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09 Jul 14

Peaceful city with turbulent nightlife

Dragana Peco

“I remember you,” says the woman at the counter in the Novi Sad bus station. She sells me a ticket home to Belgrade.

07 Jul 14

Starting up, Sofia style

Boryana Dzhambazova

It’s a muggy Friday night in June. The events hall at betahaus, a workspace for freelancers and small firms in the Bulgarian capital Sofia, is packed with people. The excitement is almost as high as the temperatures outside.

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03 Jul 14

Lessons from the Great War

Erwan Fouéré

High up in the hills above the pretty Macedonian town of Valandovo, about 100 km northwest of Thessaloniki , stands a simple Celtic cross honouring the 386 Irish soldiers, part of the Tenth Irish Division fighting on the Salonika front, who fell on the battlefield far away from home in 1915.

01 Jul 14

My trade

Branko Krivokapic

“My trade gave me the summit, from which I was to fall…”

01 Jul 14

Why NATO and EU Must Reopen their Doors to the Balkans

By Edward P. Joseph and Janusz Bugajski

Imagine that you lead a small Balkan country that ardently aspires to join Western institutions.

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26 Jun 14

The barricade and all that

Andrea Lorenzo Capussela

K2.0’s editor writes that the original Mitrovica barricade – removed but immediately replaced by a sort of botanical garden – was built ‘as an act of defiance against Prishtina rule.’ The rest of the article – about who is to blame for what – follows from this premise: the barricade should go. I would take a different line.

26 Jun 14

Exploring inheritance - at Rita Ora’s dad’s place

Jeta Abazi

There’s something fitting about meeting at Rita Ora's father's pub. I’m looking into discrimination against women in family inheritance cases so it’s nice to be in a place that’s best known for its connection to the owner’s daughter.

25 Jun 14

A son’s story

Lina Vdovîi

“We were so poor that sometimes, when it rained, my mother would cover my torn, old sneakers in plastic bags to make sure the water didn’t reach my feet on the way to school,” Iulian, a 28-year-old man, tells me while looking away, at anyone except me.

24 Jun 14

Old war wounds still ache, 70 years on

Konstantinos Kallergis

For 10 days, driving through the countryside of the Peloponnese and Central Greece, I kept coming across marble memorials.

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24 Jun 14

Mitrovica burning: a fire fuelled by fear

Jack Davies

Whatever the problem, violent protest is rarely the solution. It certainly wasn’t ever going to answer the grievances of Mitrovica’s protesters on Sunday.

20 Jun 14

Basescu’s Pyrrhic Victory Over Corruption

Marian Chiriac

President Traian Basescu’s fight for an independent justice system has taken an unexpected turn after his own brother was arrested for corruption

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11 Jun 14

Too much Progress in Kosovo?

Henrique Schneider

The formation of a new ruling coalition marks a new stage in Kosovo’s political evolution - but this ‘graduation’ does not come without risks.

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10 Jun 14

Opposition Finally Unites… to Boot Thaci

Nate Tabak

Less than four months ago, Alliance for the Future of Kosovo, AAK, failed unite a fractured opposition to bring down the government of Hashim Thaci.

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07 Jun 14

It is Time for Kosova to Fulfill its Destiny

David L Phillips

After a years of stagnation, Kosovars have a chance to put the country back on the road to good government and make it a respected member of the international community.

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31 May 14

Growing Pains and Why Kosovo Struggles

Mikra Krasniqi

While political cynicism reins in Kosovo these days, especially among young people, it’s important to remember that Kosovars faced much darker times in the past and they managed to beat the odds and emerge victorious. That time has come again.

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04 Jul 13

Sporting Chance

15 Jul 13

A New Life

07 Aug 13

Medical Needs

08 Aug 13

Fire from Ice

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Old Wars and New

13 Aug 13

No Middle Ground

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23 Jul 14

Albania Phone Register Fuels Eavesdropping Row

Opposition MPs and activists have slated a government decision to force cell phone users to register the IMEI codes as a backdoor to eavesdropping on online communications.