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08 Jan 15

Time to End Serbia’s Culture of Secrecy

Milan Antonijevic

Whatever the law says, asking questions remains a tricky business in Serbia.

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16 Dec 14

Croatian Politicians Play the Outrage Game

Sven Milekic

Croatia’s PM is boycotting an important economic summit in Belgrade over the rhetoric of Serbian nationalist Vojislav Seselj, but it’s no coincidence that his ‘patriotic’ move comes just before elections.

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15 Dec 14

Macedonian Student's Plenum - A Cry for Respect

Erwan Fouere

On December 10th, 2014 thousands of students defied the Government led by Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski and took to the streets of Skopje, Macedonia's capital city.

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12 Dec 14

Does Kosovo Need a Full-Time Parliament?

Mikra Krasniqi

A part-time assembly composed of MPs with other full-time careers would be more effective, more popular and less corrupt that the present arrangement.

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11 Dec 14

Magic and Male Dominance in a Kosovo Town

Jeta Abazi Gashi

Osman Musliu, a 52-year-old imam, is driving me to the town of Vushtrri in northern Kosovo. Musliu wears a warm smile and a red tie. We are going to what he calls a divorce ceremony.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Fellowship 2013: Integrity

04 Jul 13

Sporting Chance

15 Jul 13

A New Life

07 Aug 13

Medical Needs

08 Aug 13

Fire from Ice

09 Aug 13

Old Wars and New

13 Aug 13

No Middle Ground

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28 Jan 15

Pupil in Hijab Causes Storm in Montenegro

As a teen’s decision to don a hijab in class causes controversy in Montenegro - pitting arguments about religious freedom against worries about Islamic militancy - BIRN has spoken to her father.