-risks-spiralling-out-of-control-09-25-2017
25 Sep 17

Bosnia-Croatia Feud Risks Spiralling out of Control

An already ugly diplomatic war between Croatia and Bosnia could get a lot worse following an upcoming war-crimes verdict.