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21 Nov 14

The Constitutional Court Failed Kosovo – Again

Nate Tabak

Refusal to hear case challenging the effective reappointment of international judges placed convenience over what was right.

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20 Nov 14

The Strange Persistence of Mythology in Serbia’s Politics

Mikra Krasniqi

It is time for Serbs to stop confusing centuries’ old poetic mythology with the reality of today.

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08 Nov 14

What’s the Point of Šešelj's 11 Years?

Eric D. Gordy

Vojislav Šešelj leaves the scene as he entered it, a monument to other people’s failures.

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04 Nov 14

In Croatia, Locked Up and No Way Out

Emina Ćerimović

We drove up a narrow, winding road, with trees on both sides for what seemed like an eternity. Finally, at the top of the hill, there it was: a three-building complex with a sign on the gate that read “Psihijatrijska bolnica Lopača” (Psychiatric Hospital “Lopača”).

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30 Oct 14

They Live Among Us

Marcus Agar

It is interesting how different cultures deal with death and the issues of loss and remembrance. 

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22 Oct 14

Life Coaching Boom in Serbia is No Mystery

Vera Ovanin

The concept of life coaching, both abroad and particularly here in Serbia, has long fascinated me.

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15 Oct 14

On the seemingly perpetual football-related violence in the Balkans

Dario Brentin

Football hooliganism and the physical violence associated with it have been a major political and social issue in the region for quite some time.

15 Oct 14

Elections in Bosnia—Business as usual?

Florian Bieber

The Bosnian elections last Sunday brought change, but it seems unlikely that they will make a difference.

14 Oct 14

Bosnia – Voting for The Devil You Know

Jessie Hronesova

The Bosnian electorate failed to make a choice that would bring real change, in spite of signs throughout 2014 that the discontent for the current political set-up was about to reach a tipping point. Their behaviour, though, is not irrational.Voting for moderate parties is simply too risky. People opt for the devil they know rather than the devil they don’t.

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10 Oct 14

The EU has its ‘envelope moment’

Nate Tabak

As legend goes, Atifete Jahjaga’s presidential career began abruptly in 2011 when the then US ambassador, Christopher Dell, produced her name from an envelope at a meeting of the big political parties.

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07 Oct 14

No price is too high for pride in one’s country

Marcus Agar

As rumours and half-truths spread about the claimed cost of policing the Belgrade Pride parade, it would seem to be inevitable – and even embraced in some quarters – for people to be up in arms about the amount of money allegedly spent to protect the people and their city.

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26 Sep 14

Pride for life, not just a Day

Marcus Agar

With the democratic rights of Serbia’s LGBT community effectively held to ransom by Belgrade’s police force, the fate of the controversial Pride Parade hangs in the balance once more.

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25 Sep 14

Belgrade's Ill Fated Gay Pride March: Will it Be a 'Brussels' or 'Moscow' Outcome in 2014?

Tanya Domi

Once again Belgrade Gay Pride has been scheduled to take place on Sunday, September 28.  And once again, likely obfuscation appears in the guise of a pending police strike, conveniently expected to take place on the 26.

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24 Sep 14

A Tale of Two Generations

Mikra Krasniqi

When I was in high school in the mid-1990s in Prishtina, my friends and I would walk to school taking back roads and alleys in order to avoid running into the Serbian police patrolling the main streets.

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24 Sep 14

Campaigning for the Citizens of BiH

Nicholas Hill

After years of counterproductive divisiveness, it’s time for citizens of BiH to throw their support behind leaders who share their priorities, not just their background.

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15 Jul 13

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07 Aug 13

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08 Aug 13

Fire from Ice

09 Aug 13

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13 Aug 13

No Middle Ground

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25 Nov 14

Serbia NGOs Demand Action on Violence Against Women

With as many as 30 women killed each year by relatives or spouses, NGOs say it’s time Serbia stopped averting its gaze from violence against women and dealt with this scourge head on.